Remington 870 Shotgun makes a comeback
DUNDURN, Saskatchewan — A weapon that’s been in our arsenal for a long time, but is often overlooked, is making a strong comeback on deployed operations. Although many soldiers have trained with the Remington 870 pump-action shotgun in the past, they rarely saw it again. That has changed.
From breeching locked doors and compounds to providing lethal and non-lethal protection in crowds, the shotgun is seeing a lot of use in Afghanistan. Most sections on patrol keep a shotgun in their vehicle, and it’s not unusual to see at least one air sentry carrying one in a convoy.
The shotgun is not normally carried as a personal weapon. But it is used in specific situations to make use of its capabilities. Three types of shells are used: a slug, 00 buckshot consisting of 12 large pellets and a non-lethal beanbag load.