What is The Most Popular Autoloading Shotgun in U.S. History?

If you guessed the Browning Auto-5, you would be wrong.

The Remington Model 1100 semi-automatic shotgun was designed by Wayne Leek and Robert Kelley and introduced by Remington in 1963. The gun was an immediate sucess. In 1963, the gun was produced in 12 gauge only, however, Remington quickly added 16 and 20 gauge versions in 1964 and finally a .410 in 1969.

The Model 1100 was Affordable, Reliable and Boasted 55% Less Recoil

Remington Model 1100
The Remington Model 1100

To top it all off, the Remington Model 1100 was a beautiful gun to behold, especially considering that it was a mass produced gun. My son Chris has used this gun for more than twenty years. The gun was used when I purchased it for him all those years ago. We can attest to the quality of the Model 1100, if you find just the right gun.

The Remington Model 1100
The Remington Model 1100

From 1963 to 1972, Remington produced one million of these guns. By 1977, the company had reached two million in production. Then in 1983, the manufacturer announced that it had hit three million Model 1100 guns. Eventually, more than four million Model 1100's were produced.

Gas Operated

One of the new features of this gun was the unique gas operating system, which was designed to be self-cleaning. The Remington Model 1100 holds the world record for being fired the most times consecutively, without a misfire and without being cleaned. The gun fired more than 24,000 times during the test.

Of course this is not a suggestion to not clean your Model 1100. Proper care and maintenance are important aspects of keeping these old guns around for future generations to enjoy.

Remington Model 1100
At the Turkey Shoot

There were many variations of the Model 1100 over the years; Field, Lightweight, Trap, Skeet, Commemoratives, Special Editions and more. As I was writing this article I paused to perform a quick search of a popular gun auction website. I found approximately 100 Model 1100 guns being offered for sale, ranging in price from $400 to $7,000.

Remington Model 1100 Pistol Grip with Inlay
Pistol Grip with Inlay

Chris won many competitions with this old 1100 over the years. To this day, the gun performs very well. The Remington Model 1100 is one of those guns that you will find yourself using if you add one to your collection. These guns were made to use!


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