Are pistol grips WITH shoulder stock a good option for HD shotgun?
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Post By Cuda66
November 30th, 2012 07:46 PM
Are pistol grips WITH shoulder stock a good option for HD shotgun?
Hi. I'm a newbie who has searched the forums, but still puzzled over this issue. I'm looking to get my first shotgun for home defense. I have held the Benelli SuperNova Tactical with the pistol grip, and to me it feels very comfortable... in the store, i.e.I haven't fired it. I see a LOT of people giving thumbs down on pistol grips, but that seems to apply mostly to shotguns with pistol grips only (I have zero interest in those). So, my question: does a shotgun that has BOTH the pistol grip and a good stock, like the SuperNova Tactical w/grip or the Remington 870 Express Tactical BLACKHAWK, make a good choice?
Or does the pistol grip get in the way, like making it harder to aim or pull the pump? I want both my wife and I to be comfortable using it, and practicing a lot with it.
Thanks for any input.
November 30th, 2012 08:22 PM
I have an older Choate folding stock (with pistol grip) on my 20" 870. I like it a lot. I rarely use the gun folded as it just isn't that great to shoot with a pistol grip only, but with the stock extended and shouldered, the pistol grip actually works better for me than a conventional shotgun grip. I also added a pistol grip forestock. Works like a charm. Each to his own I guess.
November 30th, 2012 08:32 PM
I don't care for them on my 870, for my HD gun I just want something simple that I'm used to - a pistol grip doesn't feel natural on a shotgun (to me).
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November 30th, 2012 08:39 PM
I put a Butler Creek Pistol Grip with Folding Stock on my Mossberg 500. Like it a lot.
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November 30th, 2012 08:42 PM
I have a Benelli M1 Super 90 - came with a straight stock, and later on I got a pistol grip stock for it. It is more comfortable (for me) with the pistol grip. I got this one: Mesa Tactical: Urbino Tactical stocks : Products
November 30th, 2012 08:49 PM
I think that a short fixed or telescoping stock with a pistol grip is a great choice for a home defense shotgun. I have two 870's - a 12.5" with a telescoping stock (with a pistol grip) and an 18" barrel with a fixed stock (no pistol grip) and a +2 mag extension. Both have ghost ring sights. I bought the 12.5" primarily as a super-light and super-compact choice for backwoods use in bear country (In Canada the gun laws are such that the short barreled shotgun is easy to obtain and perfectly legal, but carrying a .44Mag revolver or any other pistol is not legal)
If it feels right and you're going to spend the time with it, whether or not the stock on the shotgun has a pistol grip is really unimportant. Buy a quality shotgun (the Benelli definitely qualifies), get some training in how to use it for home defense, and put plenty of rounds through it. You will not be disappointed.
November 30th, 2012 09:41 PM
Some people like them, others don't. Really, I don't see one being superior over the other beyond personal preference.
Spend some time with both and see what works for you.
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December 1st, 2012 03:43 AM
Re: Are pistol grips WITH shoulder stock a good option for HD shotgun?
Personal choice, as long as it isn't pistol grip only. Personally I love my Mossberg 930 SPX, has a pistol grip and stock, very ergonomic and comfortable to shoot, I got used to it very quickly.
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December 1st, 2012 05:01 AM
A pistol grip with a sholder stock is a personal choice. I have yet to own one but I'm considering it. I do believe in the K.I.S.S. way of thinking and for a HD shotty I don't think it'd matter all that much one way or the other.
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December 1st, 2012 09:11 AM
Sure. Many people prefer the feel. I've heard some describe added stability/control. For myself, I don't see any great improvement. I've had them both ways (plain stock, and stock with pistol grip).
Originally Posted by tman1966
So long as the gun fits well, in terms of length-of-pull, smooth mounting (to shoulder), etc, then IMO it shouldn't require any greater practice than with the plain-stock format.
Or does the pistol grip get in the way, like making it harder to aim or pull the pump? I want both my wife and I to be comfortable using it, and practicing
a lot with it.
For me, the greatest problem with operating a shotgun is: poor fit. If I cannot smoothly pump the gun and/or operate the controls irrespective of clothing, left/right usage or situation, then it's not right for me. Having a pistol grip doesn't seem to change that, though I tend to be more comfortable with a "plain" stock.
Pick whatever feels works best for you. Note that with the "right" shotgun, you can start with a given stock and then swap to a different stock later if you choose. Just research the ability to swap prior to purchase.
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December 1st, 2012 09:49 AM
I think they are a good addition to a HD shotgun. One because I'm in the military and have quite a bit of experience with the M-4 and my AR, having a pistol grip on the shotgun is second nature to me. Also if you were required to clear your house, being able to shorten the stock might give you some advantage in confined spaces. The one thing I don't like about it on my Mossberg 500 is the placement of the safety and with the pistol grip I have to move my hand up to turn off the safety.
December 1st, 2012 10:23 AM
I really like my Knox Spec Opsshot4.jpg
I don't have the issue with the safety because I don't use the safety and don't keep a round chambered in mine, just rack and shoot.
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