I have used a wide range of ATI stocks through the years. The very first was the AKITA Adjustable Hunting Stock. I guns with those stocks on them. They’re very handy and let shooters of numerous different builds to utilize the same gun. They also look like a conventional shotgun stock.
This T3 TactLite Shotgun Stock doesn’t look like a conventional stock found on your Grandad’s gun. As its name suggests, it looks move like a stock found on several sporting rifles. I was frankly astonished at its weight, or maybe I should say its lack of weight.
ATI has been an industry leader in the use of high strength polymers in stocks. Through the years we have learned about the superiority of those materials. They’re light, strong and may be molded into smooth and ergonomic contours.
ATI has also figured out how to make among the best, if not the best, recoil pad on any aftermarket stock. Their pads just seem to soak up whatever recoil is thrown at them and keep it away from the shooter’s shoulder.
I opted to mount this stock on a Remington 870 that I continue for home defense. I wanted a stock which might be adjusted to fit anyone who might need it. Installation was quick and straightforward. It took just a couple of minutes.
Apparently, the range is really where I find out how well “anything shooting” works. It was a while because I had shot any one of the Hevi-Shot home defense loads that I keep on hand, so that I took a few of them along with some elderly 00 Buck loads. I loaded the magazine but kept the chamber empty to begin.
I like to be as realistic as possible whenever I am evaluating an item, therefore I set up a goal for 21 possibly the length of an average room, and started shooting. I surrounded the round and fired and after that repeated this process till magazine was empty, leaving a stock on my shoulder. I was able to maintain all the rounds on the target and the kickback was very manageable. I destroyed several targets, but felt quite comfortable with the T3 equipped 870 shooting a number of 2.75 home shield loads. I also took a 3 turkey loads, only to see how a stock would sense with those more powerful shells.
I can definitely tell a difference, but they weren’t uncomfortable to take. As I shot, I corrected the inventory to all of its different lengths and adjusted the cheek piece several times. This is one sturdy stock, despite its quite light weight. It provides you a real feeling of trust in its capability to stay where it should. I will keep the T3 TactLite on this 870 and maintain the magazine full of home defense loads. It is a winning combination.