If you were hoping for an upland wand, say, an O/U equivalent of the 37 Featherlight pump, keep hoping. The Phoenix is very heavy piece of steel and walnut, weighing well over 8 pounds in 12 gauge. That makes it too heavy for a bird gun, and it's too nice to be a waterfowl gun. Target shooting as the best use for the Phoenix in its current form and I had no trouble at all busting clays with it. Moreover, it has the look of a gun built to take a lot of pounding.