SOLD FOR: $1120
Model: U.S. Marked Model 11. This one was likely used for either aerial gunnery training or R&R target shooting.
Serial Number: 701990
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (AMM Date Code)
Caliber: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ or Shorter
Action Type: Recoil Operated Magazine Tube-Fed Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO., INC., ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. / BROWNING’S U.S. PATS. 689,283 – 710,094 – 730,870 – 812,326” and with “U.S.” followed by the flaming bomb. The left of the receiver is marked “Remington / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. / 701990″. The left side of the barrel is marked “12 GA. FOR 2 ¾ OR SHORTER SHELLS”, “CYL”, AMM” and with an inspection mark. The right side of the barrel has the REP proof mark in oval and a test mark. The bolt is marked “MODEL 11”. The left bow of the trigger guard is marked with an inspection mark. The bottom of the barrel is marked “TT / 701990 / 482511” and with inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 26″
Choke: Fixed Cylinder
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a metal bead fixed to a base fixed to the front of the barrel. The top of the receiver is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a flat-bottom pistol grip, straight comb, serrated Remington buttplate, and finger groove forend. There is a crack on the forend on the top under the barrel, not visible when installed. There is a small hairline crack on the bottom of the forend at the rear. There are some scattered scuffs, draglines, compressions, and a couple of marks through the finish. The rear edges of the receiver and front edges of the wrist have a gap. The back of the bottom tang has a gap to the wrist. The checkering is strong with a few scattered marks. The LOP measures approximately 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scuffs, nicks, and a few shallow scratches. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are a couple of thin scratches on the receiver, most noticeable on the sides. There are some scattered little marks on the receiver. There are a few spots of light oxidation on the receiver, most noticeable on the bottom tang. There are some little spots of dark discoloration on the bolt from previous oxidation. The barrel has some scattered light marks and a couple of spots of hardly noticeable surface oxidation. There is some light thinning on the edges of the muzzle. The screwheads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings range from strong to light, the markings on the left side of the receiver are the lightest. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Remington Model 11 was the first auto-loading shotgun made in the USA, originally as the “Remington Autoloading Shotgun(1905-1910)” before it was changed to the Model 11 in 1911. The Remington Model 11 shotgun shares the same basic action as the Remington Sportsman, The Browning A5 and the Savage 720. The Model 11 was used in field configurations for recreational shooting and for aerial gunnery training, while riot configurations would typically be used by guards at bases or industrial locations vital to the war effort. This example is in Fine condition as refinished with solid mechanics and a bright bore. It has been refinished but the flaming bomb is still deep, especially deep compared to the markings on the receiver and there are also no military markings on the receiver making us wonder if it was applied later on in its life. Military shotguns themselves are scarce when compared with rifles and handguns, but this is a rare opportunity to own one of the few semi-automatic shotguns from the U.S. war effort during WWII. Please see our photos and good luck!