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Introduction | I. History of Remington Rifles | II. Model 12Types |  III. Model 12 Variations | IV. Outline of Features | V. Condition  | VI. Diagrams

Remington Arms Company History of the Firearms Business
Legend has it that a young Eliphalet Remington II believed he could build a better gun than he could buy, and he set out to craft such a gun on his father's forge located at Ilion Gulch, New York.  In the autumn of 1816, Eliphalet entered a shooting match with his new flintlock rifle, and while he only finished second, his handmade rifle was a success.  Orders for new Remington-made rifles and barrels began to accumulate from the many other contestants, and before Eliphalet left the shooting field, he was in the gun business.
1828 Remington moved its operations from Ilion Gulch to a site close to the newly constructed Erie Canal.  This site, in Ilion, New York, is part of the property on which the Ilion firearms plant sits today.
1860 Marcellus Hartley founded the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham Sporting Goods Company, which would later become one of the largest sporting goods companies in the world.
1865 The partnership of E. Remington & Sons was incorporated as a stock company.  Over the years, the partnership and the succeeding corporation developed the first hammerless solid breech repeating shotgun, the first hammerless autoloading shotgun, the first successful high-power slide action repeating rifle, and the first lock breach autoloading rifle.  In 1865-66, Remington produced the state-of-the-art Rolling Block Rifle.
1867 In an effort to diversify their holdings, Schuyler, Hartley & Graham purchased two small New England cartridge companies.   These companies were later closed, and the equipment moved to a new site in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  On August 9, 1867, the Union Metallic Cartridge Company was incorporated.  It was particularly noted for its development of metallic cartridges.   It and its successor company subsequently developed the first paper shotshells successfully manufactured in the United States, the first primer adapted to smokeless powder; the first battery cup for best quality paper shotshells; the first cartridges for automatic pistols; the first standard high-power smokeless cartridges for big game autoloading rifles; the first .410 bore gauge shotshell in the United States; the first nickeled primer; the first oil-proof automatic pistol cartridges; and the first completely wetproof loaded shells, including top wad, crimp and body.
1873 E. Remington & Sons embarked on a new venture, and in September of 1873, the first Remington typewriters were produced.
1886 Remington sells the typewriter business.   This business would later become Remington Rand, then Sperry Rand.
1888 In March 1888, E. Remington & Sons was acquired by Marcellus Hartley and partners.  E. Remington & Sons was reorganized, and the new company was named the Remington Arms Company.  In later years, in order to better utilize the potential of the Remington Plant, the company would produce sewing machines and cash registers.
1912 The Union Metallic Cartridge Company of Bridgeport and Remington Arms Company were combined into one company and became Remington U.M.C.
1915 Construction started on an expansion of the Ilion facilities, and by the spring of 1916, the new Ilion plant was in full operation.   The Ilion plant constructed during this time is essentially the same plant that exists today.
1920 Remington Arms Company was incorporated in Delaware.

In order to better utilize the excess manufacturing capacity created during World War I, Remington began to branch into new fields, including the cutlery business (pocket and hunting knives), household utensils, and cash registers.
1926 Remington began distributing and selling decorative patches bearing the Remington logo.  This eventually led to Remington's clothing and accessory business.
1931 Remington sold the cash register business to the National Cash Register Company.
1933 As a result of financial pressures brought on by The Great Depression, Remington's management offered a controlling interest in the company to E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. (DuPont).  On May 24, DuPont purchased a 60% share of the company.

In August, Remington acquired the Chamberlain Trap & Target Company which included a plant in Findlay, Ohio.  Its 'Miracle Trap' became a standard in the industry and was used exclusively at the 1934 Grand American Handicap - the premier classic trapshooting event.
1934 On May 15, 1934 Remington purchased the Peters Cartridge Company for $2.5 million.  The Peters Cartridge Company operated an ammunition facility located in Kings Mill, Ohio.

