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Old April 19, 2010, 12:03 AM   #1
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Remington Model 11 suitable for home/self defense?

I have the opportunity to pick up a Remington Model 11 (similar to the Browning Auto 5 I am told) semiautomatic shotgun for next to nothing. A friend of the family passed away and the weapon is going to be part of an estate auction but I was told I could have first pick if I wanted it.

Despite being around 80 years old or so it's in fantastic shape, barrel looks clean, action looks clean. It's as if someone bought it and stored it. I know the owner used it to some extend for duck hunting but I don't believe it's been out of the safe in probably 25 years.

I guess my big question is, would you trust a firearm this old to rock and roll if/when you needed it to?

This is a 12 gauge, 20" model, 4+1 capacity.
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Old April 19, 2010, 02:53 AM   #2
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If I remember correctly, the Remington Model 11 was designed by John M. Browning while working for Remington and it is essentially the same shotgun as the Browning A5.

I would recommend that you buy it, especially if you'll be getting a good deal. Then, either take it apart yourself and clean/inspect every piece or have your gunsmith do it for you. Replace any parts that look damaged or worn out. Assemble, and go shooting.

These shotguns are tanks, if you can handle the stiffish recoil of the A5/11, then you have yourself a very fine gun suitable for all sorts of tasks, Sd/HD included.

Just be sure to either check it yourself or have your gunsmith check it out and hit the range to check for reliability with your HD load before putting it into "HD Standby" mode. If it doesn't perform flawlessly, you have a good piece of firearms history to pass on to your kids.
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Old April 19, 2010, 10:08 AM   #3
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11s are fine guns. If it passes the Ayoob Test, 200 rounds of duty ammo glitch free, it's a good choice....
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Old April 19, 2010, 10:14 AM   #4
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Before put your trust in this, or any gun new to you, get a copy of the instructions and peruse them. The Auto 5, Model 11 and numerous clones have an internal adjustment for the power level of the shells you intend to use. You should understand how it works before putting the gun into service.
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Old April 19, 2010, 10:48 AM   #5
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Whats the 20" model? What length is the barrel?
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Old April 19, 2010, 11:12 AM   #6
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See PM, my friend.
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