Pete sent us photos of this beautiful custom short barrel shotgun be built. He has named it “The Woodsman”. It started life as, circa. 2000, as a Remington 870 Police Magnum. Rose Action Sports cut the barrel, crowned it and threaded it for choke tubes. Pete then added the following parts:

  • Vang Comp front sight
  • Stainless follower
  • GG&G sling mounts
  • GG&G side saddle
  • Vang Comp oversized safety
  • Barrett Bronze Cerakote

I think it came together very nicely. I am inspired to try find a used 870 and emulate this build.

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  • Gregor

    well done, very nice looking gun. Might cerakote the tactical light too, to complete the unique look

  • Fruitbat44

    Very nice looking piece. I will admit that the PINK shotgun cartridges had me doing a double-take though.

    • KestrelBike

      I think those are red shells, it’s just the photo color-perspective that makes them appear pink.

      • Fruitbat44

        Could be. 😉 Though it did cross my mind that they were a limited edition sold to support breast cancer research, or . . . . something. 🙂

        • KestrelBike

          look now, I bought those because they were a steal at $66/250shls on super-sale in dark times 😛

  • USMC03Vet

    If it took more than one shot, you weren’t using a Jakobs!

    • SM


      • Zachary marrs

        Torgue, or tediore, if you reload

        Buttstalion lives!

  • Dolly

    I enjoy these photo’s. I just wish they weren’t all postage stamp sized.

  • Aaron

    I really like the wood. My tastes don’t run to cerakote, but I would love to see one built with the same beautiful wood and finely polish deep blued finish.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Why are all the rounds on the side saddle set up to be combat loaded?

    • SP mclaughlin
      • JumpIf NotZero

        Now I’m wondering how many people know what a combat load is, or why the shells would be that way :/

        • Zachary marrs

          I always thought that it was for easier ejection port loading.

          Most people i know that use side saddles have one or two shells in the “combat loaded” position for ejection port loading, but the rest would be facing down for easier loading into the mag tube.

          This is why i stick to rifles

          • Pmdata

            The pic leaning against the barn was taken literally five minutes after the build was complete the first time, so I just threw some shells in for affect. The mag tube is empty, no sling, etc…

            Two minutes later, I broke it all back down for lube and full function check.

            I prefer, and it currently carries, four down and two up.

        • Dan

          I’m sure some do, whether the guy that built the gun intended for that or just thought it would look cool is another question.

        • ghost

          No jumplf, we are all stupid, enlighten us.

          • Grindstone50k

            Prepare yourself, the master operator is about to speak!

    • Grindstone50k

      Why not?

  • Chris in TX

    I really like the color, it looks a bit like the finish on a Brown Bess. I wonder if it looks that good in person.

  • That’s a badass little bear shotgun right there.

  • Taylor TX

    Doo Doo brown never looked so good! Wood furniture with a picatinny rail is just too freakin awesome.

    • Cymond

      I think this looks more like milk chocolate.
      Burnt Bronze, now that looks like a big pile of dog doo…

  • Axel

    I really like the furniture.

  • Why don’t companies offer wood furniture any more? That sort of stuff just oozes class to me.

    • I can sure agree with that. Also what wood you find tends to be a matte finish rather than the way they used to be finished in gloss. They just looked classy.

      • Plus, wood just seems to age better than synthetics. I mean, have you SEEN an rifle with a wood stock?

    • Ben Enjerry

      Wood costs more to finish and prep than cheap black plastic. (Rynite is what Remmy used a while back. Don’t now if they still do.) All comes down to cost. Cheaper is better. The current Express is as rough as 100 grit.

      • RegT

        While not a problem on shotguns, wood on a rifle can cause variations in POI (point of impact) as humidity, rain, etc, cause the wood to expand or contract. That is why a number of us who love the looks of wood switched to synthetics when long range accuracy became a goal. I love the beautiful wood stock and fore-end on my Shiloh Sharps 45-110, but my serious long-range rifles are stocked with synthetics.

