It was only a matter of time. The "gun media mafia" is now anti-stakeout. The astounding thing is that they don't seem to be anti-Mossberg Shockwave, when our Stakeout 870 is used in the same way. I suspect if Larry Vickers had come out with the concept, these same detractors of the Stakeout would be rubbing their man-parts all over it and then wiping it down with canola oil...but there I go on a tangent. So the arguments...lets discuss them one by one shall we. 1). They say that these weapons are difficult to shoot well. Truth: We all recall the anti-red dot rhetoric where the same guys would claim that the red dot slowed them down, that they had to hunt for the dot, and the dot would disappear when they shot. We showed that all of these issues are training issues and that any new technology has a learning curve. The problem is that the lazy do not care for learning curves. Truth: Many of the pundits come from the police world where two trends have been insinuating... Read more →

Invariably, every time I post something about the Stakeout I will get emails from guys who simply do not know. Its like the pudgy doctor that has not kept up with modern science telling to eat grains and go jogging. So here is the long and short of it. The ATF has made rulings that a “shotgun” originally sold with a pistol grip only, and that has never had a buttstock attached, is not actually a “shotgun”, but a “firearm”. It can be listed as “firearm” or “other” on the 4473 and any other FFL documentation. In essence it is exactly like an AR-15receiver. There is no minimum barrel length for such a firearm. The only important point is that it not be short enough to be “concealable”. If it was concealable it would be classified as an AOW (“Any Other Weapon”) and be an NFA weapon. The ATF Tech Branch has stated the weapon must be over 26” to be considered not concealable. Multiple people have submitted inquiries about this to the ATF and they have received the same... Read more →

These are being built as we speak and we expect to ship the first dozen in about a week. In the interim I have been shooting the first one almost daily on the way to the shop in the morning. I have some observations after approximately 500 rounds through the weapon. Conditions have not lent themselves for any video lately, but I am hoping to do a few sessions in the coming weeks as the training area dries up. 1). The Stakeout Strap is not essential, but after all of this shooting I have found it does help. The front hand is crucial with this weapon...both pre and post shooting. It does all the work. Before the shot it drives the weapon forward and after the shot, the front hand works the action and drives back into battery and toward the target. There is a timing involved and the strap helps keep the hand in place. 2). Recoil mitigation. This is a heavy recoiling weapon and anything that can be done to mitigate the recoil should be done. The porting... Read more →

A). More Ammo is More Better. I like extended magazines that reach to the muzzle. I do not find that they unbalance the weapon in any way. Most quality anti-personnel shotguns come this way now. The new Aridus receiver mounted ammo carriers are a great idea and have changed my mind about "side saddles" and other on bard ammo carriers. B). Modern furniture. There is no reason other than nostalgia to keep wooden forearms and stocks on the weapon. The new Magpul furniture is excellent and what I currently have on our training Remington 870s. There are those teaching shotgun that do not care for the Magpul line on the shotguns. Only thing I can say there is "follow the money". Magpul shotgun stocks or those wanting a pistol grip, a Mesa Stock Adapter with a Magpul CTR. I find these a better choice than the Urbino type system as you can not only change the length of pull instantly, but you can choose your pistol grip and the color of your stock. It would be nice if there was... Read more →