Earlier in “Home Defense Shotguns; the good, the bad and the ugly” we looked at several different models that would be a good choice for a home defense shotgun. Now specifically we will look at what accessories can be added to maximize the utility of the shotgun for home and personal defense.
A good tactical weapons light, preferrably a high-intensity light with lumen power of around 150. In order to attach the light a picatinny rail needs to be added to the barrel or foregrip. The best location for the light is forward of the front slide grip and on the outside or strong side of the weapon right for right-handed and left for left-handed. OpticsPlanet.com has a very large selection to choose from.
A magazine tube extension. These should take the magazine up to or close to the end of the barrel but not past it. Most shotguns will have an 18″ barrel and usually a 2 round magazine extension will suffice. Additionally the tube extension increases the surface area and mounting options for a forward picatinny rail to attach either a light or sling swivel. Nextag.com has a wide variety and selection of magazine tube extensions and sling adapters to choose from.
A collapsible stock adapter with a rear pistol grip adds to stability and security while shooting the gun. The front slide grip can be a regular grip or also a pistol grip. This aids in getting into a tight fighting stance. Mesa Tactical sells several stock adapter kits for various shotgun models.
A collapsible stock allows for a custom fit to the shooter. These stock adapters come in various styles and vary by manufacturer and weapon and not available for all shotgun models.
Good sights are also an important feature if shooting slugs or buck shot. Most shotguns have a front bead but this can be upgraded to a better sight system. Ghost Rings with a front blade are great and there are also barrel sights that can be outfitted with different options for both the rear sight and front sight. Brownells has a nice selection of various sights.
A side saddle to hold extra rounds or different type of ammunition than what is loaded is also a nice option. Additionally these side saddles can have a picatinny rail that cantilevers over the receiver to add a red dot sight or standard sighting system. TacticalCity.com has a good selection of various side saddles.
A sling is a good option to keep the weapon on your body and harder to have it strong armed away. The best sling options are a single point sling and 2-point sling. A 2-point sling is attached at both the front and rear of the shotgun whereas a single point sling is usulally attached near the rear of the receiver. OpticsPlanet.com has a good selection of different slings too.
Overall these are the main options. There are a lot of various options out there to choose from for each shotgun. You may have to try several different versions and products to get the set-up you like best….it’s really a journey. Enjoy the ride! Most importantly you must shoot the gun with various loads; slugs, buckshot and birdshot as a starter to ensure that the gun functions and is comfortable for you.