For author Rob Garret, in the first 25 years of his law enforcement career, the department-issued Remington 870 was the only long gun available to patrol officers and investigators—when he was on patrol, he rarely hit the streets without an 870 in the front of his unit. Those LE 870s were stock 18-inch-barreled guns with bead sights and, for many years, wood stocks.

Garret explains, “Law enforcement guns, like hunting guns, are subjected to the elements such as rain, snow and extreme temperatures…Even if an 870 takes a saltwater bath in the Gulf, it can be easily field-stripped and cleaned in just a few minutes.” Recently, the author got an opportunity to give one of his police trade-in 870’s a complete makeover care of Accurate Ordnance. The result? Garret reports it was “absolutely stunning, especially since we’re talking about a homely 870.” Accurate Ordnance gave this Remington 870 Police a complete makeover. The gun was stripped and checked, and the action bars, bolt, slide assembly and locking block were deburred and polished. The 870 also got a trigger job, a Vang Comp safety, and a Flat Dark Earth Cerakote contrasted with a dark brown stock and forend. Want to find out how these upgrades translated on the range? Then check out the October 2013 issue of Special Weapons for Military & Police, available on newsstands and digitally on August 20, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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For author Rob Garret, in the first 25 years of his law enforcement career,…