A short while ago, when the world was looking uglier than usual, I found myself looking at shotguns. I've never owned, or fired a shotgun before- a gap in my upbringing I'll be sure to bring to my late father's attention as soon as I meet up with him- and then one day I said I was thinking of getting a shotgun, and Hannah surprised me by saying she was thinking we should have one. Both of us were thinking home defense, and we live in an older mobile home, so the shorter the better. In the end, we opted for one of Canada Ammo's deals: the DA Grizzly 8.5" 12ga pump w/case of 00 Buck low recoil ammo: $529.99 plus taxes and shipping. Never having fired a shotgun, I was prepared for a serious kick in spite of the "low recoil" claim, and partly because we watched a big beefy kid around 6' and 200 pounds on You-Tube shooting one, and it looked like it was giving him a good hard kick. Since I weigh considerably less than 200 lbs, this was a concern. Pretty much everything about this gun is foreign to me, but I (finally) took it out to the range today with a box of ammo. Put on my home-made shooting jacket with the built in recoil pad, loaded up my very first 12ga round, aimed at a sheet of cardboard about 10 feet away and BOOM. Hm, that was... mild. Try again: loaded it all up: 1 in the chamber, 2 in the tube, aim again at the cardboard, and once again, recoil not an issue. Take off the jacket, try again- this thing is NO problem, and really quite fun. Was wishing I'd brought more ammo... Kinda neat firing something "in the general direction of the target" and still getting hits. Actually, lots more fun than I expected. I'll have to do some more research and see how the shot spreads at different ranges, but for our needs, it'll be very effective. I really, really hope I never need it for it's intended use. It turns out that both of us were thinking we should buy something like this while we could. No, I haven't heard any rumours, but it seems to me that sooner or later the Libs will move against us. Very short (28.5") shotguns might well be on the "hit list".