Black Canyon Labs SGS3 AR-Style Shotgun Safety

Ten years ago, I would have said this was a product searching for a problem, but now shooting competitively with shotguns of various kinds, I love the idea. This Black Canyon Labs SGS3 Shotgun Safety-Selector uses an AR-style stroke to turn the safety on and off. As such, your thumb can always disengage (and anyone who shoots a cross-bolt safety will testify) engage the safety when dumping a shotgun under the clock. Only one drawback in my mind- it is a 90-degree throw for pistol grips.

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The system is shotgun-model specific and is currently available for Remington (870/1100, etc) and Benelli shotguns. The kit is fully ambi with both right and left hand paddles. Rally Point Tactical has the SGS3 available for $125 for either model.


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • The placement on an 870 seems really awkward. Isn’t it going to be where my thumb is supposed to be?

    ETA: thought about this more, I guess I just keep my thumb lower while it’s on safe. Definitely see how this is better than a cross-bolt. Wouldn’t mind one on my 870 with Mesa high tube adapter, but the $125 price is hard to swallow.

  • kregano

    While I do see where this would be useful, since I’m not a big fan of cross-bolt safeties either, the price seems absurdly high for something that could probably be cheaply made in a 3D printer at a well equipped library. It also would’ve been nice if they showed some pictures of it installed on a fully assembled shotgun, since it looks pretty absurd in these shots.

    • Giolli Joker

      I doubt a 3D printed plastic would have the durability you’d need on such a component, however I fully agree that we need photos of it assembled on a shotgun, possibly with different grip styles.

    • Ben

      As a mechanical engineer who works with 3D printers on a daily basis at my work, this is a case of overestimating the abilities of 3D printing. An AR style safety is a small part, and many commercial grade 3D printers will have trouble with even having good enough resolution to print a working part. The detent channel cut into the barrel of the safety would be particularly difficult to print well and smoothly, as it is very small. Keep in mind that the nozzles on most commercial grade 3D printers are 0.4mm in diameter. Furthermore, ABS plastic would likely not stand up to much abuse before failure, and it would likely be damaged by the solvents you use for cleaning the gun.

      And that isn’t even mentioning the other small parts that I am sure come with the kit to convert your safety.

      Perhaps a plastic sintering type 3D printer could make this part to satisfactory requirements, but those are far too expensive for 99.9% of people to buy as a hobby.

  • pithy

    Great unless you are left handed. Yep. Welcome to the WONDROUS 21ST CENTURY, where ergonomics reign! …except for southpaws.

    • pithy

      Nm, I actually read the article. I retract my snark.

    • echelon

      I’m a lefty too…I still regard your criticism as valid. Why not just make it ambi to begin with? Or better yet, I’ll just stick with my Mossberg and use it’s already ambi friendly safety… 🙂

      • MR

        It is already ambi. For some reason the pic only shows one side installed.

        • echelon

          I took the wording to mean that it could be made into a lefty friendly safety by switching the lever to the opposite side, which then make it unfriendly for any righty who tries to use it – or – by purchasing another lever so that it is truly ambi.

          If I’m wrong then that’s fine and I’m glad it’s truly “out of the box” ambi, but the article and pictures, as you state, simply don’t convey that message.

          It’s the same line of thinking as to why brand new 1911s, ARs and other guns still come from the factory with no lefty friendly safety, a cumbersome but swappable option, or ambi as an extra paid option rather than just ambi standard.

          I applaud the companies and designs that have this by default.

          • Anomanom

            Went to the link, it has two paddles, a full size one for the offhand side, and a small one for the grip hand side so that it doesn’t get in the way. It looks like you just select which side you want which paddle to be on when you install it.

            All in all, i do rather like the idea. And it narrows the manual of arms for those who use guns with the AR-type selector.

  • hami

    My SPAS has big ol’ paddle safety like that. They say the gun will go off if I use it (!) but still I can see how much easier the paddle is to use compared to a cross bolt safety button.

  • JE

    Guess I’m the only one who prefers the cross-bolt…

    I find this kludgy – dis-engaging the cross-bolt is second nature as my finger drops to the trigger it bumps the safety off at on the way – engaging can be done with my thumb as I rotate the muzzle end down to the barrel…

    not seeing the improvement ( of course I’m not a fan of the AR-15 safety or its 90 deg swing )

  • MR

    I’ve thought something like this would be ideal for pheasant hunting, utilizing the same muscle memory that I’ve built up with my AR. Would prefer something that works with a conventional stock, guess I’ll have to try a pistol grip stock on my next skeet shooting trip.

  • Squirreltakular

    Make it for the 500 and 930 and I’ll buy one of each.

    • Grindstone50k

      Wouldn’t work on the 500, since the safety is on the tang. Maybe an 88.

  • Koh

    Pretty ugly implementation of the safety on a Fn 1949 and SKS. I love the concept, an ambi verson of the FN49 safety is my dream as far as things go, fully blocks access to the trigger (also mechanically blocks the sear), yet still simple to flip on and off with your trigger finger (with or without gloves).

  • Grindstone50k

    And Mossberg owners response: LOL

  • Nicholas Chen

    Interesting. I would have to try it out to see how accessible that safety lever is.