Love your name . The 1100 should work great. I would suggest lifting weights. I know it sounds crazy but your gun won't seem heavy if you start lifting weights. (i just went and lifted the 1100 and its heavier than my Over and Under.) The gun placement really depends on weither your comfortable or not. (i would suggest doing gun mounts in your house not firing just bringing the gun up and swinging it 25 times a day or more also helps arm muscles). I look really goofy when i shoot but it works for me you can't really see my head from behind cause it's pretty much below my shoulder. (i learned that way), but then i've seen shooters that just pull their gun up and bam the stock is against there face. It all depends on how you shoot either way and how is comfortable.