Remington Arms Model 11
Date: 1942 S/N 467,332

This Remington Model 11, 12 gauge semi automatic shotgun is original and correct as issued for World War II, minus the barrel . Serial numbers match on receiver, tang, trigger assembly, and stock (As far as I know all barrels should be marked with a US and Ordnance bomb as well as serial number, this examples is not marked with either - Click here for example). The early models like this one have checkered wood, a engraved game scene on the receiver, and a Military Inspectors Cartouche on the stock. The later production Model 11 had smooth stocks and no game scene but did have the words "Military Finish" on the receiver, it is assumed that Remington did not want potential customers to think the war production finish was representative of the quality commercial products they produced.

The Model 11 is the most common WWII shotgun encountered today.  The long barrel version was commonly used for target practice in training aerial gunners and keeping officers occupied as clay sport shooting had become very popular during this time frame. It is worth noting that there are arsenal refurbished parkerized versions of the Model 11 Riot and Target versions out there but they are rare, most of them appear to have had the arsenal markings added to the left side of the receiver, these arsenal marked rebuilds are rarer than the factory originals and would be a great addition to any collection.

If you are looking for a complete reference on this subject I recommend the "Complete Guide to United States Combat Shotguns - Published in 2007" by Bruce Canfield. You can order it at Mr. Canfield's site - Special thanks to Mr. Canfield on his assistance to CGS regarding this subject matter.


WWII Stock Cartouche

U.S., Serial Number, ordnance bomb,
engraved receiver game scene,
and commercial finish

Model 11

Barrel legend- No SN or Ordnance marking may indicate a post war replacement barrel.

Serial number and
inspectors stamp

REP barrel mark- Factory Proof Mark.
Right side of barrel

Bottom barrel mark-
 XXA should be the production date - April, 1951.


directions on how to adjust
for different ammo

Magazine tube cap

Front sight

Serial Number on tang and
trigger assembly

Serial Number on inside of stock

Butt plate
3 Remington's, 2 Military, 1 Helton Custom.

From the collection
of T. Moore

  • Serial numbers located on Receiver, Barrel (Some times), Stock, Trigger assembly, and Receiver tang.

  • semi-automatic/autoloader 12 gauge shot gun with a 5 shot capacity (4 in magazine)

  • R.E.P. = Factory inspection mark

  • Original long barrels are marked with "Imp Cyl."

  • Serial numbers ran in the range of 455000-500000, 700000-712000. It is unknown which are longer or shorter barrels in the SN ranges at this time.

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