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Duty Shotgun. Opinions wanted

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by s&w357, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. s&w357


    Jun 18, 2005
    Ok guys, after being unsatisfied with my department guns I've decided that since I am constantly teaching a shotgun class and telling people what I think a shotgun needs, I'm going to buy my own duty weapon and spend the cash to set it up exactly the way I want it.

    I have thought of just dropping major cash on a semi-custom gun like a Nighthawk or Vang Comp or just going with a standard Remington and adding what I want as I go. Opinions on that are fine, but my real decision is this.

    I am trying to decide if I want to go with an 18.5 or go the NFA route and go with 14". My current department gun is 14 and I love it. I much prefer it over the longer tube. Its not the $200 that I'm as worried about. I convinced myself that money should not be the driving factor in this decision.

    what are your thoughts? I hear from some that I shouldn't do it because "they can will have you on a list" well, the way I see it is that even if I buy a 18.5 inch gun, I am still buying through an FFL so that makes no sense. My main concern is the fact that if I do any out of state training I would have to be cleared to take it first.

    Any other draw backs or advantages? Any one else carrying NFA on duty? SBS or SBR?
  2. fran m

    fran m

    Mar 7, 2005
    drexel hill pa
    Post in the tactical shotgun Forum and member Aippi will advise you. He is a Remington Shotgun Armorer and will tell you to get an 870, not a semi auto. He won't steer you wrong and may save you money.

  3. rudeboy3


    Feb 19, 2011
    Ya aippi is definitely the person to talk to.
  4. s&w357


    Jun 18, 2005
    Thanks for the responses guys. I'm decided on the brand. Which is an 870p. My question is for the opinions of officers on carrying an NFA weapon that is personally owned while on duty. Again many thanks.
  5. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    Never felt outgunned with a simple 870. It does everything I need a duty shotgun to do.
  6. rockapede


    Sep 3, 2009
    My thought is if you want a SBS, you're not going to be satisfied with anything else. You can always pick up an 18.5 inch barrel for the out of state stuff.
  7. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox
    I'm about to qualify with a Serbu Super Shorty for duty. :whistling:
  8. 870PMAX or M590.
  9. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    870P 14" with your choice of sights. If you do a light, get the Surefire LED fore-end unless you prefer something else.
  10. Deployment Solu

    Deployment Solu Kydex Crafter

    Jul 18, 2007
    Another vote for the 870P. Simple, (no gas system to fail), reliable (see parenthesis), inexpensive, and it goes bang every time.
  11. DoogieHowser

    DoogieHowser Eh

    Jul 27, 2005
    VA, USA
    870 or 590 no contest, semi is for comps not duty, I'd still prefer the AR personally.

    Side note the magpul dvd is worth it, I'd be up for letting you borrow it if you'd like (PM to work out details) it's not shotgun cannon but it does have some tricks that are interesting. Especially ammo changeovers.
  12. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    I am a fan of the shotgun, and am issued an 870p with a 18.5" rifle sighted barrel. Shotgun advantages obviously don't need to be addressed here.

    I will give another vote for a 14" barrel. Shotguns have two big negatives, overall length, and weight. Compare a standard 20" or 18.5" barrel 870 to a 16" AR, then compare the weight of a loaded 4 round magazine to the AR with a loaded magazine.

    Reducing the overall length allows it to be much easier to get in and out of cruisers, doing building searches, etc... When adding things like extended magazines, and lights it makes the gun very heavy. With a 14.5" barrel, it allows a +1 magazine extension so it will hold 5 shells. This minimizes the negative, and enhances the positive attributes.

    Now, obviously you can pick up an 870 for teaching purposes, but a 14" Benelli auto makes a bunch of sense too for your needs. I have seen many on auction sites for little more than a new 870p, and this one is no exception.