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Remington 870 Tactical 81200 12 Gauge, $442

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Remington's proven 870 shotgun keeps on shooting, despite a number of cost-cutting measures, such as a plastic trigger-group housing, matte finish and synthetic hardware.

Remington 870 Tactical 81200 12 Gauge, $442

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Remington muzzle brake/choke. Both the Remington and Mossberg brakes are designed as breaching tools, and in a pinch, can serve as close-in pain-application devices. Patterning out of both chokes was what we expected, and we didn't see much that distinguished them.
The Remington's cross-bolt safety received high marks for ease of use and surety. You can also tell that the trigger guard is polymer. We'd prefer steel for durability, but that adds weight and cost.
The Remington's bolt release sits on the front of the trigger guard. We found the Remington to be fast and smooth during all firing drills.

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