The ETHOS shoulders easily, is well balanced and is quick to move from target to target. Considering how light it is, the recoil is very manageable, even with turkey loads. The gun ate every round and stood up to some rigors in the field including 150 yards of low crawling for a stalk on turkeys. The ETHOS is so much more than a "pretty" gun. It's handy and reliable, a real joy to shoot on the range and carry in the field.