Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by chrisnoel27, Mar 10, 2011.
Don't buy the gun if it has just a pistol grip. A pistol grip stock is great, but a pistol grip alone on a shotgun is hollywood. It is not what you want to protect your family.
The Mossberg 500 is a great shotgun.... tough, reliable and reasonably priced. Get one with a full stock and you will be all set.
I would have no issues trusting my life or the life of my loved ones to my 500, and it sits by my bed every night (note, I have no "loved ones" yet, but when I do, you better believe my 500 will be standing guard).
I too bought from Bud's, I couldn't beat their price. They had it at my FFL in 3 days, and they keep FFL's on file, so I didn't even have to send the license info.
Actually, on a Mossberg, "great" may be an overstatement. The safety is up on top of the receiver, so it is extremely hard, if not impossible, to engage or disengage it with your hand in a firing grip. The Remingtons don't have that issue with safety down next to the trigger.
I'm not a fan of pistol grip stocks anyway, and I do quite like my Mossberg.
+1 on this. I was going to get a pistol grip with a buttstock for mine until I realized that the safety would be impossible to work. I like the standard stock just fine however and the 500 is a great gun.
Would I use it? Of course.
The safety is the only sticking point for me, too. It's hard to engage, but really not that hard to disengage. 8)
Can you explan how it is so easy to disengage the Mossberg safety with your hand on a pistol grip stock? Or, maybe you misread him and thought he was talking about a regular stock.
I think perhaps you misread me. I also prefer the Mossberg safety switch!
I meant only that it is lousy to add a pistol grip to a shotgun of that design.
That doesn't bother me, though, as I don't care for a pistol grip on most any shotgun.
that was how I got to be known as "Rocky Raccoon" among my Shooting budds for a couple of weeks.....seems we were trying out the PGO setup just for grins with some fairly light #8 shot loads. we were doing OK with it at close range, then I put in one of my HD loads...3"Mag #4 buckshot...Budd tossed one of those dangerous "Clays", and i swung up the Mav 88 like a full stock skeet gun BOOOM!
"OW! QUIT IT!"....severely mooshed (but not broken) nose, fat lips, and a matched pair of "Shiners".
PGO setup on my HomeLand Security shotgun? ? ? Not now, not ever
Now, as to durability/reliability...the Mossberg 500 will probably outlast you grand-children
The one shown has both a synthetic stock and an interchangeable pistol grip.
Looks like the best of both worlds to me. And a good buy.
Nothing seems to incite more passion on this forum than a pistol grip on a shotgun. You could say, "I found a rusty shotgun made in Tibet." and everyone would say, "That's really cool, enjoy." But if you add, "Oh, and it has a pistol grip", you'll get a hundred responses of, "Are you crazy? Throw that thing away."
I suspect the great majority of people who claim to hate the P/G have never even shot one, and certainly would never consider owning one.
But I have two. They'd be lousy for hunting or skeet, but I find them handy for what I use them. They are very compact, store easily, and at 15' or less could be very devastating.
I'd say get the Mossberg, and enjoy.
By the way, I don't find the safety on the Mossberg that odd. It's in plain sight, easy to push to shoot. If the plastic button bothers you, a metal replacement is available. I find the safety on the Remington hard to feel and in an awkward place. But that's probably because I don't practice with the Remington nor do I own one. (and the safety is one of the reasons).
Ha, that's funny. I feel your pain.
However, you were doing it wrong, so why blame the gun? If you hold your fully stocked 12 ga. against your testicles, you'll regret that too!
Sorry, I'm still laughing.
That certainly may be true of the general population, but change the terms to "a great majority of the people here in the Shotgun forum at THR ..." and it certainly isn't true.
There's THIS type of pistol grip:
And this type of pistol grip:
And then there's this type:
just to avoid any confusion
Then, when I started using it in timed shoots and comparing my results with others, a full, traditional stock (though synthetic) was immediately procured and my results improved greatly.
I had a great time blasting many cases of shells through it PGO style, and did "well" with it that way. It never hurt me. Not once. Not with 3" buck or slugs. It was fun! But I've got more riding on that gun now than putting a grin on my face, so I use a full stock.
Would I buy another Mossberg 500? Yes, in a heartbeat.
Very well said. I respect your decision.
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