View Full Version : 11-87 for LEO Patrol Use

December 19, 2006, 11:36 AM
My wife bought me this 11-87sp for Christmas. It is parkerized (I think) with a 21in barrel and rifle sights. I need some input on what I can do to the gun to make it more suitable for patrol use. I have already removed the "dimples" from the mag tube, so I can add a mag extension. I don't plan on shortening the barrel right now, but may choose to do so in the future.

Anyhow, I need some input about mounting slings, mag extensions, barrel clamps, and any other parts/modifications/links that might be useful. Thanks!

Here is what the gun looks like now:


December 19, 2006, 03:25 PM
Before you get your hopes up....did you check to make sure you can use your personal long-guns for patrol?

December 19, 2006, 04:22 PM
Before you get your hopes up....did you check to make sure you can use your personal long-guns for patrol?

Good point. Our dept SOP allows us to carry officer owned and purchased on .223, AR style rifle/carbines and/or 12ga shotguns on patrol. Of course you have to qualify with it and get a firearms instuctor to sign off before you can carry it on patrol. I have an 14in bbl M4 that I've been using on patrol for about 5yrs now. However, latley we've been going on a lot of aninmal complaints (car/deer MVA, Rabid skunks, etc). I think a scattergun may be better for that sort of thing.

December 19, 2006, 09:08 PM
Why not go with a pump? They will take a little more to police use than a semi-auto would.

chris in va
December 20, 2006, 02:00 AM
I'm certainly no LEO, but from what I've seen at the skeet range I wouldn't trust my life to a gas gun. Granted those are rentals and don't get cleaned properly, but damn those things jam constantly. Even the high-dollar privately owned guns choke more than pumps from what I've seen.

Might want to consider a pump.

December 20, 2006, 02:16 PM
Not LEO here but... Other than a slightly shorter barrel and an extended mag your gun is more or less identical to the Remington LE 11-87 (http://www.remingtonle.com/shotguns/1187.htm) so IMO there is not much to do other than add the extended mag if you like and a sling.

You may be able to order the parts direclty from remington or your department's dealer or from Brownells.

If yours has the J lock safety on it I would repalce that with a regular one to eliminate any chance of failure of the J lock

You can get sling adapter plates that mount between the magazine cap and ahve a slot for the sling off to the side or down below. Or you can get a "tactical" sling with the plate and sling all togetehr at http://www.arizonagunrunners.com/Products/Wilderness/wilderness.html

Sure fire makes an intragral light equipted forend if you want one however given that you have a carbine with you already I'm guessing that you would use that primarally for "tactical" situations.

In fact if your only concern is animal calls the gun does not need much more than maybe a stock sleev to keep some extra shells at the ready. Having the extended mag would not be a bad idea to add to overall utility if your carbine went down or you chose to hand it off to another officer.

If you shorten the barrel I would go with wilson combat sights, mine has them and they work very well.

Don't let the pump crowd or Benelli guys sour you on the 11-87, it's a great gun, and very sturdy and reliable, and gas guns are not to inherently flawed or anything -- heck the M4 the military is buying is a gas gun, only downside is you have to clean it and maintian it if that can be called a downside.

January 8, 2007, 09:32 AM
Thanks for the help. Here's where I'm at so far. Ive added a Chote mag extension, extended bolt handel and a side saddle shell holder.



I plan on putting a sling on next, then I plan on working on the sights.

Thanks again!

January 11, 2007, 12:47 AM
Nice gun. I wish my Dept. would go to either the 11-87 or Benelli, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. One thing I would recommend is making sure it stays clean. I guess thats a no brainer. I don't know how you carry your shotgun in your patrol car, but we carry ours in the gun locks just below the back seat and they can sure get dirty fast there. Doesn't really effect the old 870's much, but it may on an auto. My personal shotgun that I use for bird hunting is an 11-87. I have never had it jam on me with any type of ammo. I probably shot over a case of shells in one day at a friends skeet range and never had a problem. Just remember to let the barrel cool off before throwing it over you shoulder. Still have a scar from that. I can't tell what kind of sight you have on the front , but you may consider one of those fiberoptic front sights. That can come in handy at night. I was looking around on ebay the other night and I noticed that they had a front beed sight that was a night sight. Pretty much like the night sights you have on a pistol, but its screws in where the front beed sight is. I believe it was made by Trijicon. Anyway, good luck with it.

Doc TH
January 11, 2007, 12:56 AM
I disagree with the comment about semiauto lack of reliability. I have a Rem 1100 and a Beretta 391. Both are totally reliable. I shoot the Rem more, and have never had a malfunction of any sort over thousands of rounds.

Dave McC
January 11, 2007, 08:45 AM
A couple things.....

Before you trust your life to it, take it out and run at least 200 rounds of your duty ammo of choice through it. If it makes it through sans glitches, you're set.

If not, tweak until it does. Any cruiser gun, like other "Serious" shotugns, needs to be reliable.

Once it's ready, make sure you are also. Lots of practice. SHoot it until it feels like a body part.

And thanks for the job you're doing.

Lt B D McCracken (Ret)

Md Dept of Public Safety and Correctional Services....