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T’s Mossberg M590A1 with Hahn Precision Safety and top rail, Mesa Tactical 6-shell carrier, Hogue tamer, grip and fore-end, GG&G combo mount, GG&G follower, Cerakote in sniper grey and armor black and a Carlson’s Tactical breecher choke

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    • I’ve tried a couple pistol grips on my 870. The Hogue Tamer is the only one I’d ever use again. It actually mitigates recoil enough that you can shoot it more than a couple times. A stock is always preferable though.

  1. Nice trench/home defense gun. A shotgun might be the most useful tool for many if not most of us.

  2. Nice shotgun.

    I sure wish all of the 12 gauge options were available in 20 gauge. After all, when we are talking about home defense, what can you do with 12 gauge that you cannot do with 20 gauge?

    • Couldn’t agree more. Spread and range are important when hunting, but largely become irrelevant in self-defense at room distances. One of our wall-leaning guns is a Mossberg 500 all-purpose shotty in .410, which we load with buck. I think it’s 000 buck, currently, but sometimes 00. It’ll hold up to 3″ shells, so you’re looking at five or six nice sized shot per shell, roughly the diameter of a 9mm bullet. That’d be really nasty, but still provide easy follow up shots for a defiant invader or his accomplices.

    • I bought my Daughter a 20 gauge and ammo. Choice of ammo at stores is less than 12 gauge. I was thinking of getting a 20 gauge for myself, but I think I will stick with 12 gauge.

      • “……choice of ammo is less than 12 gauge.” You get the understatement of the year award. Years ago, I looked into getting a 20 gauge, then I saw (or didn’t see) the ammo options and quickly nixed that idea.

    • Exactly. I know someone who has permanent hand damage from firing fifteen shells from a pistol grip mossberg. I shot one four times, never again.

    • Yeah. I can’t decide which is dumber, an AR-15 without a stock or a shotgun without a stock.

      • I have a pump with forward pistol grip and a wire folder, never had any trouble shooting it with the stock folded up. Friend has a mossy with a folder and no forward grip, I don’t recall having trouble with that either. Not that it is an ideal way to shoot, but we all tried them just for s’s and g’s and nobody was any worse for the wear.

  3. Folks, unless the sole practical purpose of your shotgun is to be used as a breaching tool, put a stock on it. Pump shotguns are great, but two of their major downsides is that they are relatively (to a semi auto) slow to rechamber a round, and are slow to reload.
    Both of those negatives are increased in severity with only a pistol grip. Rechambering and accurately firing that next round is much slower without a stock, and so is reloading the gun.

    • Yep.
      If you’re too much of a he-man to actually shoulder a shotgun, then you can shoot from the hip. At the very least, a stock can be adorned with a sleeve to hold extra ammo, which you’ll probably need after you miss.

  4. I put a pistol grip on my shotgun, it has a twenty inch barrel took it out, shot it a bit, and found on the way back to the pickup that it made a really nice cane. Once the barrel got plugged up with mud n sht it quit sinking into the ground as much. For home defense Im sticking with the K9, had it for fifteen years never put a drop of gun oil on it and it still works. My K9 has never had a failure to feed, and the night vision still works after15 years with no battery change, I dont have to aim it hell even a blind man can use a K9. Fact is I dispatched a possum with my K9 this morning just by opening the door.Yup pistol grips on shotguns make a pretty good cane

  5. I am not going to post how to properly shoot a shotgun here the bad guys might get a hold of it. It should not hurt your hand. my wife and daughter have no problems with standard power 00 buck, magnum 3 inchers are a little hot though. You definitely want to look down the barrel and aim, rifle sights are helpful 25 to 50 yards but just a bead works to. Coffee cans should not be a problem, rather easy at 25 yards, a little steadier aiming at 50. Watch Hickok45 shot the 14inch mossberg shockwaves on you tube. It looks like childs play even with slugs at a distance, I think he even surprised himself although it does not look like he was holding it right. all right he’s how it goes with pistol grips and bird head stocks just act like your pulling the gun apart, leave your trigger finger loose, then aim and depress the trigger when you have a good sight picture. The gun doesn’t come back much but keep it out away from your face a ways until you get used to it. With 3 inch magnums it tends to fly up a bit out of the front hand, but it just falls back in ready to pump again

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