Another recent addition to the armory here at TOTWTYTR Galactic Headquarters. This a Remington 870 Wingmaster shotgun. I bought this from a local dealer who took several in trade from a police department that was looking to upgrade their shotguns. These were shot very little and spent most of their time sitting somewhere in a police cruiser or locker. The metal was very good, but the wood needed some TLC.
That TLC consisted of breaking the shotgun down to it’s component pieces, removing the wood and smoothing out the finish with steel wool. After that, I applied several coats of Boiled Linseed Oil, using #0000 steel wool between each coat. After that I reassembled the gun, added the sling and swivels, a new recoil pad, and it was done. I’ll probably add a stock mounted ammunition holder for extra rounds.
The Remington 870 is the most popular pump shotgun there is, due to it’s ease of use and reliability. The 12 gauge round is a proven self defense round and is readily available. Different experts recommend different loads, but the consensus seems to be that 00 buck shot is the most effective round combining serious stopping power with low risk of over penetration in residential construction buildings.
Some experts recommend a sling, if for no other reason than it allows the shooter an easy means of retaining the shotgun while freeing up his or her hands for other tasks. Other experts recommend against a sling because it’s one more thing to catch or hang up on objects in the building. It comes down to a matter of personal preference, I guess.
As with any weapon, the owner should practice until he or she is familiar with the action of the gun and proficient in it’s use. Don’t count on the mythical powers of the sound of a round being racked into the chamber to protect you. The real protection in a shotgun, or any gun for that matter, lies in the owners ability to use it effectively and their willingness to do so if the situation should require it. Fortunately, target ammunition is relatively inexpensive so one can go to the range on a regular basis to practice.
If I lived in a state with rational gun laws, I’d always have a shotgun in my car or truck just in case the very worst happened. As they say at the Box o’ Truth, a handgun is a handgun and a long gun is a long gun. If you can, you should have both handy for your self defense needs.