Shotguns are so cool. I personally have 4. For what is worth I am an armorer for LE Agency and can lend my opinion if you like. As stated. There are a ton shotguns out there and 10 tons of accessories to go along with them,
I use a Remington 870 express with 18 inch barrel. It is about 15 years old and still functions like it was new. It has had literally thousands of rounds fired from it over the years. The problem with the express was the magazine tube was crimped at the end of the tube so you could not add an extension to it. I solved this problem by taking it to a gun smith who drilled and filed the crimps out of it and added the extension tube. This took the round count in the mag tube from 5 to 8. I bought a tac star extension tube which looked nice but did not function too well. Something inside the extension was binding up the spring and would effect the round count. Then I tried a Wilson Combat extension and it worked flawlessly. It is even flat black like the gun. The Tac Star was glossy so it looked weird. Even though I love my Remington I would not under any circumstances recommend you buy a new 870. Remington has lost the mark on their quality control. I personally have worked on 2 brand new 870s. One of which was right out of the box that needed work. If you can find an old one good on you, grab it fast before someone else does.http://www.remington.com/products/firea ... 8inch.aspx
My Department issues both the Mossbergs and Remingtons. We have both 590s and 590a1's. The only difference between the 590 and the a1 is the trigger is milled steel or aluminum on the a1 and the barrel is thicker. Primarily for law enforcement and military but you can get them on the civilian market too. I would have to say my favorite feature of the Mossberg is the location of the safety. It is right on top of the receiver so you can operate with your thumb and not moved your trigger finger from fire control if needed. It also with time on the gun can be manipulated at the exact same time as the trigger so you can take the safety off and fire at almost the same time. This takes practice. The 590 series also has a short fore grip (pump) so if you choose to add a side saddle you can do so with out having to change the fore grip. The Mossberg also has dual extractors and the Remington only has one. http://www.mossberg.com/products/defaul ... n=products
The only major difference between a youth model of any shot gun is the stock. It is shorter on the stock than the regular adult ones. Most companies offer the youth model in 20 gauge but you can find them in 12. Hogue makes a shorty over molded stock to that is awesome. http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?mai ... ath=654_17
looks like you can even choose your color now.
We have also cut down the stocks. Be careful if the angle is off at all the butt pad with not sit properly and you will have to keep working on it. I have heard of guys in the past taking the stock that they cut down and the butt pad to a shoe shop to have the excess taken off by the sander. Works well and they are happy to do it.
The AR15 style stocks are nice. Some are spring loaded. I had one on my 870 for a few years and changed it back as I found I liked the standard stock better. To each their own.
I bought my son a New England Arms Pardner 12 gauge for Christmas a few years ago. It is short in the stock, has an external hammer and a 26 inch barrel. Very nice in-expensive shotgun. However it kicks like you would not believe on the shoulder of a 13 year old. http://www.nefguns.com/item/6807_HR_Rif ... Shotg.aspx
I have for my “Bird Gun” a Benelli Super Nova with a 28" barrel on it. I am planning on purchasing an 18" inch barrel so I can use it in more training. I love this gun. Even my teenager can break clays with it. I have never been bird hunting in my life so I have no idea how it functions in the field as a hunter. Why do I have it? I am not going to tell the wife NO when she tells me she is buying me a shotgun for Christmas. Bring it on, I’ll figure out how it works. http://www.benelliusa.com/shotguns/bene ... ernova.php
My last shotgun I bought of KSL. I have no idea how old it is. It is a Winchester model 37a. It has either 26 or 28 inch barrel on it. It kicks HARD!!! It is way accurate and is a lot of fun to shoot.
If you get a chance I highly recommend you pick up, or try and watch what you can on YouTube on the Magpul Art of the Dynamic Shotgun DVDs. They are great training tools. I have the entire set of the Magpul DVDs and I could not be more happier with them.
They go over every aspect of the Shotgun from it’s history to Drills. There is 328 minutes of info. They are great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XCv0X6SqUghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF78YsF4 ... ure=relmfu
Sorry the post so long but like I said, I love the shotgun and have a lot of experience running one.
As stated this is my experience and opinions on the weapon system.
By the way, That new KelTec is freaking AWESOME!!!