I went to the NRA HQ Range this morning specifically so I could shoot my new IAC Hawk 982 12 Gauge (its one of the few ranges in NOVA you can shoot a shotgun). Believe it or not this was the first time in my nearly 40 years that I have ever fired a shotgun and I admit I had some butterflies in my stomach. The first trigger pull did not disappoint at all. Wow. I shot two different types of slugs (1300 and 1500 FPS rounds) and the experience was impressive from a perspective of recoil and target damage. First off it felt like shouldering a small canon. I am glad I took a little time to read up on good shooting techniques before going to the range. If I had tried shouldering the 12 GA like my carbine I think I'd be in pain now. As it is I am going to add the limb save pad to my Blackhawk stock. I only shot 20 rounds today but I could see how too many more would make your chest/should pretty sore. Second, I was surprised by how much damage the wad does at 25'. When I fired the first slug I was temporarily confused by the two large holes appeared side by side in the middle of the target. Overall it was a ton of fun and I am glad I picked up my cheap Chinese 870 knock. Its easy to point and when you pull the trigger it goes bang. Can't ask for to much more!