On June 1, 1934 the assets and business related to the sale and manufacture of the Parker shotgun were purchased from the Charles Parker Company for $100,000.  The Parker Shotgun Company operated a facility in Meriden, Connecticut.  This operation was later closed and the Parker shotgun production moved to the Ilion plant.
1936 Early in 1936 Remington and Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd. joined in the organization of Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos SA for the purpose of acquiring the assets and business of Fabrica Nacional de Cartuchos e Municoes.  The latter company had been manufacturing sporting ammunition since 1927 in its plant located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Remington granted the new company the right to use its trademark and technical information in Brazil.  Remington maintained a 49.99% interest in Companhia Brasileira.
1940 Several years before World War II, the government asked Remington to collaborate on a plan for the expansion of ammunition production.  The plan called for a number of new plants to be constructed by the government and to be contractor operated.  The program was activated in the summer of 1940 when Remington was asked to recommend plant sites.  With the aid of DuPont, a study was made covering 51 sites, and in September, Remington was asked to undertake the establishment and operation of the first plant, a second a few weeks later.  These were the Lake City and Denver ordnance plants.  In the spring of 1941, a third plant in Salt Lake City, Utah was assigned to Remington, and later a fourth, Kings Mills, and in the spring of 1942, a fifth, Lowell.

These plants belonged to the government; however, they were operated by Remington under fixed-fee contracts, whereby Remington was responsible for assuring the adequacy of a capacity through construction advice with respect to design engineering and construction, the procurement of equipment, training of personnel, and operation of the plants.
1946 In November, 1946, Remington closed the Remington Arms Union Metallic Cartridge Company, Ltd., a wholly-owned English subsidiary.   This subsidiary operated a shotshell loading plant at Brimsdown, England.   Operations consisted of loading empty paper shotshells, imported from the parent company, with powder and other components.  This company also handled importation of rimfire and centerfire ammunition and sporting firearms from the U.S.
1950 Remington and Crucible Steel Company of America form Rem-Cru Titanium, Inc., a joint venture.  Rem-Cru operated a plant in Midland, Pennsylvania for the purpose of melting, alloying, fabricating, and selling titanium and its alloys.  Remington later transferred its 80% share of Rem-Cru to Crucible Steel in exchange for 150,000 shares of Crucible common stock.

In January, 1950 Remington announced its new Model 870 "Wingmaster" shotgun, which has become the largest selling pump action shotgun in the world.
1956 To complement its own powder-activated tool business, Remington acquired the Mall Tool Company for $9.8 million. This company operated plants in Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois and in Toronto, Ontario. Mall products included complete lines of portable electric, gasoline, and pneumatic-powered tools and flexible shaft equipment. Mall Tool Company was dissolved in 1958, and its activities integrated with Remington, which included the powder-activated tool business which had been previously developed in Bridgeport.  The Canadian subsidiary name was changed to Remington Arms of Canada, Ltd. and its product line expanded to include firearms and other Remington products.

Remington purchased the commercial farm and wildlife refuge of the late Glenn L. Martin, consisting of 2,970 acres of property near Chestertown, Maryland.  The property was named Remington Farms. Remington Farms has changed over the years through the addition of additional acreage and the construction of guest accommodations.  While Remington Farms is utilized for hunting and conference activities, its primary mission continues to be to demonstrate wildlife restoration and conservation techniques.
1960 Remington introduces plastic body shotshells.
1961 A review of economic potential of foreign markets for Remington products resulted in investment by Remington in two new affiliates during 1961, one in Germany and the other in Mexico.
1962 The new Model 700 bolt-action rifle was announced and soon became the most popular bolt-action rifle in the market.
1963 The Model 1100 autoloading shotgun was introduced. This gun was the result of a three-year development program.

As part of a program aimed towards diversification outside of traditional product lines, Remington acquired a 55% interest in Brewer Pharmical Engineering Corp. located in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Remington's investment in Brewer amounted to $1.4 million. Brewer manufactures and distributes an electro-mechanical system for physical control, invoicing, and inventory control of drugs in hospitals.
1964 Remington Arms International GmbH, formed in 1961 to distribute chain saws and accessories in Europe, was dissolved due to the development of more effective independent distributors in Europe.
1966 Remington commemorated the 150th anniversary of its founding.

