Remington Model 1100

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Remington 1100
Remington 1100 Tactical Shotgun
Remington 1100 Tactical Shotgun in 12 gauge—holds eight rounds (234") in the magazine
TypeSemi-automatic shotgun
Place of originUnited States
Service history
Used bySee Users
Production history
DesignerWayne Leek & Robert Kelley
ManufacturerRemington Arms
No. built4,000,000
Mass8 lb (3.6 kg) (28" barrel)
Barrel length18 to 30 inches (460 to 760 mm)

Cartridge12, 16, 20, 28 gauge, and .410 bore
ActionSemi-automatic, gas-operated
Feed system4 to 8 round tube magazine

The Remington 1100 is a gas-operated semi-automatic shotgun introduced by Remington Arms in 1963.


Designed by Wayne Leek and Robert Kelley,[2][3] the Remington Model 1100 was introduced in 1963 as a successor to the Model 58 and Model 878 gas operated shotguns.[4] The Model 58 had supplanted the recoil operated Model 11-48, which retained the long recoil action of John Browning's original design, present in the Model 11 and the Browning Auto-5. Upon its introduction in 1963, the Model 1100 replaced the Model 58 and Model 878, and later replaced the Model 11-48 as well.

All models of the series are gas operated with a mechanism that noticeably reduces recoil.[4] As of 1983, it was the best selling autoloading shotgun in U.S. history, in dollar terms.[4]

A plain version of the Model 1100 in 12 gauge, named the Sportsman 12 Auto, was sold in stores such as Target, Kmart, and Walmart in the mid-1980s, along with the Sportsman 12 Pump, which was a plain Model 870.[citation needed] The Sportsman 12 Auto had less costly birch stocks and less rollmarking on the gun's receiver. These were simply cosmetic differences, and all Model 1100 parts in 12 gauge are fully interchangeable, including barrels and receivers. Both Sportsman 12 offerings were discontinued in 1987, concurrent with the introduction of the semi-automatic Model 11-87 and the pump action Model 870 Express.[citation needed]

In 2011, Remington introduced the Model 1100 Competition Synthetic. A 50th Anniversary highly decorated version was introduced in 2013. Over four million Model 1100 shotguns have been produced. Several variations of the series—in 12, 20, and 28 gauges, and .410 bore—remain in contemporary production.[5][6]


Wingmaster 12-gauge shotgun, two Remington 1100 12-gauge shotguns, boxes of shells and clay targets are laid out on the fantail of the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) in preparation for skeet shooting practice.

The Model 1100 bleeds off gases to operate the action through ports in the barrel near the fore end. The gasses then drive a steel action sleeve that fits around the magazine tube and connects to the bolt carrier to the rear, ejecting the spent shell. A fresh shell is released from the magazine, which trips the carrier release, and the action spring in the stock pushes the bolt forward, picking up the fresh shell and loading it into the chamber. The Model 1100 can fire any 2+34-inch (7.0 cm) shell without adjustment in the standard models, and both 2+34 and 3-inch (7.6 cm) Magnum shells can be used interchangeably on the Magnum versions.[citation needed]

The Model 1100's carrier release is located on the underside.[1]


Remington 1100 Competition

Model introduction[edit]

Remington 1100 Tactical Shotgun
  • 1963: 12 gauge
  • 1964: 16 gauge
  • 1964: 20 gauge
  • 1969: .410 bore
  • 1970: Matched Pair in .410 bore and 28 gauge
  • 1970: 20 gauge Lightweight—LW
  • 1977: 20 gauge Lightweight—LT

Through the years, there have been numerous limited editions and commemorative models.[example needed]

Nighthawk Custom offers a customized version of the Remington 1100 for police use, home defense, and competition shooting.[7]



  1. ^ a b "Instruction Book for: Models 1100, 11-87 & 11-87 Super Magnum Autoloading Shotguns" (PDF). Remington Arms. Retrieved June 5, 2020 – via {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ "Remington 1100". Gun Collections Online. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Lawrence, Chris (July 26, 2013). "All hail the Remington 1100". Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Wallack, LR. "Sixty Million Guns". 1983. In Gun Digest Treasury, Harold A. Murtz, editor, DBI Books. 1994 p.193 ISBN 0873491564
  5. ^ "The Model 1100". Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Model 1100 Sporting Series". Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Pridgen, D.K. (2010). "Nighthawk Tactical 1100 12 Gauge". Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement. 19 (10): 98.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g McManners, Hugh (2003). Ultimate Special Forces. DK Publishing, Inc. ISBN 0-7894-9973-8.
  9. ^ Thompson, Leroy (December 2008). "Malaysian Special Forces". Special Weapons. Retrieved 2010-02-10.

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