View Full Version : Veterens- What Shotguns did you use

March 28, 2006, 09:05 AM
I served with a Marine rifle company for three years. When we deployed to Panama in 89' we were issued a bunch of Rem 870 shotguns. They had a least a 20in barrel, and were parkerized with wood stocks and a ventilated heatshield. They had a huge bayonet lug that clamped onto the barrel and mag extension. However, other Marine units operating in our area carried Mossberg's with heatshields and symthetic stocks. I also saw USAF SP's carrying Ithaca 37's.

When you where in the Military, What shotguns did you use or see in service :confused:

Dave McC
March 28, 2006, 09:58 PM
South East Asia in 1970 had lots of shotguns around. I saw Ithacas, Savages, 870s, A-5s, 12s and 97s. A 97 was part of our crew equipment and a real comfort on guard duty.

I was a firefighter, but things got hinky a couple times.

Shotguns then, and probably now, show up through "Irregular" channels.

March 28, 2006, 10:13 PM
1969-72 Military Police in Germany & Vietnam - saw just about all mentioned before. Typically our MP Company had a shotgun for everyone but brands were mixed - Savage, Ithaca, Winchesters, etc. All had bayonet lugs, not necessarily extended magazines, no heat shields, short 20 inch barrels. That's about all I recall - been a long time. Will confess I liked a shotgun or M-79 40mm grenade launcher!

March 29, 2006, 10:11 AM
Destroyer deployed to the Gulf (2002), Remington 870.


guy sajer
March 29, 2006, 10:25 AM
Thank you veterans !

I'm not a veteran , but my MP sgt friend just returned after 14 mo in Baghdad . His unit was staioned in the city . Their duty involved guarding a key bridge and neighborhood patrols . They carried the usual small arms and the 8 shot Mossberg 500 . He said the locals weren't too impressed with their rifles and machineguns , but got very attentive whenever a pistol was drawn or when they saw the business end of the shotgun .

March 29, 2006, 01:00 PM
Used the Remington 870 for several years and in Iraq. We also started using the Benelli M1014 a few years back, which is a beautiful work of destructive art :)

March 29, 2006, 01:19 PM
When my dad was in Vietnam he would occasionally carry a 1897 Trench Gun around. Granted, he wasnt military so much as he was government. But after his duration there the 1897 followed him home.

Wish I could say the same about the Uzi and Model 12 Beretta he used.

March 30, 2006, 03:33 AM
Iraq 2004 - 2005
A buddy of mine on the entry team had an 8 shot Mossberg 500.
I was stuck dragging the 240.

Death from Afar
March 30, 2006, 04:08 AM
East Timor- the Royal New ZEaland Airforce had Remington 870's. I had a fwe shots with them. OP ENDURING FREEDOM- the Royal New ZEaland Navy used 870's as well. The Army is trialing shotguns at the moment. Some SAS guys I know have used them in Afghanistan.

March 30, 2006, 06:45 AM
I never saw a shotgun in three years in the army. Colt .380 pocket pistols, yes, but no shotguns.

However, I have two photos of my father when he was in the service a mere 22 years earlier (it was almost 40 years before I had a son in the army after I left the service!) and he is armed in both pictures. In one he is in dress OD's with a revolver in a reverse draw holster. In the other, he is in fatigues, complete with Daisy Mae hat and standing in front of a bell tent. He is armed with a shotgun.