I have a m2000 defense model with the 18.5" barrel. It has a dependable action and does what I want. Really light loads may cause some trouble with the action cycling, but I haven't had any problems since I got a few hundred rounds through mine. It wouldn't eat the game loads at first, but will now. I'm happy with mine. I've shot thousands of rounds of 12 gauge through Winchester, Remington, and Mossberg pumps and don't think the Stoeger has more recoil than they did. I've only feared recoil when it was warm weather and we were shooting pheasant loads with only a t-shirt on, so I might just be more tolerant of it.