Anybody else's wife/gf 5'2" ?


October 22, 2005, 06:23 AM
I'm trying to get a semi-unofficial survey of how much "rifle" a 5'2" woman can handle. My wife's not that strong, and so I think my 308 ain't going to be something she can shoot.

M1Carbine, or .. Mini14??

Give me some idea guys. And don't ask me to ask her, I need to eliminate it down to a few choices before she'll even look..

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October 22, 2005, 06:28 AM
My ex GF is 5'3'', .308 was too much for her, when shooting prone she would slide back on the mound a few inches with each shot, and she was wacked in the head by the sights a couple of times.

I'd suggest something .223, prone fire or benched only and a set of weights to build some muscle strength.


Steam dragon
October 22, 2005, 06:34 AM
My wifeis 5'0"
She regularly shoots my Garand.
Regularly out-shoots me with my Garand... but that's a different story.

MOST IMPORTANT, is your wife a new shooter? That's the impression I get...

If yes, start with a .22. Just like teaching a kid.
You don't want to punish her with heavy recoil (Or do you?) and scare her off shooting.

For what it is worth, my wife wants her own .50 BMG single shot for xmas...


October 22, 2005, 07:29 AM
I'm 5'3" and ~130 lbs and can shoot an M1 Garand and 12 gauge shotguns without much problem. Let her decide what she can or wants to do.

Taurus 617 CCW
October 22, 2005, 07:36 AM
My GF is 5'3" and she has shot everything up to the M-44 (7.62x54) and 12 gauge. She takes a particular liking to the 1911 in .45 ACP. I second that suggestion by Steam Dragon about starting with .22 LR. We just went to the range a couple of days ago and only shot .22. She ended up loving it because to her it felt like a little shooting gallery you find at the carnival.

October 22, 2005, 07:46 AM
First off I would like to ask you a few questions. Has she shot your .308? How do you know she can't handle it? Is she recoil sensitive or are you just trying to convience yourself that shes a small woman and she can't handle it? I find most women that can't handle a .308 or a .45acp or whatever is because someone told her she couldn't. Frankly, I don't think caliber is an issue here unless she is recoil sensitive. There are few things that come first when pairing up a firearm with a female. First is weight. Granted women kind were not designed like men and most firearms were designed for men. It is easier for a man to lug around a 10lb plus rifle all day long than it is for a lady but anyone man or woman that has carried a rifle around all day knows that even the lightest rifles get heavy and cumbersome at the end of the day. Second is overall length of the rifle and shooting comfort. This is even more so with women. Comfort is very important to them. I myself do not have long arms and some firearms that have a normal length buttstock is just too long to be any real comfort when shooting for any length of time. Guns are like pants, if they don't fit you not going to wear them. This is even more so with women. Comfort is very, very important to them. Third is looks, (go ahead and laugh I did). When I was helping my fair lady choose a pistol I really listened to her and what she had to say I wanted her to be very happy with what she chose. She kept saying things like, "It's too plain" or "It's ugly" she even once said "I don't like glocks their black, plastic, plain, ugly". (that's my girl i thought to myself) I never said that to her because I wanted to get her something she wanted not me. At the time I had only learned lessons one and two, something that was not heavy and fit her hand well. I want something she would shoot not me. I wanted her to have a firearm that she would hold dear to her heart like some of us guys do. Only after you satisfied criterias one ,two and three should caliber even be and issue. Don't tell her what she can handle let her find out what she can handle. My uncle once told me, "Jim, some men can't handle a 45 acp". Let her shoot your .308 have her ignore everything else ask her if she can handle the recoil, what she thinks about it, but only after she shoots it. If it's too much put somthing else in her arms and let her try it, then ask her the same question again. I went downstairs a moment ago and asked the "little woman" this question. I asked her, "Now that you have been shooting for a while how important do you think fit and comfort is as opposed to caliber?" She said," As long as it fits and feels good I don't care if it's a .50bmg". You want to narrow it down to a few choices take her to a few gunshows and follow HER around let HER look. Pay attention to what she has to say. Take notice of what she likes and what she's drawn too. She might like the nice laminate stocks, or a black synthetic underneath brushed stainless steel action and barrel. Women really like stainless I have come to find out. IMHO the only thing you should do is guide her away from stuff most of us would consider unsafe or junk, answer her question and give you honest oponion when she asks a question. Oh and btw don't tell her your taking her to a gunshow tell her your taking her shopping!

