Remington M870: Come over to the green side, Luke…
Article by one of the readers of the blog which used Remington 870 in US Army.
M870 shotguns have been used by US Military for ages. Division Recon Marines took them with them when they spearheaded the invasion of Iraq in 2003. When SOF teams fight in urban environments, shotguns, such as the M870, are the best thing for close quarters combat, good for point and shoot speed and accuracy, and to ensure that over penetration of walls in the urban environment does not lead to collateral damage. Counter-terrorism teams such as Delta Force assaulters use the M870 as a breaching shotgun. In this configuration, the M870, typically with a 10 inch barrel and with stock removed, is loaded with special breaching rounds which are used to shoot away door hinges and locks.
Remington M870 Specifications
weight : 7-8 lbs (empty)
length : 37-45 inches
barrel length : 10, 14, 18 inches
rate of fire : single , pump-action
effective range : 40 meters
caliber : 12 gauge
magazine : 5-7 rounds internal tube magazine
The most recent variant of the M870 in use in the US military is the M870 Modular Combat Shotgun (MCS). The MCS kit features a receiver and magazine tube, with several attachable components such as barrels (10″, 14″, 18″), stocks and pistol grips. The MCS features a rail system for mounting optics, fore grips and lights.
And for the top voted most beautiful and violent combat machine this side of a Mk19 Full auto grenade launcher we have…..
The KAC M870p ‘Masterkey’ system! Its a cut-down Remington 870 fitted below a M16 or M4, in the manner of a M203 grenade launcher. The Masterkey has a 3+1 shell capacity and a barrel length of 9.5 inches. Here she is boys, in all her glory. You can’t handle this level of cool.