For some reason I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the best pump action shotgun. Well, here’s the deal… There is no best pump action shotgun. There’s no ideal pump action shotgun. It doesn’t exist. There is no such thing. Even my beloved 870 is not the ideal shotgun. It’s not perfect. My top Pump Action Picks are as follows:
1. Remington 870.
2. Mossberg 500/590.
3. Benelli Super Nova.
And that’s it. Those 3. In that order. And really, the Benelli if you want the option for 3.5″ shells. Which is nice, but unnecessary. But I do like the stocks and the sights. But not much else.
My ideal pump action shotgun, which doesn’t exist, would be a hybrid of the 870 and the 500/590.
I like the Steel Receiver and the Bolt of the 870. But I like the Shell Lifter and Safety on the 500. If I could have an 870 fitted with a Mossberg Safety and a Mossberg Shell Lifter – and use the Magpul shotgun stock – That would be just about damn near as ideal as it could get. Let’s add good Rifle Sights to it, and interchangeable choke tubes. That would do it, pretty much.
The Magpul stock on a Mossberg is probably the ideal set up. Or at least the most ideal set up I’ve handled. It’s very ergonomic and feels great… keeping the felt recoil under control and keeping the safety right there where you need it.
The shotgun remains the most versatile arm we have in our armories. For home defense, it is without equal. Yet they are always forgotten and neglected. They are not the guns that people pull out to show friends. The classic 870 Remington is still my favorite. Now, my friends at Scalpel Arms have taken the 870 to heart as well… They did the 870 proud.
The finish is pure art… but what I like about it best is the 12.5″ Barrel. It looks good… nice and tight. And done right, will still shoot very well. But I think I like 14″ the best… but I’m not sure. I need to test both side by side to see which works the best.
This was one of those “What the hell, I’ll try it” sort of things. With a big “I’m glad I did” sort of results. I was in the market for a new stock, but not exactly for a pistol grip… so I’d likely have passed this up until our friend Ryan Horst at Tannerman’s Trading Company offered this to me.
This is a synthetic product that is reminiscent of the results of the old school mod of chopping down a standard wood stock. It’s got that look and feel, but with a better finish. Compared to some other pistol grip, or Breacher grips out there, this has a better look and feel. Better in that it looks more traditional. It is both solid and comfortable and during recoil, it feels more comfortable than most standard pistol grips out there.
Mounted on a standard factory Remington 870 HD model, it helps make for a nice compact Home Defense weapon. It begs to be used on an SBS or AOW shotgun. The Raptor Grip is not for everyone. The purpose is more specifically CQB in tighter areas, or for where you need to transport a potent weapon in as compact a package as possible. This isn’t for any Duck Commanders out there.
You can see it removes a lot of length from the weapon, while keeping a legal OAL. Any shorter here and I’d have to be doing some ATF Paperwork.
Looking through all my guns… I just gotta say that my very favorite gun is the Remington 870 that was traded in from the local Police Department. There is nothing special about it. It’s just an old 870.
I keep coming back to it.
It’s got rifle sights. Extended feed tube. Side Saddle. That’s it. And it’s perfect.
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Have to say, the guns I go to the most are Glocks, AK’s, and 870’s.
The 23 in .40, remains my most favored handgun for CCW. The model 20, in 10mm is coming in second. The more I use the Glocks… the more I like them. Not just an appreciation for the function… but liking them for the way they feel and point, the triggers… The elegant simplicity of them… I just really like Glocks now. I don’t know… maybe it’s the crash… but I really dig them and the more I’m around them, the 19 and 23’s stand out as the perfect handguns to me – even more so than the 1911 now. Yup. They crossed that line for me. I like them more than 1911’s. No they are not the prettiest, but they are still beautiful. Kinda like the Girl Next Door that you grew up best friends with and there is that moment when you realize “You want that.” That’s Glock.
My Crusader Kalashnikov is more and more my go to rifle. I just really feel an attachment to it. It suits me to a T. It can hit. It’s reliable. Mag changes are getting much faster and everything is “Clicking”. And I get more satisfaction out of running the Kalash well than running an AR well.
For the 870’s, my adopted Police Tactical is my favorite. I have my other 870’s and they are cool and all… but something about that old wood furniture. Nothing says I am going to “Jack You Up” like an old wood stocked gun… You just know you are going to get an old school beating. The warmth it has when you handle it. Wood is an under appreciated material to a whole generation of shooters and I find that a sad state. Poly is fine – but Wood is finer. Especially nice grained wood with character. Again, Wood stocked guns have “Soul” that Poly guns just don’t have and never will. They can’t. I’ve said that before… And when I pick up that old Police Tactical… You can feel it has a History of Kicking Ass and all that experience is backing you up giving you some extra confidence. A new 870 Tactical with a plastic stock – it’s like a new Police Rookie with his first pair of Mirrored Cop Shades. The authority is there… maybe even the skill is there… But not the Character and Experience – that Soul just isn’t there.