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[–] Octocopter 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You can probably find a Remington870 in 20ga (or 12ga if she can handle it) for pretty cheap. Then get a pink stock/forearm or wrap for it.

Bonus points get her a flashlight for it.

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[–] Owlchemy 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Pump action, like your Remington you mentioned would be my suggestion. .410 is quite small and would make for a poor defensive shotgun, though. She should be able to easily handle a 20 Gauge without a problem. They're generally what a first time hunter, twelve +/- year old would start with, plus is very common and you about every typical type of shot shell ammo (bird shot to rifles slugs) is readily available at reasonable prices.

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[–] Slagiatt 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I wouldnt go .410. Pretty weak. She should ve able to handle a 20ga. Maybe a 28ga, but harder to find ammo. Probably xant find a pink one either

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[–] kreepyasskraker 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Don't know how much you want to spend but I would stick with a mossberg 500 or mossberg maverick 88 (good cheaper version of the 500) but and if you are worried about recoil of a 12 ga just get her a 20ga and it should be just fine. Remington's quality has supposedly gone to shit these days and I've heard people can't keep rust off of new 870s so I'd avoid them unless you can find a nice older one. I like mossberg because they have aluminum receivers which make them light and resistant to rust. I also prefer their controls but that's just me because my first shotgun was a mossberg. OR you could go nuts and get her a vepr 12 with a drum mag :)

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[–] ChaoticNeutral 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Mossberg 500 is a great one. You may have to look for one with a smaller stock.

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[–] clamhurt_legbeard 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

We got a Weatherby PA-08 a while back. 20 ga, youth model. Works all right. I don't think we've had any problems with it. It's made in Turkey, so it's cheap, but the Turks make a lot of shotguns.

Another thing is it has pretty wood. Your mom needs to practice, and a gun she likes will likely get more practice!

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[–] Jimmycog 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Be cautious of straw purchase rules.

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[–] kreepyasskraker 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You can gift a firearm no problem as long as you have knowledge the person is legally allowed to have it.

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[–] Jimmycog 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks

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[–] 11125193? 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Remington has been having quality issues lately. I would steer clear of the 870. If you guys do decide on a pump, make sure she doesn't store it with a round chambered. Pump action shotguns are not designed to be drop safe while a round is chambered. The poor lady might drop it accidentally and theres a good chance it will discharge.

She might do well with a simple double barrel. A full sized pump action might be difficult to operate altogether for her, in addition to the accidental drop risk.

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