I know that everyone loves to look at pictures of firearms so here’s a blog entry on changing a barrel for the venerable Remington 870. Anyone can do it. The 870 has been in production for a very long time. It is a pump operated five shot 12 gauge shotgun. The thing is as nearly trouble-free as a firearm can be. There are all sorts of aftermarket accessories available for the 870 too from different barrels, chokes, magazine extensions, lights, lasers and different stocks. It can be adapted for just about any use. There is also a huge array of ammo available for it.
The 870 with a 26″ barrel. I’d call this a sporting barrel. You can screw different choke tubes onto it –
Notice the relatively long length of the barrel.
First you need to make sure that the gun is safe.
Safety on. Then work the slide and you can see that nothing is in the chute. Although it looks like nothing is in the chamber I always stick my finger in there just to be sure that my eyes aren’t fooling me. Check twice, save a life. You have to do this every time you pick up a firearm, put a firearm down, pass it to someone else or get handed one from someone else. I don’t give a crap if you just watched the guy at the range that is handing you a weapon make it safe himself. You have to make it safe yourself. Every time. Every time you pick a weapon up or put it down make it safe. Make it habit.
Next, you work the fore-end slide back halfway, or more, towards the receiver.
Then you unscrew the magazine cap. You can see the cap attached to the shoulder strap.
Here I’m getting ready to slide the new barrel in.
Here the new barrel is being slid into the receiver and over the magazine tube. You have to make sure that the ring on the barrel goes over the magazine. It really slides right in. If it doesn’t you’re doing something wrong and just start over again.
Screw the magazine cap back on and you are almost done.
Notice the shorter 18″ defense barrel. This is a cylinder bore barrel with a bead sight. It’s much better for defensive purposes than the longer sporting barrel. It’s easier to swing around and get on target, particularly in the small confines of a house. Being short (me) the shotgun feels better balanced with a shorter barrel.
Before you store the firearm, check again to make sure it is still unloaded and the safety is still on. Trigger lock it and place it in your safe.
Getting out pics-
Beautiful snow covered field on a beautiful day.
Heaven. This is the ceiling of my cathedral. Beautiful old white pines. They’re probably 100’+.
Ski buddy. SMACK that branch with yo’ pole.