- Plenty of aftermarket
- Safety location may bother some users
The Remington 870 is one of the most-produced and most well-proven pump-action shotguns of all time. Twin action bars ensure a non-binding, smooth pump operation, and the receiver is milled from a solid billet of steel. Built for defensive use, the tactical models feature an 18.5-inch barrel and either come with a standard 4+1 or 6+1 capacity. A variety of stocks, including wood, synthetic, and adjustable, are available so that users can find a model to suit their needs. A standard non-glare matte finish and a bead sight highlight the simplicity and ruggedness that the 870 Tactical is known for.
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Remington, under new management as RemArms, has reintroduced the legendary 870 Wingmaster. At its heart lies the proven dual-action bar 870 action and a solid steel machined billet receiver. The Wingmaster is a step above its Fieldmaster brethren, sporting a high gloss blued finish and figured American walnut furniture. This iconic pump action is ready to bust clays or hunt birds once again and is available in 12, 20, and .410 guage.
Usually coming in at under $400, the Mossberg 500 Field/Security pump-action shotgun is one of the most versatile guns you can buy for the money. This gun comes with two barrels, a 28-inch field barrel with interchangeable choke tubes and an 18.5-inch security barrel with a fixed choke. Having both barrels allows you to have a do-all gun that can cover anything from hunting to sporting to home defense. Mossberg makes the barrel change process simple and easy, with a single screw making the barrel swap a 60-second affair that takes no tools. The ambidextrous tang safety makes this gun intuitive for most users, but the rest of the gun is pretty standard fare when it comes to ergonomics. The Mossberg 500 has been the gold standard for basic shotguns since the 60s, and it has the aftermarket to prove that. If you need a shotgun to cover all the bases, this is it.
Tracing its roots back to the respected and venerable Mossberg 500, the 590A1 keeps the core of what makes the 500-series of shotguns so great and makes it even better. The U.S. military put out a request for a more durable pump-action shotgun that could stand up to the rigors of hard field use, and the 590A1 was born. Mossberg responded by adding a tough parkerized finish, all metal trigger guard, thick-walled barrel, and stronger internals. It is an intuitive and easy to use pump-gun, but it is a bit on the heavy side due to the aforementioned features. The extra weight helps tame the harsh recoil of the 12 gauge round, making the shooting experience a little more pleasant. The ambidextrous tang safety makes the gun easy for all users to operate the gun. Its wide aftermarket also allows you to tailor the gun to your specific wants and needs. While the 590A1 isn’t the smoothest or lightest shotgun out there, it is an absolute tank, and you’d be hard pressed to find any firearm that will last as long and take as much punishment.
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The Remington 870 is back. RemArms has seemingly put a concerted effort forward in avoiding the quality control issues that plagued the Remington name while they were owned by Freedom Group. The new 870 Tacticals are rugged and reliable, and hey, they don’t seem to be rusting. This means that one of the most proven combat shotguns is back in the saddle and ready to go again. Luckily there is still plenty of aftermarket out there for the 870, and as long as the quality keeps up, the 870 will be a hard shotgun to beat – just as it was for the better part of 60 years.
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