like tactical shotguns. In most home defense situations, they are
probably a lot more useful than handguns, although probably not as
tidy. They don't require critical aiming, ammunition can be selected to
avoid serious over penetration problems, they have extended magazine
capacity, but they don't have an extra foot of conventional shotgun barrel
to serve as a grab bar for a perpetrator. Tactical shotguns have
short barrels because they are made for close in work, they are not
made for genteel duck hunting prior to morning tea and a round of golf. Tactical
shotguns are not supposed to be pretty, but they can be quite artful
in "form follows function" context. They are designed to be tough
and reliable, like a 3/4 ton work truck; big engine, no radio and
rubber mats that can be hosed off in place of plush pile carpeting.
Not representing any formal law enforcement or military defensive firearms philosophy, and omitting the use of: laser and/or holographic sights,
weapon lights, bayonets, and grenade launchers - tactical shotguns
fall pretty naturally into defensive situations. You mostly fire
away until you run out of ammo, then flip them around and wield them
like a club. The Remington Model 887 Nitro Magnum Tactical clearly
is a prime example of a tactical shotgun, especially for those of
use who don't like to overthink the solution to a problem and for those
of us who have not graduated the $5,000 a day Colonel Beaumont
of Chicken Pickin' Barbeque and Advanced Residential Warfare.
It is what it is... and highlights
||887 Nitro Magnum
Pump Action Shotgun
||Carbon Steel -
12 - 2¾" 3", 3½"
||6 - 2¾" & 3", 5 -
Hi-Viz light pipe
||7 lbs 1 oz
General description: The Remington M887 Nitro Magnum Tactical
is a high capacity, magazine fed, pump action shotgun.
Size: The Remington M887 Nitro Magnum Tactical is a compact
39" long which, in context, is one half inch shorter than a .30-30
WCF saddle carbine and 7" - 9" shorter than a typical non-tactical
pump action shotgun. The forearm is a hand filling 2 1/4" wide, the
pistol grip is 1 1/4" wide and hand fitting. The M887 feels... substantial for its
A steel receiver and hammer forged 4140 steel
barrel are heavily protected by Remington's proprietary ArmorLokt™
over molded finish. The tough scuff and wear resistant coating seals
metal surfaces, protecting them from harsh weather conditions
and other environmental concerns. AmorLokt™ also assists in heat
Remington M887 Nitro Magnum Tactical's forend, buttstock, magazine
cap, and trigger assembly are made of
AmorLokt™. Swivel studs are located at either end and it is fitted
with a Remington Super Cell recoil pad.
Chamber & Magazine Capacity:
The Tactical is chambered to accommodate 12-gauge 2 3/4", 3"and 3
1/2" shotshells. With its two shot magazine extender, the Tactical
holds six 2 3/4" and 3" and five 3 1/2" rounds.
Barrel: The M887 Nitro Magnum Tactical 18 1/2" barrel has
a full 0.729" bore, end to end, and a 0.730" bore ported, extended
tactical Rem™ Choke with a muzzle break feature. This is a good
combination for close in work, shot or slug loads. There is a Model
887 Nitro Magnum 20" rifled slug accessory barrel with Hi-Viz rifle
sights available from Remington.
Sights: Integral ramp, Hi-Viz front sight, Picatinny
receiver rail, plus right side accessory rail below the front sight
provide easy mounting for all popular mechanical, electronic and
The Remington M887 Nitro Magnum Tactical disassembles slightly
different than the Non-Tactical version, primarily because of the
accessory Picatinny rail mount that also binds the extended magazine
tube to the gun's barrel. A little tighter detail shot of the front
end assembly below.
brief form - To
disassemble, the gun is checked for empty as defined in the
product's manual. Parts are removed in the order as numbered above.
Disassembly takes about ten minutes, reassembly about the same.
The Nitro Magnum was shot quite a bit, but clean up was no more
than a quick wipe down due to the ArmorLokt™
over molding. This is of course important for a gun that is destined
to see rough handling and inclement weather
Eventually, it always comes down to this...
Targets selected were Big Tom Turkey targets. They were selected
because we have a flock of turkeys that have taken over the range
and I thought this might send them a message and, more to the point,
they are 15"x19" with a 13" kill zone, which is smaller than most
torso targets. The targets were placed at fifty feet because my use
of a tactical shotgun is defense of home or business. Not being a
law enforcement professional, or a member of the military where
circumstances and assignment vary, my setting is static and fifty
feet is more than enough range to cover any eventuality.
Three people did the evaluation shooting with the M887 Nitro Magnum Tactical, all
experienced shooters, but unfamiliar with this specific gun... same
as me. They
are, left to right, Joshua Brown, Gary Foster and Geoff Foster.
Thanks guys. The gun digested and fed all ammo without complaint.
The Nitro Magnum did feel relatively soft in recoil, which I would
attribute to the shock absorbing qualities of the ArmorLokt stock
and an excellent Remington Super Cell recoil pad.
*Mossberg Model 835 with
28" barrel with a modified choke put 7 in a 9" circle
with one flyer
Based on these results, for defensive loads, I'd be tempted to
settle on a 00 buck because less shot is put out there to fly off in
all direction and eight or twelve .33" balls would tend to get an
armed intruder's attention. My choice would be the TAC 8 ammo,
with the 3½"
00 buck load a close second. The TAC 8 put everything on target and
it was easy to control. The 3½"
wasn't that much more difficult to shoot, it put more net
projectiles on target and the pellets that didn't fall within a
thirteen inch kill zone hit in the immediate vicinity.
For barrel length performance comparison, TAC 8 ammo was also
fired through a Mossberg pump with a 28" barrel and modified choke.
It put seven of eight pellets into a 9" group, the eighth was
nowhere to be found. The 18½"
barrel Remington put all eight pellets in an 11" circle with an open
bore which is virtually no trade off for a foot less gun to manage
in a dire situation. Geoff's 3" three shot
slug group was pretty impressive for a gun with only a front sight.
I would not select slugs for defensive purposes as they pretty much
defeat the benefits a shotgun has to offer although I would like to
hang a scope on the gun and see how it hit at 50 yards out of
The Remington's Model 887 Nitro Magnum Tactical is as advertised,
all business. It is easy to carry, easy to shoot and easy to keep
clean. There are enough places to hang sights and accessories to
tailor the gun to individual shooter's need. The capacity is a big
plus. The construction is rugged, the appearance if consistent with
its intended use and those big diagonal ribs all over the gripping
surfaces will make sure it will stay in your hands. The Nitro Magnum
Tactical is a gun designed with purpose. Good gun. Good value.