October 22, 2005, 07:47 AM
Both my wife and G/F are about that size. :evil: :scrutiny: :what: :D If one ever finds out about the other I don't think my chances are good no matter what gun is laying around!:eek: :D

October 22, 2005, 07:57 AM
:D Boy am I in trouble!!!! Thanks for the laugh Dino.

October 22, 2005, 08:01 AM
In the old days gun books said a woman shouldn't even think of shooting anything bigger than a 22 pistol since they hav a more delicate nervous system !! I remember a 5'2" woman who shot a 44 mag revolver in metallic silhouette and did as well as the typical guy !....For a rifle make sure the stock fits .You can get a good recoil pad too. Train her properly , starting out with a 22 and working up. Teach her how to stand properly .She has to determine her limits, don't assume.

October 22, 2005, 08:35 AM
I'd say 5.56x45 or 7.62x39 should be relatively easy for her to manage. Work her up to those power levels, then try her on a .308-class cartridge after she's familiar with the lower-power stuff. And, most important of all, have a gun that fits her! If the LOP is too long, or she can't get a secure, comfortable hold on the weapon, she'll be put off it forever.

Master Blaster
October 22, 2005, 08:50 AM
Where are you going to shoot? How much distance?
Plinking? shooting at paper targets? Hunting?

At the 100 yard range at my club I see some women (men too including me) who really enjoy shooting the .17 HMR, and the .22 magnum. They have virtually no recoil and make good target rounds. .17 HMR could do 300 yards even.

Next would be .223 since its accurate, and inexpensive to shoot. It has more recoil than the rimfire rounds.
Folks even compete in highpower out to 600 yards with it. If you are looking for a carbine, an m4 clone would be a good choice with a 6 position adjustable stock. Ars are very accurate and fun to shoot.

I have also seen a couple of petite young women shooting the 8mm Mauser, and the 7mm rem mag. preparing to go hunting in one case and plinking with her boyfriend in another.
The WWII surplus Mauser had a steel buttplate:eek: I dont even like to shoot those, but this young lady was smart and was wearing a PAST magnum recoil pad, on her shoulder. I think she went through 3 boxes 60 rounds, and then she traded off for the 30-.06 garrand with her boyfriend and shot it some more.

Women can handle the recoil, if they are taught how. most important is that you get her a PAST recoil shield and teach her how to hold the rifle tightly to her shoulder so her whole body moves with the rifles recoil, rather than it wacking her hard.;)

October 22, 2005, 08:58 AM
Yep - she prefers the Colt 6920 in .223 or the SKS in 7.62x39. Tried to get her to shoot the M39 (7.62x54) once but she didn't like the look of the recoil.

But she'll sit there all afternoon with the .223...loves that caliber!

Oleg Volk
October 22, 2005, 09:03 AM
The issue isn't recoil but weight of the gunis. One ex-GF is 5'3" and shoots M44 Mosin w/o trouble, but other friends are 4'11" to 5'6" and all have trouble holding up HBAR15s or similar. I would suggest M1 carbine or a light 16" AR simply for the weight factor. I am biased against Mini14 from personal experience, others like them.

October 22, 2005, 09:09 AM
My wife is 5' 4" 110 lbs and shoots my fal but thinks its too heavy, she likes her saiga better.:D

Byron Quick
October 22, 2005, 09:10 AM
One of the best deer hunters, I know is a tiny woman. Maybe 5 feet. Maybe a hundred pounds. She shoots a .30-'06 hunting and I've ssen her shot heavier at the range.

Away from the range and hunt camp, you'd never imagine-she's into frilly fashions and such. Work her up to it and she might just decide that she doesn't like that sissy .308 and wants a real caliber:D

October 22, 2005, 09:52 AM
If she's fairly new to shooting, get her going on a good .22. If you want something she can use defensively fairly effectively, get a Ruger 10/22, put a Butler Creek folding stock on it, and fit it with a red dot and a 25-round mag. LOADS of fun, and effective out to 50-100 yards even in the hands of a very inexperienced shooter.

Once she's got a good bit of shooting under her belt, then you can think about moving up to a centerfire. When you do, have her wear both plugs AND muffs, since a lot of perceived recoil (especially for new shooters) is noise and blast rather than the actual recoil of the rifle.

