Ahhh, the versatile shotgun. One of America’s most-beloved weapons for a wide range of uses: military, home self-defense, sport shooting and law enforcement.
Once you have a tactical shotgun that you love, why stop with the base model? These upgrades will help you bring your prey (or target!) closer in your sights, light up your night, provide a handy weapons cache or otherwise customize your weapon to your unique shooting needs and desires. What’s even better is that most of these upgrades are quite affordable!
1. Up Your Ammo
You know how frustrating it is to grab the next shell and wrestle it into your shotgun? Then this first upgrade is definitely for you. The side saddle — also known as a side carrier — is an on-gun storage setup for 4, 6 or even 8 shotgun shells so you always have them handy to grab. This is ideal for sport shooters or hunters who want to get more shots than their weapon will hold. Another option for putting your shotgun shells within reach is to use a buttstock carrier. These inexpensive fabric sleeves are easy to find and easy to use.
2. Light It Up
Are you shooting at night or in low light conditions? An integrated barrel light may be just what the doctor ordered. These lights provide you with a tunnel of vision on the darkest nights, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs including clamps that hold a light to the magazine rail or barrel. Clamp assemblies can be a bit of a pain to actuate the light, as they can slip at the most inopportune moment. Integrated lights are your best bet if they’re available for your model.
3. Shorten the Pull
Shotguns are not the most comfortable weapons to shoot, especially if you’re smaller in stature. Females and youth often appreciate having a reduced length stock as it can help increase the handling characteristics of your weapon. While you don’t want to go with a pistol grip on your shotgun, there are shorter stocks that will allow you to fire more quickly and with reduced stress on your body at the same time. You might even find that a stock upgrade has a better grip design and helps mitigate recoil, too.
4. Get On Target
Whether you go with a red light laser or prefer to use a good old-fashioned sight, an upgrade to your targeting system is almost a must. Ghost ring sights are generally considered to be the best basic option for shotguns, as they allow you to quickly sight in with extreme accuracy. Some shooters prefer to stick with the factory-installed brass bead, but it’s good to know that there are plenty of other options on the market when you’re looking for an upgrade.
These upgrades range in price, but they all can help create a customized shooting experience so you can personalize your shotgun the way it works best for you. Enjoy, and stay safe!
~ Ready to Fire News