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Old May 25, 2006, 12:21 AM   #1
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Pistol Stocked Shotguns, feast or foul?

Of what tacticl use (IYHO-In Your Humble Opinion) is the pistol grip/short barreled shotgun good for?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old May 25, 2006, 02:35 AM   #2
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Sore wrists. Missed targets. Give me a stock!
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Old May 25, 2006, 02:41 AM   #3
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I'll second that comment. Just another gimmick for the mall ninjas .
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Old May 25, 2006, 03:50 AM   #4
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Simple, quick shots. Seeing as you point a shotgun and don't aim it you don't really need a stock. Of course i'm talking about an HD shotgun only. I would get thrown out of my trap club if I ever brought my Mossy 500 with HD setup to shoot there.

Recreational shooting with a pistol grip is some of the funnest shotgun shooting you will ever do. Just watch out for them Federal 3" 1 1/4 oz magnum slug loads. Them things are a real wrist buster.
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Old May 25, 2006, 08:52 AM   #5
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Old May 25, 2006, 10:04 AM   #6
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A couple of weeks ago, I put a 'Pachmayr Vindicator Presentation' pistol grip on my 18" 870. I took it to the range, and was having a lot fun shooting Wolf 00 Buck into some cardboard against the berm until the grip broke leaving me with grip in my right hand and the receiver in my left. Oh well, stocks for me.
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Old May 25, 2006, 10:28 AM   #7
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They are good for people who don't know how to shoot properly.
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Old May 25, 2006, 11:39 AM   #8
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I'll agree with oletymer. You don't see pistol gripped shotguns used by police tactical teams. Must be some reason. They learned how to shoot.
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Old May 25, 2006, 05:20 PM   #9
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The exception would be the Knoxx CopStock recoil reducing pistol grip with wire frame stock. I have one and it's really fun to shoot, especially 00 buck one handed. I have it on a house gun with an 18.5 inch barrel.
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Old May 25, 2006, 05:44 PM   #10
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Less than useful --- unless you are talking a pistol grip with stock such as the cop stock or the speed feed or any other number of designs out there, even many Benelli entery guns are set up this way.

The pistol grip on a stock aids controll and faster handeling, and if you want to shoot the gun unmounted it's easier though as others have mentioned this can hurt and is not the prefered way to shoot.
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Old May 25, 2006, 07:12 PM   #11
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it depends shoot both then see wich one your more confertable with since its a shotgun accuracy um its kind of hard to miss with a shotgun (at close ranges)
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Old May 25, 2006, 08:43 PM   #12
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Kay Ohye used to stand with his back to the trap house, call a bird, turn around and bust it, shooting from the hip.

take it for what its worth
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Old May 25, 2006, 08:57 PM   #13
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Like many old guys with LE experience measured in decades, I know lots of other guys whose personal histories include time spent in harm's way.

I know military types, FBI agents,COs, cops and others who have visually observed the proverbial pachyderm.

Most have well worn shotguns with real stocks. Few if any have those with just a PG.

There's a lesson there.

And, chances are I've fired more rounds from the hip with a folded folding stocked 870 than the whole mizpocha of PGO fans here.

I was paid to do so, and to teach others.

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Old May 25, 2006, 10:44 PM   #14
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Perhaps as a door breacher only?

guy steps up unloads on the door and then helps another with a battering ram and then they step aside and let the rest of the team through?

Just a thought, i'm not S.W.A.T. member so i dunno how it all goes down.
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Old May 25, 2006, 11:22 PM   #15
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I have regular stocks on all my shotguns. I think the pistol grips must be a gimmick and a way to lower the cost of building some guns like the Mossberg 500 version that comes with one. Then later when the person that bought the gun realizes it doesen't work so well they get another parts sale if he buys a replacement regular stock from Mossberg.
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Old May 26, 2006, 01:18 AM   #16
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what about a pistol grip with a folding stock? wouldnt that be the best of both worlds?
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Old May 26, 2006, 09:47 AM   #17
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where the distance wont exceed 20 feet,in dark hallways,under a cherry tree full of blackbids ..they are an up close and personal weapon,very limited in use for the shorty version.

