To what extent can you fit to your rifle?

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    To what extent can you fit to your rifle?

    I've been lurking for a while but this is my first post.

    I've been recently introduced to the world of rifles and have been thinking about getting my own. I went shooting with borrowed rifles and was told I was too short for the length of pull and that I should look into getting a "youth" model.

    I do NOT want a "youth" model! Obviously it would be great if I could buy a gun that fit my body type (I'm 5'2") or have one custom made but in the absence of that, how much can you learn to "fit to your gun" rather than the other way around?

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    You may have to invest a bit extra and have the stock of your rifle choice modified for you. I trained my boys on full sized rifles but they also grew into them a bit. I agree with you and wouldn't want a "youth" model. Many times they scrimp on other features or are low-end guns.

    I have a good book on the subject in the firearms bookcase titled "Position Rifle Shooting" by Pullum and Hanenkrat. This one is a 1975 edition of the book first published in 1973. While it focuses on positions from a competitive standpoint it also gives valuable information that would be helpful to all riflemen.

    It may generally be found used through Amazon or on Ebay. It might be helpful for you. Perhaps you could adapt your stature to an existing design better after reading this book or others on the subject.

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    I am 5'3" and would gladly buy a youth model if it fit me right

    I had to cut down the stock of my Mossberg 12GA and it still looks terrible

    If I had known about a smaller version (made as well) thats the one I would have purchased

    Granted I would not want some Garish Lettering or Color Difference to set it apart.

    But if the Rifle fits you better and you can shoot it better dont worry about who its made for.

    The Bullets will come out of the barrel the same way,
    and mark the target or kill the game just as well

    While I am sure that many youth rifles are less than first rate
    I am willing to bet in the list of manufacturers of Youth Models linked below
    you will be able to find something worth owning that fits you

    Makers of Youth Rifles

    BTW I get most of my jeans in the youth department
    unless someone can look inside they are not gonna know

    Just my $0.02

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    Welcome to DC!

    Did I miss something? What kind of rifle are you looking at?

    Some rifles have adjustable stocks or different ones you can buy.

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    Hey, I forget a big welcome to the Forum! Yeah! Thanks for joining.

    Rifles are best.

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    bmcgilvray- Thanks for the welcome. I'll check out that book.

    jeffsmith- When it comes to clothes and such I shop in the youth's department sometimes....but I'm not banking on my clothes for defense. I've heard youth models are not always up to stuff but I'm checking out that link you sent me.

    Blue Ninja-- I'm not looking at anything in particular. Just seeing what's out there and I've been told I'm too short! I've heard of adjustable stocks but aesthetics and price are a factor.

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    I wasn't sure who made Youth Guns myself

    But when I saw Browning & Remington on the list
    I figured there had to be some hope for quality in the options for purchase

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    The folding stock on the AR series carbines beats the crap out of "youth" models.

    Also, anything AK will have a short LOP. SKS as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipity View Post
    I've been lurking for a while but this is my first post.

    I've been recently introduced to the world of rifles and have been thinking about getting my own. I went shooting with borrowed rifles and was told I was too short for the length of pull and that I should look into getting a "youth" model.

    I do NOT want a "youth" model! Obviously it would be great if I could buy a gun that fit my body type (I'm 5'2") or have one custom made but in the absence of that, how much can you learn to "fit to your gun" rather than the other way around?
    Welcome to DC.

    Have you looked at some of the carbines?
    I have a "Puma" lever action carbine in 45LC that has a short butstock and my Ruger PC9 is also a bit shorter than a standard rifle. Depending on the rifle, you can go to an adjustable "tactical" stock.

    I know you asked about rifles, but another thought is Remington makes a shorter "youth" stock for the 870 that may help in your situation.
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    Well, it may not be an option for everyone. My sister is about 93 lbs and 5'2" tall..... she had someone do a custom stock fitted for her on her shotgun. Youth model stocks are just shorter is all, so don't be turned off by that. I shoot one single shot when shooting clay with a youth stock, and love shooting it.

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    go TACTI-COOL

    It's a good excuse to go "TACTI-COOL" with a 6 position adjustable stock. They can be had for just about any shotgun. Several different makers around the 'web'.

    Shotforce Shotgun collapsible stock, AR15 style. MRW4100.
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