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The 870 pump tactical! Ahh yes, Mr. Classy, the very own. For a long time I have wanted a tactical shotgun. But not something all out mall ninja warrior tactical. Something basically tactical, with a few features that make it like a standard 870/tactical mix. Thus, I found this particular 870 sitting on the shelf at the local Dicks, whom I am reluctant to shop with...

Admittedly, the screw in choke is a little much, but I can live with the other great features that came with this particular gauge.


Purchased for testing was this ammo can of Fiocchi nickel plated 00 buck, low recoil. For HD purposes, it is kept loaded with 7 rounds of military grade 00 2 3/4 inch.


Nice, big fat XS white dot on the front with a swing swivel mount on the bottom.


Pic rail and XS ghost ring on the receiver.


Tactical battle cat comes to supervise and admire this fine shotgun.


But not without kisses.

Pleasant to shoot with 2 3/4 inch low recoil 00, this shotgun is a lot of fun. 6+1 capacity satisfies me greatly over the standard 5 round capacity in a much more purpose built package than my franken gauge, a behemoth 870 express with field barrel and super extended tube for a total of 9+1. Very unwieldy in the domicile.

I know a lot out there like their Mossberg shotguns, but I accept no substitute! I can understand why this shotgun is difficult for some to get behind, however. The price tag was $499 and a couple more for a Blackhawk standard safari sling. Worth the quality of a Remington 870, in my opinion.
 

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Nice!
Did the sling come with it?
Seen you got an SR1911 and 92, so what other goodies have you picked up?
Sling was separate. Marlin 336 .30-30, Ruger SR1911, Nodak Spud Romanian parts kit built AK, Beretta 92FS type M9A1, this shotgun, and soon a surprise addition as my back-up gun in a .380 flavor. Also, my phone line is back up.
 

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I am forced to wonder if the military influenced our taste in firearms, as our lists have some striking similarities.

I have the same opinion of tactical. Ideally, it is a basic setup that can be mastered quickly and will not fail.
 

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I am forced to wonder if the military influenced our taste in firearms, as our lists have some striking similarities.

I have the same opinion of tactical. Ideally, it is a basic setup that can be mastered quickly and will not fail.
With a few features that make it tactical without a ton of crap hanging off or sticking out. If you learned anything about actual tac gear, (not mall ninja warrior stuff) then I have a feeling that you understand "simple is best, slow is smooth, smooth is fast."
 

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With a few features that make it tactical without a ton of crap hanging off or sticking out. If you learned anything about actual tac gear, (not mall ninja warrior stuff) then I have a feeling that you understand "simple is best, slow is smooth, smooth is fast."
My first two were security forces, so lots of CQB and MOUT training, then out to the Fleet for 03 time.

Do you also find the "Which widget is best" threads pointless? I understand trying to avoid junk gear, but the operator is infinitely more valuable than the gear.

My load out is a G29 with a spare G20 mag for a reload. I have a Streamlight Stinger because it is a handy flashlight that is also bright.

Simple and versatile.
 

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My first two were security forces, so lots of CQB and MOUT training, then out to the Fleet for 03 time.

Do you also find the "Which widget is best" threads pointless? I understand trying to avoid junk gear, but the operator is infinitely more valuable than the gear.

My load out is a G29 with a spare G20 mag for a reload. I have a Streamlight Stinger because it is a handy flashlight that is also bright.

Simple and versatile.
Yep. It's the Indian, not the bow and arrow.

My load-out is a little more complicated. I am also a knife guy, so I carry a defensive blade which is currently a benchmade Adamas, soon to be replaced with a microtech socom elite. And, I carry a chore knife, currently a very slim and pointy benchmade pardue 530.

I change carry about every other week. As soon as I get a safariland holster with thumb drive and thumb drive shield, I'll carry my G17 more. This week was the Beretta, but I am going to carry my FNP for the rest of the week. 3 magazines total. Mag light flashlight.

So:

2x knives
3x magazines
G19/17 or FNP9 or 1911, or S&W M&P9c (when I want very small)

Aaaand...soon to be a replacement BUG for my taurus POS TCP .380.
 

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I would replace that standoff device with a regular mod choke or larger, replace the military buckshot with the low recoil load, and take the sling off (not needed for home defense)

Other than that, that is a fine shot gun and will serve you well.
 

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I would replace that standoff device with a regular mod choke or larger, replace the military buckshot with the low recoil load, and take the sling off (not needed for home defense)

Other than that, that is a fine shot gun and will serve you well.
1. In close quarters, a stand-off tool can be a good asset to put distance between you and a sudden encounter to give you time to move back and fire.

2. I do not need a large choke to open up the pattern within a house. A tight pattern is fine. I want the majority (preferably all) of the shot to pass through my attacker, staying or loosing energy.

3. If you need to shoot low recoil, that is fine. I do not need low recoil shot as a definitive answer for HD.

4. I disagree. A sling is entirely needed. In the event again of a battle for control of the weapon, a sling attaching it to your body or giving you something to tug against, possibly throwing them off balance, is important.

As I said, it took me awhile to find the particular features that I wanted for my HD shotgun. All the features on this have been very carefully thought out. It sounds like you want a regular 870 with no additional features for your system. If I mounted a flashlight for target identification and blinding, would you tell me to take that off too? I cannot see in the pitch black dark. Can you?
 

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This thing is sweet, I almost bought one myself. Would've had to order it too, so instead I opted to buy the cheaper 870 Express Synthetic 4+1 and a Spike's Lower with the cost savings :mrgreen:.
 
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