Remington Model 870 Tactical Express A-TACS

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The new Model 870 Tactical Express with the A-TACS camo finish is a nice looking shotgun. It features a 18 1/2″ barrel, tactical choke, extended magazine (bringing capacity up to 7+1) and picatinny rail.

Remington Model 870 Tactical Express A-TACS (bottom)

It chambers 2 3/4″ or 3″ 12-gauge rounds. MSRP is $665.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Yojimbo Yojimbo on Feb 10, 2012

    I had the same feeling about this model that most of you do (a tactical shotgun with stuff you don't need for extra money) until I began researching a candidate for a multi-purpose WTSHTF firearm.

    In a survival situation, this 870 makes for a perfect choice. As a personal defense weapon, it obviously fits the bill. But so does the 18.5 " Express HD (home defense) which sells for considerably less without the rail, ghost ring sight, and the breaching choke. Who needs a Picatinny rail, ghost ring sights, and a door-breaching choke, right? Without those items and the shmancy paint job you save about 200 bucks. After all, I have always preferred a simple bead and don't have the need to mount a lot of stuff on my shotgun...

    BUT...

    The clever thing about the breaching choke is that it is mounted on an 18.5 inch RemChoke barrel. So in said survival situation, and having a possible need to hunt as well as for defense, simply carrying an extended range choke for game like turkey or waterfowl, your short-barreled high-cap defensive weapon can serve double duty. Granted, it wont be as effective for hunting as your dedicated turkey gun but it will outperform other riot-type shotguns hands down with the appropriate choke. (And extra chokes pack much easier than extra barrels...) The sights would also come in handy for rifled slugs vs. larger game at range.

    I don't know of any other tac-type shotgun that gives you this ability and I think it enhances this weapon immeasurably for a survival role.

    And who knows, one day while scavenging in a metro area for supplies, you just might find that breaching choke handy when you need to blow a padlock off a storeroom door...

  • Outlet Outlet on Dec 12, 2012

    Grazie nello scopo di tuo posta ! Ho apprezzato veramente, perché egli mi ha saputo parecchi cose che non conoscevo non. Proprio interressant.

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