I know, I know, here it is bowhunting season and I’m writing about shotguns. I honestly couldn’t help myself, though, after reading this post. When you mention a Remington 870, I just start to get all mushy inside. I forget about my bow, forget about deer hunting, and think about all the experiences the 870 and I have been through.
I’ve owned my Remington 870 12ga. for about 10 years. I didn’t have my own shotgun – I always borrowed guns from family – and I decided that it was about time I bought a gun. After some research, and after talking with a few family members and friends, I decided that the 870 was probably my best choice – an excellent all purpose shotgun that would fair well against multiple game species.
And that it did.
The 870 and I have pushed through thickets in search of rabbits; it helped me kill my first deer with a firearm; it was instrumental in helping me knock down my first pheasant; and I had it in tow when I killed my first turkey this season. I have obliterated multiple clay targets with it, and shot many a slug through it as well. It is just a good all around gun.
Honestly, I have only owned one other shotgun – a single-shot New England 12ga. – because I just never needed another firearm to get the job done. The 870 has allowed me to hunt multiple animal species and has never failed me once. And if we’re being fair, I probably didn’t take care of the gun as well as I should in it’s early years, and yet it still has never failed me; the gun is scratched, gouged, and has plenty of character marks on it. But I don’t consider that a negative thing, because each one of those marks tells a story about past hunts.
My 870, that I affectionately call my “trench” gun, has been there through thick and thin and has provided a variety of different table fare for me and my family.
Remington definitely got it right when they made this gun, and apparently people can’t get enough of a good thing, because Remington recently built their ten millionth 870.
Apparently a lot of people have the same love affair with the gun that I do, and like to hang out in the “trenches”.