FWIW, my wife is 5'1" and handles an SKS competently, and I'm sure she could a larger caliber rifle well if she ever had a desire to. A mini-14, adjustable-stocked AR, M1 carbine, etc. would be easily manageable, I'd expect. Just don't be too pushy about a particular choice...let her decide what she likes.

October 22, 2005, 10:21 AM
I took a friend shooting who is 4'10 or so and weights about 85 lbs. She shot an AR-15. AK-47, .45 ACP, 10mm, and a .44 magnum and was fine with all of them.

Actually, I should say, she enjoyed all of them. With the .44 magnum, the recoil did not bother her, the two foot fireball did.

October 22, 2005, 10:22 AM
I would agree with Barbara. But if you have to narrow it down, I'd try the M1 carbine or Mini if in California. If you're not, I'd look into a lightweight AR.

October 22, 2005, 10:48 AM
My g/f is 5.56 and she doesn't have any problem shooting, nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.


October 22, 2005, 11:02 AM
I'm 5'2", and I can shoot 30.06, 8mm, whatever, what she likes/can shoot, depends on the woman, not the size...

chris in va
October 22, 2005, 11:14 AM
AR15 variants. Hipoint carbine. Marlin levergun. Mini 14 etc.

October 22, 2005, 12:05 PM
My wife's 5'2"...she's had no problems with the AR-15, SKS, or AK. She hasn't tried anything heavier-she doesn't have any interest in my milsurp bolt guns.

I'd have to agree that gettng a rifle that fits her properly would be a big key to success.

October 22, 2005, 12:15 PM
My mother and girlfriend are both 5' 2". Give 'em a sks and they'll do fine. My brother's fiance is about 4' 6" to 4' 8" and weights in around 85 pounds. I can't wait to see her shoot. :evil:

CW Spook
October 22, 2005, 12:17 PM
My wife's just 4'10" and she shoots our little Mosin M38 carbine just fine!!

October 22, 2005, 12:22 PM
With .308, there are so many different loads-if she wants to shoot that caliber, I'm sure there's a round out there for her.

October 22, 2005, 12:32 PM
As stated above, wives , GFs, ladies...never had a problem if gun fit them, correct basic fundamentals were used. Stamina was increased by simply doing the repetitions with rifles as done with shotguns I have shared.

There is something about a 16 y/o teenager, 4'11" , petite, who is upset about the Model 70 in '06 being out of ammo. Hand them 45-70 and they get all giddy.
"Big Holes!...I'm going to go lob and see if can hit that paint can now..." :p

Twoblink - congrats btw.

You have missed a point expressed many times in these forums. It makes NO difference "if she can", "if she wants to", or "even if she does".

What is hers is hers and what is yours is ours.:D

DT Guy
October 22, 2005, 12:36 PM
My wife is recoil sensitive, and I'm beginning to suspect that it's not going to go away. She simply doesn't like loud or heavy-recoiling guns.

I've come to the conclusion that it's better for her to shoot-and ENJOY shooting-a .22 pistol and a light caliber rifle than it is for her to struggle with heavier calibers. While she could physically 'handle' a .308, at ~115# she just has no desire to do so.

Her favorite rifles include a 10-22, an SKS and an M-1 carbine, as mentioned above. All in all, I think the SKS (heavy, relatively low blast) is her favorite, and she ENJOYS shooting it. Sometimes as shooters we tend to push our partners toward larger guns and heavier calibers, but I've decided that my wife can shoot what she pleases, without pressure from me to 'move up' the caliber scale.

Being a good shot is more important than the caliber you shoot, after all...


October 22, 2005, 01:07 PM
If the gun fits you, you're an experienced shooter, and your technique is proper, size doesn't matter.

(There, I said it and I'm glad I said it. ;) )

Recoil control isn't about the shooter's height, sex, or weight. It's about her technique, her experience, and how well the gun fits her. Her size affects which stocks she will put on the guns she uses, and of course there's an upper limit to caliber based upon the overall weight of the gun she can handle. But that upper limit for petite females is a lot higher than most you macho guys want to believe.

Two issues:

1) Accuracy. If recoil gives you difficulties and ruins your accuracy, your size & sex aren't the issue -- either your experience or your technique are, possibly both.

