Gear Review: Mesa Tactical’s Urbino Shotgun Stock

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One of the most important things you can do with your shotgun is get it fitted. This usually entails finding a shotgun fitter, getting an appointment, and then paying him or her to take measurements and make adjustments to your shotgun. The main reason to get fitted is to increase your accuracy so that every time you mount your shotgun, that your eye consistently lines up with your sights.

A solid cheek weld is critical here. I have a Remington 870 shotgun which is a great shotgun, but I basically had no cheek weld since the comb was too low. In order for me to see the ghost ring sights I had to lift my head up to align my eyes with the sights. Every time I took a shot it would take me an extra few seconds to re-align my sights. Whether in a defense or competition situation, wasted time is just that, a waste.

Mesa Tactical’s Urbino Shotgun Stock has a pistol grip and an adjustable riser with five heights. The pistol grip is a bit larger in circumference than the grip on a comparable Speedfeed IV-S stock. The installation was as simple as installing any other Remington 870 stock. The riser slips off and on and the user will need to try each height until a consistent, comfortable sight picture is acquired when mounting the gun. I suggest having a rubber mallet on hand to install and remove the riser since it can be a tight fit. Once the riser is in place though, it isn’t going anywhere.

The riser has five different slots to vary the height for the best fit.

The riser has five different slots to vary the height for the best fit.

Profile view of the Mesa Tactical Urbino Stock.

Profile view of the Mesa Tactical Urbino Stock.

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I found the correct comb height by trial and error. At each height, I mounted the shotgun 5-10 times and checked if the sights naturally aligned or not. I now have a consistent, repeatable cheek weld when I mount my shotgun. The kit also comes with a few sling mounts and a Limbsaver butt pad for increased comfort and recoil absorption.

The Urbino Shotgun Stock allows for side saddles and other sling mounts to be used as well. The Remington 870 model retails for $130.00, and is available for the Remington 1100 and 11-87, as well as the Benelli M1, M2, and M4, for 12 gauge only.

www.mesatactical.com.

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Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Austin

    Supposedly, Mesa is working on a version of this stock for the Mossberg 930.

    • FourString

      that’ll be something too look forward to! semi-auto goodness :3

      • Austin

        It’s like a Benelli! But cheaper!

        • Ron

          It’s cheaper, but its no Benelli.

        • Asdf

          More like a low cost auto shotgun that doesn’t run with a darn as soon as it’s gas system gets dirty. About 10 shots

          • Mark

            Never had a problem with mine. It shoots everything I feed it.

          • FourString

            heard about that too!

          • FourString

            heard about that.

        • Austin

          Boy, it sure is easy to get some elitism going on firearm discussions, eh?

  • JT

    What I’d really like to see from Mesa is a tactical version of the ATI Akita with more adjustments for the cheek riser. There really is a shameful shortage of traditional grip collapsible shotgun stocks. ATI is the only company I know of that has similar adjustments to an M4/AR stock

  • gunslinger

    so what’s with the beveled portions in the center of the stock? the sling goes through that to “lay flat?

    and i thought PGs on shotungs were a no-no? or was that for a defensive SG?

  • erwos

    I recently put the Mesa High Tube adapter on my 870, and I was very impressed with it. Excellent design, very good build quality. They make good stuff!

  • AKSapper

    What I found was using the 6 shot side saddle it will jam the slide on my brand new 870. The rest of the kit is fine but dont get the one with 6 shot side saddle

  • MOG

    I am a lo tech red neck. But I bought a collapsible stock w/pistol grip for my Mossberg Maverick, (I ain’t high dollar, so sue me), world of difference in the handling. Being left handed at that. That grip is just right to swing shotgun barrel up and my right hand drops to the safety, in front of trigger guard, click off and drop barrel to ready quick shot, if needed. The shotgun is rock steady from the hip with 00 buck. A guiding light installed, of course. Firm believer in shooting from the shoulder, no cheek weld issues. But, for a defensive shotgun, a good after market pistol grip adjustable stock would be an item to consider. Having choices is wonderful.