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What is barrel length of your Remington 870?

16 February 201210 comments Barrel, News

This is going to be very interesting! What is barrel length of your Remington 870?

Barrel, 18", Police w/Rifle Sights, Parkerized, Imp Cyl

Barrel, 18″, Police w/Rifle Sights, Parkerized, Imp Cyl

What is barrel length of your Remington 870?

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  1. Vitaly Pedchenko February 18, 2012

    Looks like 18.5″ is the most popular Remington 870 :)

  2. Darrin February 29, 2012

    Guess Im the only guy so far with a 12.5″ barrel hehehehe

  3. Bob February 29, 2012

    Is barrel length measured from receiver to muzzle, or from end of firing chamber to muzzle?

  4. Jon Elkin February 29, 2012

    Here is how I see the results of this poll.

    The 18.5″ length seemingly is the factory length of the majority of Remington home defense, tactical, and police model shotguns. Because the National Firearms Act declares any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18″ a “short barreled shotgun” and therefore a restricted item, adding the extra 1/2″ serves as a safety factor in preventing any chance of being accused of violating federal law. Reportedly, the shot spread of 14″, 18″, and 20″ barrels are the same, although velocity may differ. It appears to be generally agreed that a shorter barrel is easier to manipulate in tight places where defensive, tactical, and police shotguns are used. In conclusion, short barrels are called for in defensive shotguns, 18″ is the shortest length practical under current federal law, and an extra 1/2″ generally is allowed for a NFA safety margin, by both manufacturers and saw-off artists alike. Hence, 18.5″ becomes the most popular barrel length for short-barreled shotguns.

  5. larrymod March 6, 2012

    I’m probably not the only one who has more than one barrel for my 870 Express.

    I have the the 28″ vent rib barrel it came with, which I have used from some trap shooting, and might use someday for hunting. Then I bought an additional 18.5″ barrel from Remington to configure it for home defense and maybe some 3-gun shooting.

  6. Vitaly Pedchenko March 6, 2012

    Darrin, wow, do you have pics of your shortie?

  7. Paul March 19, 2012

    Barrel length is measured from the face of the closed bolt, to the muzzle end of the barrel. Close your bolt, stick whatever you want to measure with down the barrel until it contacts the closed bolt face, and note the length right at the end of the muzzle.

  8. Mike Bojanowski March 21, 2012

    Any recomendations for an extension? I currently have 18″ barrel.

  9. P. Ted March 30, 2012

    18.5, tactical express.

  10. Vitaly Pedchenko June 9, 2012

    We have 200 votes, great! :)


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