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.
What is shotgun sidesaddle and why you need it?
A shotgun sidesaddle is a convenient accessory for shotgun owners because it gives them the ability to carry more ammunition right on their weapon. That way, they don’t have to put down their weapon to go looking for more ammunition inside a bag or something. They can just take a shotshell right off the sidesaddle that is attached to their shotgun, load the shotshell into the chamber and then fire away. This saves them quite a bit of time in the reloading process because they don’t have to go far to get more ammunition for their weapon, since the shotshells are stored right there on the weapon itself. If you are a soldier on the battlefield, a law enforcement officer, or just somebody who needs to be able to reload quickly, the shotgun sidesaddle is an invaluable necessity that you must own.
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.
Another new product for Remington 870, now from TacStar: Tacstar Remington 870/1100/11-87 Rail Mount with Side Saddle:
Thanks to Tommy Geraci, one of the blog readers for making this review!
WARNING: These sidesaddles will not work with field length or hunting fore grips. Most tactical fore grips that do not recede past the shotguns receiver when fully cocked back, are the most ideal to run in conjunction with a sidesaddle.
Short Bus posted some nice photos of his Remington 870 with TacStar Stock, Forend and Sidesaddle on Remington 870 Forum:
bangplop posted nice pics of his Remington 870 on Remington 870 Forum:
TacStar Sidesaddle Feedback
Here is letter which I received from one of the readers of the blog. I want this blog as objective as possible, that is why I’m posting negative reviews too:
I’ve got to tell you — this Tacstar sidesaddle is absolutely one of the WORST accessories one can mount on a shotgun!!
I’ve had one mounted on a Winchester 1200 for years, but the shotgun was mostly a safe queen. Last month, I brought it out and decided to use it for home defense, as it’s in perfect condition and has always had a “smooth as butter” action. So off to the range and some drills to get “reacquainted” with my old friend, yes?
Not quite: on the 5th shot — the TacStar sidesaddle (while a Winchester application in this instance, it’s exactly the same design as for the Remington 870 — just different mounting holes) snapped where the plastic “ring” surrounds the receiver mounting screw. The entire shell holder whipped 180 degrees and hit me in the forehead — HARD!
Fortunately, no damage was done, either to me or the Winchester. But the moral of this story? This item is COMPLETE JUNK and should NEVER be mounted and/or used on a shotgun by anyone who is serious about their weapons. If you must have a sidesaddle — go metal ONLY.
I just thought you should know what happened since you’re recommending this product.