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Why are vent ribs not more common on fighting shotguns?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by my762buzz, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. my762buzz


    Mar 21, 2007
    Would a vent rib work or not work for you on a fighting shotgun?
  2. method


    Mar 27, 2002
    Cleveland, OH
    I'll say not work for you. For a bird/bunny gun, they're nice. They give you a nice long flat sight plane that works especially well for aiming while swinging the gun. A vented rib also helps reduce miraging over the barrel which can interfere with aim, but being as a fighting shotgun is mostly an indoor/night time tool, not really something necessary.

    They're pretty, but I don't think very functional on a fighting shotgun.

  3. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I really like a two bead vent rib on a hunting shotgun. They are fast and accurate. I guess the main reason they are not as common is the close range expected for a combat shotgun.
  4. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    Just something to break off under rough conditions.
  5. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    What they said plus added expense. If you are making something that is going to be banged around a squad car or carried in a combat zone do you really need to spend money on a rib?
  6. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    Yeah I don't really dig it.

    I had the 24" SteadyGrip fiber-optic-tube sight Benelli Supernova 'tactical' turkey gun... and it had a 24" vented rib barrel . Now I would imagine, if you hunt turkeys that this gun would be your absolute dream. Absolutey a sexay silkysmoove shotgun. Just wasn't the tactical model I wanted and also I did not like the vented rib.

    Not something that I absolutely could not live with, but for ME PERSONALLY, not a feature I seek out.
  7. fiasconva


    May 4, 2008
    York County, VA
    Weapons are usually bought in bulk by purchasing dept's and not the actual users. Plain barrels are less expensive.
  8. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    Only because buyers don't get it. The VT barrels give you a pefect sighting plane for quick shots close up shots. They are good enough to hit a quail in flight but not good enough to hit a man size target?????????? Hell yes they are.

    Because these barrels are associated with sporting use, people want something else. The Tacti-fool crowd wants 21" big screen TV's mounted to the top of their weapon or the go the other way and want a peep sight. If they would stop and think they would realize that the Vent Rib barrel and the sight plane it offers is all they need, they would be converted. Of course custom gun builders would make less money with all these tacti-fool rails and optics they would be getting paid to put on these weapons.

    Watch these Sporting Clay shooters. Best shotguns out there. Wouldn't want to go against one of them in a fight, yet many of their weapons have a VT barrel.
  9. raven11


    Jan 27, 2009
    my 28in skeet shotgun has it but i've never seen a dedicated 18in have one
  10. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.

    ^^^ This is the reason.. Also during a blasting session the barrel will heat up an cause some sight picture distortion that is helped by a vent rib... A vent rib offers zero benefit in a gun fight/ defensive situation, especially if the user is very familiar with how their long gun comes to the shoulder and how to bring a quick sight picture...
  11. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    The advantage that a vented rib provides a shotgunner is it raises the sighting plane off the barrel and provides for a larger field of view (read faster target acquisition) particularly when you are shooting targets that are rising from beneath the barrel as in trap or when shooting a quail. Its of dubious value to a tactical shotgun because you typically do not engage small, fast-moving, rising targets. If you look at some of the newer dedicated sporting clays and trap guns you will see vent ribs that rise significantly above the barrel to allow for the fastest possible target acquisition with the barrel almost completely out of the way.

    Vent ribs also have the benefit of reducing mirage off the barrel on a hot day. But on a tactical shotgun shooting it until the barrel gets so hot that mirage distorts the shooters view of the target is dubious. If you compete in 3 gun or the like it may be useful.

    Sighting plane? Eh....not if you shoot a shotgun like it supposed to be shot AND it fits you. But it doesn't hurt in that regard and can help you get the gun mounted in a consistently repeatable position which is critical to good scattergunning. I simply can't recall shooting any shotgun in the last 20 years and thinking to myself...gee if only it had a better sighting plane.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2012
  12. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    One more thing, they'd look silly on top of the heat shield.
  13. my762buzz


    Mar 21, 2007
    Maybe the Russians are the odd ducks with the ventribs on certain fighting shotguns. Example: Saiga 12k fighting guns?

  14. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    It boggles my mind how certain people can grt so upset when people like or dislike something they don't concur with. And accuse others of spewing nonsense when I can practically recite your positions and opniinons from memory because you put it out there constantly without modificaton for all to see about every. Why does it bother you so much people like things other than your opinion of wit things should look like ?
  15. my762buzz


    Mar 21, 2007
    The vent rib choice doesn't bother me at all. I got several 870s with and without vent ribs. I can go either way. I am curious as to why they arn't more popular.
    The comment about Saiga12K is just because I find it odd that those even have vent ribs when so many fighting shotguns do not. Beyond that, if my strong opinions about weapon choices or any specifics seem like they are rigid and unbending, it has to do with much personal evaluation and final conclusion.
    Besides, there is nothing wrong with some debating of ideas on a gun board provided there is a real basis for the debate. There have been clashing ideas for a long time during man's history. Is it really a bad thing to have a strong opinion about something?

    For example, I don't trust bird shot for a defensive load. Am I wrong? Maybe or maybe not. I am open minded to be convinced otherwise with some decent proof.
    Does it bother me that some use birdshot or suggest to use it? No
    A good debate should lay out all the specific arguments and the supporting material to each argument. People should be able to draw their own personal conclusions.

    I think we can all have different opinions about weapons and ideas in general and still get along. I might disagree with some of my close friends about politics, gun control, etc and either they tell me or I tell them they are full of ...... and among men it is no big deal. Anyway, sorry if some of my strong opinions ruffled your feathers.
  16. gsp174


    Aug 31, 2010
    east coast
    I like the vent rib for my bird guns. I have a SxS that I shoot best because of the wide plane of the 2 barrels and the rib. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Is durability an issue? Maybe but you have to look at all these old bird guns with 28" of rib and all banged up but not broken. They have gotten more hard use that many of these HD safe guns. Except for the police guns, the trunk of a car can be a hard place to live.<o:p></o:p>
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  17. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    I prefer a vent-rib barrel on my hunting and Trap shotguns, so, why not have one on a 'fighting' shotgun???

    My 1100 Competition Master Clone has a 22" barrel w/ vent rib.
    My beloved 1100 Magnum has a 24" Hastings barrel w/ vent rib. (2-3/4" chamber.)
    These shotguns have a 'less than normally used' barrels, but, they suit me just fine.
    Granted, these are semi-auto shotguns.
    The only 'shorter' vent-rib 870 barrel that I have, is on the 870 Youth, that my son shoots. It's 21" long.

    All of my 'fighting' shotguns (Remington 870) don't have vent-ribs, but, I wouldn't object to it.
    I've even thought about taking one barrel I have (26" Remchoke barrel) and having it cut to 18-1/2" and re-installing choke-tubes.

    Because I can. . . . . .:supergrin:

    BTW. . . last Sunday, I used that 1100 w/Hastings barrel in some informal Trap shooting.
    Shot 3 rounds. Shot a 23; a 21; and a 24.
    And everyone says that the 24" barrel is too short to shoot Trap. :)
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  18. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    That looks more like open sights as opposed to a vent rib. But I could be wrong.
  19. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    762 LEMMe send you a PM to apologize I was not referring to you in the leasd rbro
  20. If someone would make a factory 18.5" vent rib IC barrel for the 870 I would be all over it. I love the look.

    I will be getting a VR barrel to cut down for a project gun but I hesitate to put such a thing on my HD due to the "OMG, sawed off shot gun argument".