am enjoying the gab here about all the neat home defense shotguns that are in use , mossberg , remington , pumps auto's etc. after having been without such gun for several years , i was at a gun show just a couple of years ago and spied a neat mod 870 plain ' riot type " all black shotgun for a little over 3 bills. it has all black nylon hardware and the mag extension tube w/ sling swivels attached . all it says on the gun for identification purposes is " remington model 870 " and 2 3/4 " or 3" shells. cant find a model or identification on it other than those markings. is it an express model or ?? i believe the trigger and guard are plastic as i recall. and by the way , the only few times i had the gun out i am HIGHLY satisfied with it ! smooth action , reliable as a hammer and does its job well !