Hey guys I am in in a bit of dilemma with my mom. She is 71 and, as far as I know, has never shot a gun. She is living in the country alone since my father died last year. She has had a couple occasions where people have come into her yard at night. She has expressed interest in getting a gun and I think a shotgun would be the best choice but, I am not sure she would remember to rack the slide on a pump if she should need it. I do not currently have any doubles for her to try though that might be a good choice. What I do have, in addition to a couple of pump guns, is a Remington 1100 that I originally bought to turn into a 3-gun shotgun. I was thinking that since the gas system naturally helps dampen recoil it might be a good choice. Also it could be left chamber empty, safety off, so all she would have to do is is push the button, to drop the slide, and pull the trigger. I was thinking about getting a shorter barrel, 18-20'', and a mag tube extension, though I doubt she would ever need more than five rounds. the extra weight of the rounds would help lessen recoil a bit. I was also thinking about adding a recoil reducing stock like the Knoxx but I haven't been able to find anything specifically for the 1100. Will the one made for the 870 work on an 1100? I know a lot of you will disagree with my choice of a semi auto shotgun but, like I said, I like the idea of the reduced recoil even without a different stock.