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Shotguns Made by Remington are the Most Popular in the World
Remington is the oldest gun maker in the US, and they make the most popular shotguns in the world. Not only are their shotguns the most popular, but Remington is a very prolific gun designer with a very large number of different models. Let's take a closer look at the different series of Remington shotguns which include the VersaMax, the Model 1100, the Model 11-87, the legendary 870, and the armor clad 887. Within each of these series, there are a number of different models of shotgun to meet the needs of hunters, sportsman, competition shooters, law enforcement, and self defense. First we'll take a look at the newer VersaMax series of shotguns. As you read through the descriptions of the many different Remington shotguns you can see pictures of each model by clicking on the blue links below. This will open up a separate window where you can see a photograph of that particular model. It was done this way because there are so MANY different models and versions of Remington shotguns, that trying to post all the pictures here would have cluttered this webpage too much and slowed down page loading. In this way, while you are reading about the different shotguns, if a specific model interests you, then you can click the link to get a closer look.
Remington Versa Max Tactical Shotgun
VersaMax - These semi-automatic shotguns use Remington's
innovative VersaMax system to provide reliable cycling with a variety of
different shotshell loads. Versamax is a series of gas ports in the chamber that vary the amount of gas pressure that is applied to the action depending on the shell length from the standard 2-3/4"
12 gauge shotshell all the way up to the 3-1/2" magnum. For example, when a powerful 3-1/2" magnum shell is used, the longer shell covers up some of the gas ports in the chamber. When the gun is fired, the additional gas pressure of the 3-1/2" magnum round is directed through a fewer number of ports to apply just the right amount of pressure to the auto-loading action. With a shorter 2-3/4" shell, more of the ports are uncovered in the chamber in front of the shell. As a result, when the gun is fired, a greater volume of the lower gas pressure of the shell is directed through additional ports which give
adequate power to work the action. This self regulating system allows
virtually any ammunition to be used with reliable operation of the gas operated system. Simple in principle and brilliant in its design, the Versamax is one example of why Remington firearms are so popular.
Not only does this system provide reliable cycling of the action, it also
reduces the felt recoil of the gun. Remington says that a 12 gauge
Versa Max has recoil similar to a 20 gauge conventional shotgun.
There are a variety of different models within the VersaMax family of
guns. They include the practical
($1,025) model which offers
all the benefits of the VersaMax system without some of the bells and
whistles of the more expensive models. This means that the Sportsman
comes with a lower price tag. In addition, there is the
model with has black synthetic stock and forearm with overmolded rubber
grips that help to provide a more secure grip. For
bird and fowl hunters, there are also the
VersaMax RealTree AP HD
($1,599) and the
($1,599) models. These shotguns come with camo synthetic stocks
with over-molded rubber grips. The inside of the barrels on these shotguns are
nickel plated and the parts are teflon coated to help provide outstanding
corrosion resistance. Four different extended chokes come with these
hunting shotguns including IC, Mod, Full, and Extra Full. Both camo
models have a drilled and tapped receiver so hunters can mount their
favorite optics if they prefer something different than the
standard sights. Finally, the VersaMax Tactical ($1,399 - see
picture above) shotgun
provides superior firepower for law enforcement or homeowners looking for
the ultimate self defense shotgun. An extended magazine (8 in mag +
1 in chamber) means that up to 9 rounds of potent 12 gauge shotshells are
available to be dispatched as quickly as you can pull the trigger. A
Picatinny rail is mounted on top of the receiver for optics and
accessories to customize your Tactical shotgun, and there are a couple
short rails on the sides of the barrel clamp near the front that can also
be used for laser or tactical lighting. The Tactical comes with a
22" barrel with an extended and ported choke tube. A high visibility
fiber optic front sight provides quicker target acquisition if you choose to just use
the standard sights. As you can see from these different models, the VersaMax family has grown into an impressive group of shotguns.
The video below shows more details about how the VersaMax system operates.
