I receive a lot of questions from shotgun owners which want to add a heat shield (barrel shroud) to a shotgun. So, this review will describe available options and how to choose the best heat shield for the Remington 870.
Read first part here: Review of the 4 Pistol Grips for the Remington 870 Shotgun
Thanks to Synchronizor for this detailed review!
There are three controls that an 870 user manipulates with their shooting hand: the trigger, the safety switch, and the slide release. With the traditional semi-grip shotgun stocks that the 870 was designed to use, these controls are all easy to reach and manipulate. Pistol grips, whether part of a stock or stand-alone, can have a significant effect on how – and how easily – these controls are manipulated. Pistol grips rarely interfere with the gun’ s trigger for obvious reasons, but they can – and frequently do – make working the safety or slide release slower or more difficult.
The 870’ s cross-bolt safety is located right behind the trigger, and with a traditional stock that’ s no wider than the receiver and doesn’ t enclose the rear of the trigger guard, it is possible to apply pressure on the safety with the side of the finger, rather than the tip. This allows the user to disengage the safety while keeping their fingertip on or very near the trigger, so a shot can be made virtually immediately. With traditional stocks, the safety is also fairly easily reached with the thumb or middle finger for re-engagement, or for disengagement in the case of left-handed shooters using an 870 with a right-handed safety switch.
Thanks to Synchronizor for this detailed review!
I won’t get into when, where, and for what I think pistol grips should and shouldn’t be used, because it would just add several thousand more words to what is already a massive piece. I’ll simply say that while they have many downsides, and a fixed or folding stock will be a better choice for many situations, pistol-gripped shotguns do have their place. They’re very compact & maneuverable, and (usually) lighter than a full stock, which can be beneficial on a gun that’s used more as a tool than a weapon, or one that needs to be stored or deployed in very tight spaces. They’re also cool; a lot of folks (myself included) buy a pistol grips just for fun, and that’s a perfectly legitimate reason to own one.
Remington 870 Disassembly and Reassembly are very easy but there is a tool which will make this process even easier.
Hogue is a company which sells parts and accessories for firearms. Some of their most popular upgrades are made for the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 shotguns. Some of the stocks that Hogue sells for the Remington 870 have a twelve-inch length of pull (Short Shot model). This turns the shotgun into a compact weapon and gives the shooter more mobility when they’re in constricted environments. Hogue also has standard sized stocks that are a bit longer so it really depends on your body size and the areas you’ll be using the shotgun in. For example, if you are a shooter with long hands then you may not like having a twelve-inch length of pull. But if you have shorter hands then it will be more comfortable for you.
Another shotgun from Remington 870 Photo Contest. This time we have Pistol Grip Only shotgun.
The main advantage of the PGO shotguns is compact size. It is easy to transport or carry such shotgun. PGO shotguns are very compact and fun to shoot but they have a lot of disadvantages.
The previous review of the Choate Remington 870 MK5 Pistol Grip Stock and Forend was very interesting to me. There are not many reviews of Choate products and that was surprising because their products are very popular and well known.
Thanks to Choate Machine & Tool for the stock for review.
Choate Machine & Tool is one of the oldest companies which manufactures lots of different parts and upgrades for firearms. Remington 870 owners may know the company for the magazine extensions they produce.
This stock has a very unusual look which is similar to the thumbhole and Shurshot stocks, but with many differences too. I’ve heard complaints about the look of the stock but I’ve heard the same complaints about the Magpul SGA stock. Some people like how it looks while others don’t. Either way, the features are very good and extremely useful. I was really surprised about how good it can shoulder.
Recently, Cabelas started selling firearms (including Remington 870) online. Now Brownells sells firearms too.
The TacStar Barrel/Magazine Clamp is for those who like simple solutions. This clamp is the most affordable on the market. It serves the same purpose as other shotgun barrel/magazine clamps – to hold and stabilize the magazine extension.
Organized “Home Defense” training last week ended. There were 9 participants and one of them had very interesting homemade front sight protection on his Remington 870. I have never seen anything like that before. It protects the front sight from bumps which are very common when a shotgun is heavily used during hunting, competitions or training exercises.
Infographic which shows differences between Remington 870 vs Mossberg 500 shotguns.