SOLD FOR: $2025.01
Model: 31 Riot
Serial Number: 60402
Year of Manufacture: 1942 (PL Date Code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Shotgun with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “Remington / REG. US. PAT OFF. / MODEL 31 / 60402 / U.S. PROPERTY”. The top of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO., INC., ILION, N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. PATS. 1,763,665 / 1,786,714 – 1,786,213 – 1,834,410 – 2,023,929 – 2,039,814 OTHERS PENDING”, and “U.S. PROPERTY”. The left side of the barrel is marked “12 GA FOR 2 3 OR SHORTER SHELLS” and “CYL”. The bottom left shoulder of the barrel is marked “60402”, “PL” date code, and with an inspection mark. The right side of the barrel is stamped with a faint “REP” in an oval and with a test mark. There is a faint crossed cannons cartouche on the left side of the buttstock.
Barrel Length: 19”
Choke: Fixed Cylinder
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass bead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are plain walnut and the forend is grooved. There are moderate to heavy scratches and dings throughout, typical and as expected for a previously used and retired military firearm. There are a few other tiny nicks and minor chips to the leading edges in a few places. No major cracking or repairs noticed. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the brown plastic “Remington” buttplate. The plate has scattered moderate wear. The stocks rate in about Good – Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and there is no erosion. There is some stubborn wad fouling present.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 78% of its metal finish. There are scattered spots of oxidation. There are a few scuffs and some of the finish has thinned to bare metal. There are a few moderate scratches. Most of the finish loss is to the leading edges of the receiver. The magtube has operational finish loss. The pins are intact. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: What makes this Remington model 31 stand out among the rest is the US Property markings. According to Cantfield’s Complete Guide to Combat Shotguns the observed serial number range for model 31 Riot shotguns is 51,000 to 63,500. Leaving 12,500 potential guns. This shotgun has all the right markings in the right places and the proper buttplate as well. It has a great service appearance as well giving us confidence that the gun is original. The only feature that was different on this shotgun than others observed by Cantfield is the barrel length of 19” instead of 20”. So please do your research and look at the great pictures of this shotgun. We think you will see a RARE and honest WWII Remington Model 31 Riot.