The Urbino Tactical Stocks, made by Mesa Tactial, are a very well made and cost effective upgrade for your tactical shotgun. They are currently available for Remington and Benelli Tactical Shotguns. Built as a one piece, synthetic, pistol grip stock with a shorter length of pull than most factory stocks, they make the gun feel handier and easier to control, especially if wearing heavy clothing, tactical or hunting vests or other field equipment. The Urbinos are available in a standard model as well a cheek riser model that provides 5 elevation positions for comb height. The standard model is a bit less expensive and works great if you plan on using iron sights or bead sights only. The check riser allows for a perfect cheek weld when using taller iron sights or optics on your shotgun. You can also use the cheek riser model at its lowest setting with iron sights or you can remove the cheek riser and shoot without it if desired. It is a simple, yet very strong riser design that slides onto one of 5 positions and stays put and will not come loose even during hard use. The recoil pad is easily removable by hand allowing storage of cleaning gear or other accessories in the stock. Mesa Tactical offers models with a standard hard rubber butt pad or a nicer and more effective Limbsaver recoil pad. At Nokick.com we only carry models with the Limbsaver recoil pad since we feel it is the best configuration. They cost a bit more than the ones with the hard rubber pad, but we think it’s worth it and that our customers will be happier with it. All models include a sling loop for side-mounted slings that fits through a slot in the middle of the stock in addition to a standard sling swivel stud just forward of the toe of the stock. A really cool advantage of going with a cheek riser model is the option of adding one of Mesa Tactical’s excellent SureShell ammo carriers to the side of the riser. These aluminum shell holders are strong and come with a rubber gasket for proper shell tension. They screw directly onto the side of the Urbino Cheek Riser. The Urbino SureShell Carriers are available separately for right or left handed shooters and we normally carry the 6 shell version of it since it offers a good balance of capacity and size and is the most popular with customers. Installation is very simple, so you can be up and running in minutes. The Remington model fits 870 pump shotguns as well as Rem 1100 and 11-87 semi-auto shotguns. For Benelli shooters, there are models to fit the popular M1, M2, M4 and Super Nova Shotguns. They are a lot of stock for the money and look pretty cool to boot.
Haus of Guns posted a great video review of the Mesa Tactical Urbino Tactical Stock with Cheek Riser for Remington 870/1100/11-87 (12 ga)on their YouTube Channel. In the video, you can see the Urbino Tactical Stock with Cheek Riser, which we sell. We also sell the Urbino Tactical Stock without the Cheek Riser.
Also in the video, you’ll see that the Mesa stock has a Limbsaver pad on it. We only sell the version of the Mesa Tactical Urbino Stock w/ cheek riser that has the Limbsaver pad, because we feel it is hands down the best recoil pad for this setup.
From what we can tell on the video (2:34), it looks like he also has the Magpul MOE Rem 870 Forend and the Magpul SGA Sling Mount for the Remington 870. You can see more of these two items in this Haus of Guns video “Magpul 870 MOE Shotgun Review”.
If you’re thinking about customizing your Remington 870, this is a nice way to do it.
I tested the Mesa Tactical LEO Telescoping Recoil Stock Kit side by side with a Blackhawk Knoxx Spec Ops recoil stock and a Mako Group (FAB Defense) recoil stock kit on a Remington 870. Using full power 2 3/4″ 00 Buck loads and turkey loads of various makes I shot with the Mako stock, then the Blackhawk Knoxx stock and then with the Mesa Tactical LEO Recoil stock with the Enidine Hydraulic shock absorber as pictured. The best way to put it is that it was a night and day difference between the Mesa kit and the other two. The recoil was at least cut in half compared to the other recoil stock kits. I also shot the same loads through a Benelli M1 Tactical at the same time and the Mesa/Enidine recoil stock kit was the only stock that made the Rem 870 kick less than my Benelli. Since recoil had always seemed high to me on the Rem 870 but had never bothered me at all on my Benelli, I thought this would be a good comparison. Bottom line – the Enidine Shot Shock really works!. The Mesa kit does cost more than the other kits. In some cases, quite a bit more. But you get what you pay for. The other stocks offer some features or characteristics that are worthwhile and give shooters options which is great. But for recoil reduction and control, the Mesa kit can’t be beat.