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Pistol Grip Shotgun For Home

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    Pistol Grip Shotgun For Home

    Thinking about getting one. What are the pros and cons of these? and if I get one what is a quality good one to get?

    Con? have to find a gun club skeet range to practice, most ranges i've looked into do not allow them.


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    Pistol grip only or a pistol grip stock?
    Some people like them, I do not. I have too much time with a regular stock and some things are easier with a regular stock. JMOYMMV
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    I would only use a pistol grip stock....unless you are on a breech team that is.

    Pro - gun is shorter as a whole
    Con - less control, harder to aim.
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    I have a Mossberg 500 with a 20" barrel and it holds 8 2 3/4" 12 guage shells. The factory polymer stock was a bit large for my wife. She requested a pistol grip. (Woman after my own heart) The inexpensive plastic pistol grip we installed was usable but left huge bruises on our hands after very little range time. It was also quite bulky even for my medium sized hands. After a little research we settled on the Knoxx Breacher stock.

    It absolutely rocks. We can shoot 00 buck loads all day and can even one hand it for fun. Great solution and is one of the most fun guns we own now. The stock is pricey (about a $100 a few years ago) but well worth it.

    Another factor may be a sighting system. We have a weapon light mounted that gets us very much in the ballpark at household self defense distance. A laser or combo might be even better. The pistol grip is a trade off in that it gives up controllability for compactness. It's certainly doable but the full stock probably wins out.

    Can't go wrong with the mossy or remington 870 either. Both are excellent choices.

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    I meant a shorty with no stock .

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    The disadvantages outweigh the benefits by a considerable margin.
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    Really, the benefits of a pistol grip only stock are few, and not very applicable to a HD shotgun, IMO. They look cool, and they reduce the overall length of the weapon. And they are handy on breaching shotguns because you don't need to aim since you are at muzzle contact distance, and it is less to snag on while on your back.

    The cons, they don't help with recoil if anything they increase it, they make it harder to aim, and generally harder to control the shotgun. For a HD shotgun, shorter is generally better, but only if you can still control it and hit what you are aiming at consistently. A HD shotgun is best used when hunkering down in a position where you control the avenues of approach, and can control the area.

    And you probably will find very few trap/skeet ranges that allow the use of a pistol grip only stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    The disadvantages outweigh the benefits by a considerable margin.
    Agreed, very much.
    Buckeye clearly details the why and how.

    If I were a drug dealer or some such chump wanting to visually intimidate people AND also have need to enter and exit vehicles quickly, while also being completely unaware of what I know current regarding training & experience with use of a shotgun. Then yeah I'd be all over a pistol grip.
    If I were 'Me', no way. Give me a stock.

    Or you could split the difference and go with the foreend off the Mossberg 'Chainsaw'.


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    Don't take a P/G shotgun to a skeet range. It has only one use, and that isn't it.

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    That chainsaw is unbelievably tacky. I tried a friends mossberg 12 gauge with buckshot. Maybe i'm a wuss but that recoil was ridiculous. I'll forget this idea and stick with my 357 and 9 mm. Thanks all...

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    I can tuck the stock under my armpit to shorten my shotgun. I can't shoulder a pistol grip. I have no need or use for the pistol grip.
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    I love my Mossberg 500. I have a light mounted and the pattern hits right where the light points.



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    A friend of mine that worked as a deputy for the local sheriffs office had a Remington 870 with a Pachmayr pistol grip and a 12" Bbl. He swore by it for home defense. Very compact and he always hit what he shot at. He never had any problem qualifying with it, however the pattern was wide, even at close range. Wicked looking though and very intimidating. I remember one time when he lined up about a dozen plastic milk jugs filled with water and fired from the hip. He hit every one using #4 buckshot. I guess they're OK if your wrist can take the pounding.
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    I prefer pistol grip stocks. I took this today :)

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    The Knoxx stock makes a 12 with OO buck kick more like a 20 guage. I love mine.

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