Remington Model 1100

Remington Model 1100

Remington Model 1100


Remington Model 1100 Sporting 20




Type Semi-automatic Shotgun
Weight 3.22kg
Barrel Length 66.04cm
Magazine Capacity 5 Shotshells
Caliber 12 Gauge
Country of Origin United States


In 1963, Remington’s gas-operated Model 1100 superseded their recoil-operated Model 11-48 and the gas-operated Model 58 and Model 878 shotguns. This leap to a newer, simplified design followed the great success of the Model 870. What worked for one shotgun model might work for another.

The Model 1100 was Remington’s combination gas-operated shooting package. In operation, gas from firing is vented through two ports in the barrel onto a piston encircling the magazine tube. The 1100’s piston, driven back by gas pressure, forces back the action bar and spring, opening this shotguns action and ejecting the spent shell. The compressed recoil spring, after gas pressure falls off, expands to drive the action components forward, feeding a new shotshell from the magazine into the chamber. With part of the gas pressure being used to operate the mechanism of the shotgun, the Remington Model 110 soon attained a reputation for minimized recoil. In a fast-shooting semi-automatic, the lessened recoil meant that shooters could fire more shots with less impact—a boon to competitive shooters.

As in their Model 870, Remington offered some variations for their Model 1100. Rifle-sighted Deer Guns (Model 1100Synthetic Cantilever on the right) were available for hunters using rifled slugs, Magnum and Lightweight versions allowed shooters to buy just the right shotgun for their particular purpose. While the 1100’s action enabled a wide range of light to heavy loads to function flawlessly in a standard receiver, shooters could select a semi-automatic in a variety of gauges.

The Model 1100 was produced through 1988 and was superseded by the Model 11-87. The popularity of the Model 1100 is evidenced by the several million generated and those countless thousands remaining in active service today.

Did you know?

Remington’s Model 1100 semi-automatic was one of the first of that firm’s shotguns with an aluminum alloy receiver. This lightweight action allowed the shooter to choose from a range of fast handling, yet light-recoil, semi-auto configurations suited both to serious shooters and recoil-reluctant novices.

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