woodsghost wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:33 am
A light, a XS Big Dot, a side saddle, and a sling are all I really feel are necessary. Other stuff is cool to have though, so I'm interested in what others say and I am glad for the review of your experiences with your prior shotgun.
I am cautious about folding stocks or pistol grips, but I know some have found them to be useful. My own experience has not been really positive.
If talking "wishes," a heat shield, red dot sight, and laser are on my list. And a suppressor.
If using a pistol grip configuration, I would be very excited about a laser aiming device.
I've looked at the various "saddle" options for the gun, both with and without loops for extra rounds but haven't made up my mind yet if I want to try one. My main concern with them is that they all have at least one or two reviews complaining about knuckles getting rubbed raw by the extra edges added to the gun. I'd like one, more for the ability to add a top rail to the gun without having to get it drilled and tapped than for the extra rounds (if 8 rounds from a 12 gauge does not fix the problem then grab the full can of ammo and head for the safe room) but I'd prefer to hear from someone here with actual experience with one that I can ask questions of.
The folding stock is just an idea because of my previous experience with a pistol grip on this same gun (for all intents and purposes) and narrow hallways and small concealment areas. When I lived in Brooklyn and owned a service station this went to work with me every day and stayed attached to two big steel bar magnets under my steel desk in the office, right next to the cash register. At home, in my cramped third-floor walk-up apartment (right across the street from my station) not having that stock attached allowed me to move through the rooms with it easier. At the ranges it would have been used at accurate sighting wasn't needed, and frequent practice at the range on our property in upstate gave me confidence in my ability with it configured that way. However, I readily concede that having a shoulder stock on it greatly improves things, and I would need/want one if using it outdoors for animal threats around the property (in Idaho). So, the folding stock idea is more of an "it would be nice" than a "must have".
I have a slew of light options that can be mounted if I put rails on the gun, so the make/model of the light I might use varies a bit. Getting mounting points will be the fun part. I've looked at forends with them on the forward part but I'm not convinced that's a really viable location given how much a forend moves around, and I dislike the idea of the rails or light maybe getting in the way of my grip in a critical situation. This is going to be the area where I rely on the experience and opinions of my fellow ZS'rs the most.
A sling is 100% a must, and one that quick adjusts is doubly so. If I go with the Magpul stock and forend then their two-point quick adjust is going in the box as well.
The heat shield, at least the one I had on my last gun, helps mostly on range days when running drills. While I'm not really capable of that kind of room clearing movement anymore, at least not the way I used to be, I think it would still be useful to have, especially if I can find one that the light could mount to.
A red dot is a consideration, as is a ghost ring set. The laser is probably a no-go, at least until I hear experiences from those who have them and tried them.