AR Style Safety Selectors For Shotguns

Last year we posted about an improved safety for the Mossberg shotgun from CDM Gear. Well here’s something for the Remington and Benelli shotgun owners, the folks over at S2-USA just released their AR-15 style safety switches.

The new S2-USA safety switch replaces the factory cross bolt safety on Remington and Benelli shotguns and allows the user to quickly disengage or engage their shotgun safety. If you’re an AR-15 shooter this is actually a pretty neat setup, you’ll already have the muscle memory that can then cross over to your shotgun. “Continuity of training” is actually what S2-USA had in mind when they developed their new safety switch. S2-USA also had unintentional discharges in mind. According to S2-USA shotguns are responsible for the most negligent discharges than any other firearm and that can be attributed to the cross bolt safety system. Whether that’s true or not may be debatable, are those stats actually recorded? True or not I do find AR style selector switches to be much easier and faster to use than the cross bolt safety on my Remington 870.

The new selector switches from S2-USA install on your shotgun in minutes and they both retail for $47.95 over at S2-USA.com.

Whether it’s in a police car, used by a SWAT or military breacher team or for home defense, the shotgun is one of the most used and purchased weapon around the world.  It is also responsible for more Unintentional Discharges, Accidental Discharges and Negligent Discharges than any other weapon system.  This is mostly due to the placement of the Cross Bolt Safety and the fact that people don’t train as much on their shotguns like they do on their M4/AR15s and handguns.

Signature Solutions (S2-USA) created the world’s first M4 style selector switch safety for Remington and Benelli shotguns, with other brands on the way. Our mission is to ensure Continuity of Training and making the shotgun safer and more operator friendly for LE, Military and everyone who keeps a that 870 by their bed.

The company was founded by former BIA special agent Judd Erickson. Kirt Rothe, a US Army Major & combat veteran and the former Department of Homeland Security Branch Chief of FLTCE.





Ray I.

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  • TCBA_Joe

    Neat!

  • Yankee

    I call bullsh*t on the assertion that the shotgun is “responsible for more Unintentional Discharges, Accidental Discharges and Negligent Discharges than any other weapon system.” Complete BS. Based on what data? Who, exactly, is compiling this data? Is there any proof at all of this claim? Shotguns are carried and shot far less than pistols, and I have more anecdotal evidence of pistol ADs than shotgun ADs. I don’t buy the claim. I fail to see how their solution to this outrageous claim is better or will reduce the incidence of the epidemic they allege exists. One, the ergonomics are not better, there are no indicator markings or colors to let an unfamiliar user know what state the safety is in, and it looks far more likely to be knocked off safe through handling vs a cross bolt safety. I like innovation as much as the next guy, but in the last year or so we’ve seen shotgun safeties for ARs (Elftmann) and now AR safeties for shotguns. WTF…which is it, then?

    • Bill

      In my LE training programs, we have FAR more NDs with the shotgun than pistols or rifles, particularly when as you point out they are carried and used far less. I don’t blame the “safety” as much as I blame the need for dropping the hammer on an empty chamber, that sometimes isn’t, when downloading and unloading the shotgun. The manual of arms requires a lot more concentration to properly execute the either the pistol, revolver or rifle.

      I generally avoid using the so-called safety except for administrative purposes. And I agree that this device looks less than effective.

      • Phil

        Hey Bill, you do know that shotguns do have a slide release button.
        So that you don’t have to drop the hammer on an empty or not so empty chamber.

        • Bill

          Indeed they do, but you can’t carry one in Condition 3 (mag tube full, chamber empty, hammer down & safety off) without pressing the trigger. That’s the standard means of carrying a fighting shotgun until it’s time to charge the chamber and fire it.

          The slide release is used when removing a live round from the chamber, which means the hammer is cocked, and unless the hammer is dropped after the chamber is empty you can’t chamber a round by simply cycling the action. We spend maybe 8 hours including lecture and a massive number of repetitions practicing loading, charging, downloading a live round from the chamber after not having to fire it, and unloading the shotgun, before a trainee fires a round. And they still ball it up.

      • Get a modern detachable box mag fed shotgun. It eliminates all that nonsense in your manual of arms.

  • Bill

    After a suture or two in someone’s thumb or hand, I sense a trip to the junk box.

    It’s spelled “FLETC,” unless there is an alphabet organization I’m unaware of.

  • Brett

    I dig it. Though, i am not to concerned with the ND solution. I would pay more an ambi action release.

    • Anonymoose

      Someone should make an extended ambi pump release for the 870, so you can reach it with either hand while holding the gun…

  • Swarf

    More plastic widgets in the… signal chain, to use a music term. More failure points.

