days gone by, if someone were to ask me what the difference was between
the people who deer hunt and those who shoot skeet and/or trap, my response would
have been, "A six
figure disposable income and an appreciation for golf." But
then I've always had a blue collar mentality, even after my blue collar
days were somewhat behind me. Today, skeet, trap and sporting clays are
for everyone. They are all fun, challenging, accessible, and affordable
of Remington's firearms intended for just such applications
combine fancy with reasonable price.
The Model 1100 series went into production in 1963 with
approximately twenty-three variations of competition and hunting
firearms within the series. Today there are six configurations offered
in: .410 bore and 28, 20 and 12 gauges with actions tuned for target
loads. Subsequently, all twelve gauge guns have 2 ¾" chambers,
including the TAC 4 tactical shotgun.
Heavy hitting for hunting, waterfowl magnum loads through
slug guns for deer and bear, has been covered by several generations of
Remington's adjustable gas system shotgun, which is now the Model 11-87
and more recent Versa Max® 12 gauge products.
Blued - Walnut
Steel - Front Ivory
8 Lbs 4 Oz
* Also available
in 20, 28 gauge and .410 Bore
As fancy graded factory stocks go, neither the Classic
Trap or Sporting Series models are disappointing. Grain and figure are
quite pronounced, with good contrast and clear, uniform finish. Metal
work is bright, and consistent in finish; satin receiver sides, beaded
top, gloss barrel.
A few Classic Trap additions and differences
The left side of the Classic Trap receiver is embellished
with a golden eagle and scroll work that does not appear on the Sporting
Series gun. It is tastefully done production machine work. The Sporting
Series model has plain receiver sides.
Both stocks have a slender cross section, tight radius
pistol grips and 14 ½" pull length. The Classic Trap, bottom above, has
a 1 7/16" drop at the comb and 2" drop at the heel. The Sporting Series
gun has no Monte Carlo and is a straight 1 ½" drop at the comb and heel.
The Classic Trap conforms to that sport's tradition of virtually total
left hand control of the gun and the need to establish a tight triangle
of support that connects the shooter's cheek, hand and shoulder. The
Sporting Series gun is configured more appropriately for sporting clays.
Monte Carlo-less shooters don't have to do without the other fancy
touches found on the Classic Trap, they can get a straight stock and
embellishments with the Premier Sporting Series gun.
Setting up lighting, I noticed the heights of lights are
determined by my reach and ability to make adjustments. Which means if I
were taller, I'd be a much better photographer.
All choked up... I know, too cheap and too easy
The choke system for each gun is different, The Classic
Trap in the foreground is supplied with Rem Chokes and a choke tube
speed wrench; singles, long handicap and mid handicap choke tubes
included. The Sporting Series gun is supplied with extended Briley
chokes that do not require a wrench for changing. Skeet, modified, light
modified, and improved chokes are included. Again, an application sport
Both guns are fast and intuitive to shoot. With just
about any variety of 2¾" ammunition, recoil is soft
as a contribution of action type, gun weight and ammo.
In today's market where premium guns
typically command an equally premium price, both guns are a good value.
If there was one change I'd like to see, it would be Remington moving
away from the high gloss stock and metal finishes and shifting toward
something more elegant with a satin wood and metal finish. Nice guns.