Hello all, I am new to the forum and new to the shotgun world. I shot clays for a couple hours about 18 years ago and that was my shotgun experience. I since (in the last two years) fell in love with pistols, so I picked up the awesome polished stainless steel CZ-75B in 9mm, and a Sig Trailside 22. Now onto my gripe and the reason for the post. I was looking to pick up a tactical 12 ga for home defense, and really like the look of the tactical recoil reducing stocks on the shotgun. Come on guys you know that the look is the main reason to put a tactical stock on a shotgun. The more I read the more pissed I got. Everywhere I looked I read it's to difficult to release the for-end, the release is out of reach with the pistol grip. The other big one is the Mossberg top mount safety is not easy to access with the tactical type stocks. I wonder if these people ever even held the gun and tried this. I picked up a 18-1/2" 500, Ati collapsible stock and I have to tell you it has the most comfortable and natural feel. The stock plastic stock was nice and yes the safety was right at your thumb but so what. You have two arms and two hands (my apologies if you do not) so use both. If you are getting your gun out in your home and it's loaded you are either showing to your buddy (safety better be on) or there is a crack head in your house (safety off). The motion of picking the gun up with the grip, swiping forward the safety button to the kill mode as you are placing your hand on the for-end is a very natural motion. As far as the for-end release, I have small hands and the Ati grip is quite large (and very comfortable) and the freaking release is right next to my thumb. Strange how that works. Very easy and again a natural feeling to activate. So in closing, if you are considering a shotgun with the tactical stock and have read the same crap I did, you can now rest easy and the next decision to make is which brand stock to get. You should go to a local gun shop and play with the safety and the release and see for yourself how good it feels. Thank you all, I love my Mossberg 500, I'll post a pic later today as I think you all will love it too.