View Full Version : Rem Frankenstein Shotgun?

February 16, 2005, 05:37 PM
I have a Remington 12g pump shotgun that's pretty interesting. It's former function was living in the trunk of a police car so who knows what has happened to it along the way.

18" vented rib barrel 2/34 - 3" shells. Mod Choke. All parts appear to be from an 870 Wingmaster EXCEPT the receiver, which is marked "Sportsman 12 Magnum". It has wood furniture but fancier than police stocks and they do match.

Was this put together from an 870 and an 1187? I didn't know an auto receiver could be mated with pump action.

(I am pretty green on shotguns)

February 16, 2005, 07:33 PM
The "Sportsman" was Remington's term for a "budget gun" before they went with the "Express" name.

They made several auto's and the Model 12 pump under the Sportsman name.

February 16, 2005, 07:38 PM
Is it any good? It feels pretty solid and fit/finish is much better than 870 expresses that I have seen.

February 16, 2005, 11:55 PM
Certainly it's good.

Typically the Sportsman models were better finished than the current Express guns.

Again, the Sportsman was an earlier Remington move to make a gun with a lesser cosmetic finish and wood at a lower price.

I "think" the Sportsman models used hardwood instead of walnut.

A big difference between the Sportsman and the Express is, the Sportsman didn't use cheaper components like the Express's plastic trigger guard.
The Sportsman was more or less a Wingmaster with a cheaper finish.

February 17, 2005, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the info! :)