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Pistol Grip Buttstock

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by tarmac, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. tarmac


    Mar 15, 2008
    I have a 12 gauge Remington Express with the 18” barrel, Cylinder Bore, and 2 shot magazine extension. I’m thinking of changing the factory synthetic stock for a Speedfeed 4 pistol grip buttstock. Any thoughts on this style stock?
  2. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana
    Those are good stocks, especially if you get the one with the reduced length of pull.


  3. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    The adjustable LOP sounds great but I have heard personal opinions vary on the speed feed system. One guy said when he went to retrieve the first round, the 2nd round would forcefully fly out on the ground if he was under stress or pumped up full of adrenaline vs his old saddle setup. He also mentioned that his did not have enough spring tension to hold only one in place and it would sometimes fall out as he was loading the 1st shell? I hope that is not a common issue?

    Of course this is not the guns fault but more of a training issue I suppose most would say since moving slower would stop this right? But then is it really a speed feed since you need to be cautious and smooth on retrieval or is it just an alternative way to carry 4 rounds of spare ammo?
  4. tarmac


    Mar 15, 2008

    The stock I’m looking at is the standard design not the one that holds extra shells. I have my 870 fitted with a six shell side saddle. I have a link attached to my post showing the one I’m looking at.
  5. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland

    Agreed. I believe it's called the Speedfeed IV-S.

    I have the Speedfeed III (pistolgripped stock w/shellholders).
    It is a nice stock, but, the LOP is a little long, and I'm over 6'-05".
  6. They are great stocks. The only complaint I have heard is that the grip feels a little blocky to some but that can be easily changed. I too recommend the IV-S version with shorter LOP.
  7. tarmac


    Mar 15, 2008
    Did you have any trouble installing the stock? Did to have to use washers?
  8. IME, the pistol stock reduces the overall usability of the fighting shotgun. It works well in a special tool role, but for general use the standard stock (properly fitted) is better.
  9. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

    Jun 14, 2002
    I had the option of just about any kind of stock I wanted. I chose the stock you're looking at. Love it, as noted- make sure you are okay with the pull, because the longest ones are a little long for me. I have one on my issue and my personal shotguns.

  10. tarmac


    Mar 15, 2008
    Is the shorter pull harder to install? Do you need to add washers to the long bolt that holds the stock?
  11. I understand they do require some fitting with the forend.

  12. I will agree with you in the case of Mossberg shotguns due to their tang safeties and slide release position.

    However, in the case of the Remington 870, which is the gun the OP is asking about, I have to disagree. The safety becomes easier to use with a SF IV or SF IV-S stock especially if used with a Vang Comp BHS. I find every aspect of shooting a "fighting shotgun" easier with the IV-S than the conventional stock.

    The only time I prefer a conventional shotgun stock on a 870 is for a trap/bird hunting gun.
  13. Puppy


    Nov 12, 2006
    I think speed feed stock systems are great, much better than side saddles IMHO however you have to be aware that some brands of shells do not have enough of a "lip" around the edge/rim of the crimp for them to reliably catch on. & without a good lip on the rim of the crimp of the shell it'll cause the problems you describe.
  14. MBG20


    Jan 27, 2008
    ive got one for sale on $75 shipped...
  15. That may be your personal experience. I tend to reflect on what I have seen over a couple of decades training people to use the shotgun in fighting situations, and that experience has shown the regular design stock works out much better for most situations than does the pistol grip design, be it Mossberg, Remington, Winchester, Beretta, or others. Shortening the LOP does make quite a difference to the good, but the pistol grip does the opposite. YMMV.
  16. fragout


    Jan 14, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I disagree totally. Plus the speed feed style stock hasn't been used for decades. I find it much easier to sight up quickly, absorb recoil. If you notice the Army/Marines/Swat/Sar/PJ's/seals, etc.. pretty much all use 870 and Benelli's with speed feed type stocks with shortened pull(mostly because they wear armor). It may be your preference, but not from many operators I've served with. I remember hearing that argument when the Army went from the M14 to M16's.
  17. What problems did these people you observed typically have on the pistol gripped stocks? Would these same people prefer a conventional stock rifle like an M1A to a pistol gripped stocked AR10?
  18. c5367

    c5367 Esq.

    Aug 1, 2003
    When I was in the Corps, and in an MOS that used shotguns every day, none of our M590s or M870s had a pistol grip. The first shotgun that did was the Benelli, which was being phased in as I was getting out.

    Never even saw an 870 with a pistol grip.
  19. Ryobi

    Ryobi SummertimeRules

    May 10, 2002
    +1. Far prefer the pistol grip.

  20. And there is your difference. Short LOP and pistol grips have come about for a specialized CQB role while wearing bulky armor. For general defensive purposes the standard stock works better for most people. Again, reducing LOP often helps, going with a pistol grip rarely helps. The many operators I've worked with tend to have standard style stocks on their personal fighting shotguns.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2010