Would this be practical?


March 6, 2006, 11:24 AM
I plan on buying a Mossberg 500 and sawing down the barrel pretty short(ill make that judgement once I get it). I want to get a rear pistol grip and wire stockhttp://www.knoxx.com/NewStyleKnoxx/TechSupport/COPtech.htm, but put one of these baby'shttp://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/co_disp/displ/carfnbr/122/prrfnbr/851 on the forend.

I just wanted some outside opinions because I thought this would be my ideal home defense weapon(besides any small arm I may own at the time) but how would this set up sound?

Keep in mind I dont want a tacticool overloaded POS but an actual usable firearm.

*Keep in mind I will be doing this legally*

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March 6, 2006, 11:54 AM
Over 18 inch barrel length, 26 inches overall, have fun.

March 6, 2006, 12:49 PM
If I were you I'd just buy an 18.5" bbl version rather than sawing off the barrel. You might also consider a model with an extended tube and some ghost-ring sights if you are so inclined. A side-saddle may be helpful for holding ammunition, especially if you don't intend on keeping the gun "loaded" although it might interfere with the folding stock; I'm not sure.

At any rate a good 12 gauge pump is hard to beat as a HD tool. Any accessories are just that, extras that may or may not be beneficial depending on individual preferences.

March 6, 2006, 08:15 PM
Mossberg sells a 500 with a 18.5 inch barrel and a pistol grip. Check the stores in your area.

March 9, 2006, 10:27 AM
Why not by an 18" barrel for your shotgun and keep it legal. Under 18'' and you have an illegal "sawed off Shotgun" and the police and the BATF don't look at that too kindly.:rolleyes:

March 9, 2006, 10:59 AM
^^^ Yah what they all said. ^^^^

Your tempting fait if you start altering your own weapons.
Buy it the shortest LEGAL length and your be OK.


Red Tornado
March 9, 2006, 03:46 PM
I agree with all of the above regarding the barrel length, but would make one suggestion. Forget about the pistol grip and wire buttstock. That Mossberg comes with a perfectly good buttstock that allows it to handle and point correctly. For practical purposes, I really don't think you're going to improve the usability by changing it out. YMMV

stiletto raggio
March 9, 2006, 10:26 PM
As far as practicality, I would stick with a full stock unless portability is a key issue (for keeping said shotgun on a boat or in a car). There are pltny of techniques for using a full-stocked weapon in close quarters.

As far as sawing it yourself, just make sure you measure once, twice, three times and cut one. I have used both hacksaws and a sawzall to cut shotgun barrels and then sandpaper and a dremel to sand it to a nice finish. I think the results are fine. See my post on this board.

Dave McCracken
March 10, 2006, 09:52 AM
A couple things....

Sawing off a shotgun,even while conforming to the law, is hardly ever a good idea.

Few of us have probs in tight places with a 44" weapon.

MOST of us find operating extremely short shotguns sans stocks difficult, especially under adrenaline boost.

MOST of us can, with training, operate a standard shotgun wicked well.

Most of the gun pros I know, those that have jobs requiring weapons, have standard, well used shotguns. Few have stockless, super short shotguns.

There's a lesson there...

Stow the hacksaw and go shoot.

March 10, 2006, 05:06 PM
1…Buy the 18 ½ inch barrel (short magazine tube) or 20 inch (long magazine tube) and don’t cut it. The bead sight might come in handy some day.
2…Try shooting it with a pistol grip only before buying the expensive pistol-grip/folding-stock. More than likely you won’t like it much. If I remember correctly that folding stock will make contact with the Side-Saddle ammo carrier and stop it from rotating

I have the choate side folder and the regular mossberg synthetic stock. The synthetic feels much better to shoot. The choate when folded will only make it 8 inch shorter.
I think I speak for most when I say KEEP IT SIMPLE. The more complicated you make you shot gun the more problems you will create for you self.

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