Remington Model 887
|Remington 887 Nitro Mag|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Variants||Nitro Mag Waterfowl|
|Weight||7.375 pounds (3.3 kg)|
|Length||48.5 inches (1,230 mm)|
|Barrel length||28 inches (710 mm)|
|Cartridge||12 Gauge (2 ¾ , 3, and 3 ½-inch)|
|Feed system||4+1 rounds (7+1 for the tactical model), internal tube magazine|
|Sights||Hi-Viz LitePipe front bead, polymer mid-bead|
The Remington Model 887 Nitro Mag is a pump-action shotgun manufactured by Remington Arms Company, Inc. It is noted for using a polymer finish called ArmorLokt, which is designed to survive any type of weather condition and leaves no exterior surfaces to rust. This gives the 887 a "space age" look which is one of the gun's more defining features.
Design and Features
As the name suggests, the 887 Nitro Mag can chamber 3 ½″ magnum shells. In this way, it competes with the Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag, which is designed specifically for firing 3 ½″ magnum shells. The look of the 887 is also frequently compared to that of the Benelli Nova. The Remington 887's brochure confirms this by comparing itself to the Mossberg 835 and the Benelli Nova.
The 887's most striking feature is the ArmorLokt finish. The entire receiver and barrel of the 887 is coated with a glass-filled nylon material which protects the steel interior of the gun. In this way, the steel provides the strength for the gun while the polymer protects the inner workings from the elements, including inclement weather and resulting corrosion. Manufacturers have come up with several ways to help protect a gun's metal surface, but overmolding the gun with a polymer is a unique concept.
Remington claims that the ArmorLokt finish is impenetrable, and has several tests to help back up this claim. Company engineers subjected the 887 to salt-corrosion and submersion tests and checked for leaks and separation in the polymer, and none were found. A second test was conducted, where over 10,000 rounds were discharged through a single 887 barrel, and the barrel's coating showed no signs of separation. Smaller tests have been conducted by reviewers which somewhat verify these results.
Several key parts of the weapon are not treated with the ArmorLokt process. Noted on several sites are issues with the fore end tube assembly having rust directly from the factory.
The surface of the barrel, receiver, and synthetic fore-end has a tire-tread pattern to make a non-slip surface. It also gives the gun a unique look, which is often criticized.
Remington Model 870 Comparison
These two actions are completely different. The 870 uses a lifting lug to lock the action and the 887 uses a rotating bolt head.
The core design, specifically, the action, the receiver, and the barrel, is based upon that of the famous Remington 870. These make up the steel "core" of the 887. However, besides this, the 887 actually differs fairly significantly from the 870, and is not designed to replace the 870.
The 887 offers several improvements over the 870's design, usually in the name of user-friendliness. The slide release, for example, is a large, triangular button located on the top half of the trigger guard's face which is easy to use, even with gloves on or with numb hands. This is in contrast to the 870, where the slide release was located to the left of a trigger guard and was a small metal tab.
The 887 is also much easier to strip down and clean than the 870. Stripping down the 887 does not require any tools (with the exception of the Tactical Model which does require a hex wrench and screwdriver to remove the barrel/magazine clamp), unlike the 870, and stripping down the 887 is much quicker; it only takes two minutes to field strip an 887 and reassemble.
Remington is initially marketing two versions of the 887, the 887 Nitro Mag and the 887 Nitro Mag Waterfowl. Remington has released several new models including 887 Nitro Mag Tactical, 887 Nitro Mag Bone Collector, and 887 Nitro Mag Camo Combo.
The Tactical model is similar to the base model, but with an 18.5 inch barrel, a magazine extension tube, and 2 Picatinny mounting rails. The 887 Nitro Mag Waterfowl is very similar to the base version, with the main difference being the finish. The waterfowl version includes a finish covered in Mossy Oak's Break-Up Infinity and also Realtree Advantage Max-4 HD camo, which makes it ideal for hunting, as per its namesake. The 887 Waterfowl is also slightly heavier than the 887.
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