Jeff Johnston at shootingillustrated.com offers 7 Accessories You Don’t Want on Your Defensive Shotgun. They are: pistol-grip stock, collapsible stock, optics, plastic fiber-optic front sight, ghost-ring sights, saw tooth/tactical choke tube and sling. Wait. Ghost-ring sights?
I love my Benelli’s ghost-ring sights. They frame the target wonderfully. “It’s like cheating,” Nick says. So what’s wrong with ghost-ring sights on your home defense shotgun? Jeff says,
These things are great for slugs and for forcing you to crane your head high over the stock so any recoil that hits you feels like a punch from Sergey Kovalev. They are also notorious for getting hung up on anything that gets near your shotgun’s muzzle, due to sticking up a couple inches over the gun’s rib. Again, they look cool, but for home defense where slugs aren’t the best choice—they are an unnecessary and indeed detrimental accessory.