Video blog, part 1, buying a shotgun and accessories.
By GrevB, NnF000
We can call this a “Tactical Build” or a “Home Defense Build” or maybe just “Building a REM870, 20-ga… My Way” !
Please Note that I am not going to tell you how to disassemble or assemble your Shotgun, I leave that to people on this Site that know a lot more than I do about the Remington 870 Express. I will call out the parts and part numbers (P/N:) where I known, and give a short review.
Magnetic shotgun sights are becoming very popular amongst competitive shooters and hunters. They help shooters aim their targets properly and accurately, especially if the environment is dim or dark. The HiViz Magni-Hunter is one of the top shotgun sights on the market today. For one thing, it is a magnetic front sight that utilizes Magni-Optics which allows it to attach to virtually any shotgun that is vent-ribbed. Some popular brands that have vent-ribbed shotguns include Remington, Benelli, Browning, Beretta, Ruge, Charles Daly, Franchi, and Verona. The make and model of the shotgun don’t really matter as long as the vent ribs meet certain size requirements. The ventilated ribs of the shotgun need to be between from .230″ to .330″ for MGH2007-I and between .3555 inches and .440 inches for MGH2007-II, in order for this magnetic front sight to fit properly. You’ll find that most of the models from those brands have vent ribs which meet this size requirement.
TexasArmor84 posted awesome photos of the Remington 870 Police Marine Magnum on Remington 870 Forum.
You may know the Ukrainian STRELA company by the several posts about their products that I had on this blog. For example, they make very nice suppressors for AKs: Review of the AK suppressor. This company is well known in Ukraine because many soldiers and Special Forces units use their flash hiders, suppressors and muzzle brakes.
The new product of the STRELA Company is a six-round sidesaddle for the Remington 870 shotgun. It is made of aluminum and has rubber inserts. It is made from a solid block of metal to give it additional toughness. It looks very nice when installed onto a Remington 870 with Magpul furniture. It works perfectly with the Magpul forend. This sidesaddle has a look that is similar to the Mesa Tactical and ShellShield sidesaddles.
Some features of the Remington 870 shotgun have changed, such as the locking safety. Let’s examine some of the main differences between the Remington 870 Police, Remington 870 Wingmaster, and the Remington 870 Express. The Remington 870 Wingmaster is the classic shotgun that is often called the “Cadillac” of Remington. The Remington 870 Police is a specially built and crafted shotgun the looks similar to a Wingmaster, but instead has a dull finish to it.
The Remington 870 Express is considered to be the most affordable of the three. Anyone who is new to shotgun ownership, and on a budget, will likely choose the Express. Remington has been able to make this shotgun more affordable because they have less manual labor going into its manufacturing. Plus, there are rumors Express shotguns are not polished or de-burred like the more advanced models, such as the Police and Wingmaster. If you’ve seen the new Marine Magnum and Tactical shotguns, you may have noticed they’re based on the Remington 870 Express model. However, the Express has similar high-quality steel components inside of it that the better 870’s have. The only difference is a different finish and that it does contain some MIM parts and plastic parts as well.
Tactical flashlights are becoming more popular to use with firearms these days. Military and law enforcement officers are the ones who particularly find them helpful when approaching a potentially dangerous situation. If they are approaching or looking for a suspect, it helps for them to have a tactical flashlight on their gun so they can see who they’re facing without having to take their hands off the weapon. Otherwise, they could end up shooting the wrong person and getting in big trouble for it.
The Remington 870 is a great pump action shotgun. Sometimes users will want to attach a sling to their shotgun for a couple of reasons. Either they’ll use the sling to help give them stability while they’re aiming or they’ll simply use the sling to carry the shotgun on their backside while they’re not using it. The only problem is the Remington 870 does not come with an adequate forward sling mount so you can attach a sling. Therefore, you’ll have to purchase the sling mount or sling swivels separately. But that’s okay because these forward sling mounts are not expensive and they have a long lifespan.
UltimateGuns posted very nice pics of the home defense build on the Remington 870 Forum:
“Here’s an Ultimate 870HD build I did for a customer. It started life as an 870 Tactical, but I upgraded basically everything. I installed our Ultimate Reliability Kit, which includes the non-MIM extractor from the 870 Police model, the upgraded carrier dog spring, and a Vang Comp follower. I also added the 870P sear spring to reduce the chance of a negligent discharge. I added a Vang Comp Big Dome safety. Next, I polished the action bars and coated them with Cerakote’s MicroSlick, so it cycles like butter. I also added MicroSlick to the bolt. Next, I installed a Nordic Components magazine spring. I finished it in black Cerakote. I also installed a XS Big Dot tritium bead night sight, and a Mesa Tactical aluminum shell carrier. After the pics were taken, I added an Elzetta Alpha flashlight…315 lumens and only 3.4 ounces. Furniture is from Magpul. It came out pretty well.
Thanks again to Choate Machine & Tool for providing the Remington 870 Telescoping Stock for my review.
Many shotgun owners prefer pistol grips for some reason. Those who mostly train with their AR-15 as a long gun like that the ergonomics of the pistol grip shotgun are very similar to the ergonomics of the rifle. They can easily switch from rifle to shotgun because the shotgun has virtually the same stock and pistol grip as the rifle. Some shooters find it more comfortable to use the pistol grip shotgun when shooting around the barricades or when using their weak hand. Anyway, pistol grip shotguns have their place and many shotgun owners like them.
I received the Remington 870 Telescoping Stock from Choate this time. It has some unique features like a specially designed tube and stock which can withstand the recoil of Magnum loads. Also, the buttstock has two useful watertight compartments where you can store batteries for a flashlight, red dot sight, etc.
Overall, I was impressed with how sturdy this stock is. It can be a good choice for home defense, survival or as a tactical shotgun.
The Remington 870 Express contains a polymer trigger group assembly that most gun owners are familiar with. However, the look and feel of this trigger group could be a whole lot better. Not only that, but a polymer trigger group is believed to be less durable. That is why more Remington 870 shotgun owners are upgrading their existing shotguns with a police metal trigger group assembly instead. This particular metal trigger group is the same one that you’d find in a real Remington 870 Police shotgun. What is so great about this trigger group assembly is that it’s made out of metal, which means it is more durable and more reliable than the OEM polymer trigger group that comes with the Remington 870 Express. It also has a much better look and feel as well. Some people think that it’s made of steel but it is made of aluminum.