This is a discussion on Can a Woman handle a Remington 11-87 Police 12- Gauge? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by dr_cmg Just in case anyone is wondering. That is our own Ass't Administrator Betty in the banner. Good point. It would be ...
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Could I shoot the gun? Without doubt.
A better question might be "Could I shoot the gun accurately and repeatedly while maintaining accuracy and not short stroking the action?" Probably not. I can barely reach the action, and simply maintaining balance while holding the gun requires me to lean slightly backward.
A quick little experiment shows that my husband (who is 6'3") has arms that are roughly 6 inches longer than mine, with arms extended, shoulder to shoulder. His elbow is approximately 2" above my wrist. It's simple geometry. If you cannot reach the controls and run the gun, you might as well have a length of rebar and bludgeon someone with it. In order to fit the gun so that it can be used properly and accurately you have to take length out of the stock- no other option.
Fit is important with any weapon. I suspect that few here would suggest a large, full size frame pistol as a carry weapon for any person with small hands. Why, therefor, should we suggest that they use an improperly fitted long gun and just "suck it up and get used to it?" It's counter-intuitive and we all know it.
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Short stroking might be an issue if the 11-87 was a pump, but its an auto and a non issue for the subject at hand.
Yes, fit is important... however, need to be fit to the person, and with proper technique, one can overcome poor fit. Its it the best scenario? No, but it can be done just fine when we are talking about defensive shotgun rather than a clays or hunting shotgun.
Lets go back to the original question asked by the OP... It was if his wife could be trained to handle the 11-87. My answer was yes, anybody could.
Several other posters suggested to buy a youth stock etc., and that might be great advice. It might or might not work out. The one thing that I know will, and pertains to the question asked, is that anybody (within reason) can be handle a 11-87 regardless of physical size or gender.
Sometimes we tend to major in minors on here, a simple question was asked and complicated answers were given. Since we got complicated, if you really want to make the shotgun friendly for a smaller shooter, purchase your police model, and add a youth sportsman butt stock. That will reduce your pull significantly, I'm thinking right around 4" or so. Then add some weight in a hollow cavity of the butt stock, that will create a more rearward balance point. If she is still front end heavy, forget about the tube extension and put a standard cap on it. You can also get a sportsman's profile barrel, and that will shave off a pound or two as well.
Or you can just teach her a proper tucked mounting technique and be done with it, leaving the fighting shotgun as it was designed.
You can just buy a youth sportsman model, it comes with a 21" barrel and a youth stock already, but you'll be stuck with a 20ga. It also doesn't have the same gas system as the full size version, and that might limit versatility even more so than it being a 20 instead of the far more popular 12. It does weigh only 6.5#'s and is a sweet shooter. To me, that makes a good dove gun, but its to many compromises in a defensive shotgun.
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Length of pull issues aside, a semiauto 12 gauge should have less perceived recoil than a pump shotty, as the action of the semi should be absorbing some of the energy of the shot.
Then again, if you ain't holdin' it right, it doesn't matter if you're a 5' 0" tall woman or a 6' 6" man-ape...yer gonna have issues.
Based on the information you provided:
For both of you and if only one shotgun:
Remington 11-87 or 1100 - "YOUTH" Model - 20 GAUGE
you will not be under-gunned, you will be able to handle the firearm easier and quicker. You will like the size (length) better, the weight better, etc
my wife has both, she likes both. I like both too. Even though I have Vang Comp 870, POLICE 11-87, POLICE 870, Wingmaster 870 (12 & 20), 1100 Hunting
Also, you BOTH need a handgun as BUG (Back Up Gun) - you pick revolver or semi-auto -
- Ruger GP100 - 357 MAG Stainless Steel with 4" barrel - load with 38 Special
- Springfield XD - 9mm (either plain XD or XD "M")
My little sister was 11 years old and probably 80 pounds when she was shooting trap with a single shot 12 gauge - I don't think your wife will have any trouble if she does it properly.
Try the reduced recoil 00-buckshot loads too.
You can also add a Mercury filled recoil reducer to it and they really do help to break up the recoil impulse. Every little bit helps.