How to Load a Remington 1100

by Dave P. Fisher
Shells are loaded into the port on the bottom of the gun

Shells are loaded into the port on the bottom of the gun

Remington firearms developed the Model 1100 autoloading shotgun more than 40 years ago. The 1100 is made in 12, 20, 28 and .410 gauges in a variety of styles for field and competition shooting. The TAC 4 is a short barrel 12-gauge shotgun used by law enforcement and the military. The shotgun is manufactured to hold four 2 3/4-inch shells in the magazine and one in the chamber; however, a plug must be installed in the magazine for hunting as it is illegal to hunt with more than three shells in the gun.

Set the shotgun's safety button on and point the bore of the gun toward the ground or in a direction away from people or property.

Pull the operating handle on the ejection port back all the way until it locks open. Place a shell into the open port crimped end forward, brass end to the rear. Push the shell forward into the chamber.

Push up on the carrier release on the bottom of the gun behind the loading port. The operating handle will snap shut. There now is a live shell in the chamber.

Use the brass end of a shell to push up on the carrier release, and push the shell forward into the loading port on the bottom of the gun. The loading port door will snap shut.

Feed additional shells into the loading port in the same manner. The first shells will move forward into the magazine as the next shell is pushed in. Load four shells into the magazine, except for hunting models with a plug, then only load two shells into the magazine.

Items you will need

  • Proper gauge shotgun shells for the gun

Tips

  • Be sure that the magazine has a plug in it that only allows two shells to load in when hunting. Game Wardens will check to be sure there is a plug. Even if only two shells are loaded into a magazine capable of holding four shells, you can still be fined for not having a plugged hunting shotgun.
  • Keep your fingers away from the ejection port when releasing the operating handle. The handle snaps shut fast and solidly; fingers in the way will be injured.
  • Keep the safety on the gun at all times when loading it.

Warning

  • Use only the proper gauge shells for the gun; never mix shells of different gauges. A 20-gauge shell will slip into the chamber of a 12-gauge shotgun and stick in the barrel out of sight. A 12-gauge shell is then loaded in behind it. Firing the gun will result in a deadly explosion.

About the Author

Dave P. Fisher is an internationally published and award-winning Western novelist and short-story writer. His work has appeared in several anthologies and his nonfiction articles in outdoor magazines. An avid outdoorsman, Fisher has more than 40 years of experience as a hunter, trapper, fisherman, taxidermist, professional fly-tyer, horsepacker and guide.

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