My $162.00 870P


Dave Williams
January 14, 2003, 02:23 PM
I thought I'd share with you the great deal I just recently got. I was inspired by Riverdog's thread.

Went to the local cop shop, and they had a police turn in 870 Wingmaster for $100.00. It had a card taped to the stock that said "training gun". The would buttstock and forend were just beat to @$%*. The metal was dinged, and showed some rust. The red enamel on the safety was gone. 18" barrel, bead sight.

They had a Norinco 870P with the fiberoptic front site for $199. I'd put 20 down on the Norinco in the past, only to pull it after being chastised by a buddy for supporting the Chinese Army. On a budget, I figured I couldn't pass up the $100 870.

After all, I'd learned from you guys on TFL, that 870 don't wear out(now they do break, we've got a handful at work that are broken as I type this), and while it didn't look that great, form follows function. When I mentioned the wood didn't look that great, the shop owner said he'd give me brand new Remington wood for $15. He pulled it out, and it is gorgeous. So I took it home.

Unable to install the new buttstock myself do to the rusted in stock bolt, I had to take it to the gunsmith at the local Gander Mountain, who installed the new stock for $20. He also installed an Uncle Mikes magagine tube cap/sling swivel($25) for free and a nylon carry strap my wife found in the clearance bin topped it all off($2). $162.00 total price so far.

I then took it to a buddy's house, and he stripped it down, used Gun Scrubber on the action/bolt, and RB17(I think, it's some foul smelling wonder cleaner) on the barrel, and lubed it all up/wiped it down with FP10.

I now have a short, slick handling, reliable, gadget free, lightweight pump gun. I test fired it with Winchester Super X 00Buck and slugs, and it works great. I haven't had a chance yet to properly pattern it, but it works great. It's soooo much handier than the 870Ps at work , which have the 20 in barrel and 7 round mag tubes. It also disappears when seen from the front when slung strong side barrel down, in the manner recommended by John Farnam in his long gun book.

Here's a pic of the shotgun.


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January 14, 2003, 02:29 PM
Good deal and VERY pretty!


Dave Williams
January 14, 2003, 02:35 PM
I'm not one to luck into deals, so I was/am pretty pleased.


Dave McCracken
January 14, 2003, 03:13 PM
A good deal, Dave...

Police turnins are some great bargains. I'd be loath to pick up the departmental trainer if it was anything but an 870. But 870s are so wonderfully durable, the few thousand rounds this has seen are just a good start. Bet it shucks very smoothly...

FYI, one trainer 870 at my old institution was on the line form 1981 to at least 98, when I retired. It may still be on the line.

Total parts, new wood.

I suggest running a couple hundred rounds through yours to see if there's glitches. If so, probably easily fixed. If not, you and your family are set for a couple of generations.

As for your broken dept weapons, what's the scoop? I'd like to know what probs you've had. Most of the probs I know of relate to neglect and abuse...

Dave Williams
January 14, 2003, 03:16 PM
I'll try and find out for you. Thanks for the reply,


January 14, 2003, 05:06 PM
Even I'd buy an 870 for $100.;) :D

January 14, 2003, 09:09 PM
Ya done good! That's a keeper of a shotgun, Dave!

January 14, 2003, 09:47 PM

(I envy you!)

January 14, 2003, 10:23 PM
Dang. That's a great looking gun for a heckuva price. Congratulations on a great find--not just on the gun, but on the add-ons as well. The wood does look dandy.

Where does one find these police turn-in shops? Do you just call the local precinct and ask them where their old guns go to retire?

Dave McCracken
January 15, 2003, 05:34 AM
Guyon, calling all the local shops and asking if they have any used 870s is a good way to find turnins. Since police depts rotate inventory on a 10 year basis, opportunities are ephermal.

January 15, 2003, 07:23 AM
Great deal and great gun. Enjoy.

January 15, 2003, 09:34 AM
Excellent. It seems Dave's enthusiasm for the 870 has influenced a number of us to look for the bargains knowing the gun will function. They really are tough to ruin and then as you found out, new wood is available. Enjoy.

Dave Williams
February 7, 2003, 06:26 PM
Sorry this took so long. The "broken" 870s were as follows:
2 with trigger pins that will not stop drifting out
1 of those also has bent inward shell stops(the spring steel things in the loading port that you press to unload the gun)
1 just has a bent inward shell stop
1 has the leaf of the rifle rear sight missing.

So, in all not too bad or serious.

I've had a chance to wring this out, and it works great, although the operator needs some serious dry practice utilizing the sling.


February 7, 2003, 08:17 PM
Does any one know where I can a new wooden stock like that at I would even be willing to pay more than 15bucks heck ill give thirty for that one.:confused:

Kahr carrier
February 8, 2003, 06:50 AM
Congrats on your new 870,looks nice.:)

Dave McCracken
February 8, 2003, 07:12 AM
Thanks for that, Dave.

Agency weapons get trashed routinely. The shellcatcher probs may be from some idiot unloading their cruiser gun by holding down the slide release and jacking hard. Easily fixed.

The trigger probs need a smith.

February 8, 2003, 03:14 PM
Theres a bunch of wood stocks on ebay

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