THe M870 is a pump-action, 12-gauge shotgun in use throughout the US military. It is the military version of the Remington 870 shotgun and comes in a wide range of configurations of different barrel lengths, stocks and manufacturing materials.
M870 shotguns have been used by US Special Operations Forces (SOF) for decades. M870s have been by SEAL boarding teams. Division Recon Marines took them with them when they spearheaded the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
When SOF teams fight in urban environments, shotguns, such as the M870, are ideal when used for close quarters battle (CQB).
Counter-terrorism teams such as Delta Force assaulters use the M870 as a breaching shotgun. In this configuration, the M870, typically with a 10 inch barrel and with stock removed, is loaded with special breaching rounds which are used to shoot away door hinges and locks.
M870 MCS Specifications
|weight :||7-8 lbs (empty)|
|length :||37-45 inches|
|barrel length :||10, 14, 18 inches|
|rate of fire :||single-fire, pump-action|
|effective range :||40 meters|
|caliber :||12 gauge|
|magazine :||5-7 rounds internal tube magazine|