Don't be taking my words out of context to prove a point, as I know the newer synthetics are lighter than the wood as I just checked the weights. I'm saying if they go the used route, but it sounds to me like the OP is getting a new gun. Hence why I said 3-5 years, as I know mine was quite heavy that I had a while ago, before what seems a series of redesigns.
I am really impressed to see how light some of these newer guns are, as some older guns, no matter which make, were all real heavy. Now it looks they are all in the 7.5-8 mark which isn't a problem, but be remembered the heavier the gun the more manageable the kick, and depending on you or your children's frame that my be something to look into.
Last edited by jbat35; December 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM.