BIG GREEN’S BREACHING MACHINE | Remington 870P Shotgun

For the ultimate in tactical entry weapons for military or…

For the ultimate in tactical entry weapons for military or police units, Remington has well designed a total shotgun breaching system. From the aggressive muzzle with functional V-cuts to the adjustable Blackhawk Knoxx stock and bungee-style sling, the door-popping 870P is ready to go.

Narcotics intelligence based on controlled buys of Crack Cocaine and confidential informants (CI’s) had determined that the seller was a three-time loser named Ronald. “Three-time loser” description did not do Ronald’s criminal career justice (forgive my pun…) with multiple felonies and misdemeanor convictions over his 25-year sordid life, he had only served prison time at the state level three times. The narcs knew Ronald and also knew his propensity for violence. The CI’s had purchased the dope in the house where the suspect was “staying” and commented that Ronald had heavy duty dead-bolts on his upstairs bedroom door where they believed he kept his dope and the .40 he was supposed to be armed with.

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The tactical team plan was developed based on a briefing by the narcotic detectives, a recon of the target by the team leader and experience based on “hits” of other drug houses with the same architecture. The team was brought in at 0400 hours for an early morning search warrant execution. It was determined that Ronald’s second-floor bedroom door would be a problem because the old-style layout had very narrow hallways, preventing an adequate backswing from a breaching ram but the door was solid hardwood. The breaching team put their heads together and came up with an agreed upon method of entry. After the mission planning was completed, team members set up traffic cones in the department’s garage area and rehearsed the hit until everyone was on the same page and movements looked smooth.

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Caravanning to the target, the tac-team led the way in their raid van with unmarked detectives and marked uniformed cars pulling up the rear. The plan had the team debussing around the corner and two houses down from the target. They would stack-up, squeeze up and move across the front yards of neighboring houses. Over-watch would be provided from a team sniper with an AR and a 1-4X variable scope working from a G-ride (police plainclothes car), which pulled up across the intersection. Detectives in raid jackets would cover the perimeter as the team approached. Led by two operators with carbines in Op Cell #1, the team approached the front door. Op Cell #1 stopped off-line and short of the door. The primary entry man covered the door as his partner went on-safe and on-sling and prepped a flashbang.

The two-man breaching team moved forward toward the door. As is custom and required by law even in forced entry narcotics search warrants, the number one man grabbed the screen door, stepped across and started pounding on the side of the house and yelling, “Police—search warrant demand entry!” The ram man stood by off to the side of the door until the team leader yelled “Hit it!” Swinging the ram with his hips and total body mass against the heavy door the jamb splintered and the door blasted open with the first hit. As the ram man hugged the wall, the second man in Op Cell #1 visually cleared the doorway and tossed the bang inside. Less than a second and a half later it detonated with a brilliant flash and concussion.

Immediately Op Cell #1 entered the front door. Encountering no one they continued through the dining room toward the kitchen at the back of the first floor, yelling, “Police—search warrant!” Hot on their heels, Op Cell #2 moved to the left and up the stairway to the second floor. Moving down the hallway to Ronald’s bedroom, the point man stopped short and posted on the door. Another flash-bang was drawn and prepped by the number-two man as the secondary breacher moved past them and across the door. The breacher maneuvered his Remington 870P shotgun and drove the notched barrel 45 degree down and 45 degrees into the wood above the deadbolt and fired. The first shot of breaching ammo blasted a large hole through the hardwood and into the doorjamb. Immediately outside the bedroom a window was broken out and another FNDD attached to a “bang-pole” detonated. The plan had a two-man distraction team of operators use the bang-pole to further disorient the bedroom occupants. Pumping the forearm of the breaching shotgun the operator fired again. This time the door slowly swung inward. Op Cell #2 deployed yet another distraction device into the bedroom before violently moving inside. Stepping into the room the white lights of their entry carbines illuminated a wide-eyed Ronald standing in his boxers just before he was unceremoniously dumped on the floor and handcuffed.

The dope (several 8-balls of rock Cocaine) and Ronald’s pistol (which came back as stolen previously in a burglary) were found in the closet. Ronald went to jail and all the good guys went home at the end of their shift. That’s a good day’s work.

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