My nephew-in-law just took some friends (one first time shooter) to the shotgun range with some of my various guns. Nothing serious, just trap in the sunshine. They had a good group, so I was reaching for the dregs, and out came the Montgomery Wards Hercules 12 gauge. It has lived the most abused life imagineable, but the bore is bright and it always goes off. Took my first (and only) grouse with that gun. I read about a lot of cool projects, and I have a few of my own, but this $50 shotgun has them all beat when measured in joy per dollar. Go have fun.