For most of my life, I have used shotguns just as issued and straight from the factory. I have been reluctant to change the stock profile significantly.
I value reliability above all else and consider the shotgun a reactive and defensive firearm. I have handled modern shotguns that have given me pause. I find the pistol grip configuration encourages better shot placement at longer ranges—particularly with slug loads.
I elected to order one of the best choices in modern stock and forend options in order to upgrade a Remington 870 Police Magnum shotgun. This riot gun features rifle sights and has been a stalwart companion for nearly 30 years. I am not apt to change often, and a new firearm or tool must proof itself.
I am completely convinced of the utility of the EX Performance stock and forend. I am convinced this addition has been an improvement in handling and hit probability.
The Remington 870 Police Magnum shotgun has faithfully stuck by my side for many years in a number of tight situations and served as the test bed for any number of munitions. I have to admit, it has received rough treatment. It should have been cleaned more often, detail stripped, and inspected and lubricated more often.
However, a recent check up declared the shotgun in good condition. At that time, I added the EX Performance gear. The EX Performance forend is a high-impact polymer stock featuring a two-inch long Picatinny rail hidden under a removable nose cap. With the cover removed, the rail is well suited to fitting lights or lasers.
The forend is a bit longer than the original Remington wooden furniture and offers excellent abrasion and adhesion. The stock design is good, and the length and width of the stock are ideal for all hand sizes in maintaining control of the shotgun.
Shotguns kick, and the EX Performance stock helps us keep control of the beast. The stock’s superior handling and speed alone are worth the price, but I like the addition of the Picatinny rail. The forend also gives a trained shooter advantages in handling.
The EX Performance stock basically converts the shotgun to AR-15-like handling. There is an easily operated, rapid-adjust lever. This lever locks solidly and will not dislodge in recoil. The length of pull adjustment available is good and perhaps length of pull adjustment is even more important for shotgunners than rifle shooters.
The recoil pad is both non-slip and vented. A recoil pad is an important consideration with a shotgun, and it must be done correctly. I like the AR-type rear stock in the form of the EX Performance M4-style stock offered by Adaptive Tactical.
While I still deploy conventional stocks, I am tending to keep the Remington 870 fitted with the Adaptive Tactical stock and forend ready in the truck. If you need a good modern stock that makes the shotgun well suited for tactical use, works great with slug loads, and mimics the fit and feel of the AR-15 stock, the Adaptive Tactical stock works well.
As of this writing, the Adaptive Tactical forend and rear stock have been mounted on the shotgun for over a year. I appreciate the ruggedness and human engineering of this set up. I began testing the set up with a variety of what was on hand including birdshot—my staple for training in fast moving drills and preliminary evaluations.
Firing was a joy and the stock set-up proved fast in action and gave a positive feel. After firing a good mix of Federal field loads in both No. 7 ½ and No. 9 loads, and a mix of what was left in the range bag, I moved to buckshot. I have found Federal Personal Defense 00 buckshot load is controllable and delivers an excellent pattern to 20 yards or more. I was able to keep the pattern centered and deliver center hits to the target on demand. The EX Performance stock is well worth its price.
Are you looking to breathe new life into an old shotgun? Perhaps a good, modern stock that makes the shotgun well suited for tactical use, works great with slug loads, and mimics the fit and feel of the AR-15 stock, is what you are looking for. What are your favorite shotgun upgrades? Share your answers in the comment section.
Bob Campbell is a former peace officer and published author with over 40 years combined shooting and police and security experience. Bob holds a degree in Criminal Justice. Bob is the author of the books, The Handgun in Personal Defense, Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry, The 1911 Automatic Pistol, The Gun Digest Book of Personal Protection and Home Defense, The Shooters Guide to the 1911, The Hunter and the Hunted, and The Complete Illustrated Manual of Handgun Skills. His latest book is Dealing with the Great Ammo Shortage. He is also a regular contributor to Gun Tests, American Gunsmith, Small Arms Review, Gun Digest, Concealed Carry Magazine, Knife World, Women and Guns, Handloader and other publications. Bob is well-known for his firearm testing.
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