I got my hands on Remington's new Versa Max 3 ½ -inch 12 gauge semiauto this weekend and took it out to the Sporting Clays course for a shakedown. With the puller's permission I loaded three shells at each station and emptied the gun* at every pair. With the exception of one hangup with a 1 ounce paper Gold Medal, the Versa Max cycled everything from heavy upland loads down to very light stuff. I even ran quite a few of my own 1200 fps 7/8 ounce reloads through it. While the Versa Max didn't throw those empties very far, it cycled every one without a problem. Many 3 ½ inch 12s won't function with such light loads, so that's a promising sign for this new gun. So far, so good, but obviously shooting three or four boxes of shells on a pleasant Sunday morning is hardly a torture test. I'll be taking this same gun to Canada next week, then hunting with it at home all season so I will be able to give it a much more thorough workout.