Unfortunately, I agree with you on this one... I certainly did not mean to sound hostile, but I have seen a lot of people turned away from shooting because of recoil. I do think an auto is the way to go, but as has been stated above, the gun has to fit. My girlfriend is getting her stock cut as we speak... One thing you want to emphasize to any new shooter is to pull the gun in tight. Newbies never believe you on this; it does not make sense intuitively to hold something that hurts closer. Consequently most new shooters take some serious abuse on their face and shoulder the first time shooting, cause they are holding the gun away from their shoulder without putting their face on the stock.