Diesel, depends what you are looking to do.
For defense the Maverick is an inexpensive option but I'd prefer a Mossberg 500.
If you want to learn to shoot clays/bird hunt I would say an O/U from a reputable maker (provided not abused a 2nd hand one will serve you for years). Maybe sporter configuration with 28" barrels and 3" chambers if you can and multichoke.
Whatever your choice, enjoy your shotgunning and best wishes for the New Year.