CHOOSE A COMPETITION STANDOUT IN YOUR FAVORITE GAUGES.The Model 1100 Sporting Series has four gauges to choose from.
It features a 27-inch vent rib, Rem™ Choke barrel that provides better balance ands smooth handling for target shooting.For example, in the mid-1980s, Remington implemented some minor design updates to the action on 12ga 870s, including a "U"-shaped cut-out in the shell carrier that prevented a certain type of malfunction from binding the gun's action.If your 870 is a 12ga, and you're trying to figure out whether it was made in 1978 or 1996 (which are on opposite sides of the '80s), your shell carrier will give you a strong clue.I'm close, but I'm having trouble finding help with the last few details.Remington of course just stonewalled me when I tried to email them directly about it.Designed to meet any need for the competitive shooter to not only shoot good, but look good too.Model 1100 Sporting 12 Provides timeless good looks in a light-recoiling sporting clays gun.Call Remington and give them the serial number, they will tell you when it was born, however keep in mind they due make errors. So, anyway, according to the above info, my PA barrel code and lack of serial # prefix, my Wingmaster has a mfg date of June 1953.Back up what they tell you with this information; DECODING REMINGTON SERIAL NUMBERSModel 870 LETTER PREFIX1950 TO APPROX 1968: NO SERIAL NUMBER PREFIX1968 TO PRESENT: LETTERS USED (IN SEQUENCE)S-68, T-74, V-78, W-84, X-90, A-91, B-94, C-97, D-01, AB-05Model 870 LETTER SUFFIX (DESIGNATES GAUGE)V 12 GA. What is the barrel code and the serial # letter prefix?If you want to be absolutely sure, call or email Remington and have them look up your gun's serial number. Any idea when Remington switched from "AB" to "RS"?I know RS- serial numbers were going on guns at least as early as 2011, but looking at the date intervals of the preceding prefixes, I'm guessing 2011 wasn't the first year. These are two different things, but most of the "guides" online don't explain this very well, if they even try.