3-gun setup for the lady
Here is the deal, my wife came to the match today and said she might be willing to give it a go after seeing the steel targets and the shotgun stage today. This means she is going to need a gun, thus, a 3-gun build. What, if anything, is going to be different for a small frame barely 100lb gal shooting 3-gun than from us guys? She isn't keen on recoil given her limited time shooting so how can we keep that and the weight of rifle and shotgun down? Worst case I end up with light weight rig for 3-gun
Bulid a lightweight rifle with a good comp.
Get a 20G shotgun.
Lightweight mid-length AR.
Whatever pistol she likes best. (My wife prefers Glocks)
I think for women, a Saiga 12 is an ideal shotgun. A small woman with delicate hands may have difficulty manipulating enough shells to quickly load a shotgun, and shotguns with extended tubes are heavy for small framed women. I know this will put her in open, but she is there to have fun first of all, right?
My wife can handle my lightweight AR with no problem, and she is a good pistol shot. But my SLP is way too heavy for her. A 20 gauge with an extended tube will be almost as heavy as a 12. A 20 with a standard mag tube will hamper her via capacity.
Gas gun for the shotgun and 1oz loads. A 20 ga will feel worse than a 12ga with 1 oz loads. Light weight means more recoil. That said I shot skeet with some small framed ladies in college that were swinging a 10+ pound shotgun better than alot of guys
Thanks for the replies guys. We'll see what she gets comfortable with.
Just get the length of pull right. Everything else (weight, loads, etc.) will be likely similar with minor variations. No point in building a polymer, carbon fiber turd if it's not the right length.
Get the LOP right. Have her try a couple of different rifles for weight, fit and preference and mostly, LET HER PICK. Allow her to get involved and she'll be that much more emotionally invested and therefore committed.
Dr. Phil moment off.
Originally Posted By uscbigdawg1:
LET HER PICK.
Best advice right there.
A close 2nd was the "basically nothing" comment.
My wife is about a buck twenty. The ONLY thing that is really tailored to the fact that she's a female shooter is the VTAC TRX rail.
It's not even b/c of the light weight, it's the smaller tube diameter that fits her hands better.
For the AR she's running a BCM 16" mid lenghth SS bbl.
Other than that she shoots a Glock 34 & an SLP 12 ga and those were HER choices.
Great advice to have her pick and very very true.
I wasn't sure if there was something I should steer her towards that she might like or things like a smaller tube that would help her out.