I posted a question in the hunting section about getting some boys, 11 and 12 started in hunting, and the result is we may just focus on rabbits this season but I'm also looking to get them started with shotgun skills. They're doing a 4H class/project on hunting this year. They'll mostly learn about big game hunting and game processing, taxidermy and so on, and they'll be able to apply for license/tags beginning next year (due to age limits). This season they're able to hunt small game. Quail are abundant this year and we can get on cottontails easy enough. They're skilled with a .22 rifle and we have one that fits. I also want to get them started on a shotgun, but not sure the best way to go about it. They need something light, low-recoil and with a short length of pull. Am I better off waiting a year or two until they'll fit and handle a larger gun, or is there something that works well for small people? I imagine people suggesting .410, but that's a small pattern to hit game with. Supposing I consider .410 or 28 gauge, are there guns that fit small shooters? Do I just need to cut the stock down? What's the right balance of light weight without too much recoil?