SOLD FOR: $9025
Model: 11-48 SF Premier, Carl Ennis Master Engraved
Serial Number: 4006558
Year of Manufacture: 1953 (ZZ Date Code)
Gauge: 28 Gauge 2 3/4? Shells
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Tube Magazine Fed Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “28 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 “4006558”. The bottom of the receiver at the front is marked “Remington / 11-48SF / 4006558”. The bottom of the chamber is marked with inspection marks, “ZZ”, and “SKEET”. The receiver, trigger guard, and barrel at the rear all have Premier Grade scroll engraving and border engraving. The trigger guard has a dogs head. There are game scenes on both sides of the receiver. Both sides feature game dogs in the center and game birds at the front and rear. Each side is marked with tiny punch dots and “E” for Carl Ennis.
Barrel Length: 25? Vent Rib
Choke: Fixed Skeet
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white bead in a base set on the rib at the muzzle. There is a small metal alignment bead. 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, capped pistol grip, straight comb, initial plate (unmarked), and serrated black plastic Remington buttplate. There is a crack on the right side of the forend at the rear. There are some scattered draglines, compressions, and areas of light thinning. There are some light marks through the finish. The checkering is mostly intact with a few marks. The LOP measures approximately 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered little nicks, scuffs, and scratches. The stocks rate in about Fine 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 but no heavy pitting. In my opinion, this bore is a 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some scattered little nicks and marks through the finish, most noticeable on the top of the receiver and on the barrel at the muzzle, and on the bottom towards the middle. There are some scattered spots of discoloration on the bright metal. There are some scattered spots of frost. There is some light wear on the edges of the receiver. There are some scattered little marks on the edges of the trigger guard. The pinheads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine 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 11-48, an improved version of the Model 11 which was designed by the legendary John Moses Browning. The first of a “New Generation” of shotguns produced by Remington, it has the now-classic receiver shape of the 1100 or 870 while retaining the long-recoil operation of the previous model 11. Made with some stamped steel components and with truly interchangeable parts, the 11-48 was a reliable semi-automatic shotgun that could be afforded by the everyman making it very popular until the gas-operated 1100 had been in production for several years. This example is a Premier Grade that was built in 1953 and features engraved scroll work and game scenes done by Carl Ennis. The Premier is their top grade and it is no wonder why, the engraving is top notch and the woodwork is first class. Any collector would do well to add this to their collection and this will certainly turn heads at the range. Please see our pictures and good luck!
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