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I am probably going to buy a Benelli Supernova Tactical for home defense. I have enjoyed the Nova I have without a pistol grip... do you guys think I need to get one on the Supernova Tactical? What are the benefits, etc. of having one?
 

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If it has a shoulder stock, it can only aid in contorl of the shottie, without a shoulder stock it is not the best form of a shotgun. I like the shotties with a pistol grip/shoulder stock. They seem to be a little easier to meaneuver IMHO
 

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It will absolutely have a shoulder stock. I personally like the non-pistol grip of the Nova/Supernova. I'm just trying to determine if there is something I am missing that the pistol grip does for a shooter.
 

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It seems to me that the recoil absorption using a pistol grip is accomplished by the wrist, a complex joint with no significant mass behind it. That's gotta hurt, my vote is for a shoulder stock so you can point and fire the weapon effectively with little on no felt recoil. Just my .02
 

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It will absolutely have a shoulder stock. I personally like the non-pistol grip of the Nova/Supernova. I'm just trying to determine if there is something I am missing that the pistol grip does for a shooter.
I think it is just what you prefer.
 

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I find that the pistol grip/shoulder stock combo gives me better control of the weapon while being able to keep my elbow in tighter to my body than with a plain old shoulder stock.

I have a plain pistol grip on one of my 20ga guns and love it. It makes the whole gun very short and maneuverable and the recoil is easy and controllable. I would not choose that setup on a 12ga gun though.
 

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back in the 70's/80's i had a pistol grip on my work remingtion 870. what a pain when shooting it!!! later i put the remingtion factory folding stock back on it. the metal factory stock. kept it on for many mango seasons, but what a pain when shooting it, but better than the pistol grip. then i found a wooden stock. great, hard to beat, nice. should have done it years ago. then about two mango seasons ago i put on a m4 type six position stock with a pistol grip. better than slice bread and free beer. so, any stock is better than a pistol grip if you got to shoot the gun much and/or have to use it at work. remember you got to control the gun and a stock helps in this control. but the pistol grip looks "cool" on raids, but that's all....
 

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IMHO, a pistol grip on a shotgun is purely to look cool. Better control with a shoulder fired weapon of that recoil. They are a waste of time and money.
 

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If you're talking about a shoulder stock with a pistol grip go for it. I recently put a speedfeed VI on my 870. It helps alot with controling the gun when you are useing your support hand for other things (reloading, opening doors. etc) Some folks say they feel recoil through it. I put rearward pressure on grip and havn't felt any recoil even with 3in buck and slugs.
 

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IMHO, a pistol grip on a shotgun is purely to look cool. Better control with a shoulder fired weapon of that recoil. They are a waste of time and money.
Glad I asked... I know nothing about them & just assumed that they were better for some reason. I don't think they look cool, so I guess I'm not cool! :wink:
 

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Glad I asked... I know nothing about them & just assumed that they were better for some reason. I don't think they look cool, so I guess I'm not cool! :wink:
I thought about this some more for you and the only real advantage I can think of is how you hold your elbow. You can keep it in tighter with the pistol grip thus making you a smaller target when rounding a corner to your strong side. That is it.
 

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I have a Blackhawk adjustable stock on my 870. I really like the way you can hold it a "low ready" for lack of a better description. Pistol grip in hand, shotgun straight up and down. It lets you hold the weapon and keep the muzzle in a safe direction. Nearly impossible with a regular stock. Just something I noticed while messing around with it, but I really like the feel of it. My wife is small and the M4 style stock is easier for her to deal with, plus it's adjustable to a shorter length for her. She likes the pistol grip only look, but it's not practical for her.
 

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I've had both pistol grip and regular stocks on my shotguns. I've converted a couple myself. In my opinion, pros and cons are equal for me on this. As stated previously.....personal preference. I'd rather have a pistol grip on a full length stock than just a pistol grip alone though.
 

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a standard stock is quicker to the shoulder and offers a great deal of control...i may be partial because i grew up hunting birds and a quick gun is paramount in that respect...just like any firearm you own if you spend some time with it you will learn how to handle it in any situation with great competance...my current choice is a straight stock 21" barrel 12 gauge that snaps to my cheek quickly (a great partridge gun)...it can be handled with one hand in any position and is small enough to be very maneuverable...

you need to spend time with the gun and get a good feel for it...dont just buy a cool looking hd gun and put it next to the bed...in tight quarters you can still miss your mark and buckshot doesnt offer a large pattern to count on...slugs dont always hit their mark either...spend time with it....
 

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When I first got my SNT, I noticed that the balance was different from the Nova I used to have - a little heavier in front with an identical configuration. At first, practicing reloads and switching to slugs, I thought I might regret not getting the pistol grip stock, but as I've continued to practice, I don't miss it at all. In fact, I'm developing a new appreciation for the old-school recommendation of a simple pump-action shotgun with a standard stock.

Also, you have to loosen/remove the pistol grip, itself, in order to remove the trigger group for cleaning on the Supernova. The ComforTech stock makes a huge difference shooting slugs and magnum rounds, and I really like it. I would not get the pistol grip, myself.
 

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I learned in Combat Shotgun training class a pistol grip throws off your point shooting. The instructor was not a fan, the guys with the grips at the end of the class regretted having them.
 

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Mango season?

Personal preference on the PG thing. I prefer a plain stock, but I'm kind of resistant to change.
 

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I have a Blackhawk adjustable stock on my 870. I really like the way you can hold it a "low ready" for lack of a better description. Pistol grip in hand, shotgun straight up and down. It lets you hold the weapon and keep the muzzle in a safe direction. Nearly impossible with a regular stock. Just something I noticed while messing around with it, but I really like the feel of it. My wife is small and the M4 style stock is easier for her to deal with, plus it's adjustable to a shorter length for her. She likes the pistol grip only look, but it's not practical for her.
Sounds like you have the something similar to what I have. Not a rem. 870 but a 500 mossberg.
 

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As a lefty, I'm no fan of the M4 stocks with shell carriers. If you should have to fire it left handed, like around a left handed piece of cover or with your strong hand injured, you will break your face.
 
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