PK, one of the readers of the Rem870.com blog has sent me information about his shotguns. Today, I want to show you PK’s first shotgun project: Remington 870 Express Tactical Shotgun.
PK, thank you for the great photos and info!
I own a slightly modified 870 Tactical with factory provided ghost ring sights. I have found through trial and failure that the extra $ spent for top quality accessories is well spent.
The forend with the rail is a FAB Ltd. defensive line PR870. There is another brand out there that I believe is the exact same thing, Mako. I’ve actually seen it at Gander Mountain.
I went through the Basic Shotgun course @ US Training center last summer, 846 rounds in three days, mostly shot, some slugs and some buck. Very demanding course both for the operator and the gun. The only mechanical “problem” I had, was that the choke loosened up a couple of times.
I had the most non-stock firearm there. Modifications-MesaTactical six shot side saddle(I have had a TacStar, one of those $ deals and a failure), MesaTactical four round side saddle(right side mount), MesaTactical LEO six position collapsible stock, Mako three rail forend, Vang Comp high dome safety, and a V-Tac two point sling.
This course is a great way to find out what works and what doesn’t, the 4 shot side saddle…..gone after the first day, and the V-Tac 2 point has been replaced with a TacticalLink single point bungee sling. I’ve tried three other slings and this one from Tactical Link is awesome. The QD works perfect with the Mesa LEO stock, I also have installed Tactical Link’s QD adapter on an M-4. Transitioning from shooting to the back hang position is a breeze and can be accomplished while drawing a sidearm, reversing is just as easy.
The locking ring on the buffer tube for the Mesa stock caused a fairly irritating abrasion on the backside of my hand at the base of the thumb, a problem that has been corrected by Mesa with a redesign of the lock ring. I have installed the modified ring with very good results although I have not done any real intense shooting since the change.
I am extremely satisfied with MesaTactical both with their products and their customer service.
I know that there are lots of people who will comment on the “tactical” accessories. The express tactical has been well proven, everything on that gun provides functionality and though may not be absolutely needed are very nice to have.
I have purchased almost all my accessories from a site called Tactical Shotgunner (no longer available). If they don’t have an item, call them and they will try to get it for you. I ordered the full length rail/heatshield from them before it was on their website or anyone
Second post (about Remington 870 Marine) is coming soon!