So since I posted my last Pawn Shop Finds article, I have been hitting even more gun shops around the state of Michigan. I’ve been looking for unique guns that catch my eye, but the only requirement is they have to be dirt cheap. I love roaming from various pawn and gun stores checking things out and sharing them on my social media pages. This trip was one of the best I’ve ever had since I started checking stores about six years ago.
This Month’s Find
I was recently at a local manufacturing shop I visit often, and one of the guys in the shop kept talking about these cheap used Remington 870s a local police department was retiring. I immediately perked up from what I was working on and decided to run over to this shop and check out some hard used shotguns. When I got there the shotguns weren’t out on the floor and I asked if they had any more. The kid behind the counter reluctantly said there were a few and I immediately became excited. They had the shotgun priced at $49.99 but the young man working in the shop said it was mispriced and there wasn’t any way he could sell it to me. Now take note because this may help you out one day too. It is always better to respond with honey rather than vinegar.
I was extremely polite and said that I frequently buy from local shops. With a lot of convincing, I told him if he made this deal I would definitely be a returning customer. He was happy with my response and ended up selling me the shotgun for the price marked above. Part of the agreement was that I didn’t say where I bought the gun from. I will be a man of my word and keep it a secret. Honestly, the takeaway point is that most local dealers are willing to work with customers. Local shops want to keep their customer base happy. I know that may not always be the case and every shop is different but local shops are typically easier to wheel and deal with.
Accessories On The Gun
When getting back to my house, I started checking out the accessories on the Remington Police 870. The light is from Laser Products, known as the H18 which later became the Surefire 618. The weapon light pumps out a serious 50-60 lumens. It has a plastic side saddle and what appears to be an older Hogue-style shotgun stock that holds two extra rounds. Besides the obvious accessories, this gun is rumored to have come out of the Metro Detriot area. Based on that info, I would almost bet this gun has some sort of body count on it, whether its less-lethal or regular rounds.
If I’m honest, I was expecting serious issues with this Remington when I got to the range. I started off with some low power 8 shot target loads and it fired flawlessly. I decided to press my luck even more and try out some high brass game loads. Again the apocalyptic 870 continued to run. This continued to be the case with high brass buckshot and slugs as well. I walked back to my truck after roughly 150 rounds of various types honestly stunned. In reality, used guns may not always be pretty or the latest and greatest on the market. Despite everything, there are some serious deals out there if you just take the time to look around.
Let me know what deals you guys have found in the comments below. If you have questions feel free to message me on my Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there!