Some folks think that after firing 200 rounds of .22 in two or three or four afternoons at the range, their inexperienced partner is now experienced and is ready to move up. It ain't necessarily so. Contrast that newly-"experienced" shooter with a kid who grew up with a .22 in hand and fired literally thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of rounds over months or years before ever trying anything bigger. Seems to me there's some difference between the two!

2) Enjoyment. Some folks just plain don't like recoil. Again, size & sex don't have much to do with that. I'm told lots of women don't like recoil and I suppose it's true, though I suspect that such is often simply a matter of expectations. If you tell her often enough that she's incapable of learning something, and is going to hate it, well, it really shouldn't surprise you that she echoes your attitude back to you when she finally tries it.

Oh, me? I love recoil in a handgun, dislike it in a shoulder gun. Probably because I'm both experienced and skilled with a handgun, and only moderately so with long guns. Loud noises don't bother me, but pain does.


October 22, 2005, 01:16 PM
Well, Bonnie Parker (of the Barrow gang) was 4'10" and about 85 pounds, and she robbed banks with a 20 pound M1918 BAR. So I'd say a 5'2" girl ought to try an M60 or maybe a 1919A6.

October 22, 2005, 01:37 PM
There are two opposing forces at work here..

She's not that strong, and so weight of the gun will be more of an issue. I recall a girl I took shooting before, she was about 5 foot tall, and had no problems shooting my M1A... When it was on bench. She couldn't life the thing, 45 degree downward dirt shots if she handheld.

BUT, lighter guns generally increases the felt recoil dramatically.

(I hate AR's, but I won't start an AR vs. M1A debate here!)

An M1Carbine, OR.. I'm thinking a what I've wanted all along (hehehe.. <insert evil laugh here>) something along the lines of a pump 357Mag. Yes yes, it's not technically a "rifle caliber" but out of an 18" barrel, it will smoke a M1Carbine round.. So I don't think it any worse than an M1Carbine.

hehehe.. and I'm surprised none of you brought it up; she picks guns based mostly on "how pretty does it look". (so start showing the gun porn people!!) She's not one to enjoy recoil, so whatever is the most recoil free (and in black) will be high on her list.

Oleg Volk
October 22, 2005, 01:58 PM
Start her with a .22 Kframe or an autoloader. I just gave the first pistol lesson to a friend who is probably stronger than most men (she lifts about 20% more weights than I do, and I've brought up my numbers a lot this year). Guess what I used?

S&W617 with .22 Colibris at five yards. Until she improves the handling and accuracy and becomes proficient, we won't move up to .22LR, and 38spl will be FAR behind that. But she will have good handling and marksmanship habit by then.

Same with rifles, if she goes to that. Your Pumpmaster with Super Colibris, then your 10-22 with LR. I don't think we'll go for an AR15 or similar until much later, perhaps as long as a year.

The idea is to let a person learn the basics, then let them try different types and choose. You may be surprised by their choices. For example, our friend Bonnie picked Glock 17 over single-stack 9mm, and yet she could not handle a 9mm Colt AR except from a rest due to its weight. You can never tell in advance.

Also, tube magazines are harder than box magazine to make safe. Another consideration for you.

PS: No photos from today's shoot -- the friend doesn't want her photos on-line. Pity.

Felonious Monk
October 22, 2005, 02:06 PM
I'm going to go against the grain and say Beretta CX4. SUCH cool factor, and it's compact, light and way fun to shoot.

October 22, 2005, 03:19 PM
Mrs. Browningguy is 5'3" and lightly built. 20 years ago she shot a lightweight Browning 20 ga. O/U with no problems. Now with her arthritis weight of gun is the most important issue for her. She really likes the .223 Keltec SU16. Of the 2 you mentioned I would go with the M1 Carbine because of the lighter weight over the Mini14, .223 and .30 Carbine have no recoil issues anyway. A friends 9 year old son shoots the Keltec with absolutely no problems and is a new shooter as well as weighing about 75 pounds.

October 22, 2005, 03:21 PM
My ex-wife is 5'-3" and shot a 30.06 hunting deer with no problem. The only thing she couldn't handle was work or house cleaning, that's why she's and "EX"!

Black Majik
October 22, 2005, 03:23 PM
The girl that got ME into shooting is 5'2" and she fights for my 12 ga. shotgun on the trap range :D

You'd be surprise how much recoil some of those girls can take. Her bigger and beefier cousin gets bruised like a melon shooting a 20 ga.

