Mesa Tactical SureShell Remington 870 Rail System Side Saddle w/ Mag Clamp (6-Shell, 12-GA, 20 in)
Mesa Tactical SureShell Aluminum Shotshell Carriers with Rail combine a shell carrier with a MIL-STD-1913 (NATO STANAG 4694) Picatinny rail that accepts optical, sights, lasers or accessories. These shotshell carrier/rail systems mount via a “saddle” style method (Remington shotguns) or by using the drilled and tapped holes on top of the shotgun’s receiver.
Features and Benefits of the Mesa Remington 870 Rail System:
- Compatible with Remington 870 shotguns
- 20” Picatinny rail
- 6-shell capacity
- Accepts 12-gauge shotgun shells
- Magazine clamp
- 6061-T6 aluminum yoke and backing plate
- Santoprene elastomer tubes
- Chicago screws
- Adhesive-backed rubber gasket
- Lifetime warranty
Saddle Rails for the Remington 870, 1100 and 11-87 are aluminum brackets that wrap around the top of the shotgun receiver, with a Picatinny optics rail at the top. The factory trigger pins are replaced by an internally threaded steel pin (in the rear) and paired Chicago screws (up front), to which both sides of the saddle rail are securely bolted. Mesa Tactical Side Saddle Rails feature a MIL-STD-1913 (NATO STANAG 4694) Picatinny sight rail along the top, and a four-, six- or eight-shot SureShell aluminum shotshell carrier yoke on the left side of the receiver. The rail isnotched at the rear to accommodate Scattergun/Wilson style ghost ring sights, and extends to the front of the shotgun receiver (5 inch rail), 2¾ inches past the front of the receiver (8½ inch rail), or just beyond the barrel’s magazine lug (20 inch rail). The 20 inch rails are anchored at the front by a magazine clamp.
No other shell carrier mounting method is as secure or looks as good. No gunsmithing is required to install the SureShell Saddle Rail, except for optional forend alterations as described above.
The saddle rails feature Picatinny rails machined from aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum, which are mil-spec hard anodized and provide an extremely durable non-glare matte finish. The basic saddle rail design provides a robust mounting platform suitable for mounting a variety of optical sights, while a second version, which is nearly identical to the basic version, also includes a Mesa Tactical four, six, or eight shell SureShell shotshell carrier mounted on the left side of the receiver. Both versions are manufactured in compliance with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny specifications, and no gunsmithing is required for installation. These new saddle rails offer a perfect solution for adding optical sights and Mesa Tactical SureShell shotshell carriers to Remington shotguns equipped with Mesa Tactical’s new LEO telescoping stock and pistol grip system.
The principle difference between one model of SureShell and another, aside from capacity, is the backing plate, which is designed to mount the carrier assembly on a particular model of shotgun. Side-mount Mesa Tactical SureShell shotshell carriers for Mossberg , Remington and Benelli M1 shotguns use the trigger group pin holes to secure the assemblies to the weapon; the Benelli M2 Tactical, Benelli M4/M1014, Benelli SuperNova Tactical and some Mossberg 500/590 versions take advantage of the factory-tapped rail mounting holes in the tops of these shotguns and include integrated Pictanny optics mounting rails; another version with an integrated rail is the saddle-mount design for Remington; SureShell Carriers for M4 SOPMOD stocks feature special hardware for attachment to these buttstocks; Adapter Mount Mesa Tactical SureShell shotshell carriers are designed to be attached to Mesa Tactical Telescoping Stock Adapter accessory mount points.
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Customer Ratings & Reviews
It is a fine modification to my Remington 870 Marine Magnum
If fits well. Instructions could have been better. Take your time! Check out all you hardware before starting install. Make sure the all hardware threads properly don't force fitl and cross thread. Have some Loctite (blue) or like available. I used Loctite on the magazine / barrel clamp and recommend the individual decide on using with Chicago screws (these go inside the trigger assembly) and the standoff pin just in case I need to remove to work on saddle (i.e. cleaning or replace tension tube) and don't want to strip the screw heads. I removed the retention clips that hold the OEM trigger assembly pins. I tried leaving them in and the tolerance was just too tight. You can try and hammer the new pins pass the retention clips but be careful you don't damage the pins. Specifically the rear pin where you could deform the threads and have a problem with the screw caps. Hence, I drop the trigger assembly and removed the pins. Keep the OEM pins and the retention clips together is a zip lock bag and label. I would suggest that Mesa Tactical increase the chamfer their pins and include detents with the rear pin if they want us to use the OEM clips. Instructions could have been better. They need a YouTube install video specific to this product. Specific Notes: 1) The saddle is a fine part of the total package along with the included increase "tension" tube; Santoprene Elastomer. White is stiffer elastic tube in the kit. See above on understanding removing same at a later date. 2) The magazine / barrel clamp fits well. Make sure that you do not cinch down during the assembly. "Free float" to do final alignment before cinching down retaining screws. 3) I forgot how much a rail can aid in the sighting process. However, you do lose the front sight down the rail but can drop down a peek under the rail to regain use of the front bead sight...uncomfortable for me so I will be installing rail sights. Mileage may vary by user, hence just be aware if you want to install iron sights and or optical sights and then take into consideration co-witnessing. Personally I will probably install iron pop ups and decide if I want to add opticals. Doing so may need to have a rise on the cheek plate. Again, have an updated Mesa Tactical YouTube installation video available. Would I recommend this product? Yes.
