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Range Review: Remington 870 DM Shotgun
First Look: Remington 870 DM (Detachable Magazine)— Full Review
Before we get into the performance of the Remington 870 DM shotgun, a few items are note-worthy. First, while the DM’s receiver looks like a standard 870 with a magazine well bolted on, it is a completely separate and new receiver—the two are not interchangeable. Second, don’t be fooled by the tubular-magazine-looking piece under the barrel. It’s a guide for the pump-action, nothing more. Obviously, some design elements were retained for simplicity of production. And, lastly, when assembling or disassembling the 870 (like, say, the first time you take it out of the box), there’s no need to put your hand over the tube to prevent the magazine spring from shooting out. Because there is no magazine spring (well, in the tube, that is).
Other than how it is fed, the Remington 870 DM behaves quite similarly to its tubular-magazine brethren. Fire a round, work the action smoothly to reload, lather, rinse, repeat as needed. We did not see a significant change in the handling of the 870 DM compared to a tube-fed 870 on the square range or in the shoothouse. Remember that the center of gravity (for lack of a better term) is going to be slightly different, as rather than the 870 Tactical’s 7-round tubular capacity, the 870 DM has 6 rounds protruding from the bottom of the receiver. There is a shift in how the shotgun’s weight is distributed, but it should not take much getting used to in order to function properly.
The biggest difference comes once the Remington 870 DM runs empty—rather than needing to grow a third arm to facilitate faster loading, one need simply drop the empty magazine to the deck and replenish with another loaded mag. Need to swap out slugs for buckshot? Drop the mag, eject the buckshot, then load a fresh magazine full of slugs. Easy-peasy. However, it may take some getting used to—you’re holding a pump-action Remington 870, after all; you’re certainly not going to be expecting to release a magazine when you’re done shooting.
We have waited a long time for this. Today, I am happy to report about the greatest leap forward in pump shotguns I have seen in my lifetime. This miracle of engineering is named the Remington 870 DM (Detachable Magazine). This has been a long time coming, and I am beyond excited to see it come from Big Green.
New Age for the Remington 870
Full disclosure, this gun has my full faith not because I pulled it out of the box and shot a couple rounds. Let’s be honest, such a radical departure for a pump gun requires more in-depth testing than a few days. I can say without question this shotgun will run because I did some of the Beta testings with it months ago. Given my reputation for speaking the truth, I told Remington from day one I would be beating the absolute living shit out of this gun if they wanted my stamp of approval.
As fast as I could shoot them, I burned up 600 rounds of mixed shells. Remington must’ve taken my previous review personally because over half of it was high brass pheasant loads. I did all kinds of terrible things to that gun. I tried to melt the plastic magazine follower. I pumped it by dropping it on the ground from eye level. I tossed it into a pond to cool it off so I could keep going. And it didn’t hiccup on me once.
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A magazine solves one of the major issues with use of a shotgun as a defensive firearm. Interesting.
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That is Bad Ass!
That might be the missing piece that I need to go shoot Three Gun.
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Whelp, that'll be coming home the next time I see one.
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If I were to get a magazine fed shotgun for 3-gun, it would be a semi-auto. There is no class or division that a mag-fed pump shotgun would logically fit into (you'd have to compete in the Open division). Maybe Remington has enough influence to change that.
If you are thinking about defensive shotgun use and a protracted firefight, you'd be better off studying 3-gun techniques for fast tube loading. Or, again, getting a mag-fed semi-auto.
So color me unimpressed. A solution in search of a problem.
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"A solution in search of a problem."
Exactly. "Remington" has lost its way long before this. This means of reloading a pump contradicts normal defensive operations of running a shotty. Hint: not like an AR.
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