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Old 04-21-2021, 2:08 PM
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What era/years are good for the 870 Police? On a list for the police trade ins upon hearing a LGS gets them in regularly. Not that I need another shotgun but I need another shotgun, plus I don’t have an 870 Police. What’s a good price since one hasn’t been mentioned yet. I’m sure there’ll be wear and tear from the thing sitting in the rack in the cruiser for years.
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Old 04-21-2021, 2:39 PM
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While I am no 870 expert, I've bought several police trade-in glocks in the past and have a police trade-in Remington 700 Police LTR 308. In each case they've been great. Usually show a decent amount of wear on the outside, but great condition inside. Carried often, shot little. Police don't train like they should/we think they do. I've taken these guns and put them through training courses where I fired 800 rounds in a weekend, and they ran flawlessly. Not the bolt action, but the Glocks. 800 rounds through that could by a beach house.

The really old school wood stock 870 with the matte finish would be awesome. But that is doubtful to be an option. Honestly, anything would be cool.

I dig that these guns have a history of service behind them. I search gunbroker for police trade-in all the time. Looking for a deal.
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Old 04-21-2021, 3:03 PM
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From what I've seen lately, prices are horrendous. More than they cost new not long ago.
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The ones I've seen don't have the iffy workmanship that the 870 express models do. Think a real Wingmaster without the deep bluing. I haven't seen any that are less than 5 years old though.
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As far as buying any guns right now, unless you have a serious need for something, it would probably be a better idea to just wait until things cool down and prices stabilize at more normal levels.

That's coming from someone who already has everything I ever wanted with only a ew minor holes I can easily live without.

You really need a decent Pistol, a Battle Rifle of some kind and it would be nice to have a Tactical Shotgun as well. a decent supply of ammo for each one would probably be a good idea as well.

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What era/years are good for the 870 Police? On a list for the police trade ins upon hearing a LGS gets them in regularly. Not that I need another shotgun but I need another shotgun, plus I don’t have an 870 Police. What’s a good price since one hasn’t been mentioned yet. I’m sure there’ll be wear and tear from the thing sitting in the rack in the cruiser for years.
Correct...I have 6 or 7 with a bit of variety. None are Express models...some are police models...others are Wingmasters.


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While I am no 870 expert, I've bought several police trade-in glocks in the past and have a police trade-in Remington 700 Police LTR 308. In each case they've been great. Usually show a decent amount of wear on the outside, but great condition inside. Carried often, shot little. Police don't train like they should/we think they do. I've taken these guns and put them through training courses where I fired 800 rounds in a weekend, and they ran flawlessly.

The really old school wood stock 870 with the matte finish would be awesome. But that is doubtful to be an option. Honestly, anything would be cool.

I dig that these guns have a history of service behind them. I search gunbroker for police trade-in all the time. Looking for a deal.
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From what I've seen lately, prices are horrendous. More than they cost new not long ago.
Checking the Equipment Exchange on arfcom has given me the best results, and prices.
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Arfcom is worthwhile for something?? Who knew?
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Old 04-21-2021, 7:09 PM
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If the receiver is engraved with the words "Wingmaster" or "Police", then consider buying it at a good price. (no more than $600, and I would be looking at $250 to $400 tops.)

Police shotguns are cycled about four to six times a day, have rack ware, and are shot a few times a year for qualification of the officer. Therefore, they may look a little rough, but are every bit as good as the newer "Wingmasters" or "Police" models.

I would steer clear of the "Express" for various reasons.
Workmanship, aftermarket items are model specific (barrel retaining caps... specifically the ball detentes on the cap vs the barrel lug.), magazine tube extenders, and the existing mag tube rolled crimp that needs to be pushed out. Just a few headaches around the express model.

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Old 04-21-2021, 8:17 PM
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Thanks guys. The current Express I have is an Express magnum from 1996. I replaced the extractor on it and added the short forend. It’s worked well for me but would like an actual 870 Police. My current agency decided to destroy all of our old 870’s rather than letting the rank and file buy them and went to a 40mm less lethal option. I’m fine with the wear and tear and know they always performed flawlessly for me.
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Old 04-21-2021, 8:20 PM
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Too many safe queens out there for me to get excited about popo trade ins.

Well maybe one with provenance of some gun battle.
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For under $400 police trade in 870s are a good buy.
Ive picked up a few wingmasters that were so smooth
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I would simply offer you the advice of don’t be timid when trying to barter. I’ve handled the purchases and sales of weapons for a small agency the number of times and the paltry sums of money paid for those trade in guns usually means the shop is selling them for 3 to 4 times what they paid.
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Old 04-22-2021, 9:42 AM
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Bought two 870Ps in 1989 for about $210 OTD (each). California Highway Patrol trade-ins in great condition with the factory boxes. One was supposed to be for the BIL but he reneged (thanks Bro').
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Arfcom is worthwhile for something?? Who knew?
Apparently, you didn't know.

The Equipment Exchange there makes Calguns' Marketplace look like a nursery school class. Believe it or not, rules there are actually enforced.
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Old 04-22-2021, 5:53 PM
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I bought a used Police Magnum on Gunbroker.com for less than $250 several years ago. The current demand has caused those prices to significantly increase. Unless it is necessary, I would wait for prices to return to normal.
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The other side of this is your asking about a shotgun that is not made any longer under the name of Remington. Therefore the prior prices of $250 or $350 were one lucky son of gun.

We are now past supply and demand or reasonable prices and into the realm of a few rare collectible gems which is the Remington 870 Police Magnum. If you have one, hang on, it will be irreplaceable. If you dont have one, your out of luck.

Your best option is get past the PM and get something that comes close to 870 quality and that's reasonably priced.
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I'm sure it's agency specific but is there a way to find out if one is selling them? Or do they just sell to/through dealers. I'd be down for a police trade in.
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I'm sure it's agency specific but is there a way to find out if one is selling them? Or do they just sell to/through dealers. I'd be down for a police trade in.
For us it was always a fixed deal of we wanted to offload certain guns and acquire certain guns. We’d typically get an offer from a law enforcement dealer of (for example) “for every 3rd gen sw pistol you send us we’ll sell you a Glock with night sights and 3 mags for $151 each”.

I know i once got to buy a surplus Winchester 1300 defender 12 gauge for $75 because the trade in company would only offer $50 for them.
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Picked up this 1975 Wingmaster a few years back that was from the Sacramento PD.

$195 with plastic furniture and well worn finish. Sold the furniture here. Had it refinished with GunKote over parkerizing, new wood off eBay, a 1 shot extension, a new front bead, and a new spring later and I am into it for about $400 total.


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Picked up this 1975 Wingmaster a few years back that was from the Sacramento PD.
Now that is what I am talking about. Your restoration turned out really nice.

I wish I had pics of all the police trade-in's I've picked up over the years. Most I've done is refinish the slides and add new sights.
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Surplus Police Tactical Shotguns are super cool and seem to appreciate in value nicely over the years .
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Dunno what is current, but about 5 years ago Anaheim Police had a public auction of shotguns. The prices were pretty good and I kick myself in the *** for not bidding.
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I did not find any surplus police shotguns in your tactical shotgun web pages...what am I missing??
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