I have heard the same thing. The Sportsman model of the VM, in 26 and 28" is suposed to be out this month at about $750 street. The Turkey model will probably be out in Jan or Feb, 22" at about $850 street. Both of these models have different sights and a standard stock without the overmolding and all the fancy adjustments.
They already have the R12 in 4 configuarations for LE/Mil.
The VM runs a Pro-bore choke, which some of the higher end 1100s do as well. I'd be willing to be the 1100 tactical is on the way out as are other Rem-Choke 1100s.