and I am thoroughly happy and impressed with the work he did on my shotgun. This shotgun was the very first firearm that I ever purchased, so I have always wanted to hang on to it. This isn't supposed to be an advertisement for J.D., but I just want to let people know how happy I am with the work done on my 870. All of the work done is solid.
It did come with the crappy bead blasted finish, and had some finicky extraction issues. I read that the extraction issue is easily solved by polishing the chamber. I could have done this polishing job, and perhaps the installation of some of the other gear myself, but the refinishing job performed by AIPPI along with the fact that an 870 armorer would be going over the weapon himself sold me on the idea of sending it off. I had heard great things about AIPPIs shotguns so I figured what the hell.
The extraction issue is resolved, and I will show additional pictures in a second post of how accurate you can be with the Big Dot. I still need to smooth out the action some more (after the refinishing) by blasting away at some more targets.
I had J.D. carry out the following work:
Refinish the entire shotgun
Replace the extractor and carrier dog spring with Police versions
Install a Mesa Tactical 6 shell side saddle
Install a Wilson Combat oversized safety
Install an XS Big Dot as a replacement of the original tiny brass bead
Replace the Express sporting forend with a Speedfeed LE forend, to accomodate the new side saddle.
The new parkerized finish feels tough, looks tough, and takes a real nice black shade when oiled. Much better than the original finish.
Apart from the standard cool additions, I really think the XS Big Dot is a great improvement and upgrade from the brass bead.
Here are some pictures