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Remington 870 Express Tactical Shotgun

First, when reviewing the Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun it must be recognized that this is the most used police shotgun in service today. Why is that? Because the Remington 870 Express Tactical Shotgun is simple, effective, and it has superior performance in close-quarter combat. It chambers a very capable 12g round that can be loaded with buckshot, slugs, and/or with less-lethal rounds for crowd disbursement. Your options with the shotgun are almost limitless and there are many 3rd party options for upgrades. These upgrades allow this shotgun to be tailored to each officer’s assignment while maintaining a base set of internals that provides department gunsmiths the ability to manage and maintain effectively.

From a civilian perspective, it is very practical for many of the same reasons it is practical for law enforcement. Home defense equals close quarter combat, it is very easy to operate, the pump action is known for its reliability, which ensures the less trained civilian avoids the dreaded stove piping that can occur when the pump is short stroked. Law enforcement and advance shooters practice pumping their shotguns to avoid stroke stroking, most home defense civilians do not, so its good that this is one of the most reliable pumps on the market today. Additionally, it is very simple to assemble and disassemble which makes cleaning or upgrading an easy task and one that doesn’t require a gunsmith.

The Remington 870 Express Tactical Shotgun has been around for almost 50 years and is the best-selling shotgun of any type in history. Considering there are probably hundreds, possibly thousands of shotguns that have been introduced into the markets around the world, that is a claim worth celebrating. There have been over 10 million of these shotguns produced since inception and considering how many of these are in service today, there will probably be 10 million more made over the next 25 to 50 years.


UPC: 047700811987
Description: REM 870X TAC 12M/18.5TRC GRSR
Brand: Remington
Model: 870 Express Tactical
Type: Shotgun: Pump Action
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Finish: Black Matte
Action: Pump Action
Stock: Synthetic, Black
Sight: FT: XS White Dot RR: XS Ghost Ring
Barrel Length: 18.5
Overall Length: 38.5
Weight: 7.313 lbs
Capacity: 6+1
Safety: Cross-Bolt Safety with Key Lock
Receiver: Black Matte
Chamber: 3
Chokes: Remington Choke Tactical Ported/Extended
Butt Plate: Black Rubber Recoil Pad
Features: XS Sight System

Remington 870 Accessories

One of the big advantages of this shotgun is that there are all kinds of aftermarket accessories and upgrades that are available. Most, if not all, the available accessories are available to both the law enforcement communities, as well as, the civilian user.

Here is a common list of upgrades that are available for the 870 Tactical Shotgun.

Tactical Light Option:

Surefire 870 Tactical Light

The Surefire DSF-870 is an excellent choice for a tactical light. There are other options for lights, but in my opinion, this by far is the most streamlined because it replaces the shotguns original factory for-end which eliminates any parts that stick out unnaturally from the shotgun causing points on the gun that can cause snagging when removing from a safe, car lock, or gun bag. It has a recoil proof LED 600 lumen white light that will blind the vision of anyone it is pointed towards. Surefire incorporated a precision reflector to create a wide, smooth and perfect beam of white light that is required for close-range shotgun applications that are typically needed for law enforcement and home defense uses.  There is enough reach and surround light to properly identify threats and maintain situational awareness. This lighting system is vital for a home or a patrol shotgun.

Surefire Website: https://www.surefire.com/dsf-870-shotgun-forend.html

Mesa 870 Express Tactical Stock

Remington 870 Stock

The Mesa Tactical collapsible stock increases maneuverability and designed to be adjustable to the user’s length of pull of the shooter, as well as, any equipment they may be carrying at the time such as a tac-vest or body armor.

Mesa Website: https://www.mesatactical.com/products/high-tube-telescoping-stock-kit-for-rem-870-12-ga-9-in-rail.html

Shell carrier

Mesa 870 Shell Carrier

Having a shell carrier that is attached to the side of the receiver is an understated feature of this shotgun. It gives you the ability to carry 6 additional shotgun shells and is crucial to your ability to quickly access ammunition while keeping your target engaged. Although this does take practice to perfect, having the carrier and having the skills to use it is crucial to keeping yourself and/or your citizenry safe.

Mesa Shell Carrier Website: https://www.mesatactical.com/products/sureshell-aluminum-carrier-for-rem-870-11-1187-6-shell-12-ga.html

Remington 870 Sights Options

  Trijicon Rifle Sights

 The two most popular sights are the Trijicon (3 dot sights) and Ghost ring sight and which one you go with really depends on the function in which this shotgun will be used. It is worth noting that no matter what sights you decide to go with, having self-illuminating sights are worth the money, especially if you are concerned about giving up your position by using a tactical light

The differences of the sights are as follows:

  • Ghost Ring Sights: Has a round or beaded sight on the front of the barrel with a ring site on the rear. Trijicon also has ghost ring sights that self-illuminate.
  • Trijicon Rifle Sights: These are more traditional where you have a front dot sight and a two-dot rear sight that are self-luminating.


Remington 870 Express Tactical Conclusion

The Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun is a very simple, reliable, and effective weapon whether you are law enforcement or it’s being used for home defense. It is and has been used by the military, police, and civilians all over the world. Because there is a tremendous amount of after-market accessories you can fully customize your shotgun not only for your liking, but you also can customize it for its intended use. This shotgun will serve you well and in terms of costs, it is very affordable, and if well-taken care, it will last for years of service.

Remington 870 Express Tactical website: https://www.remington.com/shotguns/tactical/model-870-express-tactical