Once a dying breed shotguns have seen a resurgence among shooters. Not too long ago their space was limited to wing shooters and trap enthusiasts, with most self-defense gun owners opting for something fancier or modern. Now it is widely recognized that a trusty shatter gun in the right hands is the last thing an intruder wants to see as they bust through your backdoor.
Manufacturers have noticed as well. The 2017 Shot Show included more than 30 new designs, some from manufacturers who never produced a shotgun before. Add to this the countless accessories and there is no doubt the shotgun is on the rise again. From short stocked hand cannons to drum fed door busters there is a shotgun for everyone and every situation.
But, is are these new designs really what you need or are they an attempt to reinvent the wheel so to speak? I say “Yes”. Instead, I suggest picking up a Remington 870. I know, I can hear it already “A pump gun?!? What do you think I’m doing duck hunting?” No, and if you think that’s all the 870 is good for you need to get out to the range more.
Many modern shooters look for the latest and greatest as an indicator of what is best. But do you want your safety, or that of your family, depending on a widget or doohickey someone added because it looked cool? Wouldn’t you rather know that your shotgun is reliable, functional and will get the job done when the time comes?
That is exactly what the 870 does- plus it can be customized to look just as modern as the newest design on the market. If that’s what you are looking for.
First introduced in 1951, the 870 is often considered the most popular shotgun ever designed. The bottom feed, side eject design is reliable and rarely malfunctions even when using a wide variety of shells. There is nothing new about the 870 and this means the bugs have been worked out a long time ago. What you have is time tested. But as old as the design is it is also versatile. It comes in a variety of sizes, finishes and gauges. Plus there is an endless supply of aftermarket accessories available from ghost ring sights to picatinny rails, meaning there is an 870 for every situation and application. Finally, there is the cost. Almost every configuration available can be had for little more than $500, often less, so not only is it designed to be used and abused you can afford to do so.
If you are in the market for a top notch, proven home defender you would be doing yourself a disfavor by overlooking the 870.
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