Identify that 870


Oct 1, 2009
Today I saw an 870 I could not readily identify.
It said Light Contour and 2 3/4 or 3" on the barrel but on the receiver I did not see the usual ID information.
It did not say Wingmaster, Express, Special Purpose nothing...
It had a lot of scroll-work and almost hidden in the scroll work it said Remington 870 and that was it.
The serial number ends with a M and the guy behind the counter tried to tell me that meant it was a magnum.
He pointed out the fact that the barrel was 3 inch blah blah blah.

I recorded the serial number and called Remington
They checked the serial and it turns out it is a Wingmaster light contour model and is not a magnum receiver.
They also told me the mfg date was 1999.

When in doubt give Remington a call.
There are sites on the web that give the barrel codes these sometimes work but could have been swapped, the surest way is drop a dime...

I am glad I passed on it I have been looking for a magnum Wingmaster but this one was not it.

Midnight Raver

Active Member
Sep 29, 2009
Certainly shows you that like at any other store, some chump could just be working for a check and not know diddley about the merchandise. No offense intended to any of our Forum members that have businesses mind you. There is a big difference between an owner and the hired help. However, you probably see that more at a WallyWorld, Kmart or other place that has some goodies in the sporting goods section.