And, light guns are easier to move, but fast-handling doesn’t translate into more hits, or even more speed. Heavy guns are smoother and surer to the target. Light guns are flighty and harder to manage. A couple of years ago when we did the Field & Stream shotgun test, we had our test team members take turns standing five yards behind a trap, shooting going-away birds with Full-choked guns, starting from a low gun position.
The five of us used a 20 gauge 870 Express that weighed 6 ¾ pounds, an 870 that weighed 7 ½ pounds, and the same 870 with a weighted magazine cap and stock-mounted recoil reducer added, which bumped its weight up to 8 ½ pounds.