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Old May 18, 2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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A new (to me) 870 followed me home


I just picked up a companion piece to my for-home-defense 870. A used 870 express w/26" vent-ribbed barrel, also in 12 gauge. In the same rack was a used Wingmaster - a little older, but very pretty with a glossy blued finish and glossy furniture, too, but she had a fixed full-choke barrel, so I opted for the express with the removable choke insert.
The clays and doves probably have nothing to fear just yet, but I'll be doin' my homework!
Now I need to get a swivel set installed for a sling. Anything I need that I haven't thought of?
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Old May 18, 2011, 05:13 PM   #2
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Congrats~ As you already know, the 870 is a good solid gun.

Why are you wanting a sling on it? I have a sling on my HD shotgun, but none of my other scatter guns.
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Old May 18, 2011, 05:53 PM   #3
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Because I have this cool camo sling already!


And it's just easier to carry from the truck to the range/field/whatever.
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Old May 19, 2011, 02:21 PM   #4
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Congrats on your new Toy/tool. I've had good results from the Uncle Mike's stud sets for the 870. And Brownells sells a nifty jig for getting that stock screw in straight.

Slings are a great accessory, and not just on "Serious" shotguns. Imagine carrying out 3 dozen decoys, and a couple mallards, while your hunting buddy carries out an aging Lab with more heart than legs or lungs...

About half the shotguns here have QD studs and there's a carry strap with leather loops for the others.

OTOH, while my "Serious" shotguns are sling capable. they are not so equipped inside. Just something else to snag......
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Old May 30, 2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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Why are you wanting a sling on it? I have a sling on my HD shotgun, but none of my other scatter guns.
I'm wondering why you'd put a sling on your HD gun. I have a sling on long guns that I carry in the field. But I think that a sling on cqb gun would just be a handle for a bad guy to grab. Maybe I'm mistaken.
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Old May 30, 2011, 03:51 PM   #6
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Old May 30, 2011, 03:57 PM   #7
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Very Good Question - In an attempt to answer your question. The HD gun I have is a Mossberg 8 shot pump with a 20 inch barrell. It was a used LE gun, and came with the swivels.

The only reason I put the sling on was because of the presence of the swivels. Otherwise, I would tend to agree with you for close-in encounters. I have a .45 as my bed-side by home defense weapon (inside the house), but I have a lot of acreage around me, and If I hear someone out around my boats or around my dock, then it will be the shotgun even with the sling. I also have other hand guns in other rooms to include both levels of my house.

I have three part-time neighbors, and I keep an eye on their lake homes.

My two dogs and I have kept our area of the lake safe and without a single theft for four years now and counting. Every worker or service person who enters my home sees evidence of my home protection. They also know I am a Nam veteran.
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