Rem 1100 Semi-Auto Shotgun – HISTORIC OWNER (Read)
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Remington Model 1100 Semi-Automatic Shotgun – HISTORIC OWNER. Original Owner was Lt. Colonel Frank Hurlbut (Google Him!!)

Layaway 25% down and 15% per month until paid in full. If Buyer is in good standing during the layaway period, Seller will refund half of all payments made at any time if Buyer changes mind. Or suggest layaway terms to better suit your needs.

Special Note. This is the second of many auctions for now-deceased Retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hurlbut, an American World War II Fighter Pilot and Ace. The first auction was for his Sako Model L579 Deluxe rifle in .243 Winchester caliber. This auction is for his Remington Model 1100 12-gauge shotgun (never fired, like-new). Other auctions, which will come later, will be for his Colt Detective Special revolver in .38 Special caliber, his High Standard Derringer Model DM-101 in 22 Win Mag caliber, his Ruger Model 10/22 Carbine in 22 LR, and, most importantly, his Colt Model 1911 A1 Service Pistol in 45 ACP caliber which accompanied him on all his fighter missions and protected his family well into his Golden Years until nearing 90 years old. Now back to this auction for his beautiful Remington Model 1100 12-gauge shotgun.

The date stamp code on this shotgun is “PX,” indicating manufacture in June 1973. Colonel Hurlbut did not keep original box or paperwork and it was not passed along to me. Literature on the very popular and successful Model 1100 is readily available online. The shotgun is stamped “MOD.” which indicates the “Modified” choke setting. There are no screw-in chokes for this version of the Model 1100. Here is the text from his letter to me about this shotgun at the time of sale to me. (See the auction photos for the actual signed letter.)

Frank D. Hurlbut

231 Moser Avenue Unit J

Bullhead City, AZ 86429-5258

February 8, 2010

Mike Jackson

13122 Dogwood Blossom Trail

Houston, Texas 77065-3322

Dear Mike,

This letter is to follow up on the Remington Model 1100 shotgun you recently purchased from me, Serial Number L642481V. I have not been able to locate any related paperwork in my files, but this letter is to tell you what I can remember about the gun.

While I cannot pinpoint the date of purchase, I have owned the shotgun for many, many years. Perhaps you will be able to find the “date stamp” on the gun and determine its manufacture date. It was new when I bought it. So many years have gone by since then, I just cannot remember and I cannot find any documentation for the gun.

I owned the shotgun the entire time from its initial purchase as a new gun until you purchased it from me a short time ago, and I had it in my possession all that time. This could be on the order of 35 to 40 years, if I purchased it around the same time I purchased most of the other firearms in my small collection, in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The shotgun has never been fired much, if at all. It is quite possible it has never been fired. I cannot remember ever firing it, but after so many years I am reluctant to emphatically state that it has never been fired.

As far as I can recall, this gun was to me like all the other firearms in my collection – never fired, just part of my collection. Generally, I never hunted and never target practiced with any of my firearms other than the required target practice with my Air Force 45 caliber service pistol, which was the same one I had at my side on all my WWII combat missions.

The Remington 1100 has some handling marks from many years of ownership, but I think you will agree the blemishes are very slight and the gun is in very near “pristine” condition.

Mike, I hope this letter helps you understand and appreciate my shotgun’s history a little better. I hope you enjoy owning it as much as I did. Were I not now almost 88 years old, I would keep it and enjoy it even more!

Good luck to you, Mike.

Best regards,

Frank D. Hurlbut

L/C USAF, Retired

Yours truly, Mike Jackson, a gun collector in Houston, purchased the shotgun in January 2010. The original owner has reaffirmed in writing that he was the original owner and had possession of the shotgun the entire time from purchase date circa 1973 or 1974 until January 2010 when sold. Before his death, Lieutenant Colonel Hurlbut reaffirmed in writing that he thinks strongly the shotgun has never been fired, stating that he has no recollection of ever taking it to the field for hunting or to the range for shooting or any casual “back yard shooting” either.

