SOLD FOR: $3526
Model: Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Model 1100
Serial Number: R027685K
Year of Manufacture: 1993 (RN Date Code)
Caliber: 20 Ga 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Magazine Tube Fed Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with a scene with three-game dogs with a barn and a Chevy truck in the background, this scene is surrounded by scroll engraving and the left side of the receiver is also marked “Remington 1100” and with the serial number. The top of the receiver at the rear is marked with “CHEVROLET” above a Chevy bowtie, and “THE / Heartbeat / OF AMERICA”. The left side of the barrel is marked “20 GA. LT-20** / FOR 2 3/4 IN. SHELLS” with inspection marks and “XNX”. The bottom of the receiver, concealed with the forend installed, is marked “59 / ARTISTIC ARMS / Augusta, Georgia”. The right side of the receiver is marked is marked with scroll engraving and “THE Heartbeat OF AMERICA”. The right side of the barrel is marked “REMINGTON ARMS COMPANY INC., ILION, N.Y., U.S.A.” and has a series of inspection marks.
Barrel Length: Nominal 26″, 25 1/2″ Measured, Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrel is threaded for chokes and installed with a Modified choke. Also included is a Full and Skeet choke.
Sights / Optics: The shotgun is mounted with a white bead in a base fixed to the rib at the muzzle. There is a smaller alignment bead at the midsection.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered glossed walnut, with a fluted straight comb, capped pistol grip, and serrated black plastic Remington buttplate. There are no major defects, just light handling wear. The checkering is mostly sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Gold Receiver, Bolt Handle, & Magazine Tube Cap
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are some scattered light marks from handling and storage. There are no major defects. The pins are unmarred. The markings are clear and easily read. Overall, this shotgun rates in Excellent condition.
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 requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a limited edition Elk River fitted luggage case, the previously described choke, keys to the case, and a choke wrench.
Our Assessment: Designed by Wayne Leek and R. Kelley, the Remington Model 1100 was introduced in 1963 as a successor to the model 58 and 878 gas operated shotguns. The Model 58s had supplanted the recoil operated Model 11-48, which retained the long recoil action of John Browning’s original design, present in the Remington Model 11 and the Auto-5. All models of the 1100 are gas operated with a mechanism that noticeably reduces recoil. The Remington Model 1100 ushered in the era of successful and reliable gas-actuated autoloading shotguns, and it is the best selling autoloading shotgun in U.S. history. The Model 1100 holds a record for shells fired out of an autoloading shotgun without malfunction, cleaning or parts breakage with a record of over 24,000 rounds. The record was set in 1978 with a Remington model 1100 LT-20. This one is a Limited Edition Heartbeat of America 20 gauge with special markings and finish. It was likely sold as a package deal with a Chevy and was made in limited numbers, we cannot confirm exactly how many but we have seen reports of 500. This is a perfect combination of two iconic American companies and would be a great addition to your collection. This one comes with its Limited Edition case and chokes but you will need to find the car or truck yourself. Please see our photos and good luck!