Remington Model 1100 Premier Sporting Series
Model 1100 - The Remington Model 1100 has been a favorite auto-loading shotgun over the past 4 decades. Now available in several different versions, all of the 1100's offer the benefits of quick follow up shots and reduced recoil which come from Remington's reliable semi-automatic action. The 30" long barrel is overbored and the forcing cone is lengthened to reduce recoil and further improve shot patterns at the same time. Specifically tuned for 2-3/4" target loads, the 1100 is optimized for target and skeet shooting. Now let's take a look at some of the different versions of the 1100 that are available. The Competition Synthetic ($1,242) version comes with a synthetic stock and forend. The synthetic buttstock has adjustable comb and cast which enables the stock to be fine tuned and fitted to different shooters. The Competition Synthetic comes with 5 different choke tubes so the shot pattern can also be fine tuned for each situation. A nickel teflon coating on the receiver and on internal parts not only provides a durable finish, but it also reduces friction to help increase the smoothness and reliability of the action. For those looking for a more classic look, the Classic Trap ($1,270) also has a high quality American Walnut stock with a rich, glossy finish. Beautiful checkering on the stock and classy decoration of the receiver makes the Model 1100 Classic Trap version look as good as it shoots. The Sporting Series ($1,211) comes with a polished blued receiver and an attractive walnut stock. Available in the following gauges: 12, 20, 28, and .410, the Sporting series comes with 4 extended chokes including Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Light Modified, and Modified. The Sporting Series has a 28" barrel in 12 and 20 gauge, and a 27" barrel in 28 gauge and .410. Finally, for those looking for a tactical style shotgun, the Model 1100 TAC 4 ($1,015) comes with a shortened 22" barrel and a receiver that is drilled and tapped so a scope or other optics can be mounted. An extended magazine tube gives the TAC4 a total capacity of 9 rounds with 8 shells (2-3/4") in the mag tube and 1 shell in the chamber. This semi-automatic tactical shotgun weighs in at 7.75 lbs and has an overall length of 42.5 inches.
Remington Model 11-87 Sportsman Super Mag Waterfowl
Model 11-87 - The 11-87 is yet another line of semi-automatic shotguns offered by Remington. Similar to the Versa Max system, the 11-87 uses a self cleaning, self regulating gas pressure system that helps to adjust for different power shotshell loads whether it be a light 2-3/4" field load or a whopping 3-1/2" magnum load. The Model 11-87 Sportsman Field ($845) comes with a walnut stock with attractive checkering and a blued steel receiver. Available in 12 and 20 gauge, the 12 gauge comes with a 28" barrel while the 20 gauge comes with a 26" barrel. Both versions have an interchangeable choke system and come from the factory with a Modified choke installed. For the ultimate turkey gun, the Sportsman Super Mag Shurshot Turkey ($998) comes with a unique camo synthetic stock with a large opening for the shooter's hand to hold on to the pistol style grip. Overmolded rubber panels are featured on the forearm and stock to help ensure a better grip. A recoil absorbing pad on the stock helps to tame the recoil further. The 23" barrel is equipped with rifle style sights. The Sportsman Super Mag Synthetic ($859) comes with a more conventional looking black synthetic stock with overmolded rubber grip panels. The Sportsman Super Mag Waterfowl ($998 - see picture above) comes dressed with a Mossy Oak Duck Blind camo pattern that makes it easier to hide from waterfowl. This version comes with a length of pull adjustment kit to better fit the gun to each shooter. A 28" barrel has fiber optic sights for better visibility, and a Remington waterfowl choke helps provide the optimum shot pattern for hunting these birds. For those hunting deer, the Sportsman Synthetic Deer ($929) version features a cantilever scope mount rail and a fully rifled 21" barrel specifically designed for shooting slugs. Available in 12 and 20 gauge, both versions come with a black synthetic stock and forearm. For those looking to save a little money, the Sportsman Synthetic ($804) is a more economical choice in the 11-87 line up. It features a plain black synthetic stock, and comes with either a 26" barrel (20 gauge) or 28" barrel (12 gauge) with a vented rib. The Sportsman Camo ($915) is very similar to the more economical Sportsman Synthetic except that it has a Mossy Oak New Break-up Camo pattern. Finally, the Sportsman Shurshot Camo Cantilever ($1,012) is a shotgun designed for deer hunters with a rifled 21" barrel with a cantilever rail for mounting a scope. The synthetic stock is disguised with the Realtree Hardwoods HD camo pattern. The Shurshot Camo has a similar ambidextrous stock design as used in the Shurshot Turkey model. A large opening in the stock allows left and right handed sportsmen to securely and comfortably hold the pistol style grip that is built into the Shurshot stock design.
