There is nothing wrong with youth pumps. They are cheap, light and a safe action type. Kids like the shucking action because they've seen it on TV. My younger son insisted on switching from his 1100 to an 870 Express Jr. the minute that gun came into the house.* Just realize that youth guns can pound young shooters and they will rarely admit a gun hurts them. It's up to you as an adult to limit practice sessions, seek out good light loads like Fiocchi trainers and Winchester Feathers, and to make sure your son or daughter has the most painless introduction to shotgunning possible.