10 Steps to Upgrade Your Remington 870 Express to Police Version
The Remington 870 is a pump action shotgun model that is one of the best in the world. There are many different versions of the Remington 870 and each version is made for different purposes. The Remington 870 Police version is based off the Remington 870 Express model. The Express was always considered an important shotgun in the sporting, home defense and recreational shooting market. But despite the cosmetic differences of the various Remington 870 shotguns, they all have very similar parts inside of them. The Remington 870 Police uses the same platform as the 870 Express because they are both suitable for the streets and tactical use. However the functionality of the 870 Police version is superior to that of any other Remington 870 version.
They are made to be superior because they are used by the military, law enforcement, security guards and correction officers. These aren’t jobs where people would use their shotguns just to go hunting with. These jobs require shotguns with the best speed, balance and accuracy. Otherwise the person’s own life could be at risk from the dangerous person they are trying to stop.
The Remington 870 Police pump shotguns are put through a vigorous inspection of 23 different attributes before they are issued to authorities. These inspections include visual inspections, test firing, functionality testing, pump testing, and more. The 870 Police shotguns are not assembled in the same area of the commercial plant as the other Remington weapons. All police issued weapons are assembled in a special building area of the plant that is secured for factory personnel only. When shotgun parts enter this special building area, they are visually inspected by hand in order to make sure they are good quality and completely functional. These inspections reduce the chances of an assembled gun malfunctioning later on when they are being used by the authorities. Since pump action shotguns have a lot of recoil, the 870 Police shotguns use longer magazine springs to help increase its function and feed ability. Most importantly, these shotguns have no safety system built into them like the some other 870 models. This safety system is a locking mechanism used in some commercial shotguns. So naturally, this feature was taken out of the police issued shotguns because it could delay the officer’s ability to defend themselves against a suspect.
Overall, the 870 Police shotgun is the perfect weapon for any law enforcement official who has to go up against dangerous people on the streets or in the battlefield.
10 Steps to Upgrade Your Remington 870 Express to Police Version
Ok, Remington 870 Police is very cool, it is the top level Remington 870 shotgun but it is also more expensive. Also, if you are not in US, it could be difficult to find the Remington 870 Police version. Remington 870 Express shotguns are more common and easier to find around the world. They are good too but they lack some features of the Model 870 Police. They are available separately and you can easily buy and install them on your Model 870 Express.
Remington 870 Police is believed to be more reliable and sturdy than Remington 870 Express shotgun. Let’s see how you can upgrade your Remington 870 Express. Upgrades are not as expensive as you may think. Also, they are pretty easy to install without help of a gunsmith. You can easily do everything at home.
Here are 10 steps to upgrade your Remington 870 Express to Police version…
Step 1, Selecting a Good Remington 870
Check the Remington 870 you are going to buy. Take snap caps with you and check if everything is good when loading shells into magazine tube. Check extractor and ejector. Make sure that shotgun extracts all shells reliably. Check finish of the shotgun, look for scratches or rust. Disassemble shotgun and check barrel, it is very important to check chamber, it should not have marks, it should be smooth. Inspect all parts. Look into the barrel, use flashlight if needed. Check for scratches and pitting inside of the barrel of a shotgun. Notice the condition of a recoil pad, stock, forend, sights.
Step 2, Upgrading Magazine Spring
Remington 870 Police guns have a longer magazine spring, so we need a better one which ensures positive feed and function. The best magazine spring available for Remington 870 is Nordic Components magazine spring. Don’t look no further, I’ve checked many of them and there is no spring better. You will have to cut the magazine spring to proper length. I recommend having several spare springs.
Some of the shooters prefer Wolff magazine springs which are good too.
|You can get Nordic Components Magazine Spring for Remington 870 on Brownells|
Step 3, Upgrading Sear Spring
Remington 870 Police has a heavier sear spring. As Remington says it is used for a reliable, positive trigger pull.
Police sear spring is heavy trigger pull between 5 and 8 lbs. Police sear spring is safer because it requires more efforts to pull a trigger.
It is very easy to change it, just follow instructions here: Remington 870 Sear Springs (Light Pull, Standard, Police (Heavy))
You can get heavier spring here: http://tinyurl.com/d2wr4cn
Step 4, Upgrading Carrier Dog Spring
Carrier elevates the shell and it will be held there until the bolt can push it into the chamber. Carrier dog spring upgrade upgrade ensures positive feeding when using heavier rounds.
Carrier dog spring upgrade is very simple, you will find instructions here: Remington 870 Carrier Latch Spring Upgrade
You can get heavier carrier dog spring here: http://tinyurl.com/7yolquh
Step 5, Install Shorter Forend
Remington 870 Police has shorter Speedfeed forend with deep grooves. Shorter forend enables officers to use shotgun vehicle racks. Also, shorter forend allows installation of sidesaddles.
There are many good short forends. Standard Remington 870 Police forend is from Speedfeed.
|You can get Speedfeed Law Enforcement Forend for Remington 870 on Brownells|
Step 6, Install Speedfeed Stock
Heavy duty Speedfeed stocks are installed on Remington 870 Police versions. It is easy to buy and install one.
Speedfeed Law Enforcement Remington 870 Police stock is rock-solid. It is made of high-quality materials and will last forever.
|You can get Speedfeed Law Enforcement Stock on Brownells|
Step 7, Install Magazine Extension
Remington 870 Police has factory magazine extension installed. Please not that you may need to remove dimples inside the magazine tube.
Magazine extension is a must on Police shotguns. The more ammo you have the better. Remember that shotgun is a firearm with very limited magazine capacity. So it’s a very good idea to get a magazine extension to have more firepower.
There are lots of magazien extension available on the market. Model Remington 870 Police uses original Remington extensions.
|Get Remington 870 Magazine Extension on Brownells|
Step 8, Install Police Trigger Group
Trigger group on Remington 870 police is made of metal, it is believed to be more durable. But most of the shotgun owners prefer to have metal trigger group for look and feel. Remington 870 Police trigger group looks fantastic especially when polished.
This is one of the very popular upgrades for standard Remington 870 Express shotguns.
You can get it here: http://tinyurl.com/dx5xgsj
Step 9, Install Non-MIM Extractor
Police version of a shotgun has non-MIM extractor which is more reliable. It is easy to install it.
|Get Remington 870 Non-MIM Extractor on Brownells|
Step 10, Paint Your Shotgun
Finish is much better on Remington 870 Police. You need to get Duarcoat or other gun paint and paint your shotgun in color you like.
That’s all, now your Remington 870 Express is upgraded to Police version! :) There are a lot of opinions about Express vs Police shotguns, so you need to choose yourself what Remington 870 Police parts to install on your Remington 870 Express.