I just could not help myself. A local shop had Remington Tac 14 Hardwoods in stock for a great price. After the lessons learned in my first OIS with a dead stock Remington 870 Police, I had Hans Vang build me a couple Remington 870 Express Vent Rib barrels. Ported with the full treatment from Hans. I did a 19 inch for my personal gun and a 14 inch I would take to work along with a full Surefire forend. I had a NFA legal gauge stashed at work and would put my 14” barrel and light on it and ran it that way working patrol and crime suppression until we eventually issued full House Vang guns. I dug up the 14” barrel the other day. Ran down and grabbed the Tac 14 and swapped the barrel. It also now has a Vang Safety and an old Delrin follower from Hans. Added a Buffalo leather sling. I am so happy with it.
Because of age and luck I had great experience with these. A very early mentor and hero was a monster legend with the USMS and used a real Witness Protection shotgun extensively. He was a very serious gun dude, and I got the solid information on what it will do and won’t do from him.
When I took over training the SWAT team a couple years later they were running some top folder 870’s. I trashed the stocks and reworked the guns. I started testing and working with a similar gun to the Witness Protection Guns with a 12” barrel. Played with different stocks in the field. Eventually, we built a pair of 12” barreled heavily customized 870’s by Robar. They utilized textured conventional wood stocks cut very short with small recoil pads. They good be shot extended or shouldered on the huge armor we wore back then. Our grenadiers were assigned them and they shot EVERYTHING out of them. Buck for warrants, breaching rounds, less lethal, gas, flash bang, and slugs and sabots. You couldn’t give these guys and MP5 or Benelli, they were absolute Maestros of the snubnose 870. We learned a ton from actually using them a lot in numerous scenarios. They will not do everything, but a large human who will manhandle it (our guys who ran them were both 6’4”) can do some serious work inside ten yards.