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Remington 870 DM Magpul: A Great Home Defense Shotgun?

Remington 870 DM Magpul
Remington 870 DM Magpul. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Remington 870 DM Magpul Will Keep Your Home Safe: A lot of my shotguns are tube-fed, so I was really excited to get my hands on the DM Magpul and try out the magazine. Being able to switch loads on the fly opens up a few possibilities and makes the Remington 870 DM Magpul a great choice for home defense.

Remington 870 DM Magpul: The Basics 

I’ll actually start with the magazine, because it’s the biggest difference between the DM and other Remington shotguns. Unlike some that you have to wiggle in, it felt solid and went in without a problem. I also love that the top is metal to protect the gun, but the bottom’s plastic for when it drops out.

Of course, I had to manually pull out the magazine every time when I was testing it but the idea’s there. With a box magazine, though, I can keep one load at home specifically for self-defense which is a nice advantage.

My only real complaint with the magazine is that it could hinder movement through foliage, but otherwise the DM is easy to maneuver at about 3 feet long. In that regard, the 7.5 pounds was a little heavier than usual but it felt good and I appreciated the grip and adjustable stock.

When I fired, the recoil pad took most of the impact and I still felt great after 100 rounds so that’s a plus. The trigger wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. The tactical choke on the front of the gun let me adjust as I went for different types of ammo without having to switch barrels.

Remington put thousands of rounds through the DM Magpul with practically no issues and I’m inclined to agree. I only put in a fraction of that on the range, but I didn’t have a single misfire or trouble with the mag feed.

I found that the sights worked great at sunset, but I still recommend an optic to help improve accuracy at farther targets. Personally, I prefer firing slugs and the Remington DM was still pretty precise at 75 yards. It’s better inside of 50, but it could put down game for hunting purposes.

Aside from the weight, my only other con would be the price. I’ve seen the DM go for as much as $800, but I got mine for $700. One thing I will say, though, is that the accessories for the Remington are reasonable so you might save there compared to other shotguns.

Remington 870 DM Magpul: Bottomline

At the end of the day, the Remington 870 DM Magpul isn’t perfect but it definitely does the job. If you prefer tube-fed shotguns, the original Remington model might be a better fit for you at a lower price, but I loved the option of carrying a different magazine for a different game. It’s a little pricey up-front, but the 870 DM is well-worth it for what it brings to home defense.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.