I bought my 870 Express back in 2004, I believe. I know Freedom Group is generally when things took a dive. My Express has never given me a problem, although I haven’t shot it much. It sits in the safe and is not rusting like others complain about. I seem to recall replacing the extractor with a non MIM part. I should take it out and give it a workout to see, but did the older ones have any issues? I have a Knox Compstock on it and it helps tame the recoil.