Remington’s New Nitro Mag ™ 887: An Alternative to Imported Tactical Shotguns

Remington Arms has a long history of manufacturing shotguns for law enforcement and military applications but until recently the most popular model, the Remington 870 12 gauge pump-​​action shotgun, was a converted hunting shotgun with a shorter barrel and a few tactical upgrades. Now, please do not misunderstand me, the 870 is a fine shotgun that is highly reliable and will last a lifetime, even in unforgiving environments. I have owned a Remington 870 shotgun, which I have used for police patrol and tactical duties, for over 25 years. I have also been a Remington armorer since 1995; therefore, I am very familiar with, and fond of, Remington shotguns, especially the 870.

Remington has now produced a shotgun specifically for law enforcement and military application, the model 887. My police agency has used several different shotguns for normal everyday duty use, the Mossberg 500, the Remington 870, and now finally the Remington 887. The issue our agency had with the Remington 870 shotguns was that the finish required a great deal of maintenance due to the harsh salt air waterborne environment that comprises our jurisdiction. When Remington released the 887 Tactical model, with the highly durable black-​​coated finish, our police department immediately switched Remington models and now we exclusively use the 887.

The 887 functions very similar to the 870 but has a few differences. The slide (fore-​​end) release is slightly different and the fore-​​end itself is much longer. The felt recoil is suppressed quite a bit due to overall design and the recoil pad that comes standard. I found during firearms qualification that our officers had no problem qualifying and they actually commented that they preferred the 887 over the 870 model. The only issue we have had with our collection of 887s is that the front sight needs to be secured using epoxy or red loctite or it could pop off and be lost during normal police or military operations. We experienced that issue, but after calling Remington, they sent us new front sights for all of our shotguns and we replaced them using red loctite which has solved the problem.

From the Remington website…

“The most durable shotgun on the planet. Born of the gunmaking expertise that brought you the best-​​selling, most trusted shotgun of all time, the Model 870, the Model 887 Nitro Mag is an armor-​​clad warrior here to carry the torch of our great pump-​​gun legacy through the most extreme conditions on earth. Our exclusive ArmorLokt™ process seals the receiver and barrel in a vault of weather-​​impervious synthetic armor that’s both completely rustproof and tough as nails. Similar to the Model 870, its receiver is crafted of solid steel and the barrel is hammer forged to last a lifetime. Twin steel action bars ensure smooth, positive chambering and ejection. And the sleek receiver design, awesome balance and natural pointing characteristics spell trouble for any bird within reach of its 12-​​gauge 3 1/​2″ Super Magnum capability. The extremely rugged synthetic stock and fore-​​end are ergonomically contoured to offer a positive grip and comfortable handling. Swivel studs are built-​​in. For 2010, our new Model 887 Nitro Mag Tactical combines supreme toughness and dependability with a handy 18 1/​2″ barrel, a 2-​​shot magazine extension and a barrel clamp with integral Picatinny rails for mounting your flashlight or other accessories. It also includes a ported, extended tactical Rem™ Choke and receiver mounted on Picatinny rail.”

  • Action design based on the venerable Model 870 — ultra-​​smooth and reliable
  • Rugged ArmorLokt™ coating totally prevents rust on all exterior surfaces
  • SuperCell recoil pad reduces the felt recoil up to 54%
  • Our softest-​​shooting pump gun ever
  • Awesome balance and natural pointing characteristics
  • Handles 12-​​gauge 2 3/​4″, 3″, 3 1/​2″ loads interchangeably
  • 2-​​shot magazine extension
  • Barrel clamp with integral Picatinny rails
  • Rugged synthetic stock and fore-​​end with specially contoured grip panels
  • 18 1/​2″ barrel with solid rib and HiViz® front sight
  • Sling swivel studs built-​​in
  • Includes ported, extended tactical Rem Choke

So, if you or your agency is looking to replace your shotguns, then you may want to consider Remington’s latest model. At a starting full retail price of $524, it is well worth the cost, and I personally do not think you will be disappointed. Stay Safe and remember, “If Not Me, Then Who?”

For more information see Remington’s website.



  1. Dean says:

    Here’s the problem, lack of aftermarket support. I’d like to add a collapsible stock, but it seems no one has bough into this gun yet.

  2. Wally says:

    I bought one last year and I do regret it. I love the look of the gun, I love the recoil pad, I love the rail that is also a sight, I love the fiber optic front sight, I especially love the fact that I can shoot 3.5 inch shells in it. However, the slide release is funky. The slide must be pulled all the way forward or the button will not release the slide. If you pull back on the forend and then try to release the slide, it will not work and that for me is a deal breaker. Also, as of last week, after 200 rounds through the shotgun, my 887 tactical will no longer feed shells from the magazine tube. No matter how hard or how many times I slam it open, it will not feed. Good try Remington, but I’ll be using a Mossberg 590A1 for serious work.

  3. Dylan says:

    I’ve been wanting this gun but after some of what I have read I’m not so sure. I love the look of the gun, but I’m not so sure anymore.

  4. sgt jmack says:

    This has been out since 2010? Why is it news now?
    I want to know how durrable it is. How will it handle being used in the field, and being thrown around and used by Marines and Soldiers? Is it waterproof, can it handle a roll i nthe sand?

  5. baltbum says:

    Wow! The front sight needs to be glued on. They want how much for this shotgun? Hahaha

  6. Mark Wittman says:

    I“ll never replace any of my 4 model 870s.

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  8. Rick says:

    I took my 870 clone, put a kit on it from intrafuse, drilled and tapped the buttstock/​pistolgrip for an AR/​Enidine recoil reducer/​collapsible stock, works great, softer recoil with the heavist loads simple.

  9. Bimbam says:

    I too have been waiting and think this is the coolest looking gun on the market. But I keep hearing about problems with it.
    According to Remington all “issues” with this gun has been addressed, but I’m looking at all the comments that only happened a few months ago!

  10. Justin says:

    Nice gun, lighter than it looks. You’ll hear no
    problems about this gun for me. It’s synthetic feel may cause some users to assert that it feels cheap in the hand. I don’t mind it. Recoil is incredibly low. I can shoot all day. Been trying to find a pistol grip for mine for over a year, no luck.

  11. Danny says:

    I own both the 870 and the 887. Both are great . Most of the negative reviews on the
    887 are resolved. I prefer the older 870 refitted for tactical purposes. It can get costly. The 887 holds 7+1 in 2 3/​4. And comes in cyl. Bore door buster rem choke. Bottom line …buy it .….shoot it …if you don’t like it.….sell it. Lead is your best investment.

  12. sgt jmack says:

    Why would you want a colpsable stock with a shotgun?

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