Mike Yardley is one the UK’s leading shooting authorities and he shares a lot about shotguns and shooting on his website Positive Shooting. I just read though Dealing with Recoiland I recommend checking it out.
“Are you affected by recoil? Many shooting men and women are. There is no need to suffer. Let’s consider what might be done about it. First, a bit of physics. As you may remember from school days, to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction (Newton’s Third Law). Recoil is the motion of a gun in the opposite direction to its projectile. Various factors need to be considered when thinking about the physics of recoil: muzzle velocity, gun weight, projectile weight…”
Micheal Yardley is well known shooter, shooting instructor, and sporting writer from the UK. For years, he has written a Shotgun Review article for the UK’s Shooting Gazette magazine, and in the course of his career he has tested and reviewed hundreds of shotguns.
That means a list of his favorite shotguns should be very authoritative. What does he like? And why does he like them? Read his article to find out. A few of the usual suspects are there, but some of his choices may surprise you.
“Some gun stand out when I am testing them. They look right, they feel right, and, most importantly, they shoot well. They achieve aesthetic harmony and get top marks for ‘usability’ too. It is amazing how many guns just do not meet the basic criteria (i.e. that they should look reasonable, feel comfortable, point and swing well, don’t recoil too much, and have controls which are easy to operate). It also odd just how many people struggle on with gun which are not helping them at all!….” Read all of it now.