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Old 02-18-2013, 16:17   #51
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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?
Carried a Browning pump in the Marines. It was made in the late 40s or early 50s. It was still in our inventory from when my company came back from Korea. Finicky due to bottom eject and loading. Didn't like dirt and sand.

Officially we were't suposed to have shotguns but there were a bunch of guns in the armory were weren't supposed to have.

We were able to get shotgun ammo so we trained with them. The brownings were a pain to keep running so guys brought their own guns. We ran the 870s and 500s hard in training. Learned a wicked technique from the FBI for shooting under cars.

I personally liked the 870 the best.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:46   #52
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My 870 rides in the patrol car next to the rifle. Most times the rifle gets taken out. I do take out the 870 at times though for some calls / incidents and it runs just fine.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:21   #53
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I have two.

A Benelli M1 Super 90 with a Mesa Tactical 8 round carrier and an extended tube

The other is an 870 also with a Mesa Tactical carrier, an extended magazine tube, 21" rifle sighted Vang Comp barrel, a youth synthetic buttstock, limbsaver buttpad and Choate synthetic forearm.
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Old 02-23-2013, 15:58   #54
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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
Never had a speck of rust on my 870 express. Its seen plenty of weather too, not just an indoor HD gun.

Ghost sights are good for slug shooting. Prefer bead sights for bird shot (regardless of target)

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Old 03-01-2013, 21:17   #55
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I have a new favorite...at least until I shoot it. I just picked up a Remington SP-10.

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Old 03-02-2013, 00:25   #56
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have 870's at work. hate the location of the slide release and safety.

thats why i use this at home. Tactical Shotguns
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Old 03-02-2013, 00:28   #57
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Its funny that you say that Ma because we have mossbergs and I say the same thing about them. I'm an 870 guy...I guess its all about what your used to.

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Old 03-03-2013, 00:16   #58
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I have thinned the herd a bit. I'm down to one 7-shot 870P, and a 6-shot 590A1. We use 870s when armed, and I have no problem with them. For personal use, I have come to prefer the 590A1. For home defense, I have come to prefer an M1 Carbine. To each their own.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:42   #59
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Remington Police 870 with extension. Had it mag-na-ported, black-Ted then installed the Mesa recoil system on it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:51   #60
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This is fact, they will all work fantastically if gotten to in due time by competent hands... End of story, and end of fight..

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:55   #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, 19:16   #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, 21:49   #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, 19:26   #64
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I prefer the short barrel Saiga.

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Old 03-07-2013, 04:53   #65
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:07   #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.

All are stoked full of Federal 00B w/flite control wad.
(Patterns real nice at 21'!)
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:37   #67
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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 pump...an 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, 21:14   #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, 21:20   #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, 22:20   #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, 00:44   #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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