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Why No Love For PGOs?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by OptimusPrime, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. OptimusPrime

    OptimusPrime Well-Known Member

    I'm curious about the dislike for pistol grips, why is that? I have them mounted on my HD gun and they feel great. I'm only curious, not trying to pick a fight, I would like to learn what's bad about them.
  2. PoserHoser

    PoserHoser Well-Known Member

    Accuracy and recoil control is the biggest problem with them.
  3. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Well-Known Member

    Oh now you've done it. Why not just kick over the biggest can of worms in the whole place? :)

    PGOs are a specialized type of shotgun. There are only a few niche situations where they really shine.

    Some examples would be:
    Compact storage
    Breaching doors
    Vehicle use
    Use in really small apartments

    If that describes you then by all means go for it. Many of those situations can be covered with a change of tactics though such as using a folding stocks or even by tucking the butt stock under the shooters arm to make the gun shorter.

    Beyond those specialized areas fixed stocks are really the way to go as they make a shotgun much more accurate, controllable, and usable.
  4. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    While compact, a PGO shotgun is greatly inferior to a stocked shotgun when it comes time to actually use it.

    While firing from the hip sounds like a great idea it is a terrible method of aiming/pointing a firearm.

    PGO's have a place as a breacher gun, but seriously...........who goes around inside their own home breaching doors? Mil/LE NEED breaching guns, for anyone else its just a gun used in a video game with little real world usefullness.
  5. PoserHoser

    PoserHoser Well-Known Member

  6. OptimusPrime

    OptimusPrime Well-Known Member

    I actually figure I'll be breaching bathroom doors in my house soon, with a houseful of daughters. ;)
    I will say I didn't hear these negatives before so thank you for bringing them up. I won't argue, I'm learning here.
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Weapon control / retention is another often overlooked aspect of it.

    A BG stronger then you can easily twist a PG shotgun out of your hands and turn it on you.

    Not so easily done with a stock clamped under your arm.

    Also it rules out less lethal horizontal & vertical butt strokes and such.

  8. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I concur with #2, #4, and #7 entirely.

    A friend of mine has one in 20 ga, and even that one is a beast to run effectively.
  9. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    PGOs do not allow you to exploit the full capability of the shotgun. Accurate shooting of shot or slugs past about 10 yards is near impossible.

    Breaching doors in a military or law enforcement situation in which a compact shotgun is needed to be carried in addition to your primary is the only legitimate situation IMO/IME a PGO shotgun would be warranted.

    Keep a stock on it.

    Just my .02,
  10. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Because they are simply, a gimmick. They have poor handling, harsh recoil, no practical use for the average citizen in any day-to-day scenario.

    Learn how to run the gun - the regular stocked shotgun and you will soon see why they get panned...................
  11. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

  12. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    You must be RH, '├žause that would suck for those of us who are LH
  13. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Our late shotgun mentor Dave McCracken's canonical thread on the subject: PG Only Shotguns and Hip Shooting 101

    (Note, Dave's challenge was never even accepted, let alone successfully met.)

    Then, if you need more input, the grand-daddy thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=544181
    And the grand-momma thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=501891

    See also:

    I figure there's enough info in there to write a graduate level treatise on the subject.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  14. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    You must be RH, '├žause that would suck for those of us who are LH

    Oh yes.

    The text that can't be made out in the picture, molded into the clamshell on the right side of the receiver, says something like WARNING: DO NOT FIRE FROM LEFT SHOULDER.
  15. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    I've always thought the PGO shotgun plays into the "you don't need to aim a shotgun" school of thought. Just point it and spray and pray. Sorry but I've missed too many deer with buckshot, including one inside ten yards, to believe that in any way, shape or form.

    Then there is the matter of recoil. Years ago, my son, no doubt influenced by some video game or the other, purchased a shotgun that came with both regular and pistol grip. He immediately put the pistol grip on it. He later told me he fired it twice with low brass birdshot rounds. He then put the regular stock on it, and threw the PG away. He said "That thing kicked." No kidding? Whodathunkit?
  16. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    But whats pictured is not a "PGO"........it most definitely HAS been designed to be fired from the shoulder as it has a shoulder stock.;)
  17. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    My coach gun is compact and I can actually hit with it.
  18. JSH1

    JSH1 Well-Known Member

    You say that your pistol grip shotgun feels great but have you ever shot it? Take it to the range and try to hit a target and you will see why people don't like them.
  19. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    But whats pictured is not a "PGO"

    Which was sort of the point ... :D

    But the 10A/10B works very well when fired from the right hand with the shoulder rest turned 90 degrees and cupped in the elbow. It also leaves an interesting 'hickey' in the bend of your elbow from the hole where the shoulder rest bolts on to the back of the receiver though.

    There's an old picture of inventor Al Crouch holding his Remington Model 58 - based prototype out of the window of a squad car with one hand, prepared to fire it. I don't see that picture online anywhere though.
  20. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Everything I have to say on this subject can be found in the archives.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3 using Tapatalk. Hence all the misspellings and goofy word choices.

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