Shotguns have been the unsung workhorse of the law enforcement world for several decades, and most LE agencies choose between Mossberg 500/590s and Remington 870 12 gauges. The latter model has been serving our men and women in blue for over 50 years, as author Kevin R. Davis relates in the upcoming April 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Davis writes, “When I entered law enforcement, my agency did not field shotguns. My new urban agency I started with in 1990 was a different story. On the passenger’s side of the front seat of every marked car was a Remington 870 pump shotgun… Within my first three months I had pointed the Remington 870 at six people. I can still remember the faces of the bad guys as I pointed that 12-gauge scattergun at their center-mass and racked the action. There’s a lot of truth in the old police line about the intimidation factor of the pump-action shotgun.

“Many modifications and accessories have been offered up for the Remington 870 shotgun. Happily, you can now get most of these modifications and a few more directly from the factory. Ghost-ring sights, tactical/adjustable stocks, slings and swivels can be purchased as packages directly from Remington.”

To learn more about the venerable Remington 870 and its law enforcement legacy, check out the April 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally January 7, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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