Remington’s 1100 Turns 50.
Announced in January 1963, as the shotgun designed “to make any shooter a better shot,” the Model 1100 would become the dominant gas-operated shotgun for the next two decades. It quite literally took over the trap and skeet markets. Just 9 years later, in 1972, the first millionth Model 1100 came off the assembly line. In 1977, a mere 5 years later, the second millionth Model 1100 was produced and in 1983, the 3 millionth, and the model is still going strong in the Remington scattergun lineup.
Fifty years later, the famous Model 1100 is still
selling well in the Remington shotgun line.
Leading the team that designed the Model 1100 was one of Remington’s most prominent engineers, Wayne Leek, whose name would become associated with other innovative designs like the XP-100 pistol, the rear-locking lugged Model 788 and 540X rimfire target rifle.
The Model 1100 incorporated several design features, which set it apart and above the competition. The most important feature, especially to competitive shooters, was the reduction in perceived recoil. Remington tests indicated that the Model 1100 had 40 percent less recoil than other autoloaders and 50 percent less recoil than fixed-breech guns. How? We’ll let Wayne Leek explain.
The 50th Anniversary Edition is accented with its special
serial number and its engraved, gold-filled receiver panels.
Bob Brister in his excellent book, Shotgunning—The Art and Science interviewed Leek at length about the recoil attenuation achieved in the Model 1100. Leek said, “Let’s take a common hunting load which we’ll say would recoil against the shooter’s shoulder with 25 foot-pounds of energy in a fixed-breech gun. We put that load into an 1100, and the shooter pulls the trigger.
Before the load and gases leave the barrel to create full recoil force, approximately 10 ft-lbs of energy are tapped off at the gas orifice and stored into a moving mass not directly associated with the fixed-breech gun mechanism, namely the action bars, breech-bolt mechanism and action bar sleeve. Therefore, at this instant, the shooter is getting kicked with 15 ft-lbs instead of 25.
“When the action-bar sleeve impacts against the front of the receiver, 5 ft-lbs of the 10 ft-lbs stored in the moving mass are put back into the equation and an instant later the breech bolt, still moving rearward, impacts against the rear section of the receiver, putting back the other 5 ft-lbs, thus satisfying Newton’s Law.”
In short, the shooter receives three separate recoil impulses within microseconds, thus flattening the recoil curve. The result is less “perceived” recoil. To a trap shooter chasing 200 clays, it was a marvel.
The 50th Edition 1100 sports the fleur-de-lis checkering
pattern on the forearm as well.
Other design features included a gas system moved outside the magazine tube and moved closer to the chamber where gas pressures were more consistent and higher, resulting in a cleaner system, less prone to carbon fouling; a well proportioned stock with fleur-de-lis checkering and a bowling-ball-rugged stock finish impervious to the weather and gun oils. The only thing lacking was a gas compensating system that could handle 2-3/4-inch and 3-inch shells. That would come in 1987 with the introduction of the Model 11-87.
So for 2013, Remington has given us an opportunity to acquire a stunning rendition of the Model 1100, commemorating its 50th anniversary. From its special serial number which begins with “1963” to its highly figured stock accented by a bold fleur-de-lis checkering pattern to its machine–cut engraving patterns and gold filled sporting scenes, the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is already a collector’s prize, and with its 28-inch ribbed barrel, it would make a great looking field gun as well.
Stocked in richly figured walnut, the 50th Edition sports
the original fleur-de-lis checkering pattern.
1100 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Maker: Remington Arms
870 Remington Dr.
P.O. Box 700, Madison, NC 27025
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: IC, M, F
Overall Length: 50-1/2″
Weight: 8-1/4 pounds
Sights: White bead with silver mid-bead
Shooter’s Choice Barrel Wizard
The Barrel Wizard morphs from a cleaning rod into a chamber/forcing cone cleaner.
The paper towel patch provides an unusually large surface area for bore cleaning.
The snap cap is also an oil bottle.
The snap cap handle/oil bottle is also a functioning spring-loaded snap cap.
Here’s a neat combination shotgun tool being marketed by that famous emporium of fine gun cleaning and lubrication chemicals, Shooter’s Choice. Combining a precision snap cap and oil holder with an adjustable length cleaning rod and a jag designed to hold rolled up paper towels and standard shotgun brushes, the Barrel Wizard is designed to be carried inside your barrel so there’s no excuse for not having the proper cleaning equipment with you on the hunt or at the range.
Available in 12, 16 or 20 gauge, the snap caps serve multiple purposes. Attached to the 27-inch to 42-inch push button, adjustable, aluminum, cleaning rod they serve as the cleaning rod handle and, when chambered, secure the cleaning rod inside the barrel. Attached to the paper holding jag mounted with a brush, they create a handy chamber and forcing cone cleaner. Finally, when the gasket sealed top of the snap cap is unscrewed, you can fill the body of the cap with a reserve supply of lubricant or preservative.
The paper towel holding cleaning jag is a marvel. For a 12 bore, you take half of a paper towel, fold it in half twice, wrap it around the jag and go to work with Shooter’s Choice Shotgun and Choke Tube Cleaner. The resulting paper towel “patch” is 3/4 inch in diameter and 3 inches long. That’s a lot of surface area in contact with your bore, much more so than a standard shotgun patch. My recommendation is to use the “Viva” brand of paper towels. They’re extra tough, and the sheets on the roll are already scored in half.
One final point is that when carrying the Barrel Wizard inside the bore of a pump, semi-automatic or bolt-action shotgun, you first insert the snap cap into the chamber and then insert the cleaning rod into the snap cap handle from the muzzle end.
A great video at the Shooter’s Choice website shows how the Barnel Wizard System works.
By Holt Bodinson
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