Born in 1922 in Park City, Utah, Frank Hurlbut grew up in Salt Lake City. His father owned a pharmacy in Park City but lost it during the Great Depression. Hurlbut was to become one of the Army Air Corps “Flying Sergeants,” a group of eligible enlisted men selected for flight training due to the demand for pilots in the early days of World War II. Flying P-38 Lightnings with the 82nd Fighter Group, Hurlbut became an ace ten days before his 21st birthday and finished the war as the third highest-ranking ace in the North African Theatre of Operations. Frank Hurlbut began his military career in 1940, at the age of seventeen when he joined the Utah National Guard. After the unit was federalized, Hurlbut requested transfer to the Army Air Corps and flight training. This was granted, and Hurlbut won his wings as an Army Air Corps “Flying Sergeant” in August 1942. He received approximately 70 hours flying time in the P-39 Airacobra at Tallahassee Florida, then was sent to England on the Queen Mary.

In December of 1942, he was promoted to the rank of Flight Officer and sent to North Africa. There he joined sixty-six other replacement fighter pilots, calling themselves the “Sad Sacks,” as they waited for assignment to a fighter group. Because he had time in the tricycle landing-geared P-39 Airacobra, Hurlbut found himself transitioning into the P-38 Lightning. After twenty-eight hours of instruction, he was deemed combat ready and was assigned to the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group. Flying a P-38, which he named “Hell’s Angel,” Hurlbut gained his first victory in April 1943, when his flight intercepted a group of German Ju 52 transports over the Mediterranean. Hurlbut shot one down and damaged another, but his P-38 was hit by 20mm cannon fire from the Ju 52s and was forced to return to his base with an engine shot out.

Hurlbut became an ace during the invasion of Sicily on July 10, 1943. During a twenty minute running duel off the coast, Hurlbut managed to shoot down two German Fw 190 fighters while turning in a Lufbery circle, plus a third Fw 190 flying close to the water, headed for the invasion beaches near Palermo. He then returned to his temporary base in Tripoli. After fifty missions, 210 combat hours, and a bout with malaria, Hurlbut was returned to the United States for recuperation and reassignment. Although he wanted to return for another tour, reoccurring attacks of malaria made that impossible. He finished the war as an instructor in P-38s and P-61 Black Widow night fighters. (You should Google him and read more about his fascinating war adventures and record of achievement and heroism.)

Frank Hurlbut stayed in the Air Force after the war, held a variety of different positions, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-four years of service. His official victory list included four Fw 190s, three Me 109s, one Italian Reggiane Re 2001, and one Ju 52. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with seventeen Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Presidential Unit Citations. After the war Hurlbut served several assignments in the Air Force. One assignment was Chief of Reconnaissance in the NATO program to protect Western Europe and England from the Russians. His forces consisted of French, German, British, and American military aircraft. Hurlbut reported to a Five-Star French General in this role, in the battle command headquarters of Europe.

During another military assignment in the Philippines, Hurlbut earned his college degree at age thirty-five going to night school. His degree was in Political Science, and after earning his degree he taught the subject to new cadets at the University of California at Berkley over a three year period. After leaving Germany in 1963 with his Sako rifle and numerous other firearms in his collection, Hurlbut had one more military assignment before retiring in 1964. He was assigned in Sumter, South Carolina as Assistant Director of the Command and Control Division. His unit was on High Alert at all times. Hurlbut’s role was to brief U.S. Air Force Generals on the deployment, condition, and readiness of tactical aircraft located throughout the world.

Upon retiring from the military in 1964, Hurlbut moved to Laguna Beach, Orange County, California. After buying a house overlooking the ocean and being there only about a year, Hurlbut took a job with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, working on a government program to develop improved aerial photography technology. His role related to ground reconnaissance. When this program ended he moved to Florida, intending to establish a small airline company providing service from Puerto Rico to outlying Caribbean islands. After inspecting the area and finding a lack of basic maintenance capabilities to support aircraft, he decided against the venture and returned to home base in California.

