Wood furniture might not be en vogue or the most effective option out there, but it still looks amazing. Who doesn’t love the look of wood? Polymer might be tougher, more weather-resistant, and more effective, but looks are half the battle! Woox knows this and famously produces some fantastic wood furniture for various rifle platforms that combine wood appeal with modern attachment options. They’ve recently dived into the world of shotguns with their Gladiatore furniture.
The Gladiatore furniture comes available for both stocked shotguns and Shockwave-style firearms. This includes a complete stock and forend, as well as a club-type rear grip. Woox sent me a set of the Gladiatore furniture for my Mossberg Shockwave, and it’s an addition that’s sticking around for a long time to come.
The Gladiatore Option
The Gladiatore furniture from Woox is wood, but Woox famously modernizes wood furniture. With the Gladiatore forend, we get a big wood shotgun pump that’s also outfitted with metal-reinforced M-LOK slots. Three M-LOK slots sit on each side of the pump, which allows for the attachment of lights and lasers as you see fit. Primarily lights, but hey, lasers and hip-firing these guns are pretty fun.
The Gladiatore pump features some nice aggressive checkering that looks at good as it works. These guns and having a texture to add grip make it easy to hold onto the weapon. At the rear and front of the stock sit small built-in humps. These prevent your hands from sliding off and in front of or behind the forend. It’s a smart design, especially if you are using the push-pull technique to mitigate recoil.
When we drift to the rear of the gun, we have the club grip. It’s similar to the standard Shockwave grip that ensures the length of the gun is over 26 inches. The difference comes from the size and slight design difference. Woox textures the Galdiatore club grip just like the forend. It’s also wider and fills the hand a bit better than the stock option. A bit more of a downward curve makes it easier to pull rearward as part of your push/pull technique.
A Striking Combination
The Gladiatore Club Grip and Forend transform the Shockwave into a much better-looking weapon that doesn’t give up function for looks. The Push/Pull technique works very well with this furniture combination. The added grip texture and the design of both the grip and forend come together to help make the Shockwave a bit more controllable.
Your hand resists slipping rearward and forward as you operate the gun, and if they do slip, the slight humps on the back and front give your hand a speed pump. The texture and little extra width of the forend make it easy to get a good tight grip on the gun, which helps keep the gun under control.
The rear club grip’s extra curve does make it easier to pull rearward and stabilize the gun for recoil mitigation. I never thought a better rear grip would help, but here we are. The Gladiatore furniture comes together to provide a stylish alternative for your shotgun that is actually functional and useable.
I’m currently looking at their Mossberg stock to replace the stock on my Retrograde and another Gladiatore forend. Their stuff is well-made and extremely solid. Give ‘em a look here and know they make all sorts of furniture for rifles as well as America’s favorite shotguns.