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Old January 11, 2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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The New Remington 870 Express Tactical With XS Rail GRS

Remington 870 Tactical Express Model # 81198

Action: Pump
Gauge: 12 GA
Barrel Length: 18 1/2" & 20.5" with breacher tube
Choke: Rem Chokes- Cylinder ported breacher tube
Sights: New out XS rail ghost right sights combo & big white dot front
Capacity: 6 + 1
Chamber: 3"
Length: 39"
Weight: 7 1/2 lbs
Drop: 1 1/2" @ Comb & 2 1/2" @ Heel
Stock: Synthetic
Finish: Black Oxide
Retail right now: around $450







I received a few of the 870 Express Tactical GRS shotguns last week and I like what I see. This shotgun is hell of a deal for anyone looking for these type of features on an 870. In my opinion Remington hit home run with this model 870 shotgun. I don't have pictures to show because I need a new camera.

The sights and rail are made by XS. They are nice, very low profile and adjust for windage and elevation. 1/2 turn of the GR aperture moves the impact 1/2" @ 25 yards.

It comes with:

*XS Adj GRS & rail combo Big white dot front
*Barrel tapped for choke tubes
*Ported Breacher choke tube
*receiver drilled & tapped
*Factory +2 tube ext kit
*Black Oxide finish
*870 Tactical on the receiver
*SpeedFeed LE forend
*New 870 polymer stock Remington is now putting on their 870 shotguns


The after market cost for all the added features.

870 Express with factory tube extension about $340 now.

XS rail GRS combo - probably around $125
Ported choke tube - $50
Choke tubes install on a shotgun barrel - $50
SpeedFeed LE forend- $15
Drill and tap for scope mount- $60

Total = $300 + $340 = $640

The 870 Tactical Exp GRS is an excellent deal. It offers more than the 870P GRS shotguns at a better price.

If I personally owned one I would sale the ported Breacher choke tube and get some of my money back.


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Old January 11, 2009, 10:27 PM   #2
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Looks like a great shotgun and a great deal but what is it with these standoffs?
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Old January 11, 2009, 10:30 PM   #3
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Standoff=holesaw for drywall to route innernet wires required by the mall ninja labor union...
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Old January 11, 2009, 10:38 PM   #4
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copy that.
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Old January 11, 2009, 10:45 PM   #5
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Looks like a great shotgun and a great deal but what is it with these standoffs?
It just sweetens the pot. The breacher choke tubes are popular and easy to sale to get some of your investment back on the shotgun.


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Old January 13, 2009, 11:16 AM   #6
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My only issue with shotguns like this, is that the rear sight and rail limit the use of any other barrel. Which to me, limits versatility and therefore, the whole reason to have a shotgun.

Wouldn't the rear sight/rail combo ruin the sight picture of another barrel like a 20" rifle sighted or a vent rib field barrel?
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Old January 13, 2009, 12:00 PM   #7
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My only issue with shotguns like this, is that the rear sight and rail limit the use of any other barrel. Which to me, limits versatility and therefore, the whole reason to have a shotgun.

Wouldn't the rear sight/rail combo ruin the sight picture of another barrel like a 20" rifle sighted or a vent rib field barrel?
yeah but the intended target customer isn't going to care about that. I have other shotguns for that anyway.
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Old January 13, 2009, 03:06 PM   #8
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My only issue with shotguns like this, is that the rear sight and rail limit the use of any other barrel. Which to me, limits versatility and therefore, the whole reason to have a shotgun.
Like bigghoss said this shotgun is for the Tactical home defense shotgun customers. The Tactical 870 fans have been wanting Remington to offer an Express that is drilled and tapped for scope mount, accepts choke tubes and has ghost ring sights. This shotgun does all of that at a very good price. It is only $120 more than a standard Express HD with tube extension. That's a deal! If are looking for a shotgun that can pull double duty, Remington & Mossberg offers a combo model that can do that. The rail can be removed on this shotgun and longer barrel installed.

I am not a hunter or a clay shooter so this shotgun is of interest to me. If I were looking to buy a Tactical HD 870 this is the one I would buy.


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Old January 15, 2009, 07:52 AM   #9
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do you have a part number and / or source for the XS Rail combo? I have a 870 Tac that is already tapped and wouldn't mind to have that rail/grs combo.
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Old January 15, 2009, 02:04 PM   #10
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Do you have a part number and / or source for the XS Rail combo? I have a 870 Tac that is already tapped and wouldn't mind to have that Rail/GRS combo.

The rail GRS Set hasn't hit the market yet. I am sure they will be available soon. Call XS sights.


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Old January 15, 2009, 07:12 PM   #11
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I held and played with one of these the other day at my local dealer, the gun is o-k, I would much rather spend the extra $200+ and get the Marine XCS Magnum, might as well get the real deal...
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Old January 16, 2009, 05:21 PM   #12
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I would much rather spend the extra $200+ and get the Marine XCS Magnum, might as well get the real deal...
You are saying the Express Tactical is not the real deal?

The 870 XSC is $270 more. It cost $718 at Buds Gunshop. What do you get for your extra $270?

The Express Tactical offers more feature than the Marine XCS. The XSC has a better finish & SpeedFeed stock that's all.

Marine XSC shotgun:



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Old January 17, 2009, 10:05 AM   #13
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QUOTE: The 870 XSC is $270 more. It coast $718 at Buds Gunshop. What do you get for your extra $270?
I would guess nothing just a better profit margin for Bud's
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