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Old February 6, 2000, 12:40 PM   #6
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The terms Pistol Grip and Straight stock are confusing, a cultural clash perhaps?

Shotgunners refer to a full stock with a pistol grip behind the trigger as a pistol grip stock. A straight (or english) stock has no pistol grip and is normally found on lightweight side by side guns designed for bird hunting.

A stock with only a pistol grip and lacking the ability to be shouldered should not be called a pistol grip. Perhaps we should find another name for it?

I once shot a round of Sporting Clays with a young man who had a Benelli M3. He shot quite well and demonstrated the M3's ability to convert from an auto to a pump by turning a ring near the magazine cap. Seems to me that this would make a good combat shotgun, as the gun could be converted to a pump action if the auto failed to cycle.

Geoff Ross

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