Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by crestoncowboy, Jan 24, 2021.
The Model 12s with 20" full choke barrels sold FAST, the cylinders lingered a while.
I added a Remington 870 Wingmaster, with the metal factory folding stock, in the early Nineties, when I was still using the Benelli. I added a Remington 870 Marine Magnum, and, eventually, an 870P Police Magnum, some time around 2002 or 2003. All were used for street patrol duty, with Houston PD. The only one of these that I still have is the 870P.
Houston PD gradually eliminated several shotguns from the list of approved weapons, until the only authorized shotguns were the Remington 870, and the Benelli M1 Super 90, and M2. In 2016, I returned to using a Benelli, after buying an M2. My aging pumping arm meant that I was better-served by an autoloader, by then, and by that time the Comfort-Tech stock was available.
Those and the the 140/1400 are by far my most worked on shotguns. Ive said it before.....when you can buy ejectors in 3 packs there is a serious problem.
Also, at close quarters....even if you miss, it’ll blow out their eardrums. They’ll dance around holding their dead ears.
In police work you’re doing your best when you can take down an armed offender- without firing a single shot (and yes, a short barreled shotgun is just plain intimidating without even discharging it...). In 22 years on the street, making many, many felony arrests I only fired one shot - then spent six months in and out of court over it...
For a short time Winchester made an actual stainless steel pump gun using the Model 1200 and 1300 guns.
Strangely, Winchester said the stainless barrels rusted inside but the nickel plated barrels didn't rust as fast so they discontinued the stainless models.
If you saw a "stainless" shotgun for $200 it was probably either a used gun or one that had a plated finish. I don't know of any company offering an actual stainless steel pump gun today.
I have a few high standard and ive seen the articles and the pictures of the bullpup. Never seen or even heard of one around here though. Around here you find more of the sears/ Higgins high standard than the actual high standard badged ones. I suppose Sears maybe never sold the bullpup model
The bullpup was a semi auto 4 shot. I took our dept one out a few times to play with but it always seemed to jam so never carried it on patrol. I think our department switched to Mossbergs sometime in the late 80's. I was off the road by then and don't remember.
The agency was a 'carry agency' so I provided all the weapons platforms for the officers (Shotty, Patrol rifle, pistol, non lethal). Over the next 8 years I convinced the Chief to allow gradual replacement....so we ended up with all Remington 870's with the 13" barrel. Kicked like a mule but got the work done!
In the Army we had the regular ole Mossberg 500.
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