The Remington Model 870 is a pump-action shotgun manufactured by Remington Arms Company, LLC.
The Remington Model 870 was the fourth major design in a series of Remington-designed pump-action shotguns, after the Model 10, the Model 29, the Model 17, and the Model 31. The latter was well-liked but struggled for sales in the shadow of the Winchester Model 12. As a result, in 1949, Remington decided to introduce a more modern, streamlined, rugged, reliable, and relatively inexpensive shotgun, which later became the Model 870.
Sales of the Model 870 have been steady, reaching two million sales by 1973, which was ten times the number of Model 31 shotgun sales. By 1996, spurred by sales of the basic "Express" models, which were added as a lower-cost alternative to the original Wingmaster line, sales topped seven million shotguns. On April 13, 2009, the ten millionth Model 870 was produced, and it has since held the record for the best-selling shotgun in history. Presently, the Model 870 is widely used by the public for sport shooting, hunting, and self-defense, and is also commonly used by law enforcement and military organizations worldwide.
- Cartridge: 12-gauge, 16-gauge, 20-gauge, 28-gauge, .410-bore
- Action: Pump-action
- Weight: 7.0-8.0 lbs. (3.2 kg.-3.6 kg.)
- Length: 37.25 in.-50.5 in. (946 mm.-1280 mm.)
- Barrel Length: 18 in.-30 in. (460 mm.-760 mm.)
- Feed System: 4-7 shells (5-8 shells w/ 1 shell in tube chamber)
On Criminal Minds
Several unsubs and police officers on Criminal Minds have used the Model 870. Named users are:
- The Footpath Killer in Season One - Police Magnum Riot
- Cally's Tribe ("The Tribe")
- Enid White ("About Face")
- Jack Vaughan ("3rd Life") - Police Magnum Riot
- Norman Hill ("Normal") - Field Gun, sawed-off Field Gun
- William Hightower ("To Hell and Back, part 2")
- Ronald Boyd ("A Rite of Passage")