I got an email from a friend on a car forum that went something like this. "You are the only gun guy I know, I am looking for a home defense shotgun that my wife would be able to handle. Would a .410 be ok? I replied that it might do the job but I would be more comfortable with a 20 gauge. His wife is about 5'5"-5'7" and pretty thin, but the couple times I have been around her she doesn't seem like a wimp. I explained the different actions and the plusses and minuses of each in a HD situation, and offered to let him try out my shotguns (pump, semi-auto, o/u, and bolt.)but they are all 12 gauge and with my lightest trap loads the recoil is pretty negligable. He accepted my offer when it warms up around here. I was at a gun show today and saw a Maverick pump that was very inexpensive, then I did a search on this site and it seems that a maverick is basically a Mossberg assembled in the USA of foreign parts, and this would suit his needs very well. It seemed well built to me but after being out of regular shooting for a few years I may not be the expert I once thought I was. I am thinking about recommending it to him as an inexpensive option for what he wants to do. My goal is to slowly drag him into shooting sports, he is originally from New York and has been somewhat conditioned to the anti-gun mentality of those parts. He sorta knows that mentality is wrong but doesn't know exactly why it is wrong. I need to bring him along slowly so he doesn't resort to the NY state of mind on gun rights. Your thoughts on the maverick, and on my goal are respectfully requested, I was a fairly skilled trap shooter, and a fair amount of black powder went through my cap n ball pistols before life got in the way! Life is out of the way now and I am looking forward to both trap and my pistols this summer!! This post rambles some and I am sorry for that but I am trying to bring someone to the fold.