SOLD FOR: $6047
Model: 11F Premier, Factory Engraved
Serial Number: 76416
Year of Manufacture: circa 1909
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Chamber
Action Type: Long-Recoil Semi Auto Shotgun fed by Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION, N.Y. U.S.A. / BROWNING’S PATENTS OCT. 9, 1900. DEC. 17. 01. SEPT. 30. 02. JUNE 16. 03.”, “ORDNANCE” and “FULL” along with Grade F scroll engraving. The barrel loop mount is serial matched. The underside of the barrel is marked with inspection and proof marks. The barrel extension and forend wood are not serial marked. The underside of the receiver and the lower tang are each hand-engraved with the serial number. The receiver is full Grade F engraving coverage including the tangs. The left side of the receiver includes three game scenes: single game birds on the outer scenes and a pair of hunting dogs in the center scene. The right side of the receiver includes three game scenes: single game birds on the outer scenes and a pair of water fowl in the center scene. The trigger guard’s engraving surrounds a game dog portrait.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Full, Fixed
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead set on a raised mount fixed to the barrel above the muzzle. The top of the receiver is serrated to help reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece hand-checkered walnut featuring a finger-grooved forend, a semi-pistol grip with rounded base, a fluted straight comb and Remington black hard rubber buttplate. There are a couple of light nicks and scuffs on the forend and buttstock. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has only light scuffing, primarily around the edges and the heel. The stocks are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is some light erosion scattered in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore is an 8 or 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, just a few light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Excellent 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: John Browning presented this design (which he called his best achievement) to Winchester, where he had sold most of his previous designs. When Winchester refused his terms, Browning went to Remington. Tragically, the president of Remington died of a heart attack as Browning waited to offer them the gun. This forced Browning to look overseas to produce the shotgun. It was manufactured by FN (a company that had already produced Browning-designed pistols) starting in 1902 as the Auto 5. Browning would later license the design to Remington, who produced it as their Model 11 (1911–1947). 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. An interesting piece in Remington Firearm History. This one is a rare factory engraved Premier model, also known as the 11F. It has beautiful hand engraved scroll work with game scenes and checkered high grade walnut stocks. This one has hardly any wear and is truly a beauty, any collector would do well adding this to their safe. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding!