I have no clue about Remington's rationale for manufacturing and marketting the 887 pump, since they already produce the most successful pump shotgun ever made in the venerable 870. With that said, the quality of the "new" 870 Express models is a far cry from that of the "original" model 870's in both the machining, mechanics and cosmetics. But back to the 887, it's a piece of junk not worthy of the Remington label. Last year, a friend, who is an internationally recognized expert in all things shotgunning, was approached by a leading shooting publication to evaluate and review the 887. After he reluctantly accepted the assignment, he was shipped an 887 from Remington to test. He called me upon receipt of the shotgun and I met w/ him to assist in the evaluation. The "sample" gun which he was told was "pulled off the line" wouldn't properly cycle, was extremely rough, and at 40 yards patterned 18" low and 12" right. The "test" gun was returned to Remington and replaced with another 887. According to my friend, the second 887 was inferior to the first gun, and he returned it and cancelled the evaluation. I have yet to hear anything positive about the 887 and IMO there are too many proven slide actions to waste time, and money on this shotgun.