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How the new Remington 870 DM shotgun compares to the original Remington 870

December 12, 2017

This month, Remington introduced its new shotgun called the Remington 870 DM. The DM (detachable magazine) is a new concept from Remington that allows the shooter to reload the shotgun with six 12-gauge shells within seconds. It was met with open arms by the firearm community, as this new feeding system differs from the original magazine tube in which shells are loading one at a time. The new Remington 870 DM magazine fed, pump action shotgun also increases the amount of loads carried. For example, the 870 Tac-14 holds four shells in the magazine tube, but with the detachable box magazine, the Tac-14 can now carry six 12-gauge shells plus one in the chamber, for a total of seven shells.

The Remington 870 is the most popular shotgun ever created. It has a strong reputation for reliability within a variety of applications.  Whether the user is a hunter, competitor or uses a shotgun for home defense, Remington offers six different 870 DM models to suit those needs. The Remington 870 featured here is the Magpul model. It’s a multi-purpose shotgun that caught the attention of shotgun enthusiasts throughout the world.

Naturally, people questioned what other changes could be expected with the new 870 with a detachable magazine. Being that many people in the firearm world are resistant to change, concerns were voiced about the cycling action and the trigger and bolt system. Altering the Remington 870 is a risky undertaking due to the confidence shooters have with its original configuration.

When I released my “first look” video review of the Remington 870 DM, many viewers requested a comparison with an original 870 with a magazine tube. They loved the idea of a magazine feeding system, but they wanted to be assured the shotgun was reliably fed, the cycling action was the same, and the trigger and firing components were not altered. Great idea. So I took my Remington 870 Express Tactical to the range and compared the differences with the new Remington 870 DM Magpul.

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Let me first say, I think both of these models are outstanding shotguns. They share several similarities, but the detachable magazine and Magpul furniture create some differences that are worth discussing. Also, having the opportunity to get to the range and fire two of the finest shotguns ever made was enjoyable for me.

Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts on the new Remington 870 DM models.