Good rail system for shooting slugs
After taking my Remington 870 to the range and conducting some drills. I found that the rail needs back up iron sights for shooting slugs. Rail length is good for mounting a front sight post as well as the rear. Currently I was using red dot sights and the batteries died.
Mesa Tactical Remington 870 20" Saddle Rail
The Mesa Tactical Remington 870 20" Saddle Rail is an absolutely excellent product. If you want to run battle sites on your shotgun for more accuracy with slugs, a longer distances? Then this product is a must. Be warned, the clamp that mounts toward the front of the gun comes with bolts in it. When I removed these, it seemed like one bolt was much bigger than the other three. It turns out that instead of just threading the holes in the clamp someone at Mesa thought it would be a good idea to make sleeves that thread into the clamp and then have the bolts thread into the envelope. Well, when I removed the one bolt, the sleeve came with it. Then when I removed the sleeve from the bolt, I deformed it, and it wouldn't thread back in. After a while of trying to reform the sleeve with a vice I figured out if I thread the bolt back in, it would make the sleeve the correct shape again, but then I'm back where I was, with the sleeve still attached to the bolt and it wouldn't fit in the hole on the rail to thread into the clamp. Luckily when I threaded the sleeve and bolt back into the clamp when I loosened it, the bolt came out, and the sleeve stayed in the clamp. So, if this happens to you, good luck trying to get the sleeve back in. If the sleeve had not come out then the install would have been a breeze.
This Mesa Tactical 870 Rail worth it
I was worried when I bought this because my Remington 870 is a standard 4+1 ( no ext tube), but its fit was rock solid without a bottom mag tube to grab. 200 rds of 00buck so far and still solid. Magpul MBUS sight and this Mesa Tactical rail is all you need.
Excellent for mounting mini red-dots sights...
The great part of having a full-length rail of this type is the ability to overcome the problem of mounting a mini red-dot which normally would be too low even void of a cheek rest, to see through because it would require mounting at the rail area of the gun where most Picatinny/Weaver style mounts (with or without the side saddle shell holder(s). Having a small red dot close to your face on a rifle (even when I tried on my AR15 makes for an impossible view of the dot unless you use a 1" or better riser. Pushing the mini red dot down the barrel even only 1/4 the length allows for full view and quick acquisition of that dot when you're sight is focused on the target. You get the same view as you would using the much larger full-sized rifle made red-dots as it's the MOA size that determines your coverage amount on your target. For 50 or less yard slug shots I prefer the 6MOA dot. For longer slug shots, (even 100yards), the 3MOA dot is my preference. (the MOA size of a dot means: ie; 3MOA means at 100yards, the 3MOA red-dot will cover up 3 inches of your target, and a 6MOA will cover 6inches on top of your target. The math is simple as at 50yards with 3MOA, the dot will cover 1.5 inches and .75" at 25 yards. Similarly, with a 6MOA, a target at 50 yards will be covered by 3inches of the dot and 1.5 inches at 25 yards. It's really a personal preference and also something you factor in for what you will be shooting or how far you will be shooting most of the time. But being able to reduce weight with a mini-dot, lower the profile, all while being able to see the dot (in my opinion easier than a larger framed red dot optic because of less mass around the dot) perfectly without looking for it once you've set it at the distance from the receiver that allows for it. **I use 3 and 6MOA for demo purposes. There certainly are many other sizes ranging from 2 to as large as 16 (that I've seen personally). The gentleman giving the 5-star rating but speaking about the propensity to "SCRATCH" the barrel or gun if not careful may have forgotten to mention that on Remington 870's (the gun he used for this excellent attachment), that nearly all 870's have a "parkerized" finish and are very sensitive to scratching. ANYTHING you mount to these "parkerized" finishes has the propensity to "scratch" the finish on the 870 (parkerized) receivers and barrels. This is my largest complaint but "EXCLUSIVE" to the Remington 870's Parkerized finish, not to the Mesa Tactical SureShell Carrier. In fact, a blued finish or marine finish is much more resistant to scratching by anything and doesn't seem to cause any type of scratching when matched with the SureShell Carrier by Mesa Tactical. A great addition for any shotgun allowing you to opt-out of rails attached to the forend pump which add weight and also tilt the balance if ladened with a heavy light or other attachment to the pump-action portion. Additionally, you can always mount the Picatinny/Weaver-style 45 degree angled mounts anywhere along the full length of the SureShell for offsetting and using iron sights and;/or a light to the other side etc.
starsIt looks good
Worked excellent on my Remington 870 12ga. Very simple to put on, but you gotta be careful, or you'll scratch the gun. Looks cool on there and holds the shells pretty good also.