All great points and thanks to all for your comments!
We are talking target and (hopefully never) home defense. I am not a total wimp, just want something that is comfortable for me and the kids to target shoot. I would really like to try to shoot a few different models before choosing which to buy. Looked at an 870 pump yesterday, can't argue with the name and mass appeal they have. Mossberg is the name that comes to mind 1st when you talk about shotguns for a non-hunter, recreational shooter.
I agree I will invest in a good recoil pad, and I like hearing the different comparisons of what they feel like, very helpful! I am able to shoot handguns without issue, all day. AR15, no problem. So maybe I am not as wimpy as I think LOL.
Our 1st preference is pump, however I never shot a semiauto so that opinion may change quickly.
bobski, if I were closer I would be very honored to come to the shoot and hoot, but that is a drive from AZ!