The ETHOS was a pleasure to carry while upland hunting. It is significantly lighter in weight than my "go to" over/under shotgun, which helped keep me less fatigued than usual. The recoil is manageable, considering its weight. Being left handed, I appreciate the straight-stock feature, and was impressed with the gun's overall "pointability." If I owned the gun, I would have the safety switched over to accommodate my wrong-handedness.
I used the cyl. choke while upland hunting, due to it being early in the season and very thick in the woods. Although I did miss a grouse, I was able to connect with a woodcock, and the choke/shotgun combo actually shot its head clean off of the body. I am confident that it would easily bring down a grouse or pheasant. While shooting trap, I switched over to the modified choke. After a few shots, I got into a groove, and noticed that the ETHOS is extremely easy to shoulder. A+ for the ETHOS!
Number of rounds fired: 6 test shots upon receiving the gun (at clays on stands). 2 shots at upland birds. 50 shots at clays during trap.
Physically, I don't think I added any dings or scratches to the ETHOS, however, I did fall while upland hunting and ended up slamming the butt of the gun straight down on a rock. There doesn't seem to be any damage to the recoil system, and the gun continued to fire/function just fine.