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I don't have any experience with the 20 ga. Nova, but the 12 ga. version with 20" barrel has what I would call significant recoil. Even with reduced recoil "tactical loads" recoil is very noticable.


At least as important as recoil is the fit of the Nova for a 9 year old. Unless Benelli is marketing a model specifically for younger shooters, a Nova is going to be too large for a youngster. Length of pull and overall dimensions are definately adult-sized. Since the Nova has a pull off recoil pad and hollow stock, I don't know how difficult it would be to reduce the length of pull to accommate a child. It would be almost impossible to add any length back to the stock as the youngster got older. The butt stock is not removable/replacable like a traditional stock since it is an integal part of the frame and receiver.


My suggestion is to find a dealer who stocks the Nova and let your son try it for fit.

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