Sunday, November 18, 2012
Remington 870 Tactical WITH Magpul Furniture - Complete Reversal
As you can see from the picture above, I didn't leave the fore end alone for long. Actually, I had already purchased the Magpul MOE fore end for my old shotgun, but never got around to installing it. This fore end is superior to the original in every way. It gives plenty of purchase for my ape like hands, and since I shipping was free from Amazon Prime, I included a section of rail to mount a light on. My only gripe is that the fore end from Magpul is a little slippery. That's nothing a little skateboard tape can't solve.
Now let me emphasize when I say this, the Magpul SGA stock is the MOST COMFORTABLE stock I have ever shouldered. I've held everything from the Knoxx Stock to the AR15 style stocks with Mesa Tactical adapters, to speed feed, Hogue, and many other pistol grip stocks over the years, and each one has left me wanting a bit. They were either too short, too long, angles wrong, or didn't have suitable sling options. The SGA offers everything I want. It's still a monte carlo stock (technically), it has sling points all over it, the length of pull adjustment is the best I've seen, the cheek rest can be adjusted to accommodate optics, should I change my mind even more, and the grip angle is ideal for me. It's as if the gun shoulders itself! When I raise it up, the gun levels perfectly, effortlessly.
The grip area of the stock has some traction due to some kind of stippling, and the top of the grip has a rubber back strap that is used to cover the mounting screw, and provide more traction. The front of the grip has ribs that also provide some traction, and the raised lip extending from the bottom of the grip keeps my hand from slipping off the end. Along with that, the grip itself swells around the palm area ever so slightly to allow a firm grip on the weapon. The angle of the grip not only make shouldering this gun effortless, but also allows you to hold it in close to your torso with ease. I'm not suggesting that you should fire this weapon from that position, but for a low ready type of position, it is comfortable.
All of this work in ergonomics is focused around making the shotgun comfortable to shoot and aim. I'm not suggesting shotgun shooting is ever a pleasant experience, but much like doing anything dangerous, making the gun more controllable and less troublesome in a gun fight is better than putting up with something that is just a band aid.
If you are looking for a solution to your shotgun, you might give Magpul a look.