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  • No, I would not have a pistol grip.

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    @G26Raven cough up and get the M4. Before I left the land of the living for the land of the old and infirm, we were transitioning away from pump shotguns to Benelli's. The M4 has some advantages with the collapsible stock and pistol grip in addition to its operating mechanism. The collapsible stock makes shouldering with body armor a lot easier and overall handling better in confined quarters and vehicles. Also, the pistol grip makes control easier for some, particularly smaller stature persons. Hrumph, sort of like the M16 vs. M4?

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    No. never saw any need to mess up a shotgun. A pistol grip destroys a shotguns "pointability". My bird gun gets a barrel change and becomes my bear gun or HD gun at times.
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    One other thing to consider is shotguns with a pistol grip don't fit in most cases and if you use a sling to carry it the pistol grip will hit you in the ribs! I vote no!
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    I'm a no for pistol gripped shotguns. For me I think its from growing up shooting traditional stocked long guns that just make them feel more natural. I have an AR and an AK and don't shoot them much. I enjoy shooting my SKS rifles and even the mini 14 I think mostly due to the more familiar feel.
    I love the tang mounted safeties on the mossbergs, but putting a pistol gripped stock on total defeats the advantage of the tang safety. If I were to buy a shotgun with a pistol gripped stock it would be one with a crossbolt type safety
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Man View Post
    @G26Raven cough up and get the M4.
    Cough, cough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    I don't use any. One of the main reasons is the placement of the safety on top of the receiver. You cannot operate it on a pistol grip without removing a hand from the gun.
    This is one of the biggest reasons I got rid of the aftermarket pistol grip on my Mossberg 500. And generally I didn't see any benefit to it. I replaced the pistol grip setup with the Magpul SGA stock, although I don't know if they make it for the 930.
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    Not a fan, I have tried them and do not prefer them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
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    Just sayin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbo View Post
    This is one of the biggest reasons I got rid of the aftermarket pistol grip on my Mossberg 500. And generally I didn't see any benefit to it. I replaced the pistol grip setup with the Magpul SGA stock, although I don't know if they make it for the 930.
    The 930 is way different. Part of the recoil mechanism is in the stock (think AR-15 buffer tube) so replacement stocks are virtually non-existent. The ones that are out there don't seem to get very good reviews, reliability-wise, plus they are quite expensive. I use Hogue 12 inch LOP stock kits on pump shotguns.

    Now if only Mossberg would work up a shorter LOP stock, it might sell. As it is, I just run the 930 with the factory stock.
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    I tried one on a 12 ga. and sold it. Didn't feel right to me. Current home defense shotguns don't have a pistol grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    The 930 is way different. Part of the recoil mechanism is in the stock (think AR-15 buffer tube) so replacement stocks are virtually non-existent. The ones that are out there don't seem to get very good reviews, reliability-wise, plus they are quite expensive. I use Hogue 12 inch LOP stock kits on pump shotguns.

    Now if only Mossberg would work up a shorter LOP stock, it might sell. As it is, I just run the 930 with the factory stock.
    The more I read and research the 930, the more I am impressed. I watched Hickok 45's review this morning and took note how it ate everything he threw at it. It seems like an outstanding deal for the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    The more I read and research the 930, the more I am impressed. I watched Hickok 45's review this morning and took note how it ate everything he threw at it. It seems like an outstanding deal for the money.
    In my humble opinion, it is. I let my friend, who is a Benelli nut, shoot it and he said, "I like this as much as my M4, and it costs about 1/2 as much." We also have noted that it handles anything: from very, very light Cowboy Action loads all the way up to the most powerful stuff we could find. All the ladies in my family say it is by far the softest shooting shotgun I own.

    This is the model I have:

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    In my humble opinion, it is. I let my friend, who is a Benelli nut, shoot it and he said, "I like this as much as my M4, and it costs about 1/2 as much." We also have noted that it handles anything: from very, very light Cowboy Action loads all the way up to the most powerful stuff we could find. All the ladies in my family say it is by far the softest shooting shotgun I own.
    That's all good news. I especially appreciate the insights on the opinions of the female persuasion since my wife needs to be able to shoot this, too.
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    I have the Mossberg 930 SPX.

    I bought it on sale with the pistol grip stock. The Mossbergs safety is located on the top back of the receiver which means with the pistol grip stock you have to take your hand off of the pistol grip stock to work the safety. For that reason I replaced the pistol grip stock

    Other shotguns that have the safety located on the trigger assembly work just fine with a pistol grip stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    As I continue to research shotguns for home defense, one of the questions I have is, is it worth having a pistol grip on a tactical shotgun for home defense. So far, I have not come up with a definitive answer for having a pistol grip on a shotgun. Does it help reduce recoil (which I think is a good thing)? Does it make the weapon more accurate? Is it a good idea or a gimmick? What are your thoughts on this?

    I've taken one tactical shotgun class which was pretty short (half a day). I hunt birds with a Benelli M2 Field.

    Shotguns on my list at this point are the Mossberg 930 SPX Tactical, the new IWI Tavor, and if I win the lottery, the Benelli M4.

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    I like a full shotgun stock with pistol grip, and it's a shame the stock company SpeedFeed appears to have ceased under the ownership of their new corporate masters. Speedfeed's IV-s was almost perfect in every way.

    The pistol grip full stock allows for more control so one can reload while it's shouldered, and it allows the hand to stay in a ready position across a wider spectrum of carry/positional scenarios. But ideally, one would still use a good padded sling for all day comfort (tactical shotgun class, EOTWAWKI). Some might say it's like having a pistol grip on an AR-15- imagine an AR-15 without the pistol grip.
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