i have a question for all the hunters out there... in The Lodge Posted July 14, 2006 · Report reply I started using a 12 guage when I was 7 (one foot back to keep my from flying) first time I tried it I ended up on my a$$ 10' behind where I was first standing, trick is to keep that butt TIGHT against your shoulder, as if you are almost pulling the gun back against you. by the time I was 13 I was out behind my grandfathers house out on a country road shooting pop cans off his fence with slugs and buckshot. I noticed you wrote that you "don't think" you can handle a 12 guage, find someone who will let you try theirs and I think you'll find it's not so bad. stick with a single shot or a over under. best gun I've ever fired was a custom Browning Citori over under with choke on the bottom barrel, but that was a gun setup just for trap and skeet, and a little pricey $1200 cdn.