Remington 870 Shotgun Review and Upgrades
After 20 years of my Remington 870 express excellent operation, last year I decided to make some upgrades and transform my beautiful hunting shotgun to a “wild” tactical weapon.
Spending a few days searching for Remington 870 upgrades finally I decided to proceed with the following parts:
MESA TACTICAL SureShell Shotshell Carrier (6 shells)
FAB AGR-870 + GLR16-S Pistol Grip & Collapsible Buttstock
MAGPUL Angled Fore-Grip
TRUGLO Fiber Optic sights
Magazine extension (6 rounds)
Mesa Tactical SureShell Shotshell Carrier holds 6 shells and is made from aluminum which is hard anodized for non glare finish. Installation was quite easy, just two pins needed (replaced the original). Another good feature is the small gap in the Mesa Tactical SureShell Shotshell Carrier where the serial number is visible. Usage though need sometime for the internal rubber to be smoother for easy shell loading and unloading.
Fab’s Pistol Grip installation is relative easy if you have the specialized tool to tighten up the “strange” bolt.
The whole construction is very good and is made from quality reinforced polymer that looks it will last forever, buttstock’s pad is hard rubber without absorbing the recoil shock (there is another model with absorbing buttstock). Also very nice to have is the hole for the one point tactical sling which is installed and removed very fast (with just a click).
Forend comes from Fab and although the polymer is not soft is quite comfort. There three picatinny rails (bottom and sides) where you can mount various accessories like laser point or flashlight, in the bottom picatinny I have Magpul’s angled fore-grip which makes the grip more steady and reduces fatigue.
There is a local law that prohibits laser sights so my only solution was to find sights that mount on barrel’s ventilated rib, concluded to Truglo Fiber Optic sights with multicolor optics (red in front and green in the rear), which are adjustable to width and height and very easy to install.
Finally the must have magazine extension which has the capacity of 6 shells and is local made.
To answer the question if all these upgrades worth the money and effort, absolutely yes, Remington 870 is a new shotgun now, more comfortable, easier to operate and more accurate while shooting.
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