In California he worked in real estate for over thirty years, sometimes full-time and sometimes part-time. During this period he served in several interesting jobs including pilot of corporate aircraft for a small company, captain of a corporate luxury yacht for the same small company, and Chief Security Officer for McDonald Douglass Aerospace Corporation. For almost ten years of this period he was also a self-employed business consultant assisting a number of companies in various business initiatives. Eventually Hurlbut left Orange County and moved to Palm Springs, California, then he moved to Florida for about five years.

Hurlbut has contributed to many volunteer efforts over his retirement years. He served as the President of the P-38 National Association, where he was the last President to fly a functional P-38. He served as Museum Curator at March Field in Riverside, California. Frank Hurlbut was inducted into the American Combat Airmen Hall of Fame in 2005. n February 2009 he and his wife moved to Bullhead City, Arizona, near Las Vegas, Nevada, where they now live. He is age 87 years old at this writing, in January 2010.

To now own a firearm previously owned by a Great American Hero – Frank Hurlbut – is truly an honor for me. He risked his life to protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy today. We all owe him – and those like him – a huge debt of gratitude. This Remington shotgun will be kept on display in its unfired, near-pristine state, for as long as I own it. Hopefully this shotgun will always honor the fine art of shotgun making (Remington, started 1816, still going strong!) and a true American hero (Frank Hurlbut).

In 1962, Remington was producing three different autoloading shotguns. These were the gas-operated Sportsman '58 (introduced in 1956), the Model 878 (introduced 1959) and the Model 11-48 (introduced in 1948, and which had a recoil operating systems similar to the venerable Browning designed Model 11). The Sportsman '58 and the Model 878 were gas-operated and had a piston inside the magazine tube that was forced to the rear by the gasses from the burning powder, which made it more difficult to keep clean.

Years of research and development by Wayne Leek's Firearms Research Program team (also consisting of James Martin, Charles Morse, Clark Workman and R. P. Kelly) would soon produce in a new autoloader which combined the best features of all three, including appearance, balance, low recoil, durability and dependability under all field and target conditions.

In December 1962, at Remington's National Sales Meeting, with salesmen from all over the country, Remington’s sales staff learned about a new shotgun that was said to reduce recoil up to 55%. Wow! The newly introduced Model 1100 autoloader was born. The Model 1100 was officially introduced to the trade, in January 1963, in 12 gauge 2" standard and 3" magnum shotshells. Some of the history of the development of the Model 1100 through 1973, this gun’s year of manufacture, is provided below.

Initially, the walnut stock and forend of the Model 1100 had pressed checkering, and a Dupont finish called RKW. It was a tough polyurethane product that was very hard to scratch and made the grain of the wood stand out. It was tougher than the finish on a bowling pin! The receiver was made from a solid block of steel for strength and durability, and it was polished inside and out for smooth operation. The receiver had a high gloss exterior finish with a scroll design on both sides.

The gas system is self-cleaning, self-adjusting and designed to use the correct amount of gas to operate the action, resulting in up to 55% less recoil. This was a significant amount, particularly when shooting many shells over a short period of time, such as when shooting trap. The Model 1100 is very simple to take apart for cleaning. Just remove the forend, and pull the barrel forward. The gas system that is located on the outside of the magazine tube is then exposed for cleaning.

Over the years the unique design characteristics of the Model 1100 have allowed it to be adapted to a wide array of sporting uses, including field models, magnums, deer guns, and trap and skeet guns. The following is the chronology of introduction of various models.

