Had an appointment in Wisconsin yesterday that provided an opportunity to stop by Gander Mountain. I don't usually find much in the way of bargains there, though occasionally, there's an exception. Yesterday qualifies. I'd been looking for a nice, tight 870 Police "just because".
Gander seems to have a policy of pricing used guns according to category, regardless of condition of the firearm. I found a very nice, walnut stocked 870 Police Magnum for $279 (+tax, of course). After I examined the gun, I discovered that this puppy had led a rather pampered existence, probably safely stored as a duty gun that didn't see much "duty". When I got the gun home and cleaned it up, I found I'd snagged a real treasure. (The gun was VERY dirty--both wood and steel). Maybe I can get some pictures up a bit later.
I snuck out to the range after a brief snow squall this morning to plunk a slug or two through the new toy. This gun has only a raised bead front sight. I began by shooting a Brenneke slug @ 25 yards offhand, then following with a Foster slug from Remington. Both placed .75 cal. holes within a couple inches of my point of aim (the Brenneke a bit below and the Remington a bit above). Then I backed off about 50 yards and repeated the drill...with very similar results. I was frankly, surprised.
Of course, recoil is as one might imagine, but standing offhand, it isn't really punishing. Pretty neat tool. I'm very pleased.