Thanks to Choate Machine & Tool for the stock and forend for review. Thanks to Tommy Geraci, one of the blog readers for making this review!
The Choate MK5 pistol grip stock is a substantial upgrade from the factory Remington stock. It offers an ergonomic pistol grip with checkering for positive control and manipulation over the Remington 870. It is an injection-molded stock made from glass filled polymer. Most shooters now days are familiar with polymer weapon components and are aware of the their advantages. The other really cool factor the MK5 brings to the table is that it comes with two ½” butt stock spacers to adjust the length of pull from 13” to 13 ½” and finally to 14”. The recoil pad is made from over molded rubber and is perforated for maximum recoil reduction and control over muzzle climb.
Installation of the MK5 was a bit challenging. The supplied bolt is an external hexagon faced bolt. This is a big inconvenience to average users because it requires you to have an extended socket wrench, which most people do not have. It would make installation much easier if the supplied bolt head was a Phillips or Flat head.
The other thing that catches the eye immediately, are the aesthetics. Aesthetics play a huge roll in a customer’s decision to purchase. The challenge is combining sleek attractive looks with function. To me it seems as if the MK5 and fore end are a bit old school aesthetically. Customers want sleek edges and grooves that seem to flow together in more of a modern type design. Checkering is old school and should be left for classic wood stocks and fore ends. I’m sure if Choate revised their MK5 and for ends aesthetic value to a much more modern style they would see a huge spike in sales and customer satisfaction. Do aesthetics hinder function? No, but they are very important to most users and shouldn’t be over looked.
Choate Machine & Tool: Remington 870 Fore End Review
The Choate Remington 870 fore end is very unique. It is very slim and comfortable to hold. Most fore grips are bulky and or must be modified in order to fit properly on the fore end tube in conjunction with the fore end tube nut. The Choate fore end does not need to be modified what so ever. It is a “drop in and go” type fore end. It has a semi rough texture so that the user will have no problem keeping a positive grip while training or in a defensive situation.
Like the MK5 stock the Choate fore end is made from injection molded glass filled polymer and comes with a fore end nut tool for an easy install. My impression of the Choate fore grip is that it is exceptional, especially for the price. The short tactical design is perfect for quick reloads. It fits tightly on the fore end tube with little to no play. Aesthetics are a bit plain and basic but overall the fore end should preform very well in a defensive or even in an offensive situation.
Weapon manipulation with this Choate MK5 stock and fore end is very good. The fore end does not cover the loading port or ride past the receiver when the fore end tube is cocked back. This makes it possible to reload in any situation. The shooting stance provided by the ergonomics makes this kit very natural to hold. However, if the shooter is involved in competition shooting from behind cover or in an unnatural stance, an extended fore end will likely suite the user better.
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