The SpecOps Stock Gen II takes the original SpecOps Stock to an even higher level of effectiveness, performance, and reliability. Law enforcement and military personnel, hunters, and sport shooters alike will agree that this is the best BLACKHAWK! shotgun stock yet!
Posted by Average Joe on 1st Nov 2012
Except the fore end is not fully compatible with all 870's and due to the Super Storm Sandy Blackhawk in Virginia Beach was closed and has not returned my calls and emails yet. Now for the good. Very easy to install. However, READ the directions first and DON'T watch You tube videos, they don't cover the Gen II install which is different.
Tools needed: Screw Driver, 3/16 Allen Wrench and the Allen wrenches which come with the kit.
Follow the directions which come with the kit and you'll be fine. To exchange the stock takes about 5 minutes.
There are a lot of You tube videos which HATE on the stock because it is adaptable and smacks your cheek. However, this is because they are likely used to shooting a fixed stock which does support your cheek better.
The solution is to follow Knoxx's recommendation that you do not put your face too far forward which is the reason, especially on the Gen I version that the tube hit you face during recoil. The GEN II version has a slightly different tube design helps reduce this issue. However, the easy solution is to align your face and your sight picture about an inch farther back on the stock and not on the tube. This should eliminate the tube recoil into your face.
As far as the advertised recoil reduction, it does reduce the felt recoil. But not 85%.
In summary, a good buy. It basically does what is advertises with the exception of the foreend fit issue which Blackhawk knows about and mentions in the manual.
If you're going to buy this stock, the best place to purchase it is Allied Armory. They have the best price, best service and quick delivery.
Because of all the negative You Tube videos about the cheek bruising issue, you may need to consider how you hold the gun when you shoot and whether you can adjust your shooting style to an adaptable stock. If you can, then you'll probably love the stock. If you may not be happy with this stock