View Full Version : Op:Enduring Freedom shotgun

December 12, 2001, 10:43 AM

This picture is from Camp Rhino in Afghanistan with either the 15 MEU or the 26 MEU. Is that a Rem 870? the forearm makes me think it is, but I'm not sure.


December 12, 2001, 10:52 AM
Yup, it's an 870. The only other shotguns the Marines use (or will use) is the Mossberg 590 and the Benelli M4. Neither have a forward stock like that.

Dave McC
December 12, 2001, 12:22 PM
Yup, an 870. Why am I not surprised,heh,heh....

Al Thompson
December 12, 2001, 09:29 PM
What y'all don't know is that Dave shipped several over with the caveat that they show up in pictures for the media to drool over........

:D :D

(not sure that would be my weapon of choice in that environment)


Dave McC
December 13, 2001, 06:39 AM
$%^&*it, Giz, I told you not to tell anyone!!

Much as I like 870s, my weapon of choice in that environment would be a tweaked M-14.Long range probs demand long range solutions.

December 14, 2001, 12:48 AM
Speaking of the Taliban, did any get the "Taliban Recruitment Office" e-mail?

Their motto: "The Few, The Fewer, The Still Fewer..."

Back on topic, the shotgun would probably work better inside a cave complex.

Dave McC
December 14, 2001, 06:59 AM
You're right, Erick, and I recall some very dark nights in SEA where a battered 97 nearby was a great comfort. Still hung on to the 14, tho.

Finest battle rifle ever created....

December 17, 2001, 11:31 AM
Not only is that a Remington 870, but it is the Marine's Mark I version. I thought that the Marines would have had them updated with synthetic stocks or gotten rid of the magazine bracket/bayonet mount, but they must still have the original parts (The Mark I came out in about 1969 or 1970, and they only made around 5000 from what I have read). Thanks for posting this picture, since I like collecting pics of the Mark I. to verify its use in theaters of battle (its been everywhere since the Mayaguez incident-- got pics from Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, just not in Somalia, but the Marine FAST teams used the folding stock police version of the 870 with extended mag tube).