Demand for Remington "Blue Rock" clay targets exceeded the capacity of the Findlay plant.  A small factory building was purchased in Ada, Oklahoma for a new clay target plant.  Production began in early 1967.
1967 Cartuchos de Portivos de Mexico, SA, in which Remington had a 40% interest, declared its first cash dividend. The manufacture and marketing of centerfire pistol and revolver ammunition had been added to the production of shotshells, rimfire cartridges, and lead shot.
1969 Remington completed the sale of its power tool business to DESA Industries, Inc.  Two plants were included in the transaction.
1970 Remington constructed a new ammunition plant in Lonoke, Arkansas.  The site was considered to be near the geographic center of the sporting ammunition market.

A new facility to produce clay targets was completed at Athens, Georgia, beginning production in 1971.

The assets and business of Brewer Engineering Corp., in which Remington held a 58.4% interest, were acquired by Parke-Davis and Company in exchange for common stock.
1971 Remington contracted to purchase additional property and building in Ilion, New York from the Univac division of Sperry-Rand.   This property would later be developed to provide additional firearms manufacturing capacity.

The company purchased 396,000 shares of its common stock from the trustees of Columbia University for $4 million cash.

The Mexican government closed all the country's retail outlets for firearms and ammunition which forced Cartuchos de Portivos de Mexico SA to suspend most of its ammunition operations.
1973 Remington introduced the 3200 Over and Under shotgun.

Remington made a unsuccessful effort to acquire AB Norma Projektilfabrik of Sweden, a producer a centerfire ammunition and components.  Negotiations had been completed and a closing date set when plans were discontinued because of concerns by the anti-trust division of the Dept. of Justice.
1974 Remington formed a German sales subsidiary, Remington Arms GmbH in Wurzburg. The subsidiary was liquidated in 1988.
1975 Construction of a new target plant in Findlay, Ohio began on company owned land adjacent to the existing 100 year-old facility.   Construction was completed in 1976.

Remington purchased 589,000 shares of its common stock from Fidelity Union Trust Co., the executor of the estate of Geraldine R. Dodge.  DuPont's percentage ownership of Remington increased to approximately 70%.
1978 Cartuchos de Portivos de Mexico SA, in which Remington owned a 40% interest, changed its name to Industria Technos SA.
1979 Remington acquired the Hazen, Arkansas plant from the Van Heusen Shirt Co.  Some of the Powder Metal operations moved from the Ilion plant to Hazen, and the plant became operational in 1980.
1980 DuPont purchased the remaining shares of stock of Remington, and the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary.
1981 Remington dissolved its Canadian subsidiary.
1984 Remington announced that it would move its headquarters from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Wilmington, Delaware to reduce costs and improve communications with DuPont.  Approximately 50 people from various administrative functions were moved to Wilmington from late 1984 to early 1986.
1985 Remington turned over the operation of the Lake City Arsenal in Independence, MO to Olin Corporation.  Remington had operated this facility for the U.S. government for more than 45 years.
1986 Remington sells its Abrasive Products business and the Barnum Avenue site in Bridgeport, Connecticut to RemGrit Corporation.
1990 DuPont transferred ownership of Remington Arms Company to a wholly-owned Delaware holding company, DuPont Chemical and Energy Operations, Inc. (DECO).
1992 Remington assumed marketing responsibility for DuPont's "Stren" fishing line and associated fishing products.

Remington introduces a number of new products:
bulletThe stainless steel version of the Model 700 centerfire rifle
bulletThe Model 11-87 Sporting Clays autoloading shotgun
bulletLight Contour barrel versions of the Model 11-87 shotgun
bulletThe Model 870 Marine Magnum shotgun
bulletCamouflage versions of various shotguns and rifles
1993 DuPont sells the assets of Remington to RACI Acquisitions, a company organized by the New York investment firm of Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, for approximately $300 million on December 1.

Remington introduces the Model 522 Viper autoloading rimfire rifle and the Peerless Over/Under shotgun.
1994 Remington introduces a version of the 870 Express shotgun with a synthetic stock, a stainless steel version of the Model Seven rifle, and the Model 700 Sendero rifle.

