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Old June 14, 2019, 15:17   #1
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I posted these in the “Show me Some Wood” thread, but thought I’d post them here in with the Shotties. As you can see, I'm a sucker for the Wingmasters!

Top one is an 870 Wingmaster that I've had since I got it new when I was 12 (1975ish). Blued finish w/ TB walnut trap stock and 28" fixed modified barrel.

The lower one is an ex-LE 870 Wingmaster I bought from 308shooter here on the Files. I was amazed at how nice the parked metal finish was once I cleaned it up. It has a nice 26" Remchoke barrel and I added some nice late 70's vintage walnut to dress it up.

The last one is another 870 Wingmaster from 308shooter. This one has a 30" FC barrel and has an awesome even patina. The walnut furniture is pretty worn out so I was going to refinish the whole thing. But the patina is so cool I think I'm going to pick up a vintage LE stock for it and add an 18” IC barrel To make a unique looking home defense gun. We'll see.

What the HELL is he building in there?
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Old June 14, 2019, 15:33   #2
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I really like them as well.

I have a February first year production that is only marked '870', not 'Wingmaster'. Barrel is serialed to the receiver.

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Old June 14, 2019, 16:18   #3
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Used to tote one of these in the Gran Fury, and the occasional Malibu.


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I love 'em. The first gun I ever bought and paid for myself when I was 14 or so was a 12 ga Wingmaster and I still have it.
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Old June 14, 2019, 16:51   #5
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Fine shotguns- they certainly don’t make them like they used to, unfortunately.
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Old June 14, 2019, 19:04   #6
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I still have my Wingmaster that I bought new in 1970 at Beikirchs in Rochester, NY. The total was $105 for the shotgun with a smooth bore slug barrel, a case of clay birds and several boxes of of birdshot ammo. It has put lots of meat in the freezer and now looks like a well used canoe paddle but still very slick operating. The newer ones are not so slick but is the only pump shotgun I would ever recommend to anyone and I would suggest they look for an older one.
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Nice Wingmasters Harley! I bought one on sale at Target ~1980, nice SG, still own it. A lot of the older WM's had nice wood stocks, but yours are "very" nice! Busted a bunch of clays with that SG back in the day....
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Old June 15, 2019, 16:41   #8
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Lovely 870's and walnut.
First shotgun I bought with moneys earned from my own labors was a 20 gauge - 3 inch magnum Wingmaster circa 1977 (I was 11) and it replaced a single shot .410 I had been hunting with.
I recall it was $210 total from Dunham's at 12 Oaks Mall in Farmington Hills, MI.
My dad and grandfather oftentimes took me hunting for ducks, geese, pheasants and small game.
Unlike a lot of youse guys, mine is long are many 870's that have passed through my hands.
Still have one, bought here, by the bed for things that go bump in the night.
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I've still got my vintage, very nice 870 20 gauge that rests next to the Ithaca and Browning 20's. A nice shotgun, indeed.

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