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Balance Diff Btwn 1 & 2 Shot Tube Extensions

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by RonboF117, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. RonboF117


    Apr 23, 2007
    I've got an older police 870 that I'm putting a mag extension tube on. Before I do, I wanted to get some input from folks that have used both a one shot and two shot extension with respect to overall balance and weight of the gun.

    This will primarily be a home SD/range gun and I don't want it weighted down too much or thrown off balance. The price for both extensions is the same so I'm looking for feedback from folks to see if they noticed a difference btwn the two as they moved around and/or shot. It's kind of like some folks who have a 590A1 that say they love it but it's too heavy to lug around and for making quick shots.

    So what are your opinions from real-world experiences?
  2. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    My expirience is that is does not matter on this type of weapon. This is a weapon dedicated to Home Defense and the range time is to become proficient with it. It is not a sporting weapon that will be used for wing shooting nor a weapon you will humping for hours. You decide if you want to give up the extra round based on your need as the balance and weight difference is not an issue in my expirience with a weapon designed for the uses you indicated.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010

  3. I have both and I really don't think the difference in balance will be noticed any where outside of an all day shotgun class.
  4. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    I have an 870P with the factory +2 and a Mossberg 500 with the 5 round tube. I really like balance of Mossberg better. I had a mossberg 590 8 round and it was muzzle heavy, felt cumbersome. I'd prolly leave it alone or go with a +1 from Wilson. Or check with AIP.
  5. I've used both and ended up deciding on a +1 for my 18" 870. I don't see magazine capacity being much of a deal in an HD/SD situation, FWIW.
  6. Just my opinion here.
    I have an 870P that I put a Wilson +2 on and I
    really like the look and feel of it.
    If the +1 and +2 are the same price, go with the
    +2 and only load 5 shells if your concerned
    about weight. It's ready for another if you ever need it.
    With the gun empty, I can't tell a difference in
    the weight of a +1 or +2.
    In the end get what you really want and like.
  7. Ferdinandd


    Feb 17, 2008
    I like the feel of the 5-shot magazine best, but the extra 2 shots can be critical in some situations. The extension seems to add a noticable amount of weight and bulk. Sometimes the additional weight is nice to reduce recoil - something to think about.
  8. Deployment Solu

    Deployment Solu Kydex Crafter

    Jul 18, 2007
    Choate Machine & Tool 7 or 8 shot mag extension about $45.00 dollars.

    Having those extra round when you need them......Priceless.

    I have taught hundreds of tactical shotgun classes to both LE & civilians. I don't remember a shotgun being too heavy for most. (If it is, I suggest some upper body strengthening). We had 7 shot extensions and Surefire Lights on our duty shotguns.

    No one who has been in a gunfight ever complained about having too much ammo. There is no way to know what will come to you.

    Hope for the best, plan for the worst!!! A 7 shot extension fits flush with the end of an 18" barrel.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  9. Onmilo


    Jul 10, 2005
    It isn't a balance issue, it is a length of barrel issue.
    One shot extensions are designed to fit without extending past the muzzle on 18.5" barrelled guns and two shot extensions are designed to fit without extending past the muzzle on 20" barrelled guns.

    One shot extension on 18.5" barrelled Mossberg 500 Mils-Gun
    A two shot extension would be another 2.5" longer and with only 1.5" of available barrel, well, you know "the rest of the story".
  10. Deployment Solu

    Deployment Solu Kydex Crafter

    Jul 18, 2007
    The Choate +2 shot (7 rd) extension fits flush with an 18" barrel, I guarantee it.
  11. Onmilo


    Jul 10, 2005
    They may very well but I haven't found a Choate extension that was worth a darned.
    The one pictured is a Vang Comp.