Gear Review: Mesa Tactical’s Urbino Shotgun Stock

    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.



    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.

    Chris Cheng

    Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur 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. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.