        • Ben Enjerry

          Synthetics are awfully cold when first pressed to your cheek on the deerstand in ten-degree weather!

      • BuzzKillington

        While you make an argument for synthetic over wood, I’m going to disagree with it having anything to do with why wood furniture isn’t very common anymore. It’s all about demand. Everyone wants black tactical now. If the money was in wood furniture, that’s what would be produced. Has nothing to do with time and cost; pricing would reflect any disparity to make up for it, if that’s what consumers desired.

        • Ben Enjerry

          It’s about making as cheap a product as possible to appeal and sell to the masses. Custom stockmakers are a thing of the past, and exist today only for high end custom work. I’m sure every “operator” clutching their black tactical today has never heard of a Goens, Sedgley, Crum, etc. nor could they tell the difference between an edge cut vs. sawn cut piece of walnut. Kinda sad.

  • J.J

    I’m a diehard Mossberg fan. So I would personally use a 590 for the stock gun. But it is one sexy shotgun.

  • Don Ward

    Pretty cool build. I’d have kept a longer barrel. But that’s a personal preference. 8/10

  • I have to say this build has me drooling. I like just about everything on it.

  • Pmdata

    Thanks to all. Fun and easy build (RAS and SMI Powder did the hardest parts…)

    I’m thinking about a semi-auto SBS sibling. Maybe an A5 or 1100/1187?

    Cheers to TFB for always having great reads.

  • Giolli Joker

    Isn’t there out there a Remmy870 for lefties?
    Because the position of the flashlight (BTW, the rail on the wood is somehow cool) makes me think that the switch is perfectly placed to be operated by the right thumb… so I’d guess the owner is left handed and I’m curious why he decided to invest in such (gorgeous) customization on a gun not perfectly suited for him.
    Anyway, I like it!

    • Pmdata

      Strangely enough, the Insight light switch works well on the right side and operated by the left hand. (I’m right handed).

      The left side has the sling and mount which was in the way of the beam.

      I put the rail on the right knowing that if it didn’t work, I’d pick another light.


      • Giolli Joker

        Thanks for the clarification!

  • Michael

    Great looking gun.
    Pity all the 18inch home defense shotguns are plastic stocks, would love some good looking wood

  • shootbrownelk

    Is that barrel 18″ long? It doesn’t look like it from the photos. Also, was the wood burnt with a propane torch before sealing it? I did that once on a short barreled 20 ga. shotgun once. It looks to be a well thought out shotgun.

    • Madcap_Magician

      Weekend Photo: Woodsman SHORT-Barreled Shotgun.

  • Bill

    That wood is too nice for a working gun. It’s unusual to see someone actual cut clearance in the fore-end for the sidesaddle.

    A lot of us carry ammo in the sidesaddle base down, so that it can be put in the mag tube easily or rolled up into the ejection port while being kept from falling by the palm of the reactionary hand. It also guards the base and primer from rain and junk.

    what kind of rear sling mount are you running?

    • Pmdata

      Both sling mounts are GG&G.

      I bought the wood used for $40. 10 coats of stain, then oil and then paste wax. Turned out ok.


  • Mitch

    How did you mount the rail on the forend? I wanted to do a similar setup with my 870 but there is very little help online and I didn’t want to wing it and dick it up.

    • Pmdata

      I “tapped” them for the screws that came with the rail by drilling tight holes. Then I ran a bead of JB weld down the back of the rail and in the screw holes. Pretty solid.


  • ghost

    That is a shotgun. no nits, no picks, and experts can pound sand. beautiful functional work, from looks of the photos.

  • kcshooter

    Rose Action Sports does outstanding work, had 2 barrels threaded and tuned and couldn’t be happier with the results.

  • Nathan Redbeard

    Total barrel length is around 12-14″? What is the mag tube capacity? I’ll echo someone else on here and say I would prefer it with a deep blue finish to the Cerakote, but the setup is absolutely gorgeous! Excellent piece!

  • BuzzKillington

    No mention of the rail section on the pump. What was used? How is it attached?