Remington announces that it will build a new facility for research and development in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  The new facility will open in 1995.
1995 Remington announces that its headquarters will move from Wilmington, Delaware to Rockingham County, North Carolina. Forty-nine employees relocate.

Remington announces the discontinuation of its Apparel business.

The Remington Shooting School is organized at a gun club near its plant in Ilion, New York.

Remington introduces the Model 700 rifle with detachable box magazines. Also introduced is a replica of its 1816 flintlock.

Remington enters the firearm security safe business. This new category includes a good, better, best selection of Sportsman, Classic and Premier Safes.
1996 Remington builds a new headquarters facility near Madison, North Carolina.  Construction is completed in mid-year.

Remington announces plans to develop a new Firearms manufacturing facility in Graves County, Kentucky, with plans to invest several million dollars in plant and equipment.

Remington introduces a number of new products:
bulletThe Model 700 ADL rifle with a synthetic stock
bulletThe Model 1100 shotgun with a synthetic stock
bulletThe Model 700 muzzleloading rifle
bulletModel 700 rifles with muzzle brakes
bulletThe Model 700 Sendero Stainless Fluted rifle

Remington enters the in-line black powder accessory business and is immediately considered one of the major players in this business.  At the same time, Remington enters the hearing protection business and expands its involvement in the safety and protection aspect of the shooting sports industry.

1997 Remington opens a new Firearms plant near Mayfield, Kentucky to supplement the Ilion plant.  The new Mayfield site is the first new Remington Firearms plant built since 1828.

Remington introduces the Model 597 rimfire rifle family and manufactures the gun at the new Mayfield facility.  The 597 is a new design focusing on functional reliability and benchmark accuracy.

Remington reintroduces the Remington No. 1 Rolling Block Creedmoor rifle in .45-70 Government.  Not a replica, but a reintroduction, the Creedmoor was produced by Remington in the latter half of the 19th century.

Remington celebrates 15 years of the highly collectible bullet knife series. Also, Remington becomes recognized as one of the top firearm safe companies in the world.
1998 Remington adds the new 3 1/2-inch Super Magnum to its best selling line of Model 870 Express pump-action shotguns.  These guns are built with the brute strength and reliability of our legendary Model 870 Wingmaster, but with the added versatility of being able to handle 12-ga. 2 3/4 to 3 1/2-inch loads.

Remington develops a new packaging scheme for all categories that positions its multiple lines under one brand and one look. The new packaging maximized space for the retailers and allowed increased market share in all categories.

Remington launches http://www.remington.com/, providing rich product information, support and services..
1999 Remington produces the first new centerfire magnum case in 87 years--the .300 Remington Ultra Mag.  Chambered in nine different Model 700 configurations the new .300 Remington Ultra Mag represents the first commercially available non-belted magnum.
Summer of 1999 begins a new chapter for Remington with the advent of its new television series--Remington Country. Viewers will see hunters capture America's most popular game while celebrating the outdoors, sportsmanship, ethics, and conservation, as well as receive shooting tips from the Remington experts.

Remington enters the one handed knife business with the introduction of the “Rattlesnake” line. This new line attracts a new demographic consumer for Remington.
2000 Remington introduces the most significant advance in rifle and ammunition performance since the development of self-contained cartridges--the EtronX System, an electronic ignition system for centerfire rifles and ammunition.

Remington extends both its Super Mag line of shotguns with the Model 11-87 Super Magnum and the Ultra Mag line of magnum calibers with the .338 Remington Ultra Mag. Also added to the firearms line is the Model 300 Ideal over-and-under shotgun.

Remington enters the Gunsmithing tools category and expands its focus on industrial sales.
2001 Remington introduces the following new rifle products:
bulletThe Model 710, the most affordable, high-performance centerfire rifle ever designed and built.
bulletThe Model 700 Titanium Ultimate Lightweight rifle. The lightest factory bolt-action centerfire rifle on the market.
bulletLimited Edition Model 700 Classic chambered for 7mm-08 Remington
bulletLimited Edition Model 700 BDL SS RMEF Trade rifle chambered for 300 Remington Ultra Mag

Remington enters the electronic earmuff business and is immediately considered a major player in this industry.

