Hello all -
I appreciate the good info and civil conversation on this forum.
As you might guess from my user name, I signed on here and am posting in this thread for one reason: interest in an American-made replacement for the Benelli M4 forearm.
I have limited rotation in both of my forearms/wrists, especially the left, which makes holding standard-grip long guns feel uncomfortable and not very secure. I never liked shooting them much until I held one with a pistol grip and vertical foregrip, and it was a revelation :-)
Thus, The pistol grip was a major factor in buying the Benelli M4 (along with it being a semi-auto with the ability to cycle light rounds, and its reputation for quality, reliability, durability, easy maintenance, and low felt recoil). All that's missing is a vertical foregrip.
I am anxiously awaiting the reinforced plastic Mesa Tactical forearm so I can have a VFG. The FAB Defense (or MAKO?) looks fine, but it's not American-made, and it's unnecessarily big and heavy (no need for the over-barrel coverage or extended top rail). The Surefire is overkill as well, with the full-length side rails, and it's aluminum, which I think is a mistake. I generally think plastic is over-used in modern manufacturing, but in the case of firearms, the plastic virtues of easy manufacture, strength, light weight, shock absorption, and comfort are hard to beat.
The ideal replacement forearm for my Benelli M4 would be the stock forearm with a rail on the bottom. From what I've read, it looks like that's basically what you're planning. Hurry up, would ya?