Back in the day, when I was in the market for one, the top dog was the Remington 870. The Winchester 1200 was only bettered by the number of LEO agencies using the Remmie. There was also an upstart called a Mossberg. I snagged a "can't pass it up" deal on a Winchester 1200 Police (never regretted my purchase). Fast forward a couple (plus) decades. Freedom Group started shaking things up, buying up competitor brands, moving manufacturing locations, etc. Quality control issues reared their ugly heads and Remington has struggled to recover reputation lost. Has Remington's whoas rebounded enough to regain #1 spot (or contender status) with their 870? They used to be desired for the ability to change barrels for varied uses (home defense/bird hunting/deer hunting, etc). My reason for asking, is... a buddy of mine is looking for a home defense scattergun and asked about the Mossberg 500 Flex. I told him I'd ask around. From their web site, it appears they're doing a pretty good job of offering a variety of options. I'm not seeing mention of whether these are 2 3/4", 3", or 3 1/2"... or, whether there are still varied choices being offered these days. I'm kind of "out of the loop" on these. For me... I'm quite happy with my Winchester 1200 Police 18" Stainless for anti-varmint (of the two-legged variety), and my Winchester 1500 XTR for terrorizing feathered types.