Brigid put up a truly wonderful post on her blog about the Remington 870 shotgun today:
The Remington 870 - Dressed to Thrill
It was such a wonderful article that I felt the need to post about mine as well.
I have two 870s of my own, both of which started out as police-surplus 12-gauge guns with 18" barrels. However, over the years, I've modified both for different roles.
The lower one is a defense/fighting shotgun which I've modified a fair bit to increased it's utility, as described in this earlier post:
The practical home-defense shotgun
This is the one that stays by the bed at night as a cure for things that go "bump" in the night. It sports a Surefire weapon light and holds 16 rounds of 12ga. in it's magazine tube, sidesaddle, and stock tubes. This is a "grab-and-go" weapon.
The 870 is a platform that handles either role exceptionally well as Brigid states so eloquently in her article, and I feel extremely well served having these two here in the Lair, one in the "social" rack in the living room and the other in the "on-deck circle". Remington scored a home run with this classic design when it first came out in 1951, and that's why over the last sixty years, they've made and sold over ten million of them. And they're still making and selling them today.
Edited to add: Keads has another nice post about his Remington 870 here:
They're everywhere, folks. Because they're that good.