Originally Posted by 304inc
Where's the line between tactical and practical? Seems blurred sometimes.
In order to use a shotgun in a tactical situation, without the following items you will find yourself at a disadvantage at some point.
1) Gun mounted flashlight and some type of night sight (tritium, laser, red dot etc.) for dealing with low light.
2) Adjustable stock for guiding around corners.
3) Place on the stock or harness for extra shells.
Much more than this is lagniappe in my opinion. I have cleared quite a few buildings with several different shotguns and never needed anything not listed above.
Sure there's all kinds of crazy gadgets you can put on them, but dealing with low light, tight spaces and limited ammo capacity are the big 3 in a tactical situation with a shotgun.
If you are in total pitch black a flash suppressor would come in handy. But I've never had any night blindness from a muzzle flash that the gun mounted light didn't overcome. Of course that may change as I get older.
Obviously if its a semi automatic shotgun like the Saiga 12 you would not need a place mounted on the gun for extra shells. And you might find a fore end grip useful. But I can't say for sure, I've never used anything but a remington or mossberg pump shotgun tactically.