SOLD FOR: $2225
Model: Sportsman 48D Tournament
Serial Number: 3102197
Year of Manufacture: 1954 (AA Date Code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Tube Magazine Fed Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “12 GA. FOR 2 3/4 OR SHORTER SHELLS”. The right side of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. INC. ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. / PATENT NO. 2,278,589 OTHERS PENDING”. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “3102197”. The bottom of the receiver at the front is marked “Remington / SPORTSMAN 48-D / 3102197”. The bottom of the chamber is marked with inspection marks, “AAA”, and “FULL”. The receiver, chamber, and trigger guard all feature “D” grade scroll engraving with a floral motif.
Barrel Length: 30″ Vent Rib
Choke: Fixed Full
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a steel bead set on the rib at the muzzle. The top of the receiver and rib have a wavy pattern for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a finger groove forend, with a capped pistol grip, straight comb, cheekpiece, and Pachmayr buttpad. There are a few little scuffs and compressions. Some of the most noticeable marks are buttstock. There is some light thinning on the rear edge of the cheekpiece. The checkering is strong. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13″ to the wood. The pad has some light wear. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There are a few little spots of minor surface erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few small scuffs on the receiver that have thinned the finish, mostly on the left side along the top edge towards the rear. There are some little spots of discoloration from previous oxidation on the lifter. There is some light thinning on the trigger guard. There are a few faint scuffs on the barrel, hardly noticeable. The most noticeable defect on the barrel is a thin scratch on the bottom at the receiver. There is some faint thinning on the edges of the receiver. The pinheads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a Remington Sportsman 48, an improved version of the Model 11, which was designed by the legendary John Moses Browning. The Sportsman Monicker carried over from the Model 11 and the Sportsman 48 is the three round version of the 11-48. This shotgun was made in 1954 and retains the long-recoil operating system of the Auto-5 with the now familiar receiver shape of the later models 870 and 1100. A common workhorse field gun, Remington made about 275000 of the Sportsman 48 in total but also made special editions for those with a discerning eye who wanted something fancier than the standard offerings. This one is a Model D Tournament Model with 30″ vent rib barrel, checkered walnut stocks, and most notably scroll engraving. The blank receiver sides are the perfect canvas for engraing and all of Remington’s standard inspection marks are moved below the stock line for a very clean and elegant look. The work is beautiful and this shotgun looks amazing, it is in great shape and would be a great addition to just about any collection no matter if your area of interest is engraved guns, shotguns, or Remingtons. Please see our pictures and good luck!