1963 - Remington introduced the Model 1100 autoloading shotgun, the result of a three-year development program. The initial guns were 12 gauge, 2" standard and 3" magnum Field Grade (plain barrel at $144.95 and vent rib at $169.95), Magnum Duck Guns (chambered for 3" magnum shells, with plain barrel at $159.95 and vent rib at $184.95), SA Skeet Grade ($174.95), SC Skeet Grade ($239.95) and TB Trap Grade ($209.95) models. High grade Model 1100 shotguns included the D Tournament Grade ($550.00) and the F Premier Grade ($1,050.00). (These are original 1963 prices.)

1964 - Remington introduced 16 and a 20 gauge versions of the Model 1100 to the Field, Magnum and Skeet Model 1100 shotguns. Concurrently, the company introduced 16 gauge Field and 20 gauge Field, Magnum and Skeet versions.

1966 - Remington introduced a new Model 1100 Lightweight 20 Gauge Shotgun with standard 20 gauge frame, but with a light weight, checkered mahogany stock and fore-end, in Field and Skeet models. The plain barrel version ($154.95) - the ventilated rib version ($179.95) - and the Model 1100 SA Skeet version with vent rib barrel ($184.95). In 1966, Remington also introduced the Model 1100 Deer Gun, a 12 gauge gun with 22" plain barrel choked for rifled slugs and buckshot loads, and ramp front sight and adjustable rifle-type rear sight. It also featured a checkered American walnut stock and fore-end, and a rubber recoil pad with white line spacer. It retailed for $174.95. In 1966, Remington Arms Company celebrated its 150th Anniversary by introducing two commemorative versions of the Model 1100, in trap and skeet configurations. A total of 2,929 of these shotguns were sold in 1966 and early 1967.

1969 - Prior to 1969, the Model 1100 was available only in 12, 16 and 20 gauges. Beginning this year, Remington began making .410 and 28 gauge versions. Initially they were only available as Model 1100 Matched Pairs - a .410 shotgun and a 28 gauge shotgun in Field and Skeet versions. Both plain and vent rib barrels were available. The Field gun came with mahogany stock and fore-end, and Skeet guns came in American walnut. The .410 and 28 gauge guns were offered only as a matched pair with matching serial numbers gilded in gold, and protected in a hard carrying case. They retailed for $495.00 for the pair. A total of 5,067 Matched Pairs were sold in 1969 and 1970 with run-off sales of left-over stock in 1971 and '72. Later in the year, Remington began offering the Model 1100 in .410 with full choke for $199.95 and in 28 gauge with modified choke for the same price. Stocks and fore-ends were made of lightweight mahogany, and either gauge was available with plain or vent rib barrel. In 1969, Remington also introduced a 20 gauge Model 1100 Deer Gun, which had a 22" long improved cylinder barrel equipped with rifle sights.

1970 - Remington introduced a Model 1100 20 gauge Lightweight Field Gun which was built on a smaller 28 gauge frame, and had a lightweight checkered mahogany stock and fore-end. This gun was available with plain barrel ($179.95) or vent rib barrel ($204.95), in full or modified chokes 28" in length, or improved cylinder barrels 26" in length. Also in this year, Remington began marketing Model 1100 SA Skeet guns in .410 and 28 gauge individually as standard models. These were available with 25" skeet choke barrels ($209.95).

1971 - In this year Remington added a Model 1100 20 gauge Lightweight in 3" magnum gun, weighing 6lbs/12oz. Plain 28", full choke barrel guns cost $214.95, and vent rib guns cost $239.95.

1972 - In January of this year, Remington Arms Company proudly advertised producing the one-millionth Model 1100 autoloading shotgun. In only nine years of production the Model 1100 exceeded that of the venerable Model 11 autoloading shotgun, which was in production for more than 45 years. That historic shotgun is serial numbered L509235M. Also in January, Remington introduced a reversed, mirror-image, Left-Hand Remington Model 1100 Matched Pairs (.410 shotgun and a 28 gauge shotgun in Field and Skeet versions first introduced in 1969) version of the Model 1100 in 12 and 20 gauge guns in Field Grade 12 gauge (with 30" full choke, 28" modified, and 26" improved cylinder vent rib barrels), and 20 gauge (with 28" full and modified, and 26" improved cylinder vent rib barrels) , Magnum Grade 12 gauge only (with 3" chamber and 30" full choke, vent rib barrel) for $234.95, SA Skeet Grade 12 and 20 gauge (with 26" vent rib skeet barrel) for $224.95, and Trap Grade 12 gauge only (available with regular trap for $259.95, or Monte Carlo style stock, and 30" full choke, vent rib trap barrel for $269.95) variations.