Remington Model 870 Express Tactical with Blackhawk Spec Ops II
Model 870 - The Remington 870 is the best selling shotgun ever made with over 10,000,000 guns produced during its long running history of OVER 60 YEARS! The Model 870 is the best selling firearm that Remington has ever sold and it continues to be the most popular shotgun in the world. With that in mind, it should be no big surprise to find out that Remington offers 23 different models of the 870. There are some common themes throughout all the variations of the 870 shotguns. A heavy duty receiver is machined from a solid block of steel. Double action bars on the pump provide increased reliability as well as a smoother and quicker action. There are so many different versions of the venerable 870 shotgun, that there are too many to describe in great detail here. To give you a glimpse into the many different Remington 870 shotguns, they are listed below. You click on the links to see a picture of each model listed.
Express Tactical with Blackhawk Spec OPS II ($638 - see picture above)
As you can see, the Model 870 is the largest category of Remington shotguns that they offer. This is understandable since this is their most popular line of firearms that they offer. With over 60 years in production, Remington has refined and perfected the 870 into the great shotgun that it is today. Not only that, along the way Remington has come up with many different variations to appeal to the needs of many different shooters.
Remington Model 887 Nitro Mag
Model 887 - The Remington 887 takes the tried and true pump action of the 870 shotgun and combines it with an armor coating which provides outstanding protection against the elements. This coating is plastic and it completely covers and seals the exterior surfaces of the receiver and barrel. Not only does this armor coating prevent rust, but it also protects the steel underneath from getting scratched and damaged under severe conditions. Just like the Model 870, the 887 comes with a hammer forged steel barrel and a receiver that is machined from a solid chunk of steel. Double action bars help ensure reliable and smooth pump action shot after shot. A shock absorbing recoil pad cuts down felt recoil by over 50%, which is helpful when shooting 3-1/2" magnum rounds through these 12 gauge shotguns. The Model 887 Nitro Mag ($436 - see picture above) comes with a 28" barrel with a Modified choke and an interchangeable fiber optic sight. The black synthetic stock and forearm match the black synthetic armor coating on the barrel and receiver. For a camouflaged version, the Model 887 Nitro Mag Camo Combo ($728) comes with a 22" turkey barrel with a Super Full Turkey choke and also a 28" barrel with an Extended Waterfowl choke. Both barrels come with the Remington fiber optic sights. The Model 887 Nitro Mag Waterfowl ($582) shotgun has a single 28" long barrel with a solid rib, fiber optic sight, and an extended choke tube especially designed to better pattern steel shotgun loads. The entire gun is disguised with the Advantage MAX-4 HD camouflage pattern. For those looking for a tactical version, the Model 887 Nitro Mag Tactical ($524) comes with an 18.5" barrel with an extended, ported tactical choke. The magazine tube has been extended to increase capacity to 7 shots (6 shells in mag tube + 1 in the chamber). A rail is attached to the top of the receiver for mounting of various optics, and the barrel clamp has 2 short Picatinny rails on the sides for mounting a laser or a light.
In conclusion, if you are in the market to buy a shotgun, then the wide assortment of different models Remington offers means that there is a good chance that you will find a shotgun to meet your particular needs and wants. Not only are you getting a great shotgun, but you are also buying a little bit of shooting history as well. When you buy a Remington shotgun, you are investing in the oldest gun manufacturer in the US, and you are helping to ensure that Remington will continue to produce some of the finest and most popular shotguns in the world.