I've got two I bought new in 1983, they have performed well for me. One is a sporter with a 30 inch, full choke, vent rib barrel. The other has an 18 inch, cylinder bore barrel. Factory Choate Machine & Tool side folder/ pistol grip/ fore end, and it is gray parkerized. The latter has had many thousands of rounds through the years. It has been to several schools, many competitions, and served as my duty weapon for several years. I have had zero problems from either of them.
They were an improvement over the 870 when they were introduced. They had dual slide rails to prevent binding. If a shell slipped under the follower; you could chamber it by simply racking the slide. At the time the 870 had a single slide rail, and if you got a shell stuck under the follower; you were clearing it with your pocket knife. I was impressed enough to buy two. I hope yours serves you as well as mine have.