Young Guns: Weatherby Vanguard rifle and SA-08 Synthetic Youth Semi-Auto Shotgun

Weatherby’s® 2010 product line includes two new offerings for young hunters and shooters: the Vanguard Youth rifle and the SA-08 Synthetic Youth semi-automatic shotgun.

The Vanguard Youth features a removable elongated spacer system that allows the rifle to grow with the shooter.  Installing the spacer creates a longer length of pull (12 1/2 inches to 13 5/8 inches) to accommodate young shooters as they mature.  The Vanguard Youth weighs only 6 1/2 pounds and has a 20-inch, #1 contour barrel.

Key features of the Synthetic Youth semi-auto shotgun include a short 12 1/2-inch length of pull, 24-inch barrel and just 5 3/4 pounds of weight.  Its proven dual valve system allows shooters to quickly adapt the shotgun to accommodate the widest load ranges, from 3/4 ounce to heavy 3-inch magnum.  Another benefit of the dual valve system is reduced recoil as compared to traditional single valve shotguns.  The Synthetic Youth comes in 20 gauge.

“Weatherby actively supports and encourages youth participation in the hunting and shooting sports with our time, dollars and products,” said Brad Ruddell, Weatherby’s vice president of sales and marketing.  “It’s especially important to provide guns that are a good fit, so youngsters can have a better outdoor experience, are more successful and more inclined to adopt hunting and shooting as a lifetime activity.  Both the Vanguard Youth rifle and the SA-08 Synthetic Youth shotgun are easy for youngsters to handle and shoot with greater accuracy.”

Vanguard Youth

van_youthA black synthetic rifle, the Vanguard Youth has a factory-tuned, fully adjustable trigger and other accuracy-enhancing features including a cold hammer forged barrel and the strong, yet lightweight, Vanguard short action.

Available in right-hand only, the Vanguard Youth sports Weatherby’s famous Monte Carlo stock (injection molded composite) design, which helps reduce felt recoil.  A low-density recoil pad also helps ease the impact on young shoulders.

The Vanguard Youth is available in .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington and .308 Winchester.  As with all Vanguard rifles, the Youth is backed with Weatherby’s accuracy guarantee of a 1 1/2-inch or better three-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition.

Built on the Vanguard foundation of accurate performance, exceptional value and affordability, the Youth carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $529.

SA-08 Synthetic Youth

sa_08_synth_youthLike all Weatherby SA-08 semi-auto shotguns, the Synthetic Youth is designed to feel trim and lightweight.  In addition to load versatility, the Synthetic Youth offers performance-tested reliability at a commonly affordable price.

The Synthetic Youth has an injection-molded synthetic stock that is durable yet lightweight.  An alloy receiver further reduces weight and improves overall balance.  A unique drop-out trigger system can be removed and reassembled quickly for easy cleaning.

Chrome-lined barrels can withstand years of high-volume shooting and reduce the effort necessary to keep the barrel clean.   The barrels have lengthened forcing cones for improved patterns and less shooter fatigue.  A vented top rib helps with heat dissipation as well as target acquisition.

Weatherby’s screw-in Integral Multi-Choke System is compatible with the Briley® thread pattern.  Each Synthetic Youth shotgun comes with Improved Cylinder, Modified and Full choke tubes that allow shooters to tailor their shot patterns for specific hunting applications

The Synthetic Youth sports a black stock and matte black metalwork to reduce glare, and a brass bead front sight.  Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $569.

For more information, contact a local Weatherby dealer, call the company at (805) 227-2600 or visit

Founded in 1945, Weatherby, Inc.’s line features the popular Vanguard® and legendary Mark V® rifles (production and custom), over/under and side-by-side shotguns in the classic Athena® and Orion® lines, semi-auto and pump shotguns, premium ammunition and security/shooting accessories. The company is based in Paso Robles, Calif., and invites all hunters and shooters to visit and join its free online community at

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