I have to admit I can't come up with a logical reason for buying this gun, except I like it. As has happened in the past I was at the gun store Thursday when the gun was delivered. Right away I liked the short, Black mean look of the gun. I have a number of short barrel, hi cap, 12 ga pump shotguns, so a two shooter isn't an improvement on the defense guns I already have. Another reason for not buying the gun is it was $479 OTD. You can buy a nice 8 shot 12 ga for less. Although I like double barrel shotguns I have only owned one. Years ago I had a short barrel side by side 12 ga that I gave to a friend's wife for a HD gun. One night she actually used the gun to chase away a guy that was at the window. Well, I held out for one day. Then Friday I took a spare Streamlight TR-2 laser/light and a BSA Red Dot sight to the gun store and put them on the gun. That did it. Even though I can't shoot the gun for probably a couple months (shoulders injured) I wanted it. Saturday when three ladies came to my place to shoot I asked for volunteers to shoot the Maverick (and my new S&W Shield). Two women shot some #8 and 00 Buckshot. They were all smiles. The gun does indeed look mean in action. The Red Dot sight assured immediate centered hits for the ladies and I'm sure the laser/light will center the 00 buck on target in the dark.