Brief Overview of the Remington Model 1100 Shotgun

Remington’s Model 1100 Shotgun is a classic that changed the American shooter’s perspective of auto-loading shotguns.  This cutting edge model was designed by both Wayne Leek and Robert Kelley.  The Remington 1100 is a semi-automatic, gas-operated shotgun that became a quick favorite among sportsmen due in part to the significantly reduced coil and the model’s reliability.


Introduced in 1963, the Remington Model 1100 maintains an impressive record for firing the most shells (from an auto-loading shotgun) without any malfunctions or any parts requiring cleaning or replacing.  The shotguns record – an impressive 24,000 rounds.   The Remington Model 1100 Shotgun, considered by many to be one of the top shotguns in history, is the best-selling (auto-loading) shotgun in United States’ history.

History and Specifications for the Remington Model 1100

  • Manufacturer:  Remington Arms
  • Production Run:  1963 to Present Day
  • Total Produced to Date:  Over 4 million
  • Action:  Semi-automatic
  • Weight:  8 pounds with 28” barrel
  • Overall Length:  Varies
  • Barrel Length:  18 – 30 inches
  • Cartridge:  12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge, .410 bore

Remington Model 1100 Series

  • Competition Synthetic
  • Classic Trap
  • Competition
  • Premier Sporting Series
  • Sporting Series
  • TAC 4

A common feature on semi-automatic shotguns (including the Model 1100) is a shell catcher.  Using this is especially beneficial when shooting Trap as it prevents close promiximity members of the squad from being hit with spent shells.

Though the Remington Model 1100 is quite often used for water fowl hunting and trap and skeet shooting, a couple of countries have used it in their militaries.  The shotgun is believed to be used by the Mexican naval Infantry and the Malaysian Special Operations Force.  In the United States, the Model 1100 is mainly utilized by law enforcement agencies.

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