Points very well taken. In the end, I did get what I REALLY wanted. At first, I was skeptical of the 500 but some research helped put my mind at ease (see last post for the shell stop issue). You never know, I may end up with an 870 at some point in time. We can never have too many firearms, right guys?
Anyways, I did get to shoot some clay pigeons with her this weekend and she performed quite well. I must have put about 150 shells through her and she never skipped a beat. Every shell fired and cycled just like it was supposed to and left me wanting to shoot her more. BUT, I'm in my senior year of college so the weekend had to come to an end.