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Old 04-12-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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Howdy all. :)



I have a question that may seem like I should know the answer, but I don't. So, here I am. :)



I've used a Remington 870 Shotgun for hunting, duty and personal defense for years. It is the issued shotgun at work. What I was wondering is, since I have one at home that I am setting up for personal defense, and possible use in a 3 Gun Match, can I change the safety to accomodate a left handed shooter?



Is there some modification or "add-on" that would better suit me? I will not be using a Mossberg, as all I own in the Pump Shotgun department are 870's, or similar in regards to controls. I've learned a technique that works, but want something "better" if I can get it. Since I spend more time with my personal shotguns as oppossed to my work guns, I don't see this as a problem.



I guess what I'm asking, in a long winded way, is what can I do besides a "technique" to have a Remington 870 better fit a leftie? Thank you for your help in advance. Take care and stay safe.



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Old 04-12-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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Hello Biker,



Please look here and your question is answered:



http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...939&t=11082005



twoguns can probably tell you how to take it apart as he has a lot of experience with LEO 870's and has helped me out as well.



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Old 04-12-2009, 01:36 PM   #3
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Thank you Mr. Chris.



I will be calling Mr. Twoguns shortly.



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I'd think a stock right-handed 870 (with the safety altered) would make a dandy shotgun for a leftie, because the ejection port is on the "same side" so you can pop a round in the chamber easier than reaching underneath from the other side. Good luck with your 8701
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:42 AM   #5
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I too used the 870 for years for duty and for hunting. Recently I've noticed that the Express guns have replaced the steel tube the forend fits over with one now being made of plastic. I saw a young man shooting one on a skeet range rack the gun rapidly for a double shot and the forend came right off of the gun on the forward stroke, and I'm told this is fairly common.



I'm thinking of buying a tactical 870 with the extended magazine. Does anyone know if Remington is still using the plastic tube, or have they gone back to the old steel one?



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Old 04-15-2009, 01:49 PM   #6
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I've used a Remington 870 Shotgun for hunting, duty and personal defense for years. It is the issued shotgun at work.


Bikerrn- If you are using an 870 at work, I would keep the one at home with the same safety set up. It would be easy for me to forget which direction to push the safety at a bad time.



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JayPee [/color]]I too used the 870 for years for duty and for hunting. Recently I've noticed that the Express guns have replaced the steel tube the forend fits over with one now being made of plastic. I saw a young man shooting one on a skeet range rack the gun rapidly for a double shot and the forend came right off of the gun on the forward stroke, and I'm told this is fairly common.



I'm thinking of buying a tactical 870 with the extended magazine. Does anyone know if Remington is still using the plastic tube, or have they gone back to the old steel one?



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Howdy Mr. Jerry,



I picked up a parkerized, extended mag tubed Express Magnum from my buddy at his store within the past 2 or 3 years. I had to check mine as you made me curious. My serial number starts with a D, and mine has the steel tube, not plastic.



Not a definitive answer, but I would hope based on my unit, they have gone back to metal tubes. They were not broken, so I don't know why Remington felt the need to try to "fix" them, especially when it was the fix that appeared to cause issues.



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I've used a Remington 870 Shotgun for hunting, duty and personal defense for years. It is the issued shotgun at work.


Bikerrn- If you are using an 870 at work, I would keep the one at home with the same safety set up. It would be easy for me to forget which direction to push the safety at a bad time.



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Howdy Mr. Gib. :)



You raise a very valid point, but since I last touched a Shotgun at work on the Range, as it's not common for me to use one in my job, although I am "qualified" on one, I don't think it will be a problem for me.



If I was using a Shotgun daily or even weekly I would have to think long and hard about this, but since I only qualify with it, and then go back to doing what I do, I don't think it's much of an issue for me.



I get to shoot the shotguns at work twice a year. The rest of the time it's handguns only. Since I use the shotgun so infrequently at work, it's almost like not using one. I'm more concerned with my personal weapons than the work ones.



I have a shotgun here at the house set up just like the ones at work, including the safety. The new shotgun has a Pistol Grip, which the work ones don't have. I would hope that I could train myself that when I feel my hand grasping the Pistol Grip I instinctively know it's a "lefty" but if there's no Pistol Grip it's a "rightie".



Take care and stay safe.



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PS: Mine is metal, not plastic.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:24 AM   #9
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HMMM. I've yet to encounter an 870, Express or otherwise with a plastic tube. The only shotgun I have personally seen with plastic was Charles Daly. I can't imagine anything worse than a plastic magazine tube on a self defense shotgun as this could create a slow, cumbersome single shot real quick. As an aside, i once had a Choate tube come loose from the base during a IPSC bonus match that cost me first place and quite a bit of money. This was a shock as Choate products are usually top notch. Since that time over twenty years ago, I've never seen another Choate product fail.
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:40 AM   #10
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Bikerrn- Another thing you might think of doing is putting left hand cast off on your 870 (to keep the recoil away from your face) as most right hand shotguns have right hand cast off (as this would push it more into your cheek). It should be as easy as a few shims.
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