I have a Pardner Protector, and I love it. It is extremely well built, and it shoots very well. The quality for the price is very, very good. Its not cheaply built, it's simply a well built gun at a good price. It's considered to be considerably better than the current Remington 870 Express as far as steel used, reliability, etc. Google it. I debated over whether to go with the Maverick 88 or H&R, and after doing a lot of reading, I decided to get the H&R. It's solid steel, and it will accept all aftermarket parts from the 870 except the barrel... different barrel lug placement makes them incompatible. Also, as far as price, the Pardner is priced about the same, or cheaper, as the Maverick 88 (at least in my area). I got mine for $179 new, and the cheapest Maverick 88 I've seen in my area was $199. My recommendation is read some reviews online and try to find one to handle in a store to see if you like it. Check out the Maverick 88 also, you might like that as well.