Remington 700 SPS with MDT (Modular Driven Technologies) HS3 LA Stock Chassis

Remington 700 SPS with MDT (Modular Driven Technologies) HS3 LA Stock Chassis

The Remington 700 is a rifle typically used for hunting and target shooting. The Remington 700 Special Purpose Synthetic Stainless is a high-performance bolt-action rifle which combines affordability with a high-quality construction. If you are familiar with the traditional Remington 700, then you will get all of those features in this updated version plus a whole lot more.

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Remington 870 Conventional Mark 5 Stock Review

Remington 870 Choate Conventional Stock

The Remington 870 shotguns are good for competitive shooting, home defense and hunting purposes. However, you might not like the factory stock which comes with each shotgun model. Depending on the size of your body, you might not like the length of pull on the factory stock. Instead, you will need a stock that lets you adjust the length of pull and allows you to shoot more comfortably and accurately. If you have standard stock then you can get Remington Length of Pull Spacer Kit to make it longer but not shorter.

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 article is about another Choate stock for Remington 870. You can read previous articles using following links:
Remington 870 Telescoping Stock from Choate
Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 Stock Review
Choate Remington 870 MK5 Pistol Grip Stock and Forend Review

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Blackhawk Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 – Review

Blackhawk Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 – Review

The Blackhawk Knoxx SpecOps Gen III is a premium stock upgrade for the Remington 870 shotgun that you don’t want to miss. If you’re new to shotguns and still using the factory stock that came with your Remington 870, then you know how the recoil feels each time you fire. With the Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III, this recoil you would normally feel will be reduced a lot.

The previous SpecOps generation stock was discontinued.

Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870
Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870

The biggest difference from the previous generation of this stock is a huge buttpad which also reduces recoil. And felt recoil is much softer. You don’t feel hit you just feel like shotgun springs to the rear and back. This is thanks to what is referred to as the “2-stage recoil reduction system” that has been implemented into the stock. Not only will you experience very little muzzle rise during operation, but you won’t have to deal with any annoying cheek-slapping problem either. Instead, you can just focus completely on your accuracy with each shot and improve your confidence after you experience the results. As you may know, cheek-slap was one of the common problems of the previous generations of the SpecOps stock.

I have tested Blackhawk Knoxx SpecOps Gen III on the range with variety of shotgun ammo and recoil was always nice and soft:

When I was shooting Mini Magnum and Magnum the shotgun was jumping in my hands but my shoulder didn’t feel much of the recoil. Slow motion shows that it is better to adjust the stock to make it a little longer.

Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 - Spring
Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 – Spring

The Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III is suitable for both tall shooters and short shooters alike. Thanks to the 6 various adjustable positions and enhanced ergonomics, this stock can be handled by someone of virtually any height and physique. You can adjust the length of pull from 12.5 inches to up to 15.2 inches. As for gripping the weapon, the stock features a pistol grip which will allow you to hold the weapon firmly in dangerous tactical situations. You can even hold your shotgun with one hand by using this pistol grip if you wanted to. That way, you can use your other hand for reloading the weapon or whatever else you need to do in a situation where time is of the essence.

Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 - Stock
Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 – Stock

In addition to the stock, you will receive a matching forend with a handstop for extra gripping ability. There is also a Picatinny-like mount for adding accessories to the stock too. You can install flashlight, laser etc.

Quick detach sling swivel comes with the stock. You can install it on left or one the right side of the stock. This will enable you to have a sling to help you carry your shotgun more conveniently if you’re walking a long distance with it.

Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 - Forend
Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III for Remington 870 – Forend

The cost of the Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III is $119.99. For that, you’re getting a stock made of a durable and lightweight polymer that was built to offer recoil reduction to the user. If you frequently use your Remington 870, especially in tactical situations, then you cannot afford to go without a premium stock upgrade like this.

Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III Installation

Installation of the Gen III stock is little trickier than installation of the previous generation but still very fast and simple. It took me less than 10 minutes to install the stock and forend. Just follow the simple instructions that are included with the stock and you should be all set.

Knoxx SpecOps Stock Gen III Frequently Asked Questions

Proper Eye Relief is Important
How the Knoxx SpecOps Works

Use of Oversized Safeties and additional accessories on Remington 870 with Knoxx Stock
Manufacturer of the SpecOps stock does not recommend using any of the oversized safety buttons. This is because big safety buttons stick up and when shotgun moves rearward the button will hit the stock and damage it and even may cause injury.

Here’s what happens when you try using Blackhawk Specops stock with oversized safety:

Blackhawk Knoxx Remington 870 Failure

Also, you need to make sure that sidesaddle will not interfere with the stock movement.

Spacer Between Receiver and Stock on Remington 870
Some people don’t read installation instructions carefully or just forget to remove the metal spacer which is needed for the factory stock. Remember that you need to remove it installing the Knoxx SpecOps stock or otherwise you will have a gap between stock and receiver.

Does it Reduce 95% of Recoil?
In my opinion – no, it doesn’t reduce that much recoil BUT it reduces recoil significantly and I highly recommend it.

Recommended Product:

Blackhawk! SpecOps Knoxx Recoil-Reducing Stock
Blackhawk! SpecOps Knoxx Recoil-Reducing Stock
Get Blackhawk! SpecOps Knoxx Recoil-Reducing Stock on Cabela’s

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Knoxx Stock and IPSC

I have seen a lot of discussions about the use of the Knoxx recoil suppression stock in IPSC competitions. Some shooters believe that it is prohibited under this rule:

22. External modifications such as weights, or devices to control or reduce recoil are specifically not allowed, except for recoil pads fitted to the rear face of the stock of the shotgun.