October 22, 2005, 03:31 PM
My wife is 5 foot even - she has no problems with my AK47 but I think that would be about as large as I would go caliber wise.....

October 22, 2005, 06:11 PM
I'm trying to get a semi-unofficial survey of how much "rifle" a 5'2" woman can handle. My wife's not that strong, and so I think my 308 ain't going to be something she can shoot.

M1Carbine, or .. Mini14??

Give me some idea guys. And don't ask me to ask her, I need to eliminate it down to a few choices before she'll even look..

I haven't read the rest of the thread yet, but here's my opinion upon first reaction. M1 Carbine is a fun deal, but how's ammo availability in your part of the world? Mini-14 is a fun deal, but it's a better round than .30Carbine and ammo might be more available. I know it is here. The ammo makes the Mini-14 a bit more useful without seeming to add much weight if any.

As for the .308, if she tries it, she can make up her own mind as to whether it's comfortable to her as well as whether she can work the action. I assume you're talking about a M1A/M14. Sometimes a woman will surprise you and like something you thought she wouldn't or hate something you thought she'd like.

FWIW now, I'm a guy, 31 years old, 6' tall and 200lbs., but when I was a younger teenager, I didn't take recoil nearly as well as I do now. It surprised everybody when I liked a bigger shotgun, but there was also the matter of weight soaking up recoil. My sister is a head shorter than me and while she prefers short lightweight guns, she can shoot anything I can if she wants to.

October 22, 2005, 06:23 PM
She swings a .45-70 Ruger #1S like nobody's business (Shown in full recoil here, launching 405gr chunks o'lead):

But she still cleans up real good:

So, with respect to the original question, it's really not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. :D

October 22, 2005, 06:26 PM
Mine is 5'2" ~115, but don't tell her I posted that...

She can shoot up to and including a Ruger PC9 but she'll get tired after awhile. She's very noise sensitive, so I wouldn't expect her to handle a .223, especially since mine's braked.

I have to agree with starting her off on a .22LR and letting her move up as necessary.

October 22, 2005, 06:36 PM
I just remembered what one of my online buddies (a small woman, on another board) told me about her experience shopping for a pistol. Everybody, including her husband and the ditzy chick behind the gun counter, was telling her she couldn't handle a 9mm and said get something .380ACP or smaller. They were trying to get her to take a cheap junk .380. Everybody on that other board, including me, told her try anything she wanted to and find out what she likes including make, model, and caliber, as well as staying away from certain makes. She eventually got a S&W 9mm she likes real well.

BTW, I've showed her this board.

October 22, 2005, 07:18 PM
my roomate is 5 foot nothing and is somewhere around 100 lbs but she loves my 30-06. it all depends on the girl. ask yourself this, if it was your brother that was 5 foot 2 would you hesitate on letting him shoot somthing big? you cant let sex be a issue at all. i know guys who are scarred to shoot .22 and girls who one hand the 12 gauge.

October 22, 2005, 07:18 PM
Mom was 5'2" and a scant 115lbs in heels. When Dad was dithering about getting his Mauser finished, she took his Enfield 30-06 down to the 'smith and had the stock cut for her. Now he had to get the Mauser finished because he no longer had a deer rifle. She had done the same thing to his Winchester Ranger double 12 guage right after they got married. :D

It's about what SHE wants. Guide her to where she can try and play with all of them and she will decide what she can handle.


October 22, 2005, 07:53 PM
Fit is most important.

Grip length and diameter for handguns, stock length for long guns.

Weight can be difficult to deal with at first, but with experience it is not as much of a factor. Some exercise concentrating on the hands and wrists will help here, as well as general upper body exercises.

Noise is often the biggest problem new shooters have. You might want her to try both earplugs and earmuffs until she becomes accustomed to the loud noises. And shoot first, to let the new shooter hear the noise and reduce the suprise. Unless she has already lost some of her hearing due to loud music like a few folks I can think of...

As for recoil, a steel buttplate and a t-shirt are a recipe for disaster. Also start with shooting positions that allow the body to move in response to the recoil. Benchresting is not a good idea with high recoil firearms.

Be patient, and have fun!

October 22, 2005, 08:51 PM
I don't think you can adequately or accurately assess someone's recoil tolerance by their size.

