Development[ edit ] The Remington was the fourth major design in a series of Remington pump shotguns. John Browning designed the Remington Model 17 which was later adapted by Ithaca into the Ithaca 37 , which served as the basis for the Remington The Model 31 was well liked,  but struggled for sales in the shadow of the Winchester Model Remington sought to correct that in by introducing a modern, streamlined, rugged, reliable, and relatively inexpensive shotgun — the Sales of the have been steady.
They reached two million guns by ten times the number of Model 31 shotguns it replaced. As of , the held the record for best-selling shotgun in history with three million sold. On April 13, , the ten millionth Model was produced.
Design details[ edit ] The features a bottom-loading, side ejecting receiver and a tubular magazine under the barrel. The gun comes with a plug for hunting which reduces the magazine's capacity to three rounds. It has dual action bars, internal hammer, and a bolt which locks into an extension in the barrel. The action, receiver, fire control group, safety catch and slide release catch of the Remington Model shotgun are similar to those used on the Remington Model series pump-action centerfire rifles and carbines.
The basic fire control group design was first used in the automatic 11— Several parts of the will interchange with the semi-automatic Remington and 11— The original models were offered with fixed chokes. In Remington introduced the new Remington "Rem Choke" system of screw-in chokes also fitted to Remington model auto-loading shotguns at the same time. Initially, the Rem Chokes were offered only in 12 gauge in barrel lengths of 21", 26", and 28". The following year the availability was expanded to the 20 gauge and included other barrel lengths.
The potential issue was resolved with the introduction of the "Flexi Tab" carrier. Guns with this modification can be identified by the "U"-shaped cut-out on the carrier, visible from below the gun. The cut-out, combined with a modified machining on the underside of the slide assembly, allows the action to be opened with a shell on the carrier.
Variants[ edit ] There are hundreds of variations of the Remington in 12, 16, 20, 28 gauges and. In Remington introduced 28 gauge and. From the original fifteen models offered, Remington currently produces dozens of models for civilian, law enforcement, and military sales. All Expresses have been chambered in 3" in 12 and 20 gauge, but markings have varied.
Marine — Nickel-plated with synthetic stocks. Mark 1 — adopted by the United States Marine Corps in the late s and saw service into the 21st century. Police — Chambered in 12 gauge only with a 3" magnum chamber. Blued or Parkerized steel finish. These models feature a stronger sear spring, carrier latch spring, and a forged steel extractor as opposed to the MIM extractor found on Express models.
Receivers are stamped "Remington Police Magnum" as of They are equipped with Police-specific walnut or synthetic stocks which are fitted with sling mounts.
The shortened forend also allows quick visual inspection of the magazine regardless of what position the forend is in, whereas the lengthened sport-type forend on other models partially blocks the loading port when pulled to the rear. Police models are available with 18" or 20" barrels, with or without rifle sights, and have a standard capacity of four rounds. All police barrels come with an Improved Cylinder choke unless special ordered.
Wingmaster — Blued steel with high gloss or satin walnut stocks. They have been offered in Skeet, Trap, and field configurations. Prior to the introduction of the "Police" model , altered Wingmasters were popular among law enforcement. Tac — Black oxide receiver finish, with a synthetic stock.
The Tac is meant to be extremely short, but retains the reliability and stopping power of previous models. One was a Wingmaster with some styling in the wood and a golden emblem on the bottom of the stock. The second was a limited edition Wingmaster that stopped production after , with the same styling, but extended across the entirety of the stock and pump, and also extends to the receiver and barrel, with a golden ring on the end of the barrel.
The emblem on the bottom is also a richer gold, possibly real gold, and there is a golden ribbon under the shell ejection reading " Bicentennial " along with a golden trigger, and a golden symbol of a hunter with a firearm in hand walking. Chinese versions[ edit ] Arms manufacturer Norinco , of the People's Republic of China , has made unlicensed copies of the Remington as the design is no longer under patent protection. The Remington gauge shotgun loaded with pyrotechnical shells blanks is seen here used as a last resort to scare off unwanted birds in flight from the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base.