Originally Posted by red ryder
Two additions to my 12 gauge Mossberg Shockwave have made recoil a non-issue.
1. a green dot laser and 2. a Hogue grip. The laser allows me to focus the shotgun away from my face and the Hogue grip further reduces the recoil to a non-factor. I highly recommend both of these modifications. Also keep in mind that the shotgun is IMO a home defense tool. I doubt you would even feel the recoil if you used it on an intruder in the middle of the night. I hope I never find out.
This is an old post, but I think Its worth noting in case anyone finds this post, that a Hogue grip likely changes the overall length of the Shockwave to make it not legal length for its federal classification of "Firearm", with is I believe 26" minimum overall length. The existence of the Shockwave in its factory form and barrel length (14") is dependent on the Raptor grip that came on it making it meet the legal length, changing the grip and thus the overall length may change the federal legal status of the gun and require registering as a short barrel shotgun.
Back on topic, I shot one, a 12 ga, about 10 rounds of birdshot, it was a non-event. Ages ago I had a single barrel shotgun cut to minimum length and stock mostly removed , holding it out so I could see the barrel and front sight, it wasnt difficult to hit cans thrown in the air, nor was recoil very bad, same for the Shockwave. Use the forward hand to push, rear grip to pull, the recoil moves your arms, no big deal if held away from the face. Clint Smith/Thunder Ranch does a decent short youtube video of using the shockwave properly. Its just not a big deal to shoot, though I probably wouldnt want to shoot one all day. For reference, I have a shoulder and back injury and cant shoot a regular shoulder fired shotgun without great pain, though the 410 insert tubes arent bad.
For reference, many others have noted that the shockwave seems to shoot high, which I also found. It hits about a foot above where I expected at around 10-15 yards. I think they are a useful tool, though a narrow niche tool. I think they would be dandy as a snake gun if one was inclined to carry or use a snake gun. In a house or vehicle or camper they are short enough to be easily packed along and maneuverable. The lack of stock actually makes it more useful to me than a stocked shotgun because of my shoulder injury.