Sharps Shooter
October 23, 2005, 12:08 AM
Nor do I believe a person’s recoil tolerance can be assessed by their size. My 5’2” wife loves her 7mms – a couple of 7mm-08s and a custom 7mm Rem Mag. And with over 30 years big game hunting experience, she’s deadly with them. However, any factory rifle she’s ever purchased requires a trip to the gunsmith to have its stock shortened. I think recoil tolerance has a lot more to do with experience and gun fit than it has to do with the size or gender of the shooter.

October 23, 2005, 08:15 AM
hehehe.. and I'm surprised none of you brought it up; she picks guns based mostly on "how pretty does it look". (so start showing the gun porn people!!) She's not one to enjoy recoil, so whatever is the most recoil free (and in black) will be high on her list.

Reread my orgional post, Twoblink, you will see that I more than adaquitly broached that subject.

October 23, 2005, 10:42 PM
I talked to the manager of the local gun range today. The winner of the last 400 yard rifle contest was an 11 year old girl. Her rifle? A Remington 7mm magnum. :what:

October 23, 2005, 10:45 PM
The problem with recoil is two-folds:

1) Actual recoil
2) What the shoulder thinks it's feeling

Quite a few 5 footers have shot my M1A, but they are a bit more "recoil resistant" than the Mrs.

I guess the sensable thing is start off with the 10/22, and work my way up. My 10/22 is recoil free :evil: (or what my friends call Mosquito bite recoil)

October 24, 2005, 01:58 AM
lots of guys here have petite wimmen!

that's good, i always got envious when i'd read about some guy and the tactical mad monday drills that he and his 6'4" amazonian wife would do... y'know, good ol neck breaking ninja kicking body tossing type drills..


4v50 Gary
October 24, 2005, 02:06 AM
My wife's just 4'10" and she shoots our little Mosin M38 carbine just fine!!

Your wife is more a man than I. :uhoh: That little Mosin-Nagant carbine kicks too much for me. Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! So I prefer military guns with longer barrels. They make better pig-stickers when you're out foraging. ;)

October 24, 2005, 07:44 AM
How about one of the lightweight 9mm carbines?

October 24, 2005, 10:19 AM
I wouldn't give her a 12 ga, 870 defender loaded with slugs, long story...

The "wifes" Match Grade AR is weighing in at 17 lbs plus 10 rounds in the mag? She also seems to enjoy the Ruger Super Red Hawk 45LC/454 combo, but just with 45LC and that is a 53 oz hand cannon unloaded, (she's seen the white knuckled shooting of 454). Don't know what my Kimber weighs, but she shoots it with one hand to practice, and shoots the .45 NRA matchs too. (I haven't build her a spring field 1911 to replicate the one she has in the armory, but after I do it's hands off my Kimber) Next fall I want to take her back home to MN and get out the; 300 Mag, 7mm Mag and 458 Win, just for fun.

I think it's the fight in the woman, not the size of the woman. The wife is 5'5" about 140lbs. She's also a Sgt in the Marine Corps, so being 4 months senior it's my duty to kick her butt when compliaining about sissy things like recoil.

She's on the base rifle and pistol team, also got Female high shooter and Female high team at the CG Cup trap match Camp Pendleton this year, so we aren't dealing with the average wife :neener:

Browns Fan
October 24, 2005, 12:31 PM
My wife is 5' 2", and has no problem shooting my Saiga 7.62x39; oh, and btw, she had 6hrs of brain surgery 3yrs ago (no, I'm not kidding).

October 24, 2005, 01:57 PM
DW is 5'3" and ~130

she has at times fired .357 revolvers but prefers .38
and she has used a host of .30 rifles

She prefers to hunt with a .350 Win Mag.:scrutiny:


October 24, 2005, 02:02 PM
i think a 38sp lever gun would be great. and a 38 sp revolver. very soft shooting and can be had in youth models for the more petite

October 24, 2005, 02:31 PM
Had a 5 foot nothing female Cadet who could shoot circles around most of the 6 foot guys with either a No.4 or a C1A1. I also had big strapping guys who'd nearly burst into tears from recoil. It's not the size that matters.
The only way to find out how much felt recoil a shooter can handle is to have them shoot.

October 24, 2005, 03:00 PM
My 5'3" daughter has her own .308 and shoots everything I own including .45-70 and .300wsm.

My wife used to shoot (5'2") and did quite well with the 7mm magnum I owned at that time.

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