English Straight Stocks?


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ZVP
May 13, 2013, 01:38 AM
What is the advantage of shooting a Straight stock over a Pistol Grip shape?
I have a straight gripped SxS and it appears to me that you can shift your trigger finger more easilly to reach the rear trigger.
Is this the reason for the straight shape?
BPDave

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Virginian
May 13, 2013, 06:08 AM
I am sure you will get some opinions, but I just think they look cool and feel good. I don't move my hand. I have one on my LT20 Model 1100 too. I prefer a pistol grip on a pump gun and/or a waterfowl gun because I need the extra leverage I get from them when I work the action or get in awkward shooting positions. But for quick and smooth, an English stock is the berries to me.

CajunBass
May 13, 2013, 07:37 AM
It seems to me I read years ago that there is supposed to be some advantage for driven birds they way the English hunt, or something like that. It's been a long time ago, so my memory is probably hazy.

I just think they look good. I've never owned a gun with one, but sure like the way they look. Last week I was looking at a Ruger side by side with an English stock...:eek: Out of my price range.

oneounceload
May 13, 2013, 08:35 AM
An English, or straight grip does indeed making switching between two triggers more efficient. It also makes you shoot "elbows out" which can be a great method for shooting a lot of crossing type birds, making you swing from your waist. I like it for my DT SxS as it makes carrying one-handed easier on the wrist (at least to me), and it is the traditional look - sleek. There's something about the side view of a SxS that screams sleekness and svelte handling - and with the better made ones, it is true.

Even if you can't afford one, try handling one at a Cabela's or similar. The Spanish and English are the best; the German and Italians not far behind with the way they handle - and a lot of that is due to that grip style

loose noose
May 13, 2013, 09:54 PM
I've got a Browning SXS 20 ga with a single selective trigger that has the English stock let me tell ya it is deadly on quail from a flushing dog. Not to mention it looks very cool too.;)

rcmodel
May 13, 2013, 10:07 PM
+1

Mines a 26" Ithaca/SKB 280 English Quail Special 20 ga double.

It comes up faster then quail coveys do!!

The straight stock makes carry at the ready more natural feeling, and the straight grip can slip though your grip to the 'sweet spot' in the trigger as it come up to your shoulder.


The same principal applies to the straight-grip Winchester 94 30-30 lever-action carbines.

There is no need to shift your grip for two triggers on a rifle.

But no rifle ever made come to the shoulder with the sights aligned any faster then a 94 Winchester.

rc

SwampWolf
May 23, 2013, 12:16 AM
I have a straight gripped SxS and it appears to me that you can shift your trigger finger more easilly to reach the rear trigger.

This supposed reason (for a straight-gripped double) has been bandied about for decades and has never made any sense to me. I've shot a shotgun with twin triggers for decades and the idea of shifting my hand to accomodate accessing the rear trigger is preposterous to me. Anybody who tries for a second shot on two flushing grouse that has the time to move their hand from one trigger to the other is hunting in different grouse/woodcock cover than I do. It's a very simple and quick manner to move your index finger from one trigger to the other. It's a relatively slow and awkward procedure to move your hand on the stock from one trigger to the other to attempt a quick second shot-try it sometime if you don't believe me.

I don't think the "straight" stock has any real advantages in terms of handling or shooting well over a pistol-grip stock. I also believe the reason people buy one is for the same reason I did: as loose noose and Virginian opined, they look "cool". Period.

PabloJ
May 23, 2013, 03:42 AM
What is the advantage of shooting a Straight stock over a Pistol Grip shape?
I have a straight gripped SxS and it appears to me that you can shift your trigger finger more easilly to reach the rear trigger.
Is this the reason for the straight shape?
BPDave
These are simply for looks. There are zero advantages to them Prince of Wales grip is far superior proposition.

Virginian
May 23, 2013, 07:22 AM
So pray tell, why is a POW stock far superior to anything else? I think it is ALL just personal preference.

Mobuck
May 23, 2013, 08:29 AM
I haven't used the straight grip nearly as much as a standard grip SxS but agree with the cosmetic factor. My 28 and 410 SxS guns have straight grips and it does take a little getting used to. They do draw some looks from the guys packing Mossberg pumps when pulled from the cases.

oneounceload
May 23, 2013, 11:56 AM
These are simply for looks. There are zero advantages to them Prince of Wales grip is far superior proposition.

For a single trigger - sure; not for a DT gun

They do draw some looks from the guys packing Mossberg pumps when pulled from the cases.

And those looks are typically the "deer-in-the-headlight" type of looks...... :D

returningfire
May 23, 2013, 02:36 PM
Hard to shoot under the birds using a shotgun with a straight English style stock.

ZVP
May 23, 2013, 09:53 PM
Well I guess it;s a lot of personal preferance and some reason to it with a DT gun so I guess you like em or don't.
I loke mine! Feels good in the hand and the shotgun looks so sleek and slim!
Thanks guys!
ZVP

oneounceload
May 23, 2013, 10:22 PM
Get your hands on a scaled down 28 or even a smaller 410 - it will feel like a toy compared to a 12, but what fun it is!

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