Gizmo 99 and Art,
I'll definitely look into both the Remington 870 youth and used ones. My tai-chi instructor works in a gun store part-time and I'll see him next Fri to look at some of the shotguns people here have recommended. He said modifications wouldn't be a problem either, if necessary. He's also willing to teach me the ropes with the gun which is great, since there are no classes for shotguns at the pistol ranges here. During the week I am in AZ but my house is in Western NM. Great idea to ask the sheriff, I'd be surprised if he objected, the next neighbor is ~0.5 miles. Thanks for all your help, I am sure plenty more questions will come up... Enjoy your labor day.