I know how emotional is that moment when you are in a gun shop buying the long awaited Remington 870 but read these advices to make this purchase pleasant and problem free. Use the tips to get the high-quality and reliable shotgun and to make educated decision that you won’t regret.

Remington 870 for Home Defense

If you are buying used shotgun you must check everything twice.

1. Bring a friend!

The best advice I can give you is to find somebody who is familiar with Remington 870 and ask him to go with you to a gun shop. This way, you can be sure that he will inspect the gun and will be able to see if something is wrong.

Gun enthusiasts are usually very friendly and ready to help to somebody who is willing to buy a firearm.

2. Check all metal surfaces for rust or scratches. Remington 870 Express easily rusts and you must inspect shotgun thoroughly. Disassemble a shotgun to check the internal surfaces.

3. Also, check wooden or plastic parts. Check stock and forend for cracks and splits This is especially important when you buying a used shotgun.

4. Look into the barrel to see if it has any defects. The barrel itself must be straight and without bulges or dents. And of course it must be clean, so that you can actually see if it looks good. Remove barrel before looking into it, safety first!

5. Visually inspect chamber. Newer Remington 870 shotguns are known to have rough chamber.

6. Ask permission to use dummy shells. Shop assistant will be very surprised if you start loading a shotgun in front of him!

Use dummy shells to test if shotgun works properly. There are known problems with some models which were discussed on blog and forum:

-Try loading shells into magazine tube, load the number of shells that this shotgun can accept, this way you will check if there are any problems with magazine tube, follower or magazine spring.

-Press the action bar lock and rack shotgun several times, you will check if there are any feeding problems.

-Put a shell into chamber, press the trigger, rack a shotgun, you will check extraction and ejection of fired shells.

Always point shotgun in a safe direction when check feeding and extraction of shells. Try racking shotgun several times. Make sure that it works properly.

7. Find two letters on the barrel and use Remington Serial Number Checker to find out the date the Remington 870 was manufactured.

8. If shotgun has choke system, try unscrewing a choke
to be sure that it is not stuck and can be screwed in and out. You will have a hard time if choke is stuck.

Remember, that you can ask for discount if you find any defects.

Do you have any other advices about buying new or used Remington 870?