Grip Styles for Shotguns

Straight English Grip. Considered by many to be sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing than a pistol grip. It helps reduce the weight of a gun. Some consider it faster to use in field-shooting situations where the opportunity for a shot may come unexpectedly. In spite of the photograph, many consider this grip style more suitable for use with double triggers.


Half Pistol Grip, or in Browning parlance---round knob. Arguably, a good balance between above and below.


"Prince of Wales" Grip---a sleek, elongated, capped pistol grip. Another compromise.


Full Pistol Grip. Flat knob, with or without grip cap. Although less sleek in appearance than a straight English grip, a more naturally fitting handle, allowing the human hand to hold the gun in a more relaxed position. Considered by many to be more suitable for target guns, where one shoots somewhat deliberately. In spite of the photograph, many consider this grip style more suitable for use with a single trigger.


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