My 15 year-old daughter has been shooting skeet and sporting clays with me since late spring and is really enjoying the experience. The man who's been coaching us in skeet indicated yesterday that she has the potential to be really good, but, not surprisingly, the gun she's using does not fit her very well. I've started to look at some suitable guns better designed for a woman shooter, and the Franchi Instinct Catalyst is a potential solution. The gun, specifically the butt stock, has been reconfigured to fit the frame of a female. Perhaps just as significant for me, I have the opportunity to purchase the gun at a discounted price. I'd like to be in the position that price is not a consideration, but that's not our reality. On the other hand, buying a gun simply because it's a good price cannot be the driving factor.
So, has anyone had any experience with this particular model? Or if not the Catalyst, has anyone put the standard Franchi Instinct through its paces on the skeet/sporting clays field. I'd really like to think she'd hunt upland game with it, but she's more of a shooter than hunter.
Are there aspects of the Instinct that make it poorly suited for a clays gun? The gun comes with a 28" barrel and only 3 chokes which makes me think it's more geared toward the hunting market and casual clay shooter. My daughter is not an elite shooter by any standard, but she takes instruction (not from me!) very well and has the drive to improve. Most importantly to me, I have a shooting partner and want to foster that relationship. We shoot primarily 7/8 oz. loads for clays that do not bother her from a recoil standpoint, so I'm not looking for a sub-gauge gun for her. She shoots in NRA's YHEC program and really wants to be competitive in all their shooting venues, especially sporting clays.
Thank you to anyone who responds. I appreciate the feedback. Matt