Other think that it can be installed because it is not an “external modification”.

I decided to contact the IPSC at the rules@ipsc.org to find the answer. I was very pleased to receive answer from Neil Beverley, IPSC Shotgun Director. And now I want to share the truth about use of the Knoxx stock in IPSC.

“Knoxx recoil suppression stocks can be fitted as a direct replacement of an existing stock under Point 23 of the division rules.”

“Point 22 of the rules prevents any additional weights from being added externally to a stock.”

Also, Neil sent links to the IPSC Global Village where you can find more information.

So, the short answer is Knoxx recoil suppression stocks CAN be used in IPSC.

DISCONTINUED – Blackhawk Knoxx PowerPak Modular Cheek Piece System

What is  Blackhawk Knoxx PowerPak Modular Cheek Piece System?

I haven’t seen many Blackhawk Knoxx PowerPak reviews on the web. I have read one very negative review and several positive ones. That is why I want to share my experience with you.

It is modular cheek piece with ammo holder and watertight storage compartment. It can be installed on Knoxx SpecOps Stock.

Blackhawk Knoxx PowerPak Modular Cheek Piece
Blackhawk Knoxx PowerPak Modular Cheek Piece

My brother is owner of the Fabarm SAT 8 Pro Telescopic. This shotgun has Knoxx stock, which can be installed on Remington 870. That is why Blackhawk Knoxx PowerPak can be installed on both Fabarm and Remington 870. Recently my brother installed Blackhawk Knoxx PowerPak on his shotgun.

Installation
Installation of the Knoxx Powerpack is not difficult and takes just 15-20 minutes. The only one problem is that screws are very small. But when it’s ready it is easy to snap cheek  on the stock.

Knoxx Powerpak Modular Cheek
Knoxx Powerpak Modular Cheek

Construction
This cheek looks good, shells are hold reliably in place.

Advantages
I think that Knoxx Powerpak is a good alternative to the receiver mount shell holders.  High cheek will be useful for people which have holographic sight/scope installed. I am not sure what can you do with a watertight storage compartment but instruction says that it can be used to store earplugs and spare batteries there.

Blackhawk Knoxx Powerpak
Blackhawk Knoxx Powerpak
Blackhawk Powerpak
Blackhawk Powerpak

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Hogue Stock and Forend for Remington 870 Review

Remington 870 Hogue Stock, LOP

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.

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Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 Stock Review

Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 Stock

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.

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Best Remington 700 Stocks

Bell and Carlson Varmint/Tactical Rifle Stock for Remington 700

Once World War II had finally ended, an engineer of Remington Arms named Merle Walker started to create a cheaper alternative to the popular Remington 30. His creation would become the Remington 721. This particular rifle model featured a cylindrical receiver that was constructed with a piece of cylindrical bar stock. A lathe could be used to turn the stock too, instead of using various milling operations to machine it. This method would ultimately lower the production costs of the weapon.

Also, the 721 contained a lot of smaller metal components that were stamped, like the bottom metal. However, the finishing of the stocks was not as impressive as it was with the older Remington models. Walker continued to develop upon the 721 bolt-action rifle a lot further, resulting in the Remington 722 and 725 models. In 1962, the Remington 700 would be born.

Walker wanted the rifles to be more accurate and the lock time to be faster. When the Remington 700 was finished, it was mass produced just like the Remington 721 was before. There were originally two versions of the Remington 700 produced by the company. There was the Remington BDL and Remington ADL, which had long-action rifles and short-action rifles available. This let users chamber cartridges that were different from each other.

By the year 1969, Remington Arms released numerous upgrades for the Model 700, such as a rear bolt shroud that was longer, better finishing for the stock, and a jeweled bolt. In 1973, Remington even produced versions of the Model 700 for left-handed shooters. This was their way of competing with another rifle for left-handed shooters, the Savage 110 model. Left-handed rifles had only been produced by Savage at the time, so it was big news when Remington started doing it too. More Model 700 versions were released shortly after, like the 700ti which had a titanium receiver, the CDL, and the 700SPS. The Model 700 had been mostly designed as a hunting rifle, but it still had the capability of being useful as a sniper rifle for police and military operations. In 1966, the U.S. Marine Corps ordered the M40 rifles for its troops. Twenty years later, the U.S. Army would begin using the M24 sniper rifle.

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Best Mossberg 500/590 Accessories and Upgrades

Magazine Extension for Mossberg 500/590

I had several posts about Mossberg 500/590 and was surprised by number of questions about this shotgun. First of all, I recommend checking infographic: Differences Between Remington 870 vs Mossberg 500 shotguns. It explains differences in controls and design. Mossberg 500/590 is a great and very popular shotgun. There are 10,000,000 of Mossberg 500/590 shotguns made to date.

So, this post is about the best and must have upgrades for Mossberg 500/590 shotguns.

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Magpul SGA Stock and MOE Forend for Remington 870 Review

Magpul SGA Cheek Riser

Magpul SGA stock, MOE forend and accessories for Remington 870 shotgun quickly became extremely popular after their release in 2011. Magpul is a well known manufacturer of high-quality accessories and upgrades for firearms. Remington 870 line of products is not an exception. Remington 870 SGA stock and forend were that popular that Magpul released the same furniture set for Mossberg shotguns. Magpul Hunter 700 stock (for Remington 700 rifle) which was introduced later has the same design and features. Remington even introduced Remington 870 Magpul Edition with Magpul stock and forend. That means that most of the users of Magpul SGA stock and MOE forend for Remington 870 were more than happy.

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