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Old 10-05-2017, 10:35 AM   #1
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First of all, thanks for all the help on my AR thread.

My question is this: buy AR or buy something like a savage or Mossberg bolt rifle with wood stock and cut it down for my son? Hes 8 and small framed, maybe 50#. Just not sure about the AR, I guess because I don't know anything about them.

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Old 10-05-2017, 10:47 AM   #2
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Wish you were closer I would have you and him come shoot mine. I went the AR route when I was in the exact same situation. That way I only had to take one rifle to the blind.

Collapse and he shoots. Expand and I shoot.

Hell I usually hunt with it now unless I am stretching my legs out.
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Wish you were closer I would have you and him come shoot mine. I went the AR route when I was in the exact same situation. That way I only had to take one rifle to the blind.

Collapse and he shoots. Expand and I shoot.

Hell I usually hunt with it now unless I am stretching my legs out.


I am gonna meet a buddy this weekend. He has a 556 and a 6.8 to let my son shoot.


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Old 10-05-2017, 11:33 AM   #4
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My six-year-old son shoots my ARs with no problem. 5.56 and 7.62 x39

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I don't think one is better than the other. We went the AR route with our kids because it was easy, we already had them and the kids thought they 'looked cool." I learned with rifles my dad cut down with a hacksaw in the garage. I'd talk to your kid and ask him which one HE likes best! Offer him some bolt choices like a Tikka, Savage or Ruger American. That way, if he goes that route you're going to get a decent shooting rifle that he can get a replacement stock for later; and that he'll WANT to keep and actually keep shooting.

There's nothing like your first rifle. I still shoot the Remington .22 that was my first rifle and also my Dad's first rifle.

Don't be intimidated by your lack of knowledge about the AR platform. There is SO much info available online that, if you can put together a bed frame, you can figure out how to build an AR. YouTube is full of video examples of how to do anything you'll ever need to do. Between this forum and AR15.com you can get any questions that you can think of answered very quickly!

Involving your son in the decision making and the shopping around will be, IMO, a bonding experience you'll never forget! Get after it, Dad!!


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Old 10-05-2017, 11:44 AM   #6
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Only thing that is certain is that he'll outgrow a youth rifle before he outgrows an AR platform with collapsible stock. If I were you I'd build him a nice hunting AR from scratch and he'll be able to use it for the rest of his life if he wants and know that his dad built it for him. Also, the recoil buffer system lessens perceived recoil in my opinion, don't let your current knowledge of AR's dissuade you from them. I didn't know a lick about them when I built my first one and didn't have any issue. They are super simple guns and there is so much knowledge out there to be had. Plus you never know when .gov may tell you you can't buy one anymore. Currently AR prices are DIRT cheap for parts and rifles.

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If you're going to go the AR route I'd hurry up - Las Vegas is already spinning up a panic and I won't be surprised if availability goes down and prices go up.


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Old 10-05-2017, 11:30 PM   #10
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Well, tonight me n my son went to pull the card from camera n put out sweet feed. We start talking guns. He says he wants one like his big sister. Hers is a Savage Axis II. I asked him, are u sure you dont want an AR? He said yes im sure....kids, go figure. All he talked about was an AR for months. He will probably change his mind again 10x


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Build yourself another AR "for him"...
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I am building an 80% AR for each of my kids.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:49 PM   #17
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I am right there with you. Debated the wood stock and cutting in for my Encore. I ended up buying a kit for the TC encore that has the adjustable M4 stock like and ar-15.

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Old 10-06-2017, 02:54 PM   #18
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:34 PM   #19
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:49 PM   #21
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Mossberg makes the Patriot Bantam, which comes with a short stock and inserts to make the length of pull longer, if you want. That way, you don't have to cut it and it'll still fit your son when he's older.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:19 PM   #22
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Maybe a youth Remington 700. When he out grows that you could swap out the stock with a full size aftermarket for less then most new rifles and have good light weight full size rifle.
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