Upgrading Shotguns | Shotgun Accessories & Upgrades

With quality accessories, officers can maximize their shotgun’s capabilities!

One of the beauties of the Remington 870 is the abundance of aftermarket accessories, which is also a curse. Determining which ones are worthwhile and of good quality can be a daunting and expensive proposition. Also, an officer should give careful thought to how their shotgun will be used before bolting anything to an already functional smoothbore (or any other firearm your life will be bet on). I decided to take an 870 and determine how someone with no more than one thumb on each hand could enhance it for patrol use.

Author equipped the Remington 870 with a Wilson Combat jumbo head safety.

One name cropping up during any discussion of shotgun enhancement is Mesa Tactical, having produced tactical shotgun accessories since 2003. In a short span they have made quite a name for themselves with products for a variety of shotguns. I inquired about the products most commonly purchased for law enforcement smoothbores, and the result of their years of experience ended up in a box on my front porch.

Mesa’s Tactical Barrel Clamp was attached to a Wilson’s mag tube extension.

Reducing Recoil
The 12 gauge is known for its recoil. Not teeth-smashing recoil, but certainly enough to intimidate many officers, regardless of stature—thus the influx of reduced recoil buckshot/slug loads, which help somewhat. Mesa has just the thing to tame the recoil and simultaneously allow the shotgun’s adjustment to fit virtually everyone.

Load Comments
  • Darren

    The base shotgun is a Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun. He puts a +2 magazine extension from Wilson Combat (Scattergun Technology) and an 18″ barrel on it. I believe the baffling is custom. He has ghost ring sights on the receiver and barrel of the shotgun. The collapsable stock is mesa tactical’s hydraulic recoil reducing one (not blackhawk’s knoxx). He also has a mesa tactical shot holder on the side with integrated picatinny rail with a red dot scope. The foregrip is the surefire LM tac light and there’s a mesa tactical barrel/magazine extension clamp.

    Great looking shotgun!

  • Sean

    Any responses to the name and make of the add-ons?

  • Raul

    Can you please give me the name and make of all the add-ons that the remington 870 has on the feb 2011 upgrade picture.

    Thank you