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EXPLODED VIEW

Remington Model 870 Shotgun
I

ntroduced in 1950, the Remington
Model 870 Wingmaster was the
gun of the future. Part of a modernization program for Remington,
it was announced at the same time
as the semi-automatic Model 11-48.
Touted as "A Fine New Pump at an
Amazingly Low Price!" the 870's
receiver was sleek, and the bolt locked
into a hardened-steel barrel extension
(not the receiver), which has become
a hallmark of nearly every pump gun
since. A replacement for the Model 31,
the 870 featured a smooth action and
dual action bars running between the
barrel and the tubular magazine. Not
only did the 870 have style, it had
an attractive price, thanks to having some parts soldered or riveted
together to ease assembly time and
cost. Designed to compete against the
old-school Winchester Model 12, the
1 millionth Model 870 was made in
1966-two years after the venerable
Model 12 was out of production.
Introduced in 12, 16 and 20 gauges,
there were 15 inaugural versions with
prices ranging from $69.95 for the
870R AP Standard and Riot Grades
all the way up to the Model 870TF
Trap Premiere Grade with a sticker of

BY MARK A. KEEFE, Editor In Chief

$678.55. Five years later, the Model
870-AP Standard and Magnum ADLDeluxe Magnum were chambered
for the 12-ga., 3" magnum. A rifled
version, the Model 870 RSS, with rifle
sights, came out in 1955.
The .410-bore and 28-gauge versions
were added in 1969 on receivers specifically scaled for those diminutive shotshells. Southpaws got their own 870s in
12 and 20 gauges two years later. Rem
Choke interchangeable choke tubes were
added to the 870 in 1986. Embracing
the 12-ga., 3½" magnum shotshell in
1998, Remington announced the Model
870 Express Super Magnum.
The Model 870 has endured relatively few major changes to how the
gun is made, but as with anything
that has been manufactured for 67
years, the variations are legion-
stocks, finishes, barrel ribs, beads,
sights, barrel lengths, combos, sets,
etc. Too, some parts once made of metal
are now made of polymer, such as the
trigger guards on Express models.
The Model 870's success with hunters
and shooters is unquestioned, although
it has had limited U.S. military procurement. That said, it remains ubiquitous
as a law enforcement shotgun. The

gun's receiver has always been wellsuited for embellishment, and 870s
have commemorated everything from
Ducks Unlimited to Dale Earnhardt to
the company's 200th anniversary-
celebrated last year.
As of this writing, more than
11 million Model 870s have been made
in Ilion, N.Y. It remains the mostproduced shotgun in history, and it
likely will for some time to come.
Sixty-seven years later, the 870 lives
up to its original slogan, "tops in the
blind and field."

Depress the action bar lock (56)
and move the fore-end (32) to the rear.
Inspect both the barrel's (1) chamber and
the rear of the magazine to ensure the
gun is unloaded. Once certain the gun is
unloaded, move the fore-end forward. To
remove the trigger plate (53) and assembly, first set the safety (51) on "safe,"
then drift out the front and rear trigger

plate pins (21 and 22) (FIG. 1). (When
replacing these pins, holes in the trigger
plate and receiver (15) must be properly
aligned and show clear passage.)
Next, lift the rear end of the trigger
plate from the receiver (A). Then, slide the
unit rearward (B), turning it clockwise to
clear the action bar lock (FIG. 2). When
re-assembling the trigger plate assembly,

the rear end of action bar lock must go
below end of left connector (46) for the
gun to function properly.
To remove the barrel assembly,
including the barrel extension (6), if
the gun is cocked, press the action bar
lock upward. Move the fore-end half
way back to open the action. Unscrew
the magazine cap (11), remove it and

FIG. 1

FIG. 2

FIG. 3

Disassembly

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B

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