Model: Wingmaster 870LW (Light Weight)
Serial Number: V839172J
Year of Manufacture: December, 1979 Date Code on Barrel (http://www.remingtonsociety.com/rsa/questions/barrelcodes)
Gauge: 28 Gauge
Action Type: Pump Action, Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number, “Remington” and “Wingmaster / MODEL 870LW”. The left side of the barrel is marked “28 GA. FOR 2 ¾ OR SHORTER SHELLS”, “MOD.” and with inspection & date codes. The right side of the barrel is marked with proof & inspection marks, “REMINGTON ARMS CO. INC., ILION N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A.” and with patent information. The grip cap is marked with a “duck”. The recoil pad is marked “Old English”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 Inches
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead atop a ventilated, serrated rib. The top of the receiver matches the top of the vent rib for sighting.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The gloss finished two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, fluted comb, finger grooves, decorative checkering on both halves, a hard plastic grip base, and a soft rubber recoil pad. The finish shows scuffs, scrapes and a few scratches. The recoil pad needs to be cleaned. The LOP measures 14 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 92% of its metal finish. Most of the finish loss is on the magazine tube and action bars which show thinning from cycling the action. The front of the barrel shows scuffs, light scrapes and a few small light scratches. The remainder of the metal shows light scuffs and a few light scrapes. The pins are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with its original manual that shows some use. It is in about Very Good to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Remington Wingmaster 870LW was made back in 1979 and is chambered in 28 gauge. It is built on a light weight receiver which was made for .410, 28 and 20 gage Remington shotguns. This should make for a fun, light weight shotgun that you won’t mind carrying around. If you are not too familiar with 28 gauge shells go to http://www.chuckhawks.com/28gauge.htm and read the article titled “The 28 Gauge: The Little Shell That Could”.