My 870 has never failed me in any way shape or form. Mabye im just lucky but I've never had any reliability or maintainence problems with it. It has adequate saftey features. The parts on it are near identical to the wingmasters. I bought mine in a deer hunting config with a leupold scope and bought a rem-choke barrel for sporting clays and use on birds. I believe that it is a great shotgun that can be used for numerous roles. It is most definently a keeper.