So, being younger and with a strong trade-itis disease, I had TWO DIFFERENT Rem 870 12ga shotguns that had been made "tactical"
First was an Express I bought like new. Came with a long field barrel. I bought a 20" smoothbore slug barrel w/ rifle sights from a buddy. Bought and had a Blackhawk recoil reducing stock set installed. Bee's knees and all that.
Traded that whole shebang for a semi-converted Saiga 12...before all the rage. Way way before. Never shot it...traded it. *sigh*
Left me shotgun-less for a few years. No biggie - I never shot the one I had anyhow.
Then I walked into a fantastic deal on a NIB XD-9 Service. $350! Didn't really like it, didn't need it... Traded it straight up on a very good condition on a Rem 870 TALO a few years ago. Great looking shotgun. Again - I didn't shoot it much. Sold it to fund something else... *Sigh*
Have been shopping for a shotgun to replace that Talo now for two years.
FINALLY was able to find one in my price range and in a condition that I wanted (ie - not good)! So, $225 and 200rds of 9mm later...
I'm now the proud owner of a mid-70s Remington 870 Wingmaster 2 3/4" 12ga shotgun! WooHoo!
And I have another buddy who is going to sell me a gently used 18.5" barrel w/ bead sight...
And I've already begun searching out a few internal upgrades (Follower, safety) as well as a few external (+2 extension, barrel clamp, sling studs, Speedfeed short LOP w/ pistol grip)
Seems a cheap shotgun doesn't stay cheap for too long...Please don't tell my wife...
ETA: External finish isn't pretty, which is exactly what I was looking for. It looks like it was stored in a foam clamshell case. There aren't any huge patches of missing bluing - but it's finely speckled. And I'm gonna leave it speckled. And not care about the externals. I've got it in my mind to build a "rat rod" of a shotgun.