One of the first things you will hear when you recommend a shotgun as the first or potentially "only" firearm for a family is "Too much recoil".
There are several things a mentor can do to help mitigate the issue of recoil.
But first I want to give a quick review of the physics of recoil.
|Let's look at a simple two degree of freedom system.|
|125 ounces is about 7 pounds|
|Conservation of momentum. If the red jart moves to the left at 1200 feet per second then the 125 ounce cart will move to the right at 12 fps.|
|The heavier the cart relative to the jart, the less energy will be transmitted to the cart.|
|In this case the mass of the cart is rigidly connected to another 1440 ounces and the amount of energy transferred to the cart-assembly is miniscule|
|A slightly more sophisticated model is to have three degrees of freedom connected by a spring.|