Mossberg Offers Catalogue for Young Shooters


Buying a firearm for a youngster deserves all of the research and attention you can muster.

My first shotgun was a Stevens over/under 20-gauge that my father purchased from Sears for my 11th birthday. I still have and use the shotgun, even though it wasn’t a good first shotgun; every rabbit or bird that flushed got an immediate two-shot burst.

Although I eventually overcame the need to pull both triggers, that process took a while. A single shot .410 or 20-gauge would have taught me to take my time and make one shot count.

A first rifle or shotgun should fit the shooter’s smaller frame, a match that will greatly facilitate enjoyment and initial success. Most firearm companies offer a few guns for young shooters. Mossberg features more than 40; take a few minutes to peruse their online catalog.

MD Spring Turkey 09 071 - CopyO.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, throughout the company’s 95-year history, has been a leader in the development and design of firearms for younger and small-statured shooters and promoting responsible gun ownership and safety training for all gun owners. In the recently-launched Mossberg 2014 Youth Catalog, 45 shotguns, rimfire and centerfire rifles feature the company’s innovative EZ-Reach™ forends (pump-action shotguns), Super Bantam™ stock spacer adjustment system (shotguns and rifles) and Mossberg’s ground-breaking FLEX™ TLS™ (Tool-less Locking System). Adding these dimensional design features provides for proper fit and balance for younger shooters or individuals who require more compact firearms with shorter lengths-of-pull (LOP).

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.