1973 (the year of this gun’s manufacture) - Remington introduced a special limited edition Model 1100 Ducks Unlimited Commemorative Shotgun, a 12 gauge chambered for 2 3/4" shells with full choke, vent rib 30" barrel. This shotgun was available only in 1973, and was dedicated to the Ducks Unlimited organization. The right side of the receiver was roll-stamped with a simple gold-colored scroll pattern. Centered on the left side of the receiver panel is a multi-colored bronze medallion depicting a canvasback duck, the Ducks Unlimited mallard head logo, flanked by decorative scroll work. At the lower left, stamped in gold-colored script is Remington Model-1100TM and on the lower right is the serial number preceded by DU. Six hundred of these guns were sold directly to DU Chapters for fund raising dinners in 1973, and 10,000 sold conventionally.

It is almost universally accepted in the shotgun industry that the Model 1100 is one of the best autoloading shotguns ever produced. It has light recoil, it points exceptionally well, and if it is well maintained, it will remain trouble free. The Remington Model 1100 is one fine gun.

Additional Notes: Item is used due to some 40+ years of infrequent handling , but is documented by both owners, Frank Hurlbut and yours truly, Mike Jackson, as probably never fired. The cosmetic condition of the shotgun near as-new – see the photographs. In particular see Photo 21 which shows there are no scratches where shells are loaded into the gun. The Seller is not totally satisfied with many of the most recent photos taken, which seem to accentuate and distort oil smudges, lint/dust, styrofoam flecks, photographic glare, etc. Rest assured that these are not defects in the gun.

Included is the gun only. The gun does not have sling studs installed, nor are original factory box or paperwork such as Owner Manual provided as part of the purchase. All items shown in the photos other than the gun are for display only and not included in the purchase. Mechanically this shotgun’s action appears to function perfectly. Numerous photographs are included to show the metal and wood handling/use marks, which are almost non-existent in both the metal and the wood.

More Additional Notes: Included with the rifle if it is purchased under BUY NOW is an expensive protective “Guide Series Three Forks” leather case for protection during shipping and during shotgun use. The style of the case will be shotgun style – not scoped rifle style, as appropriate. The fine leather is that soft, supple leather that “talks to you” when you pick it up by the handle. It’s a fine gun case for a fine gun, for sure!!! They go together very well!! See added photos.

Additional $45.00 Shipping is to pay for fully insured (insurance is a big part of the cost) FedEx shipping to all states except California, Alaska, Maryland, New Jersey, and Hawaii. In those states add $25. Shipping will be fully insured, and packaged securely to protect your investment. More photos to you by email upon request. Good luck bidding! Please call me, Mike Jackson, phone 346-666-4372 cell “24/7,” if you have any questions.

This is a very fine, high quality Remington Model 1100 shotgun in one of its earlier versions, dating to 1973 manufacture. Although classified as “Used” in this auction, it is like new. Get your bids in early and often!! Use BUY NOW for that truly fine leather case!!! Be sure to Google Frank Hurlbut. See the many photos provided, some of Frank Hurlbut and his wife, and myself and my wife with them. Also see the photo of the painting “Lightening Over the Bay of Naples” by Jack Fellows, ASAA, autographed by Hurlbut. And see the signed letter he wrote to me, the current Owner, about his shotgun at the time of sale. So much to see. Hope you enjoy reading about the gun and the man, Frank Hurlbut.

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Barrel Length
27 inch
Mfg Part Number
12.00 Pounds