Shotguns

I love rebuilding old Remington 870 shotguns.  The rattier the donor gun, the more I enjoy it.  In this article the donor gun is an old 20-gauge Remington 870 Express that was used as a hunting gun for a number of years.  We decided to …

Porting a shotgun barrel with a milling machine

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Porting a shotgun barrel can help reduce felt recoil and muzzle rise for the shooter.  Previously, I showed how a shotgun barrel can be ported with a simple fixture and a hand drill, see:  Porting a shotgun barrel with a drill.  This method worked well, …

Quite a few respected trainers have been suggesting the use of small red dot sights on tactical and defensive shotguns.  In theory, the single focal plane of a red dot sight should make for rapid target engagement.  Additionally, rifle shooters who are already using red …

7 Tactical shotgun upgrades

July 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Pump action shotguns, like this Remington 870 Police, provide an excellent base for customization. This gun is equipped with Vang Comp Systems ghost ring sights, Speedfeed 870-L reduced length of pull stock, Aimpoint H-1 red dot sight, Surefire fore end, and Wilson 1 shot magazine …

Custom Remington 870 Defense Shotgun

May 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Custom Remington 870 Defense Shotgun A couple of years ago we posted a step by step tutorial of a tactical shotgun build.  In it, we took a beat up Remington 870 Express and turned it into a cutting edge tactical shotgun.  Recently, we set out …

Shotgun Ghost Ring Sights Shotgun ghost ring sights provide rapid target acquisition when operating in a big game hunting or defensive environment.  Utilizing a large rear aperture that “ghosts” when the shooter focuses on the front sight, ghost ring sights are a relatively inexpensive upgrade that provide the shooter enhanced performance.  …

Lengthening a shotgun’s forcing cone

February 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Lengthening (Extending) a shotgun’s forcing cone The forcing cone is the tapered area just forward of the chamber that allows the shot an area in which to transition into the bore.  As the shot then travels through the barrel, it passes through the choke at …

Choke tube installation

February 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Interchangeable choke tubes offer shotgun shooters increased adaptability. Recently we decided to install “Rem-Choke” style removable choke tubes on two of our barrels.  In our “3-Gun Competition Shotgun Build” article, we installed the tubes manually, without a lathe. All lathe work is conducted on a Grizzly …

Sage advice? We can’t even begin to count the amount of times we’ve read, been told or heard someone say that shotgun patterns spread about 1″ per yard after exiting the barrel.  The old adage predicts, if a shooter is 10-yards from his target, the …

EOTech Integrated Fore-End Light (IFL) Review

January 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

  The EOTech Integrated Fore-End Light (IFL).  Note the location of the hard on/off switch in front of the pressure pad. EOTech has entered the shotgun forearm light market with its Integrated Fore-End Light (IFL).  Powered by a single  CR123 battery, the IFL provides 120-lumens of …

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