Combat-Hardened Powerhouse | Entry Shotgun

Wilson Combat transforms a battle-scarred Rem 870 into a new-age entry shotgun!

The Remington 870 dates back to 1951. It was the fourth major design in a series of Remington pump-action shotguns. The author’s well-worn 870 was transformed into a thing of beauty by the craftsmen at Wilson Combat.

Gun guys like to talk about how many AK-47 rifles and their clones have been produced worldwide—but how many can tell you the number of Remington Model 870 shotguns that have been produced right here in the U.S.A.? On September 24, 2009, Remington proudly announced the production of their 10 millionth Model 870 pump-action shotgun.

While some 870s may have been customized and kept as eye candy, the vast majority of these guns are simply workhorses. They’ve ridden silently day and night in patrol cars and stood in the corner next to the bed to ward off intruders. These guns have also performed admirably at trap-and-skeet ranges, in the field and in combat. I’ve heard old guys brag that they have put literally tens of thousands of rounds of 12-gauge ammunition through their 870s.

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The old wooden forearm was re­placed by a new Remington black polymer version. Note, old buttstock and foregrip will not be returned with Remington Steal package.

In the law enforcement arena, I’ve encountered dozens of 870 pump guns in various states of wear and tear. Cruiser shotguns are fired a little and carried a lot. Wooden stocks and forearms are scratched, dented, worn and swollen from the heat. Often, the metal finishes on the old 870 warhorse guns have very little of the factory rust-proofing left. I, too, own a well-worn 870. The action is broken in and very smooth, but externally, the gun is rough. That was until I talked with the folks at Wilson Combat.

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  • John

    *Agrees with Jim*

  • General Jim M

    New Age shotgun? What are you guys smoking? New Age is a term related to paganism that is hostile to christianity,tree huggers who want to cull billions of human beings to “balance” the Earth.It is associated with the so-called post christian new world order globalist conspiracy and whacked out Yanni music.Like i asked,what are you guys smoking? New Age combat shotguns?

  • R.L.

    I had my 870 12 ga. Done by Wilson Combat 4 or 5 years ago and could not be happier! I bought the gun used when I was 11 years old. I talked to the guys at Wilson Combat and had my 870 rebuilt in what they call the Remington Steel. I chose to not cut my barrel and turned it into a turkey gun with the olive drab green finish with black furniture , I also bought a hastings sabot barrel with the muzzle brake and had it sent from midway USA to Wilson and had it coated in the olive drab green as well. When I got the gun back I could not have been happier it is to me better than new. Now I am looking for another used 870 for home defense. All I can say is that any one that has the Remington Steel done on their 870 will be very happy!!! All in all top notch work from a top notch operation.