View Full Version : Help! Is this Rem 870 a Classic Trap? See pix.

March 23, 2009, 03:36 PM
I just bought my first shotgun that I found used and I can't tell what it is! I know it's a Remington 870 Wingmaster pump, but I can't tell much more than that. It has scrollwork on it (but not detailed with gold), has a gold trigger, and a 30 inch barrel. It takes both 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells. Is this a "Classic Trap"? Is it the 50th anniversary edition? See pictures.

The gun is in absolute mint condition--no scratches anywhere. If it helps, the serial number is C6374125M. Can you help me with this gun's history?

BTW, I paid $429 for it. Was this a deal or not?


March 23, 2009, 03:42 PM
Purdy gun but I know nuttin' of Remingtons what-so-ever...

March 23, 2009, 03:57 PM
It looks like an upgraded Wingmaster to me in the photos. There were some with the scroll work on them - but I don't recall how they designated those guns.

All of the 870 "Trap" guns I've seen have a comb that is parallel to the rib -vs the angled comb that you have on this gun.

A new Wingmaster is around $ 750 / I think you paid about what the gun is worth if it has screw in chokes in it. If it doesn't have screw in chokes - their asking price is a little high.

March 23, 2009, 04:45 PM
If all else fails, contact Remington via the "Contact Us" tab on their website. Send them the serial number and they'll tell you exactly what it is and what year it was made.

March 23, 2009, 04:48 PM

March 23, 2009, 05:45 PM
might be special edition. gold or brass plated trigger and fancy engraving on the receiver. looks like the serial number end with an M. definetly a wingmaster model. no monte carlo like buttstock. sure is sweet looking.

Lee Lapin
March 23, 2009, 06:35 PM
The M just means it's a magnum (3") receiver. Any time you need info on a Remington, just call 1-800-243-9700 and give 'em the model and serial number. They can tell you the year of manufacture and what it was made as.

See http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model_870/model_870_wingmaster_classic_trap.asp and http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model_870/model_870_wingmaster_classic_trap_specs.asp .

Dave McC should be along soon, he can offer more than passing info on TBs and TCs to include receiver markings and other details.


March 23, 2009, 07:18 PM
nice one caeser, lol:D

March 24, 2009, 10:54 PM
Ribs not high enough I say it's a wingmaster. But you can't go wrong with that especially if you get one pre 1986, some of the most smooth actions.

Scattergun Bob
March 24, 2009, 11:52 PM
I know that there are folks out there with more experience than me concerning Trap and Skeet guns.

Here is my best. This is not a "Classic Trap", as BigJim stated it has the wrong stock. It is not a 50th anniversary edition, missing the gold inlay scroll.

In my humble opinion IT IS a very nice Model 870 TC Trap gun with straight-comb re-introduced into the line up at Remington in 1996. The Custom style, fine-line engraving was added to receiver panels of some Remington Model 870 that same year.

A two or three letter code on the left side of the barrel identifies the month and year of manufacture. The first letter identifies the month, the other letter(s) identify the year. If you send me the date code I might be able to narrow your guns pedigree down for you.

Good Luck & Be Safe

March 25, 2009, 01:28 AM
Serial number is not right for a TC and the woods not up to a TC grade. I have seen a similar shotgun posted here before but can not remember exactly what it was. Sorry.

March 25, 2009, 01:46 AM

Dave McC
March 26, 2009, 08:59 PM
Looks like D grade engraving. Not TC wood, though.

Letter grade trap guns have the grade on the receiver near the Serial #.

My guess, it's a WM ordered with engraving from the factory. They do that.

Nice gun, and well worth the price.


March 26, 2009, 09:55 PM
Don't know about it being a "Classic Trap", but you can do some serious damage to the dove population, with this beauty. :)

just my $.02

March 26, 2009, 10:16 PM
I'm not necessarily a Remington man (yet)... but that is a pretty nice looking gun all told.

March 28, 2009, 09:53 PM
Trap 870's usually either have monte carlo stocks (newer one's), or if an older non-monte carlo stocked version they should say "870 TB" or "870 TC" on the receiver (couldn't tell from the pictures). It certainly looks to be a nice condition 870 regardless.