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Remington 870 DM: pump action goes magazine fed!

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Remington 870 DM: pump action goes magazine fed!

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Remington announced the launch of the new 870 DM line of pump-action shotguns: the quintessential American shotgun reaches the next level with a practical and advanced magazine feeding system

Remington introduces the 870 DM line of pump-action shotguns: the legendary Model 870 will now feed through detachable magazines!

First introduced in 1950, the Remington Model 870 is probably the world's most popular shotgun ever; copied in many Countries but never truly matched by its clones, this quintessentially American pump-action shotgun is used by countless civilian hunters and shooters, Police and military agencies, and private security companies worldwide.

Latest news about the Model 870 line of shotguns is that the Remington Arms Company – America's oldest gunmaker – is ready to take it to the next level with the launch of the Remington 870 DM line, where DM stands for "Detachable Magazine".

No, you're not dreaming and there's no Photoshop involved: the quintessential Remington Model 870 will be available in a factory magazine-feeding variant!

No, you're not dreaming and there's no Photoshop involved: the quintessential Remington Model 870 will be available in a factory magazine-feeding variant!

The new 870 DM line of pump-action shotguns will retain the Model 870's rock-solid construction and tried-and-true working system

The new 870 DM line of pump-action shotguns will retain the Model 870's rock-solid construction and tried-and-true working system

Magazine-fed pump-action shotguns were first launched in the 1980s, with Italian companies such as Franchi and Valtro pioneering the concept, but only starting from the 2000s the advancement of manufacturing and materials made them reliable enough to enjoy the success they deserved, with several clones manufactured in various countries.

Magazine feeding provides easier and quicker reloading if compared to tubular magazines; plus, they offer the capability to transition rapidly from a type of ammunition to another – a true must-have, from a professional point of view, in terms of scalar use of force.

On the left is the standard detachable six shots magazine used to feed the new Remington 870 DM shotguns. Three-shots magazines will be available for hunting purposes

On the left is the standard detachable six shots magazine used to feed the new Remington 870 DM shotguns. Three-shots magazines will be available for hunting purposes

The Remington 870 DM line of pump-action shotguns will reprise the working system and the construction of the Model 870 variants. As such they will be compatible with both factory and aftermarket accessories and spare parts produced for the baseline models – from furniture to chokes, from tactical add-ons to barrels and sights.

All that changes, and radically so, is the feeding system: a magazine well is installed in lieu of the classic feeding port, using two passing pins – one of which replaces the standard front trigger group pin. This makes the tubular magazine useless: the tube under the barrel now only serves as a guide for the sliding forend.

The magazines for the Remington 870 DM are manufactured out of metal, with a polymer follower and sleeve. Standard magazine capacity is six 12-gauge, 3"/76mm shotshells, but three-shot magazines will also be available for those jurisdictions that place legal limits to the overall capacity of shotguns for hunting.

Additional magazines will also be available separately, and knowing how the U.S. market goes it's safe to assume that both the manufacturing company and third parties are very likely to offer higher-capacity versions in the near future, particularly if the Remington 870 DM shotguns will result successful among tactical shooters and professional operators.

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The Remington 870 DM shotgun in its black polymer furniture version

The Remington 870 DM shotgun in its black polymer furniture version

The magazines for the Remington 870 DM are manufactured out of metal, with a polymer follower and sleeve. Standard magazine capacity is six 12-gauge, 3"/76mm shotshells, but three-shot magazines will also be available for those jurisdictions that place legal limits to the overall capacity of shotguns for hunting.

Additional magazines will also be available separately, and knowing how the U.S. market goes it's safe to assume that both the manufacturing company and third parties are very likely to offer higher-capacity versions in the near future, particularly if the Remington 870 DM shotguns will result successful among tactical shooters and professional operators.

Remington's new 870 DM MagPul shotgun

Remington's new 870 DM MagPul shotgun

The Remington 870 DM magazines are very easy to fill, more or less like an AR-15 magazine, while most shotgun magazines currently need the follower to be manually depressed to insert the first shell, then others to be inserted like in a pistol magazine while still exercising a certain amount of pressure on the lower cartridge.

Plus, while most magazine-fed shotguns require their magazines to be rocked in just like on an AK-type rifle, on the Remington 870 DM they can simply be pushed in until they're secured by their latch. Loading is thus extremely easier if compared to most competitors.

The magazine release paddle is located in front of the magazine well – exactly the opposite of, to say, an AK/AKM mag paddle – and this is the only feature that shooters may have to work to get accustomed with. The position of the release paddle is however such that makes it impossible for the user to activate it accidentally when handling the gun.

The Remington 870 DM "Tactical" pump-action shotgun

The Remington 870 DM "Tactical" pump-action shotgun

The Remington 870 DM "Predator" shotgun was specifically conceived for hunting

The Remington 870 DM "Predator" shotgun was specifically conceived for hunting

As of today, six variants of the Remington 870 DM magazine-fed shotgun system have been announced.

Baseline models with either black polymer or hardwood furniture, both featuring a 47 cm / 18.½" barrel and a front bead sight, will be sold in the United States at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $529.00; the Remington 870 DM MagPul model with MagPul SGA forend, MagPul MOE stock, XS front sight and Ghost Ring rear sight mounted on top Picatinny Rail will instead go for $799.00.

The same price has been set for the hunting-purposes Remington 870 DM Predator shotgun, offering a Kryptek Highlander camo finish and a Thumbhole stock, as well as for the 870 DM Tactical version with a fixed stock and a pistol grip.

The brand new TAC-14 will also come in a magazine-fed version

The brand new TAC-14 will also come in a magazine-fed version

Last, but not least, the 870 DM TAC-14 shotgun – featuring a 14-inch barrel and a "Shockwave" pistol grip which makes it a non-NFA item in the U.S. – will be sold at a suggested retail price of $559.00.

No information has been provided so far concerning potential availability and pricing on export market, but early positive reviews came from a handful of selected U.S. gunwriters who have been entrusted to test-fire the prototypes months ago; among those are the fine folks at Shooting Illustrated, a well-known magazine published by the NRA.

We at GUNSweek.com will likely handle the Remington 870 DM magazine-fed shotguns soon enough in Las Vegas, at the 2018 edition of the SHOT Show.

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