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Doesn't the military use pistol grips on 870

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by JBrady555, Nov 14, 2012.

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  1. MCgunner

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    Another reason I like the little coach gun, can one hand it by my side and it's well short of the floor. I can hold it behind my side as I move to keep it out of reach of a perp trying to disarm me, whip it up one handed if need be to fire at close range. It's almost like a big handgun. In 20 gauge, recoil isn't that bad, either, not like a 12 coach gun. Also, I can easily switch from lefty to righty (yes, I can shoot right handed) this way to shoot around opposite side cover.

    Slings that SWAT officers wear are a joke when you need the gun right now. They'll just be something to hang up on the night stand with. The SWAT officer gets dressed before entering the fray. YOU will be awakened rudely and the BGs aren't going to give you time to get your shotgun properly slung.
     
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    Having used both types on combat rifles and hunting, I find the conventional stock easier to use and quicker to mount from most carry positions. For instance if you are at port arms and quicky mount you shotgun or rifle you do not have to change right hand position as you would on a pistol grip. The pistol grip is necessary due to the design of the M-16. The handle was needed to carry the M-16 all day. No handle needed on an M-14 because of the stock. Try bird hunting with a pistop grip stock. It gets old fast.
     
  3. MCgunner

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    That's a good point, D2. The pistol grip was not really put on the M16 for better ergos or handling. Just that, with the design, it had to be there to work.

    I've been hunting with my best handling, fastest rifle lately, a straight gripped lever action M92 in .357 magnum. That gun is such a pleasure in the field.
     
  4. cold100onhw1

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    The only shotguns I have seen in the military are M500s. They all had the PGO stock in the arms room but there are regular stock that can be switched out. I have only seen shotguns used to kill wild dogs but that was in a very rural area with no doors to breach and we didnt use trucks.
     
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    The first day that we checked out M-16A2s from the arms room in basic training, they took us into a classroom for weapons orientation. After going over safety, the first comment the drill sergeant made was, "This is the carry handle. You will not use it for that purpose." He was right.
     
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