My son, 14 years old, shoots a wood stocked a400 and shoots it well. Both guns are easy to adjust and breakdown. The SBE is easier to carry afield as the receiver is shallower. The a400 is softer but, unless you are a diehard clays shooter, you will never shoot enough to make the 12 ga recoil an issue. I think too many people make recoil as much of an issue as a few ounces of weight. If the gun fits, recoil is not an issue ever. Also, don't waste your money on the 3-1/2" stuff as this is just a US marketing ploy. Most all gun problems that folks spew about are self induced so, take care of either and your grandkids will shoot them. Keep your powder dry. mauser
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