We also all agreed the Versamax Sportsman is what a semi-automatic shotgun is supposed to be: extremely reliable and easy on the shoulder. F&S Shotguns Editor, Phil Bourjaily, has called the Versamax one of the lightest kicking shotguns he's ever shot--an assessment I can't argue with. The new Sportsman is a stripped-down version of the Gen-1 model, with the same innovative gas-operated system that reliably cycles everything from 2 ¾-inch light field loads to 3 ½-inch magnums. In place of the original's over-molded, adjustable stock, the Sportsman gets fitted with a standard synthetic version. The package also comes with just one choke--modified, instead of the top-line Versamax's five ProBore chokes, and is packed a cardboard box, rather than a fancy, hard-plastic case. All this gets you the Versamax's shot-after-shot reliability for a little more than a thousand bucks, or about $400 less than the original.