First Look: Remington Classic 870 Defense Shotgun

    This past week I attended the Remington writers seminar near Fayetteville, West Virginia. This event doesn’t exclude some tactical guns but is dedicated primarily to sporting arms. Over the next week I’ll be bringing the readers news of new Remington guns as well as rifles from Dakota Arms, Marlin and Nesika.

    They had some beautiful rifles on display including the 200th Anniversary edition 1911, model 700 and shotguns. More on that later over the next week.

    The ranges we used are located on the huge Boy Scouts of America Summit Group facility also near the location of the seminar. Many thanks to our Boy Scout representatives Mike Patrick Operations Director and Ryan King Shooting Sports Program Manager. If you’ve never seen or heard of this Boy Scout facility the scenery is breathtaking and facilities first rate. We used skeet ranges, rifle ranges, handgun ranges and shotgun ranges.

    Every summer these gentlemen host Boy Scouts from around the world and teach them to shoot rifles. This was an activity lost for some time but it’s back hopefully to stay.

    Now lets get on to talking about this new Remington 870. For more years than I care to remember I was issued a duty 870 with walnut furniture and four round capacity which eventually changed to 6+1 capacity. As you know nobody is making much in the way of wood furniture for shotguns of the tactical variety. Most have switched over to synthetic stocks. Remington decided it was time to bring back this classic shotgun.

    I may be old fashioned but I miss the old tactical 6+1 capacity 870 with the nice thick butt pad and hardwood stock. When I saw one on the display table and was told they were bringing them back to market I was very happy to hear it. One of the best things I heard was they will be aggressively priced starting out at about $300 MSRP. Now that’s hard to beat for a tried and true 870! The finish is a dark almost black parkerization. The intro photo above is me shooting the new 870 in 6+1 capacity. It felt like an old friend shooting slugs and 00 buck. These are also chambered for 3 inch shells.

    The Remington 870 standard and extended magazine model. Obviously the prices listed have been lowered.

    The Remington 870 standard and extended magazine model. Obviously the prices listed have been lowered a good deal.

    This 870 is available for order now. From now on when TFB brings you news of a new Remington gun of any type they will be production guns only that we’ll be testing and the announcement will only be made when the guns are being sent to distributors and will be immediately available. The new Remington CEO is doing some great things for the company and there will be more to come on this subject.

    Phil White

    Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: [email protected] you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.