Boomstick upgrades

Lee’s venerable Remington 870 was showing its age. The addition of a polymer pistol-grip stock and hand-grip makes the combat shotgun a better home-defense option. Staff photo/Lee Williams


I love the 870.

I wouldn’t be around to write this if it wasn’t for Remington’s legendary shotgun.

Sure, there are shotguns that are much more advanced, such as the Benelli M4 or the Mossberg 590 series, but none offer me the peace of mind that comes from the 870’s reliability.

I have fired more shells through an 870 than any other shotgun – as a young hunter, as a cop and as a tactical shooter. I’ve never had one stoppage – not one – and I’ve never even seen an 870  malfunction.

I’ve taught students the 870 clearing drill: grab the hand grip, slam the butt stock onto the ground, ejecting whatever has hung up in the chamber. It too I’ve never seen used.

My home defense 870 was showing a bit of age, so I recently added a polymer hand grip and pistol-grip butt stock.

The plastic parts trimmed the weapon’s overall weight a bit, but as my wife will attest, it’s still a bit like swinging around a railroad tie for her, due to the ammo and accessories I’ve mounted to the gun. She has other home-defense options anyway, ones more suited to her size.

For me, the shotgun is just right, far from too heavy, and the peace of mind it offers is worth a little extra weight.



About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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