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Old 03-03-2013, 10:55   #61
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My Mossberg 930SPX (standard stock) works for me. My back up is my Remington 870 Police Magnum,rifle sights, 18 1/2".
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Old 03-04-2013, 20:16   #62
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The only shotgun I ever carried in combat was a 590A1. They made us start carrying them after some dip**** ran up an one of our vehicles w/ a grenade. Just one more piece of issued gear to clean and keep track of.
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Old 03-05-2013, 22:49   #63
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870 Tactical (no mods). It is my only shotgun, so I guess that makes it my favorite.

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Old 03-06-2013, 20:26   #64
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I prefer the short barrel Saiga.


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Old 03-07-2013, 05:53   #65
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Originally Posted by Tony Rumore View Post
I prefer the short barrel Saiga.


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Old 03-07-2013, 09:07   #66
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Get an 18.5" barrel for it. That's all you need. I give three bits of advice for anyone building a fighting shotgun. 1. Keep it basic 2. Keep it basic 3. Keep it basic

My favorite 'fighting' shotgunS (yes, plural!) are Remington 870s.

The 870 Wingmaster "Police" that I got at a gunshow. (LNIB)
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I removed the 20" 'cyl' barrel and put an 18-1/2" 'IC' barrel on it, plus a Wilson +2 extenstion.
The 870 Express has an 18-1/2" barrel w/+2 Wilson Extension.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:37   #67
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Originally Posted by Rooster Rugburn View Post
Quick question: how many of you actually carried your "favorite combat shotgun" into combat?

And, how many of you carried a different shotgun into combat, so you actually have a frame of reference for which is the best, thus your favorite?
I guess I have, Rooster. The first shotgun the Army gave me was a Winchester M-12 with the perforated handguard and bayonet lug. Great gun...but the extractor eventually broke. They gave me a rickety Savage-Steven M-77 maybe? Then I went on an R&R and when I got back I drew an Ithaca 37, and it was flat-out the best of all. Light, easy-to-carry and quick to shoot and reload.

After I got back home and became a cop, I bought an Ithaca 37 LAPD contract over-run, 18.5-inch barrel, rifle sights with a Ray-Bar orange pyramid on the front. Carried it for 27 years through thick and thin. I retired it and replaced it with an 18.5-inch 590-A1 a few years before I retired. Still use the Ithaca during deer season. The 590-A1 is resting comfortably in a corner a few feet away loaded with low-recoil Federal Tru-Ball slugs.
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Old 03-07-2013, 22:14   #68
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the express finish sucks though lol. Rust if you drink a glass of water in same room. I also love ghost rings, not a bead guy
I have heard this so many times on the internet, I have yet to have any issues with mine. I must have got a super special one.
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Old 03-07-2013, 22:20   #69
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I have heard this so many times on the internet, I have yet to have any issues with mine. I must have got a super special one.
I have heard that there is a possibility that older ones were finished better and that Remington quality control may have slipped. Things might be a bit spotty or there could be some out there from a bad patch in QC.

Do you think that just might be possible?
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Old 03-07-2013, 23:20   #70
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The overall quality has went down at least comparing the two I've owned

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Old 03-09-2013, 01:44   #71
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Used the 870 with the dept, but liked the action of my personel M500 better at the time. I probably took better care and lubed mine more than the dept did theirs, so that might have been the reason.

I like the position of the safety with the M500 better. We trained to shoot either L or R to maintain the best cover...both pistol and SG.
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