The long and the short of it. The SX4 Hunter Compact is very long on features. You get all the new SX4 functional and ergonomic advantages . . . all in a slightly more compact version that is ideal for shorter, smaller, lighter shooters. The inch and a quarter off the stock allows a more natural mounting of the pad to the shoulder. and bringing the hands (and balance) slightly rearward makes it easier to point and especially to hold it to shoulder until you get the shot off. The features do not end there though. The TruGlo fibre-optic sight is a huge aid for acquiring fast targets and ensuring you stay in perfect alignment, as it "keep your head down." The recoil pad utilizing Inflex Technology takes the punch out of the recoil by pulling your head down, away from the comb when you shoot, and the special design sucks up recoil headed to your shoulder. All in all, we think it is the ideal smaller person autoloading shotgun.