Re: Old Remington 870 or New 870 Express for Trap
You can't go wrong with an 870, one of the sturdiest shotguns ever made. Given the history of the Wingmaster your considering, it's a gun that will take a place in your heart above many others. I'd go for the Wingmaster to get started. Once you get your feet wet with trap you'll have spoken with a lot of experienced gunhands and figure out what else you might want. If you take a liking to trap you'll end up with several shotguns. You'll also find yourself wanting to try doubles or sporting clays and get a autoloader. Somewhere along the line you'll be thinking of trying a 20g and pick one up. Before you know it you'll have 5,6,7 shotguns...and be thinking about another one. Then a reloader comes along and steals your heart. Next thing you know your searching through a club dumpster looking for usable shells. Nice thing there is no one thinks your nuts....they wish they had gotten to the dumpster first.
I started trap with an old police surplus Browning 20" barrel riot gun. I still take it regularly to trap night at my club. But it also accompanies 3 other 12's and a pair of 20g. But the 870 is my go to gun when I want to get serious and beat the squad. Until your really good you won't know the difference from a $3000 gun to a $250 gun. I say grab up the Wingmaster, pay what your conscience tells you and shoot the bejebbers out of it. Purchase a manual and/or go to youtube and learn how to disassemble and clean the machine. BTW, Trap Night is every Thursday 5-9 at Langhorne and is open to the public....$4 a round. Find the incredibly handsome fellow beating everyone with a ridiculously short shotgun and say hello!
When the SHTF......be the fan.