Ive fired a super shorty version,wasnt real impressed,2-3xs as loud,recoil was about the same but hitting anything past 20 feet,forget it.
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Old May 26, 2006, 11:12 PM   #18
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A pistol grip is pretty useless other than breeching, but even then there is always fire support for the breecher. Also you cant really control a pistol gripped shotty during rapid fire and even if you use low recoil buck your arms still going to be numb if you dont have a rock solid grip.
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Old May 27, 2006, 02:11 AM   #19
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Pumps are pretty limited in their use. A double 20 ga., like the old Ithaca Auto-Burglar gun can be useful and fun!
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Old January 9, 2009, 10:52 PM   #20
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A wonderful answer to a question never asked.

Take a fixed buttstock shotgun, and lock the butt under your elbow. Feel how solid it is? Pivot from the waist when firing, and you're a gun turret. If someone grabs the muzzle and you're not clear to shoot, you can backstep and pull the weapon out of his hands or deliver a butt stroke to his groin or kneecap.
Walk towards a wall until the muzzle touches. Now switch off for a pistol grip. You'll have to back up at least three or four inches, because the pistol gripped gun sticks out more. Also, if someone gets inside the arc of the muzzle, all he has to do is grab the muzzle with his left hand, and the reciever with his right. Your right hand is open and weak to a pull from it's left.
He pulls with his right hand, blocks you from moving the muzzle with his left, and spins the gun right out of your left hand on the pump handle. Now you're looking at his pump gun. Bad guys practice these moves in slam, waiting to use them when they get out. They practice until it's muscle memory. It's always there if they get a chance.
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Old January 10, 2009, 02:26 AM   #21
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Apparently, you haven't shot many shotguns......
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Old January 10, 2009, 09:18 AM   #22
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it depends shoot both then see wich one your more confertable with since its a shotgun accuracy um its kind of hard to miss with a shotgun (at close ranges)
Yeah, who could miss with a shotgun at short ranges where the shotgun group may well be an inch or two?

Yes that was sarcasm. It also shows that some have you have never been to a range EVER apparently.
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Old January 10, 2009, 09:47 AM   #23
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Pumps are pretty limited in their use
I dunno bout that. I find them pretty useful. Pistol grips are bout as useful as teats on a boar hog. Short barrels are useful in dense woods with a lot of undergrowth.
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Old January 10, 2009, 10:08 AM   #24
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the great irony in these discussions to me are the guys who shoot the .454 Casull or the .500 S&W and wimp out when it comes to a pistolgrip shotgun I have one but it came with the pistolgrip and I'm too busy with other projects to replace the stock just yet
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Old January 10, 2009, 10:55 AM   #25
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a matter of perception

Many of us old school types were introduced to a detached pistol grip by the M-16 service rifle. It seemed to work well shooting the standard rifle positions. Previously, detached pistol grips were found on a variety of sub-machine guns. Others were introduced to detached pistol grips when boat loads of inexpensive Kalashnikov-type semi-automatic rifles were imported.

Government officials decided that cheap imported "assault rifles" were a bad thing, and decided to restrict them. But, how do you distinguish a bad "assault" semi-auto rifle from a good civilian semi-auto rifle? The government answer was simple: obviously, having a detached pistol grip was a key factor in differentiating the bad from the good, and the bad must be restricted. We've all seen some strange stock modifications to make foreign detached pistol grip stocks comply with illogical government importation standards.

Inspired by government intervention, the innocent detached pistol grip became a hallmark of the bad rifle. This soon expanded to shotguns,as well. Scatterguns with full pistol grip stocks were produced for the entry level market. Any inexperienced shooter could intutively tell, just by looking at the Wal*Mart display, an "assault rifle" looking shotgun with a synthetic, detached pistol grip stock must have a lot more whoopass potential than a conventionally stocked shotgun.
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