2002 Remington introduces the following new rifle products:
bulletModel Seven LS, SS, and Custom AWR chambered for the new 7mm Remington SA Ultra Mag and the 300 Remington SA Ultra Mag cartridges offering magnum performance in a compact, dense cover rifle.
bulletLimited Edition Model 700 Classic chambered for 221 Remington Fireball
bulletLimited Edition Model 700 BDL SS RMEF Trade rifle chambered for 7mm Remington Ultra Mag

Remington expands its gun parts business with an added focus on specialty choke tubes. These new ported and hevi-shot capable tubes allow Remington to move up as a market leader in this category.

2003 Remington introduces the following new rifle products:
bulletThe Model 673 Guide Rifle, combining the styling of the classic Model 600 Magnum with the modern day performance of the Model Seven action. Chambered for 300 Remington SA Ultra Mag and the reintroduced classic 350 Remington Magnum cartridge.
bulletLimited Edition Model 700 Classic chambered for 300 Savage
bulletLimited Edition Model 700 BDL SS RMEF Trade rifle chambered for 300 Remington SA Ultra Mag
bulletModel 597 Magnum chambered for the new 17HMR cartridge

Remington introduces a completely revamped firearm safe line. This new line includes increased fire protection, heavier units and a 180 degree door opening radius.

2004 New product highlights for the year include:
bulletIntroduction of the Model 504 bolt-action rimfire rifle.
bulletThe Model 700 family of centerfire rifles expands to include a new Classic Deluxe (CDL) version and a new Light Varmint Stainless Fluted (LV SF) model.
bulletMagnum calibers are added to the Model 710 and Model 700 Titanium rifles for the first time.
bulletThe 20-gauge Classic Field returns to the Model 1100 line of shotguns along with two small-bore target guns.
bulletManaged-Recoil centerfire rifle, shotgun slug, and buckshot ammunition are introduced, providing the same hunting performance of standard cartridges with half the recoil.
bulletPremier Match and Premier Accutip-V join the Gold Box family of centerfire rifle ammunition.
bulletIn a joint effort Remington and the US military develop the 6.8mm Remington SPC - a centerfire rifle cartridge with greater medium range capability and effectiveness than standard 5.56 x 45mm.
bulletA new line-up of collectible and field knives are introduced.
bulletRemington broadens its line of gun safes with the introduction of ten new models.

For the second year in a row, shooters who used Remington Premier STS and Nitro 27 shotshells won more trophies at the 2004 ATA Grand American World Trapshooting Championships than those using any other brand.

In an effort to broaden its core offerings to the domestic security marketplace Remington announces plans to distribute advanced license plate technology through a joint venture (Remington-Elsag), and to introduce advanced technology and surveillance systems through a new Remington LE Technologies Division.

Remington announced in February of 2004 the formation of a new subsidiary, Spartan Gunworks by Remington. This will help to bring a line of quality, value-priced shotguns to the U.S. market. We will initially be offering three break-action shotguns, a youth version, single shot, side by side, and over&under, most in a full range of gauges.

