I took my wife and two girls (18 and 13 the oldest being 120lbs and the youngest about 85lbs) to the trap range two weeks ago and had them try shooting clays. We were out at 16 yards and had the clays go straight out only. None had shot a shotgun before and they were pretty intimidated by the reputation of shotguns. I had them try my 5500 Mossberg semi auto, and my Savage 20ga pump with a limbsaver recoil pad. My wife liked shooting the best with my youngest next. I had a talk with the youngest and she said she would really like to try competitive shooting, small bore rifle, trap, and skeet. We had been shooting small bore for a few weeks and she has really taken to it. She also wants to try quail hunting with me. I belong to a sportsman’s club with a private range. An Olympic skeet trainer who hosts youth days every other month or so comes to the club. This is a place where she can get some good pointers and be able to practice 3 times a month or more depending on how enthusiastic she is. I talked it over with the wife and we decided to get the Escort since it is about 200+ dollars cheaper and we may have to buy a different 22 for the shoots. I did a search online and it appears to be a very reliable gun with the people praising it for its durability, being used in Europe for years. So after comparing cost and who would use it the most we thought it would better not to get such a high end gun. We know she will drop it and beat it up for a few years and will probably lose interest anyway as soon as something cooler comes along, though what could be cooler than shooting. So, what was going to be a second field gun for me is now my daughter’s first field gun. If she loses interest in a few years then my wife and I will be able to us it and then may step up to the 48-AL.