I'm looking at getting a semi or pump 12 gauge. Can't afford a Benelli/HK so I'm looking at Remmy 1100/11-87/870, and Mossberg 500 series. Let me know if there's something else you think I should be looking at.
I've seen both the 1100 and 870 in flipped, left-handed configurations. I have not seen any left handed Mossbergs per se, but the 590 appears to have an ambidextrous stock and safety.
Obviously I'll be checking anything out in person before I buy it but my local gun shop is very small and doesn't have any of the above models in stock right now so it'll be a few weeks before I can see them in the flesh (don't have access to my car right now). A couple of questions:
- Am I right in thinking that right-handed 1100s, 11-87s, and 870s have ambidextrous stocks? If so, where are the safety and bolt/slide release positioned and how awkward are these to operate as a southpaw?
- How good is the ejection on these shotguns? I have had no issue with being hit in the face with brass from right handed rifles but just want to check this wouldn't be an issue if I had a right-hand ejecting shotgun.
- Will left handed stocks fit to a right handed gun, and will aftermarket stocks fit to left handed guns (say, if I wanted to put a pistol grip or a synthetic stock on it)?
- Are the slide releases on the 870/590 ambidextrous? And if not, how much of an issue is having a slide-release on the wrong side (if I were to get a 590, or a right handed 870 and put a left-handed or ambidextrous stock on it)?