2005 New product highlights for the year include:
bulletNew Production Model 1100™ Competition Provides Custom Gun Performance for the Serious Clay Target Shooter
bulletLegendary Remington® Model 1100™ in Classic Field Version Now Available in Full Range of Gauges
bulletModel 11-87™ Special Purpose-Turkey Super Magnum™ Shotgun Available with Thumbhole Stock
bulletRemington Introduces Three NRA™ Licensed Firearms to Support Education and Conservation Initiatives
bulletModel 700™ SPS (Special Purpose Synthetic) with either a standard or youth length stock, with or without a detachable magazine, in matte or stainless finish
bulletModel 700™ XCR (Xtreme Conditions Rifle) in stainless steel with TriNyte Corrosion Control and Patented Hogue Overmolded Stock
bulletModel 700 Classic LTD Edition in its 25th and final year
bulletModel XR-100™ Rangemastero Single Shot Target Rifle with a Laminated Thumbhole Stock and a 40-XB Adjustable Target Trigger
bulletFull line of Spartan Gunworks by Remington firearms including a single shot and side-by-side rifle, in addition to an expansion of an already popular shotgun line
bulletRemington Introduces Nitro Turkey™ Magnum Lead Loads
bulletRemington® Managed-Recoil™ Ammunition Named “Ammunition Product of the Year”
bulletRemington® Kleanbore® Muzzleloading Primers – A Welcome Innovation to the World of Muzzleloading
bulletAdditions to the Remington® Sportsman™ Line Include Two New Folders and Handy Camp Saw
bulletRemington Introduces Targetmaster™ Deluxe and Sportsman™ Cleaning Kits – Everything the Serious Shooter Needs for Proper Gun Maintenance
bulletFour New Collectible Knives Available from Remington in 2005
bulletFirst Knife in the Remington Outdoor Exploration Series™ Introduced
bulletSwift-Lokt™ Assisted Opening Knife
2006 Announcements from the company include:
bulletRuffed Grouse Society Fundraiser to Feature the Parker® Gun AAHE 28-Gauge Offering by Remington
bulletRemington Welcomes the Most Innovative, Most Exciting, Shotgun Ever to its Family of Autoloaders – the Model 105 CTi™
bulletRemington Launches the Next Generation of Model 1100™ Autoloaders – the Model 1100™ G3 with 2 3/4 and 3-Inch Capability
bulletRemington Enters Premium Over & Under Shotgun Market with the Premier® Line – Available in 12, 20 and 28 Gauge
bulletModel 1100™ and 870™ Tactical Shotguns with OD Green barrel & receiver
bulletModel 700 CDL SF Limited with 100th Anniversary 30-06 Commemorative embellishment on floorplate
bulletModel 750™ Woodsmaster® autoloading rifle in either a standard or carbine version
bulletModel SPR453 an affordable autoloading shotgun that shoots 2 ¾” to 3 ½” shells
bulletGenesis Inline Muzzleloader with new camming TorchCam™ action for superfast priming, weather resistant finish, and fast and easy to clean
bulletMauser Action Rifles Now in Remington Country – Remington Proudly Introduces the Model 798™ Centerfire Rifle – Based on the 98 Mauser Action and the Compact Model 799™ Mini Mauser Centerfire Rifle
bulletRemington Introduces an Affordable, Full Featured Bolt Action Rimfire Rifle – the Model Five™
bulletRemington Announces: Wingmaster HD™ - A Technological Breakthrough From The Undisputed Leader In High Performance Non-Toxic Shotshell Ammunition
bulletRemington Teams Up With Regency Conversions To Release Limited Edition
Series Pickup Trucks
2007 New product highlights for the year include:
bulletPremier® Side-by-Side Shotgun in 12, 20, 28 gauge and .410 bore – the first side-by-side in the Remington product line since 1910
bulletModel 870™ XCS (Xtreme Conditions Shotgun) with Black TriNyte™ Coating on Receiver and Barrel
bulletModel 870™ SPS™ Max Gobbler with Knoxx SpecOps™ with adjustable length of pull and recoil dampening system
bulletFour offerings in the Tactical line including the Model 870™, Model 1100™, Model 700™, and Model 7615™
bulletModel 700™ SPS Buckmasters Edition in both standard and youth stock lengths
bulletModel 700™ Alaskan Ti Ultimate Lightweight Centerfire rifle with a fluted barrel, hinged floorplate, pillar bedded, and Bell & Carlson stock
bulletX-Mark Pro Trigger with sear and trigger block and lighter trigger weight setting from the factory compatible with all Model 700 and Model Seven products
bulletPremier Tactical Knives in Tango™, Zulu™, and Echo™ series for civilian, law enforcement, and military applications
bulletUniversal All-A-Round Portable Cleaning kit for all your shotguns, rifles & pistols from .22 caliber to 12 gauge

This information courtesy of the Remington Firearms Company

Introduction | I. History of Remington Rifles | II. Model 12 Types |  III. Model 12 Variations | IV. Outline of Features | V. Condition  | VI. Diagrams