Every hunter has one firearm with the most sentimental value. It's probably one of the first they've ever had, and is reliable without question. For me, this would be my Remington Model 1100 in 20 gauge. Given to me many years ago by a close family friend and role model in all things outdoorsman, this is the shotgun with which I've learned to hunt upland game birds and shoot skeet. Over a whole decade later it's still my favorite shotgun for the range or in the field.
I'm not an extraordinary shot or anything, but I can claim with this firearm I can get double and even triple consecutive hits on clay pigeons and quail. The lightweight and soft recoil of 20 gauge plus the gas operated recoil system make this shotgun a dream.
The blued image has held up over the past 10+ years flawlessly, and the engraving on the receiver and bolt add to the classy aesthetic of the shotgun. This will be one of the finest heirlooms I pass on to my future kin.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: The first autoloader to combine the repeat-shot versatility of early-century models with the sleek, modern lines and handling qualities of revered double barrels.
Target Market: Bird Hunters, Trap/Skeet Shooters, especially those who benefit from softer recoil
FNBs: (Features and Benefits of this product)
- Handsome American Walnut Stock
- Machined-cut engraved receiver and bolt
- Stainless Bolt
- Generously sized Bolt Latch
- White diamond grip cap
- High-Polish, Blued Finish
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? Many different models to choose from: synthetic/composite, stainless, blued, camo.
What others are saying? "Another high point of the 1100 gas operation is reduced recoil. This gun will be much more enjoyable to shoot than your mule-kicking Mossberg. Especially since it is a lighter gauge. But, don't let that fool you. The 20 gauge is plenty of gun for anything from geese to doves and deer to pigs. In fact, I like the way it puts the smackdown on a a gobbler with heavier loads or gracefully knocks a quail down with field loads. Great all-round gauge. " - fieldandstream.com review
- Retail = $450 - $600 depending on model / condition
I need it now! Availability: New models available, but less seen on shelves than 870 series
+ Finish has held up well, bluing is very good quality + Recoil is soft, due to both 20gauge vs 12gauge and gas operated action + Lightweight translates to faster shots on quick targets, less stress in the field. - Aftermarket furniture for 20 gauge is virtually non-existent.
Score: 8.5 Great