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BOATS N HOES
09-09-2012, 12:04 PM
about half a year ago i began the search for a home defense shotgun.
after a bunch of reading and viewing various forums as a guest i settled on either a 870 police or wingmaster.

my local gun store [SoCal Guns in SD] had this beauty on their rack for ~$200 and the decision was just about made for me :cool:

but i almost feel like im bastardizing this thing every time i add a part to it. mag extension and clamp with rail- 'ouch'. side saddle- 'oof'...like im throwing some pep-boys-esque car accessories and stickers on a Mercedes.

final purchase til i think ill be "satisfied" with this project is gonna be a shorter barrel and XS big dot.


any thoughts on this? am i wrong in feeling like this process is sacrilegious?


take care,
BNH



how she was when i got her.
http://i.imgur.com/S30dk.jpg

Quarto
09-09-2012, 12:07 PM
I don't know much about Wingmasters but geez..what a beautiful firearm! I'm definatly a sucker for shotguns with that classic wood furniture.

89 Vision
09-09-2012, 12:24 PM
I would buy a cheap 870 Express Magnum or Tactical and fix it up how you want. That's just me though.

003
09-09-2012, 2:04 PM
Give some consideration to installing a Hogue tactical stock and forearm and an 18 inch barrel. Keep the take off stock and barrel, and you can always put them back on. Two guns in one. I recently did exactly that. I found a used Police take off 18 barrel here on Calguns. The older wingmaster's have a great smooth action that is hard to match with todays guns. Total time to change out the barrel and stock and forearm is under 10 minutes.

Nothing permanent that cannot be changed back to the original.

BOATS N HOES
09-09-2012, 4:17 PM
I was looking at the magpul stock/fore end but i think im just gonna stick with the walnut
love the walnut

Grumpyoldretiredcop
09-09-2012, 4:22 PM
Not sacrilegious at all. 870's were made to be modded to suit the mission at hand. My "social purposes" shotgun is a Wingmaster that's older than I am, updated with a bead sighted 18 1/2" barrel, magazine extension, old-school Surefire forearm with light and a Speedfeed stock. With an action that's well worn in, it's smooth and reliable.

Bobby Ricigliano
09-09-2012, 4:27 PM
Blued Wingmaster 870's are coveted and beautiful firearms. The action is usually like glass.

It's worth buying for $200 just cuz.

Sicarius
09-10-2012, 7:36 AM
Nice shotgun. Nothing you are going to do cannot be undone in more than a few minutes. Just keep all the parts in a soft breakdown case so you can take it to the range and enjoy it too.
Kevin

Sicarius
09-10-2012, 7:36 AM
Keep the wood too. For the side saddle, you may want to look into the velcro ones. That way you can just rip the 6 or 7 shot "card" off the shotgun without disassembling anything.
Kevin

BOATS N HOES
09-10-2012, 1:45 PM
**** yeah! ^

thanks man, much cheaper than ive seen anywhere else!

Barbarossa
09-10-2012, 1:51 PM
Thats not a vintage wingmaster, so Mod away.

If it was a 60's or 70's era gun, then I'd say leave it alone.

I put a wing master stock, on my express and love it!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-wIE54RndK-c/TP8bRRJx0AI/AAAAAAAACPk/0Wx3pLs9Qq0/s288/DSC01147.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-YHrO7gPnspg/TS5Y499OI9I/AAAAAAAACSo/zomahQXcskk/s288/DSC01157.JPG

jyo
09-10-2012, 4:46 PM
EVERYBODY should have at least one 870! Nice gun, very fair price.

deckhandmike
09-10-2012, 9:43 PM
Any reviews from on that barrel? It's almost too cheap to be true.

five.five-six
09-10-2012, 9:48 PM
wingmaster for home defense?

Sure thing! We have a number of handguns stragicly placed around the house in the off chance that we have to fight our way back to one of these 870 strategicly placed around the house.

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/6928/20120901141544.jpg

BOATS N HOES
09-10-2012, 9:48 PM
Thats not a vintage wingmaster, so Mod away.

If it was a 60's or 70's era gun, then I'd say leave it alone.

I put a wing master stock, on my express and love it!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-wIE54RndK-c/TP8bRRJx0AI/AAAAAAAACPk/0Wx3pLs9Qq0/s288/DSC01147.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-YHrO7gPnspg/TS5Y499OI9I/AAAAAAAACSo/zomahQXcskk/s288/DSC01157.JPG

how can you tell? because i dont know how
the barrel that came on it is aftermarket.