One of the senior girls on the high school trapshooting team that I coach shoots a Remington Model 870 Express, a slide-action shotgun. We give the kids mild 1-ounce loads, but those Expresses can give you a pretty good thump nonetheless. She is not a big girl, and I have watched that gun rock her for the last three years. She is tough. She has never showed signs of getting kicked. She didn’t lift her head, shut her eyes or drop the gun off her shoulder at the shot to get away from it. I asked her repeatedly over the years if her gun hurt and she insisted it didn’t.