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Old Police Remington Model 870 Wingmaster

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Picked this one up yesterday for a fair price. It was a police trade-in from the Tallassee, Alabama Police Department. Even has a rack number stamped on the butt bottom of the stock of "463". Manufacture date was September of 1951. Has a standard capacity of 4 + 1 with an 18 & 1/2" barrel.

The condition is not bad for this old a gun with law enforcement heritage. It is surprisingly light considering the wood furniture and the pump action is smooth as silk.

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And, they are G-R-E-A-T for crowd control! I did not witness this, but the story was fresh when I heard it at OPD. This happened during the Black Panther, late 60's era. And "Will",the officer involved, sadly later died of stomach cancer, he always had a remarkable, off-the-wall, sense of humor. I remember him, bald from chemo, working the desk, as he never did want to quit.

When an officer did a traffic stop in West Oakland, they'd come out of the woodwork and surround the cars, hoo-ranging and carrying on. Officer'd call for backup. The "upgraded, enhanced" arrival procedure for backup was to hit the lights and siren a block away and then yank the parking brake and turn wheel to slide in sideways. Whoopee!

Our friend does this, leaps out of his patrol car with shotgun in hand, leveling the gun right at the crowd. Then swings the gun back and forth while holding the action bar release (this allows the action to be cycled, ejecting the shells one by one). He racks the slide to launch shells out, while yelling at the top of his lungs, "How do you work this thing!!? Hey, how do you work this thing!!?"

Crowd goes like - OH SHEET! CRAZY - ***** COP!! Then goes BOOGIE!!, Near instantly vaporizing back into the woodwork, leaping for their lives over back yard fences! :)

Those days are long gone, and would never fit well with body and dash cams.
 

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lamarw, if it isn't broken in after 65+ years, then there is no hope!!!

Congratulations... I've got a couple of them myself.
 
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I have that exact 870.
Used it to stop a bad guy in Houston years ago, sneaking in my backyard at midnight.

I racked it , he froze, but his hands up.
He said, why do bad things always happen to him?

Called cops, they took him away.
 

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And, they are G-R-E-A-T for crowd control! I did not witness this, but the story was fresh when I heard it at OPD. This happened during the Black Panther, late 60's era. And "Will",the officer involved, sadly later died of stomach cancer, he always had a remarkable, off-the-wall, sense of humor. I remember him, bald from chemo, working the desk, as he never did want to quit.

When an officer did a traffic stop in West Oakland, they'd come out of the woodwork and surround the cars, hoo-ranging and carrying on. Officer'd call for backup. The "upgraded, enhanced" arrival procedure for backup was to hit the lights and siren a block away and then yank the parking brake and turn wheel to slide in sideways. Whoopee!

Our friend does this, leaps out of his patrol car with shotgun in hand, leveling the gun right at the crowd. Then swings the gun back and forth while holding the action bar release (this allows the action to be cycled, ejecting the shells one by one). He racks the slide to launch shells out, while yelling at the top of his lungs, "How do you work this thing!!? Hey, how do you work this thing!!?"

Crowd goes like - OH SHEET! CRAZY - ***** COP!! Then goes BOOGIE!!, Near instantly vaporizing back into the woodwork, leaping for their lives over back yard fences! :)

Those days are long gone, and would never fit well with body and dash cams.
I can believe this. When I was on the police dept. and there was a need to pull the shotgun out of the car, and then racked a round everyone stopped what they were doing and things got real quiet. Most Bad guys know how deadly a 12 gauge is at close range.
 

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Thanks Folks for all the nice comments.

This one was purchased by a slot machine named "Big & Bad". The Wife and I went over to a nearby Indian Casino last week to enjoy the nice buffet they put out for little money. After dinner we stopped in the casino since you have to pass thru it on the way to the parking garage.

I am not much of a gambler and often loose when I take chances. That night was different. Mr. Big & Bad served up desert with almost three times the cost of the big and bad Remington 870.

So, here is another interesting story. Last night I was following an on-line gun auction over in Georgia. When it got close to the end of the auction, there was a box of miscellaneous stuff. There was a bunch of ammunition in calibers for firearms I do not own. There was also a padlock with a key and what appears to be a flashlight of some sorts. Then in a gun auction there was another gem you would not expect to be in a box of leftovers. There was an Illinois Bunn 60 Hour 21 jewel Rail Road Standard Pocket Watch with its original factory box. So, Big & Bad bought that for me too.

Lets hope my luck holds out and the watch is keeping time.
 

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I love these old guns.
 
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