I don't know about you, but whenever I travel to other cities I am always curious about what these other jurisdictions carry in their patrol cars. I can't help but go over to a patrol car sitting at the curb and take a look inside.
What you usually notice first these days when you inspect a police cruiser is an assortment of computers, integrated emergency light and radio controllers, and other high-tech gear. But there's usually one thing you can expect to see in almost every American patrol car that isn't high-tech or even electronic: a Remington 870 tactical shotgun.
The exact model of Remington 870 may vary. Some have 14-inch barrels, others sport the 18-inch barrel; some are even equipped with magazine tube extensions, integral flashlights, slings, and ammunition saddles. But the basic long gun that you'll see locked into most patrol cars is the venerable Remington 870.
And the reason for the 870's popularity with the men and women of American law enforcement is easy to understand. It's a proven weapon that works not only as a long gun but also as a means of intimidating the bad guy into peaceful compliance. No sane person wants to face double-aught buckshot at close range.
When I say "proven," I mean it. The Remington 870 shotgun has been on the market almost a half century now and is the best selling shotgun in the world...ever. More than 6 million have been sold in their various configurations. If you take a look at the recent Remington catalog, you'll see around 35 variants of the 870 available right now.
The 870 started life as a sporting pump shotgun. It was very shortly thereafter that some cop somewhere tweaked one a little here and a little there, thus creating an entirely new market for the Wingmaster. Today, there are more accessories made for the Remington 870 than for all the other shotguns put together.
A Better 870
Hans Vang has taken the 870 platform and transformed it into an even more effective tactical gun. The Vang Comp Systems (VCS) Remington 870 is the pinnacle in the world of the fighting shotgun. It includes the basic gun with an 18.5-inch VCS barrel, LPA rear sight, VCS front sight with tritium insert, a black synthetic stock, the VCS safety, and VCS magazine follower. For the finishing touch, VCS refinishes the whole shebang in tactical black.
All of these modifications sound very complicated on paper, but, in reality, the Vang Comp Systems 870 Police Magnum maintains the critical KISS standard. Of course, you can order this gun with just about any accessory you want, but the basic package gun is simple, fast, smooth, and incredibly accurate. It's not just another black tactical shotgun.
The secret of the VCS 870 Police Magnum is the Hans Vang-designed barrel. Vang has been perfecting that barrel for much of his adult life, and it shows.
Vang left the Navy in 1974 and decided that with his love of firearms he should be a gunsmith. He enrolled in the Colorado School of Trades, one of the finest gunsmith education programs in the world. Then, after graduation and about a year on his own, he went to work for J.J. Jenkins, painstakingly restoring collectible firearms. Leaving Jenkins, he opened his own shop and developed the Vang Comp System.