Testing the Police Magnum
The test and evaluation gun that I received from Vang Comp Systems was the company's standard Police Magnum. It should be noted here that Vang Comp also offers the Remington Express version, but I believe the Police Magnum is obviously the best choice for law enforcement work.
As its name implies, the Police Magnum is built to withstand the abuse of our work. It has a 7-pound sear-disconnect spring Vs. the 5.5-pound spring in the Express, a heavier lifter spring, and a 22-inch magazine spring Vs. a 16-inch magazine spring on the other model. The Police Magnum also comes with front and rear sling swivel studs. Even more importantly, the trigger group assembly in the Police Magnum is metal where the Express is plastic.
My Police Magnum was all business, no frills, no shiny high-speed, low-drag electronic sighting widgets, night vision image generators, IR lasers, GPS mapping units, or 7,000-lumen tactical illumination tools were hanging off of it. In other words, it was just my kind of gun.
And it was made to shoot. Its Italian-made LPA sights are silver soldered in place. Vang does not use glue, as some gunsmiths do, ensuring the sights will stay in place, no matter how much banging around they do. The rear ghost ring sight is fully adjustable for both windage and elevation. The tritium front sight is bright and well protected by wings on both sides. The action was smoothed out and slicked up, but lock-up was positive and sure. Finally, the trigger was crisp and broke consistently at 9.5 pounds.
The real question when dealing with a tactical shotgun, or any gun for that matter, is accuracy. Do all of the Vang Comp modifications add up to an accurate and smooth-shooting weapon?
Well the proof is in the pudding and, in this case, it is very tasty pudding indeed. The Vang Comp Systems shotgun significantly reduces the pattern size of practically any 00 buck round fired from it.
At 25 yards, we normally expect a pattern averaging 25 inches. The Vang Comp barrel brings that down to an average of 14 inches. Not only will this cause devastating wounding of your suspect, resulting in a potential immediate stop, but it is also safer for the public. The significantly tighter pattern and increased accuracy of the VCS leaves much less room for an errant pellet to damage property or what we all fear most, harm an innocent person.
While Vang Comp claims a 15-percent reduction in felt recoil, I thought it was closer to 40 percent. My tests proved Vang Comp's claims of tighter groups and faster followups. Cycling the gun was smooth and almost effortless.
A final note: Hans Vang is one of the nicest people I've ever met in the firearms business. He absolutely loves cops. After all, we are probably 80 percent of his business.
When Vang is not building guns for us, he is training officers how to shoot them. His shop is located in Chino Valley, Ariz., just a few miles away from the front gate of the world renowned Gunsite Firearms Academy.
If you are looking for a top-quality Remington 870, take a look at the Vang Comp Systems guns. Vang can even take your department's old 870s, refurbish them, and in the process convert them to the Vang Comp System.
And if you don't have an 870, you still might want to avail yourself of Vang's work. He also builds his systems on Mossberg platforms, Remington 11-87s, Winchester 1300s, and even Benelli and Beretta autoloaders. The stock barrels on Benelli and Beretta guns are too thin and require a custom barrel. You will need to go through GG&G to get one.
Sgt. Dave Douglas is the rangemaster of the San Diego Police Department, a veteran law enforcement officer, and a Police contributing editor.