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Any use at all for pistol grip only shotgun

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Andy W, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Andy W

    Andy W

    Dec 4, 2006
    So I've noticed that Mossberg has a lot of 500 variants sold with only a pistol grip stock. Remington has a few but not as many as Mossberg. Pistol grip shotguns don't interest me at all but does anyone that knows anything about shotguns or gunfigthing reccomend a pistol grip on a shotgun in any circumstances? To me it makes it useless for anything other than hip firing.
  2. Wil Ufgood

    Wil Ufgood GTDS #88 CLM

    Mar 20, 2009
    Out There
    Don't like them. But if you lock out properly, you can shoot effectively from a eye level position.

  3. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I would suggest a bird head grip over a classic pistol grip.
  4. Andy W

    Andy W

    Dec 4, 2006
    Yeah but 99.99999% of civilains are never going to have a need to breach a door. However, these guns seem to be marketed exclusively to civilians. Maybe for firing out the window at the dealer cutting in on your territory. Hence the name Mossberg 500 cruiser....its not supposed to be in a police cruiser......Its meant for when you are cruising your territory for Bloods.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014
  5. Inebriated


    Feb 20, 2012
    99.99999% of civilians are never going to participate in a GT race, yet there's an entire industry devoted to letting them pretend that they will.

    Same thing.
  6. Andy W

    Andy W

    Dec 4, 2006
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014
  7. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    Breaching is the only thing that comes to mind. I have shot a few in the past. I couldn't hit crap with them and it hurt my wrist.

    They look cool, that is the only reason they sell. I would much rather have a youth length stock and a 14" barrel if I had to have one short.
  8. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
  9. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    ^^^ That picture just screams hardcore & badass! :supergrin:
  10. azbuckeye


    Jan 15, 2011
    On the beach
    I tried a birds head grip on one of my 870's but went back to the regular stock. I just didn't care for the grip....they look good, but they're not very practical.
  11. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    I got one with my 500, but never used it / never saw the need. If compactness is needed, a folding or collapsible stock could be added. I guess that would make it useful.
  12. Turn4811


    Jan 31, 2014
    NE Atlanta
    I have a 870 with a pistol grip as my primary home defence weapon - it is a purpose built weapon. It takes a bit of practice to effectively use a pistol grip shotgun. You do need to know the pattern spread at different distances with the type of shells you plan to use. It is great for clearing a room. The sound of a shotgun racking is one of the scariest sounds a home invader will ever hear.

    BTW: a barrel less than 18 inches is bad juju with the law.
  13. VinnieD


    Mar 26, 2011
    Breaching, and extremely tight spaces, or other cases where you need to keep the length down. A folding stock however accomplishes all of those things. Now a pistol grip WITH a stock is another thing entirely. More natural position for the hand, and greater overall control.
  14. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
  15. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I have a number of full stock shotguns but I was also a fan of PGO shotguns for some years.

    With a little practice a shooter can become pretty good (very good) with PGO shotguns. Especially if they are equipped with a good laser/light like a Streamlight TLR-2.

    The last few years my wrist has become too weak to take the beating any more, so I put stocks o all the shotguns.

    Recently I bought a 20 ga Mossberg 500 and equipped it with a pistol grip and TLR-2.
    Not bad on the hurting wrist.
    If Federal would make 20 ga flight control wad buckshot the gun could become one of the guns to grab.



    But now days it's hard to beat these two shotguns. :)


    25 yards.

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2014
  16. Jamesey


    Jul 1, 2009
    Galt's Gulch
    Just some random thoughts on the subject. I made a birdshead grip for my Mossberg 500 after watching Hickok 45 having so much fun with his on his YouTube video. MUCH less punishing than the awful grip that Mossberg uses. If Mossberg insists on selling PGO shotguns they should install the birdshead variety, if for no other reason than allowing easier manipulation of the tang safety. With practice and the right technique you can aim your shots fairly accurately, but still not as well as aiming with a shoulder stock. A weapon light throws a beam approximately where the shot pattern will hit. Might work well for in the home defense. These last two points are my own speculation; YMMV. Lastly, my birdshead 500 is essentially a range toy....nothing wrong with having fun on the range!
  17. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
  18. Railsplitter


    Jul 2, 2014
    If you dare to not be tacticool then lose the handle, its just something that could get your shotgun labeled assault weapon if things get sticky in the future, in a more politically correct environment...just saying. Also .22 rifles with high capacity external magazines might suffer the same fate, I only own .22s with internal ammo storage.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014
  19. hunter 111

    hunter 111

    Jan 29, 2012
    TRAVEL -
    Run one , love it
    The ultimate DRT tool with 10 yards
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2014