guys r always trying to make a rifle into a pistol or shotgun, pistol into a rifle or shotgun, shotgun into a rifle or pistol. Why don't you just have the tool for the job? You can just SKIP the shotgun, for any sort of serious work, and for fun, why not just use a pistol on the small stuff? It IS just for fun, right? So what does it matter how many birds or rabbits you take? If you get a lw, compact, takedown rifle, with several types of of upper-receivers and barrel combos, like the AR-15 offers, you are as well off as anyone is with a rifle. If you have an alloy frame 1911, with various sizes and calibers of slide groups, and some sort of good pocket pistol, you are good to go, really. You can handle any sort of realistic need for a gun with the above 3, and do very well indeed at any sort of match, to include metallic silohuette, by means of the single shot conversion of the 1911.