Model: Wingmaster 870
Serial Number: V331745V
Year of Manufacture: 1985 (AF Date Code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4" Shells
Action Type: Pump / Slide Action, Tube Magazine Fed Shotgun.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “12 GA / USE 2 3/4" AND 3" SHELLS IN MAGNUM RECEIVER / USE ONLY 2 3/4" IN ALL OTHERS / AF" with two inspection marks (This receiver is not marked 'MAGNUM', do NOT use 3" shells), the right is marked with the three line warning. The left side of the receiver is marked “Remington / Wingmaster / MODEL 870” with the serial number. The grip cap has a bird in flight. The recoil pad is marked “Remington”.
Barrel Length: 20", not looking to have ever been cut down.
Choke: Fix Choked Cylinder (0.725")
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead on a stepped base, fixed to the barrel. The top of the receiver barrel is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece high gloss walnut set with Fleur de Lis patterns and very nice grain. The forend has press checkering and finger grooves, a few pecks into the wood are seen, along with an area of scraping on the right. The butt stock has a black pistol grip cap with a bird in flight; the flanks of the grip are press checkered and the comb is fluted. The stock has only a few light marks, though an area of heavy compression is seen on the fore of the pistol grip; there are no cracks on the stocks. The LOP measures 13 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the brown ventilated rubber shotgun-style recoil pad; the pad is set with a white and black spacer, the pad has light marks and is semi-supple, with some cracks on the surface, seen again on the spacers in two areas on the flanks, the set is in Very Good condition. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Polished Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, however there are some spots of persistent lead fowling, the areas should clean out with a proper removal kit to reveal bright surfaces. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 86% of its metal finish. The majority of the balance is shown as normal operational wear on the slide arms, barrel, magazine tube and leading edges of the receiver; the receiver has some thin marks, the surfaces show some other expected handling dings and mild scrapes. The left of the heat shield has tooling marks through the finish. A few spots of light patina are seen freckled on the receiver and barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun’s pump action moved with fluidity and the trigger is crisp. The shotgun has dual slide arms. The shotgun has a magazine tube extension, the tube now holds 6 rounds plus one in the chamber. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The shotgun has an un-marked basket-weave type sling, mounted with two QD swivels, mounted in the belly of the butt stock and on the forward barrel coupling, rating in about Excellent condition. The shotgun is mounted with a magazine extension and blue heat shield.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_Model_870 "The Remington 870 was the fourth major design in a series of Remington pump shotguns. John Pedersen designed the fragile Remington Model 10 (and later the improved Remington Model 29). John Browning designed the Remington Model 17 (which was later adapted by Ithaca into the Ithaca 37), which served as the basis for the Remington 31. The Model 31 was well liked, but struggled for sales in the shadow of the Winchester Model 12. Remington sought to correct that in 1951 by introducing a modern, streamlined, rugged, reliable, and relatively inexpensive shotgun – the 870. Sales of the 870 have been steady. They reached two million guns by 1973 (ten times the number of Model 31 shotguns it replaced). As of 1983, the 870 held the record for best-selling shotgun in history with three million sold. By 1996, spurred by sales of the basic "Express" models, which were added as a lower-cost alternative to the original Wingmaster line, sales topped seven million guns. On April 13, 2009, the ten millionth Model 870 was produced." This Wingmaster was made in 1985, retaining most of its blue finish, set up with a sling, blue heat shield and magazine extension. In its configuration, maintaining security through superior firepower is definitely achievable; the 870 has so many aftermarket options that it would be impossible not to fall in love with only one of the configurations. The action is very smooth and the mechanics still crisp. You could protect your house with this by night and throw on a longer barrel for hunting in the morning. Please see our pictures and good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.
LSB#: 170119JC12 Make: Remington Model: Wingmaster 870 Serial Number: V331745V Year of Manufacture: 1985 (AF Date Code) Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4 Shells Action
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