Many people buy tactical shotguns for personal protection of home invasions and or fear of a zombie apocalypse. These guns might look mean and tough because of their short barrels, pistol grips and accessory filled rails but they do not make the best clay shooting guns. However, that doesnt mean that they cant be slightly altered to work as a great clay shooters.
For anyone that has a tactical shotgun and wants to get into clay shooting sports there are two easy modifications that can made to help your target breaking averages.
Stocks – Since tactical guns are usually set up with pistol grips and or short/foldable stocks they are not practical for proper gun mounts when it comes to clay sports. Your best bet and first priority is to get a traditional butt stock, you can even find some with adjustable combs already built in. Another positive is that since you are not looking to build a traditional style gun you can still stick with a synthetic style stock which will keep from having to break the bank.
Barrels – Most tactical style shotguns have short barrels allowing them to move in tight spaces and around corners faster. Having a separate 28″ to 34″ barrel to drop into your gun will help with accuracy and gun balance for all of your clay shooting needs. Most longer barrels will also be equipped with beads and or sights to help with gun alignment which may not be found on your current tactical model.
Since tactical shotguns are made to be modified and accessorized the stocks and barrels usually can be removed easily with just a few tools. This means that you can swap out your stock and barrel within a short amount of time when heading to the range and can always put back on all your tactical parts once you get back home.