I have a 1100 20 ga. I say go for it! that's a gun I'll keep forever.
I also have the youth model, and with the short barrel it kicks like a 12 ga.though, and I would'nt recomend them for kids or wives.
On the recoil issue,I have a Benelli Montefeltro inertia operated 12ga and the felt recoil is more than my Remington 1100 12ga gas operated.