Model 11 Remington 16g Semi-automatic shotgun. These guns are based directly on a Browning A5 and produced by Remington between 1940 and 1946 under licence from Browning. That said the serial number does not appear to tally with details on the internet so anyone with ACCURATE information by all means drop it over. The barrel is stamped at Full choke and is 28” (710mm) with a 2 ¾” (70mm) chamber. It is fully stamped up with the following:
REMINGTON ARMS CO. INC. ILION. N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A.
BROWNING’S U.S. PATS 689-283-710-094-730-870-812.326
Overall the gun comes in at 7Lbs 1 ½ oz (3.219Kg) and 47 ¼” (1200mm) long. The length of pull is currently back to it’s original spec. at 14 ¼” but has been reduced down to 11 5/8” (295mm) at some point. This was presumably for a youngster, petit lady or even just a small fella to use more comfortably. The extension bringing it back to original has been well executed and all of the woodwork refinished to a decent standard too.
Certainly a far from common item in any calibre let alone a 16g as well as an opportunity to own a small piece of gun history bridging both of these iconic firearms companies.
The Browning Auto 5 was the first reliable semi-automatic production shotguns ever created and forms the basis of every other semi-auto shotgun since. Take one apart and you start to understand just how clever this Browning fella was. The design and construction is simply phenomenal with examples approaching 100 years and older still function flawlessly. It makes me wonder how well a modern counterpart would measure up after that long!