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Remington 1100 Review

Before 1963 the term “autoloading shotgun” or “semiautomatic shotgun” was met with groans and shoulder-rubbing discomfort. While John Browning’s genius can be credited for creating the reliable design, it was Remington who perfected it. Today, the 1100 by Remington represents a pinnacle of design and construction, matched—but not necessarily surpassed, by other supreme gun builders like Benelli and Beretta. For the statements made here and for these intents and purposes, this is a Remington 1100 review.Remington 1100 picture 300x169 Remington 1100 Review

The 1100 is a gas-operated semi-auto shotgun as opposed to recoil-operated. The gas system significantly reduces recoil like a soft, internal pillow into its spring system, using the expanding gasses from the burning powder, redirected back into the system to push the bolt back for its next shot. Unlike a recoil system which uses the explosive force generated by the shell to slam the bolt back into position and pushing the recoil back into the butt-pad and ultimately, your shoulder. 4 million guns later and Remington still has a winner.

Originally designed to help fulfill a need of waterfowl hunters, usually making use of a 3” magnum load to reach the heights necessary to bring down a bird and ultimately, systematically trying to dislocate your shoulder with each shot. Then finding favor with skeet shooters and other shooting sports for the ease of shooting and use.

The Remington 1100 is available in 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge, and .410 bore and can accommodate just about any size or strength shooter. It’s still one of the most popular and affordable semi auto shotguns in the world today. As always, it’s the reliability of the gun that keeps the buyers coming back and this proven by not only sales, but by the fact that the shotgun is the world record recipient for the most shots fired through the gun without malfunction or cleaning—standing to this day at 24,000 rounds fired (set in 1978).

On the range and in a hunting situation, the 1100 is a phenomenal shooter. Ease of use and very manageable recoil sets it apart from some pumps and break-action shotguns, even some really good ones. I personally love the reliability of the gun, even in filthy conditions while shooting magnum loads. As with other Remington guns that have been around for awhile, there is a plethora of aftermarket parts available for the gun to extensively change or simply modify the look and feel of the firearm.

Currently, the Remington 1100 has found great favor on the sporting clays fields, as shooters appreciate Remington 1100 Review 300x127 Remington 1100 Reviewthe ability to not have to pump between each shot. While the skeet and trap fields fill with shooters using over/under, I find that there is nothing to be ashamed of in using an 1100 alongside those shooters (the factory gun can only hold 4 rounds anyway).

For hunting, it’s perfection for reliability to make the shot (again) and for being versatile enough to deliver the kind of load necessary for bringing down the game you are hunting. Even deer hunters have found tremendous use for the shotgun—having a followup shot at the ready and without the need to re-aim and just a trigger-pull away is one less thing to worry about.

If you are in the market for a semi-auto shotgun, don’t think twice about putting an 1100 at the top of your list for consideration.

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