Exclusive: Remington 870 DM

Legendary Pumpgun Takes Another Evolutionary Leap

By Dave Workman

We’ll get this right up front: The image of a pump shotgun with a detachable magazine will take some getting used to for old guys like me, but Remington’s newest incarnation of the legendary Model 870 is getting rave reviews, especially from younger generation shooters who are used to guns with such appendages.

Grandpa had a pumpgun, and my kid has an 870 Special Field model with the straight grip. I’ve got a 12-gauge pump sitting in the corner inside the front closet, loaded with 00 Buck, and during my career I’ve had the chance to use enough Remington 870s to know they’re built around a proven action that has seen countless duck and deer blinds, goose pits, police cars and even front line combat engagements.

All these guns had one thing in common: tubular magazines. So, when I saw the Model 870DM (DM stands for Detachable Magazine), I suspect the double take snapped one of my vertebrae. First thought: What were these guys thinking?

Evidently, they were thinking over the horizon, because the reception for this new smoothbore has been phenomenal. That claim can be borne out by the number of videos showing up on social media featuring people running round after round through the proven slide action.

Most of the publicity so far has concentrated on the “tactical” applications of a mag-fed shotgun, but my guess is the new platform will appeal to predator and hog hunters, people who live in bear country, someone in need of a good home-defense tool and even competitors.
Indeed, there are model variations including one with a hardwood stock and forend, another with a ShurShot stock and tactical forend that wears Kryptek Highlander camouflage called the Predator, the Magpul model with — you guessed it — a Magpul SGA stock and Magpul forend. I guess what might be called the “basic” model has a black synthetic stock and forend.

Remington engineers designed the receiver with a magazine well that allows for quick mag changes. Magazines are built for three or six rounds, and they’re rugged.

Barrel length on all models is 18.5 inches, and depending upon the model, it may be fitted with TruLock chokes or come with a cylinder bore. The Predator has extended XFull predator/turkey and XFull hog chokes, Ghost Ring sights and a tactical rail for an optical sight.
The Magpul model has a tactical Rem CHOKE with a breaching tool muzzle, Ghost Ring sights and tactical rail.

Remington’s Hardwood model is a sort of “plain Jane” model with a bead front sight, and the hardwood stock has a SuperCell recoil pad. Like the other models, the Hardwood is chambered for 3-inch magnums.

This shotgun has an MSRP starting price of $529.00, with other models going as high as $799.00.

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12 thoughts on “Exclusive: Remington 870 DM

  1. revjen45

    A 6-rd detachable mag offers no increase in capacity while sticking out and ruining the slim lines of the tube feed model. When they bring out a 25-rd drum I’ll look at it.

    1. Woody

      Capacity is not the issue. Ammunition management is the key in running a shotgun for defensive purposes. “Shoot one, load one” is a useful concept IF there is time to do it and you have enough ammo readily available. That’s where a mag-fed shotgun will shine.

      With a 25 round magazine attached the piece would be unbalanced and unwieldy thus probably unsuitable for use by the average person.


  2. Wendy Weinbaum

    As a Jewess in the US, I can only say that all REAL Americans now put our 2nd Amendment FIRST! Please remember that the West wasn’t won with a registered gun!

  3. david robinson

    I agree totally with Wendy. If anything is to destroy this once great nation, it will not be guns but anti-second amendment laws. Laws created by socialist / communists who live under the banner of the Democratic party. A party title, which by the way has nothing to do with Democracy.

  4. Charlie smith

    Since todays gun culture is wrapped around being special op commandos this should sell like hotcake. Could not give me one.

    1. SSGRick

      Tom because unlike you most people DO NOT or HARDLY ever clean their guns and therefore auto’s JAM! That is why we have pumps. Unless you short stroke them or pack them with mud they almost never, ever fail to function.

  5. Tom Tucker

    Everything you read about defensive shotguns is about pumps. In IPSC matches, I used a Benelli semi auto riot gun, and many others use the semi auto Remington 1100. Why is it that everyone in the gun journalism business, the security business and the law enforcement business chooses a shotgun that is infinitely slower and harder to use that the semi auto? I don’t get it.

  6. Larry Koehn

    My Mossberg 500 Turkey gun holds 6 rounds, has an 18.5 inch barrel with interchangeable chokes. There is no reason here to change shotguns!

  7. Eric Bremner

    Mainly because pump shotguns are more reliable day-in and day-out then semi’s. They rarely jam when fed a variety of ammo from full-house grizzly busters to pop-gun level birdshot. If they do jam or fail to fire it’s an easier clear than a semi. One can top off a pump at any time by leaving the action open during cycling to add rounds or go from buck to slug, one thing you can’t do with a semi (until you’re out)… or if your semi has one, you hit a mag disconnect, open the semi-auto action, pop out the live round, drop in the new round, etc. That sequence requires finer muscle control than just racking a pump fore end and leaving it open, thus it’s easier for the average person/cop/competitor do do when adrenaline is flowing. They are simpler to operate, will almost always operate no matter how dry/dusty/muddy/wet/neglected the gun is. And, pump guns are usually less costly to buy and maintain .

    I LOVE my 1100’s (I have several in 12. 20, .410), Beretta a303, even Dad’s ol’ Sportsman 58 (The 1100 predecessor). But I patrolled with and used 870’s for over 13 years, and at another department I also patrolled with Benelli M-1’s for another 13 years. I have also been head range master and range trainer for the past 8 years where I currently work. Trust me, the Benelli’s were softer shooting, but they would require more to keep them running, they would hiccup on the range in training with lower-powered ammo, they were harder and more expensive to fix (plus parts can take an eon to arrive) and Lord forbid you accidentally lose the removable operating handle, you would be in range purgatory for a year!!! (One way we were trained to secure a Benelli should it be required is to open the action, secure a handcuff through the loading gate and out the ejection port, then pull the pin to make it inoperable. The gun could then be cuffed to a street pole or whatever. You can do the same handcuff locking trick with an 870, and also pull off the barrel if you had time.)

    My H-D gun: an 870 Wingmaster with a 20″ rifle-sight barrel, 3-shot extension, 6-shot sidesaddle and 4-additional spares in a speed-feed stock. The loads are Federal 1 buck in the mag, and split 50-50 with Winchester segmenting slugs in the spare round carriers.

    Stay safe!


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