The Keltec sub 2000 was the most uncomfortable rifle i have ever shouldered. It was dependable though.
They are heavy tho, I've looked at one and was surprised at the weight. It's almost a full pound heavier than my ARA Ruger PCC carbine in 9 mm might be a very workable and reliable option for your wife. They are very simple to operate very minimal recoil (especially when compared to a shotgun) and a 9 mm in a carbine barrel is pretty close to .357 magnum in ft lbs energy on target! Good luck!
Superior? Inferior? Respectfully, those are not the questions when it comes to defensive shotguns.I am not sure why people think the 12 ga "Tactical" low-recoil load featuring 8 OO buckshot pellets at 1100-something fps is the bees knees for defensive shotgun performance, but a .410 with 5 OOO buckshot pellets at 1100-something fps is somehow vastly inferior.
I do agree, however, that another choice, such as the 10/22, is appropriate if the user can't effectively operate a pump.
My wife is familiar with Colt DA revolvers and break-open single shot shotguns.
Yep, and when you rapid fire a pump your forehand is still pushing forward when the next round goes off. You are actually pulling the trigger before it locks up.Taking the recoil out of the shotgun is more about technique. You want to “stretch” the gun, a push-pull, push forward with your front hand/arm, pull back into your shoulder with the firing hand. When I run a SG the stock is gently resting on my shoulder, little to no recoil is transferred or felt. It’s all technique.
If she is too diminutive to hold an M&P Sport II, she's not going to be able to hold or adequately use a shotgun because the recoil is so much stronger than an AR.I want to get a HD shotgun. I need something my small 5'1" recoil sensitive wife can handle. My M&p sport II AR is to heavy for her to hold up for any length of time. I've been thinking about a 20 gauge but they don't seem to hold many shells. I'm also thinking about a 12 gauge and using mini shells for less recoil and added capacity but I'm concerned about the weight. I'd like to keep it inexpensive at $200-$300, I'm not against buying used. I'd like something that I can put a recoil pad and shell carrier on. Suggestions? I know almost nothing about shotguns.
Shooting a shotgun well and without undue recoil also takes good posture. Your face must be in the same location every time because your eye "is" the rear sight. Your shoulder has to be in the right position to absorb the recoil not be a barrier to it. [ Have you ever fired a shot gun from a low prone position?] And we have to lean forward enough to put our weight on the balls of our feet.Taking the recoil out of the shotgun is more about technique. You want to “stretch” the gun, a push-pull, push forward with your front hand/arm, pull back into your shoulder with the firing hand. When I run a SG the stock is gently resting on my shoulder, little to no recoil is transferred or felt. It’s all technique.