There are a lot of options for shotgun furniture on the market. Some try too hard to be practical, and some don't try at all. Point being, there are a lot of crap shotgun furniture sets out there. However, it should be no surprise that the Magpul SGA set is one of the best on the market.
What is the Magpul SGA?
The SGA is a shotgun stock made by Magpul, for use on either the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 series. However, you are getting a twofer review here, as I am also reviewing the MOE M-LOK Forend that Magpul makes.
The SGA is a modified pistol grip buttstock. Made from the polymer that makes a lot of Magpul's stuff durable, it also features a spacer system to adjust length of pull, and a bunch of sling attachment points. The SGA hit the market nearly a decade ago, but has been extremely popular since then.
The grip angle on the SGA is pretty great. It is a modified pistol grip, so it is a good "halfsies" between full pistol grip, and rifle stock. The texturing is fantastic on the grip panels. A part of the stock is an adjustable cheek comb, where you can swap those for a taller cheekweld. I've never found the need for them, but I also do have a big head.
The MOE M-LOK Forend is pretty self explanatory. It is a replacement polymer pump forend with M-LOK slots in it. There are many things you'd want to mount on your shotgun, and this aims to make that easier. It's also slightly shorter than most traditional forends, so it won't overlap the receiver.
MSRP on the SGA is $109.95, with the Forend being $29.95. How was mounting the SGA & forend, and what were the shooting experiences like?
Using the Magpul SGA & M-LOK Forend
Mounting the stock and forend is an easy affair. The SGA uses an Allen screw at the wrist of the stock to attach to the receiver. Magpul includes a space plate for the fitment, but I replaced that with their single point sling hook. Installation is a 10 minute affair, including time to remove your old stock.
The forend can be a little trickier, as you need a bit of force to twist off the castle nut. On both of my forends, a little heat gun action and some gentle persuasion from a rubber mallet made the process easy. Overall, the installation is a slick process.
How is actually shooting with the Magpul furniture? Well, it is great. Between the semi-pistol grip and quality of the buttpad, tied in with the shorter LOP, this stock makes blasting with your gauge much more comfortable. The grip angle lead to lessened wrist fatigue during days of shooting, and reloading the gun. During my Turknelli testing, I found that the pistol grip style of stock lead to some fatigue, but the SGA alleviates that. My only gripe with the stock is that the sides of the rubber buttpad are too grippy. I put a layer of electrical tape around it, which has made it less likely to snag.
The forend is a little slick, and could do with more texturing. That being said, it is covered in M-LOK, so adding a handstop fixes that qualm.
I've shot around 4,000 rounds through shotguns with the Magpul furniture attached, with about 700 of those in the last 6 months. I've yet to see an SGA or forend break, and I doubt that either will. The design for both is simple, and durable. If it sounds like I don't have a ton to say, it's because this furniture set is great. It just works well.
I think that the Magpul SGA stock is easily the best stock for any 870 or 500 pattern shotgun. It combines excellent ergos with the Magpul quality that I've come to love over the last decade. It only has features I like, and basically none that I don't. I'd recommend the SGA 7 days a week, and twice on Sunday.
The Magpul forend is quite good, but I don't think it is as special as the SGA stock. It is made well and lets you mount stuff, but it's not the only game in town. Forends like the TL Racker are also a good option, and integrate a light into the forend. I prefer the modularity of M-LOK, so I'll keep running the Magpul. It's a strong recommendation, but not a necessary one to take.
For further reading about accessorizing your boomstick, check out Dan's article on the topic.
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