    On another blog the guy was saying he’d rather have this because- while he likes the tang safety- he doesn’t trust Mossberg’s aluminum receiver. Ok, that makes sense. Put 6 pieces of untested plastic in your shotgun instead.

    • QuadGMoto

      Plastic? I don’t see any indication in the article or on their web site that these are plastic parts. Where did that come from?

    • John

      They’re not plastic…
      From their site:
      Materials: 17-4 Stainless Steel, 6061-T6 Anodized Aluminum, 4140 Tool Steel

  • Nameson

    The crossbolt safety is fine.

    On the 870, it protrudes into the trigger finger while active, providing tactile feedback that the safety is engaged. Putting your finger on the trigger almost even pushes the button. This is even more true with the fashionable tactical safeties. It’s almost like a passive safety.

    I’d rather have something like this for the Mossberg. None of my other firearms have tang safeties, so it’s difficult for me to get used to them. I’ve watched more than a few clay pigeons hit the ground while I couldn’t find or fumbled with the tang safeties on friend’s shotguns. Thankfully, clay pigeons don’t shoot back.

    • Bill

      “I’ve watched more than a few clay pigeons hit the ground while I couldn’t find or fumbled with the tang safeties on friend’s shotguns. Thankfully, clay pigeons don’t shoot back.”

      Not being a troll, but I don’t understand, not being a clay shooter – if you know the clay is going to be launched, and that you more likely than not are going to shoot, why not have the safety off already?

      This goes to my point that “safeties” are for administrative use, and need to be off when we have made the decision that it is more likely than not that we are going to fire the weapon.

      • QuadGMoto

        In my own experience, that is the first clay of the day. Or when there are tighter range rules requiring safeties to be on when not on the line, that could be the first clay of the round.

      • pun&gun

        My experience with clay shooting (sporting clays) is that due to the stringent range rules about “actions open at all times, firearm only loaded when in the stand,” safeties are nearly always left off. I shot for about five years and I can’t recall ever once engaging the safety on any of the shotguns I used.

  • Michael Acuna

    Tang mounted safeties like on Mossbergs are my personal favorite but I can live with a cross bolt design.

  • TheWarriorWorkshop

    I personally have never liked the location of the safety on Remington shotguns, or any other brand that puts it behind the trigger. For me, the manual of arms is not ideal. I do a lot of bird hunting. I also subscribe to the idea that if a firearm has a safety, it must be used. So when hunting, I have to keep my trigger finger on the safety ready to disengage it. I have had it happen before where my finger slips off the safety and is now on the trigger. On the Winchesters, they are in front of the trigger, so I am able to “index” in a normal position as I would for any of my other guns. Mossbergs are in a nice location also. I know it’s just a training issue and what you are used to, but I’ve just never been comfortable with the Remington location, or Benneli for that matter. Just my .02

    • Bierstadt54

      It is kind of funny how much what we are used to informs what feels best for us. I grew up shooting a Remington and I am far, far better with a shotgun than a rifle or pistol. For me the safety is perfect and could not be improved upon and anything different requires me to think about it. My finger stays safely behind the safety and when a bird flushes I never need to think about it. I can’t stand the Mossy safeties. We like what we like, and I guess a product that helps the black rifle folks with shotguns is good for them.

  • Colonel K

    The Mossberg 500/590 safety is very reminiscent of those found on most side-by-side and over/under shotguns. It is well located for fast activation, intuitive, and ambidextrous, but if you use a pistol grip stock, it is quite awkward. I don’t care for pistol grips on pump shotguns, but other shooters do, so it is a factor that should be considered. The much more common cross-bolt safety is neither intuitive or ambidextrous, and for southpaws it can be downright frustrating. The cross-bolt safety could be redesigned to make it superior to the tang safety if it were enlarged, placed forward of the trigger instead of behind it (it is on some shotguns), and made to function in either direction (ambidextrous). Regardless of how any safety functions, one can learn to master it, so that any perceived shortcoming is overcome through practice and technique. I don’t know what percentage of ADs can be attributed to improper safety manipulation alone, but I suspect other possible contributing factors are short cycling the action, fumbling the reloading process, and failure to engage the action bar release to clear rounds or check the chamber (the placement of the action bar release is another topic worthy of discussion). Personally, I don’t keep a round in the chamber of a pump shotgun when it is being used as a “ready gun”. I leave it uncocked, with the tube loaded, and the safety off. All I have to do is rack the slide and it is ready to fire. This technique will not appeal to everyone, but I’ve always felt uncomfortable leaving a round in the chamber of an unattended shotgun. Perhaps that is because, even more so than a pistol or rifle, the shotgun is most unforgiving of errors.

  • Cm

    is there some bias to not even mention with firearms whether something is ambidextrous!?! luckily, i did go past the copy to the lower photos, then to the website to verify it’s ambi. lazy copy writing.