Illustrations by JOHN F. FINNEGAN. Text by LUDWIG OLSON
Remington entered the slide-action shotgun field in 1907 with a 12-ga. repeater characterized by handsome lines and several interesting features. This takedown shotgun with five-shot tubular magazine was produced under the patents of John D. Pedersen, a well-known arms designer, and has a ham-merless action with solid breech. The receiver is closed in except for a loading and ejection port at the bottom. This not only provides safety to the user, but minimizes entry of sand, dirt, snow, rain, and other foreign matter. The gracefully-sloped upper rear portion of the receiver and generally clean lines without projections are responsible for the handsome appearance of the gun.
Among several other features of this striker-fired repeater is a recoil lock which prevents opening of the action by a rearward pull on the fore-end until the latter is released by the recoil of firing. This is designed to prevent accidents from hangfires.
A button on the right side of the receiver is pressed inward to release the action bar and permit opening of the gun when cocked. This button projects slightly when the gun is cocked, and thereby also serves as a cocking indicator.
Other interesting features of this shotgun are the short 7/16" travel of the firing pin which results in fast lock time, and the slide safety in the forward part of the trigger guard. Since this safety is moved fore and aft instead of sideways, it is well suited for both right- and left-handed users. The bottom ejection also makes the gun well suited for both right- and left-handed users, and the fired shells do not strike bystanders during ejection.
When first introduced, this gun was designated Model 1908, but this was later changed to Model 1910. Several grades with choice of various barrel lengths and chokes were offered. Ac cording to the Remington 1918-19 catalog, the No. 10A Standard Grade is a plain gun without checkering and engraving. Other grades are the No. 10B Special with checkered pistol grip and fore-end, No. 10S Trap Special with straight-grip stock, No. 10C Trap, No. 10D Tournament, No. 10E Expert, and No. 10F Premier. There is also a No. 10R Riot Grade with 20" barrel, and a version of this gun fitted with a hand-guard and bayonet attachment was produced for the U.S. Army during World War I. Checkering, engraving, and selected walnut are special features of the higher grades. The highest grade is the No. 10F listed at $183.50 in the 1918-19 Remington catalog.
The Model 1910 was produced extensively and proved generally successful. It left something to be desired in design details, however, and was superseded in 1929 by the Remington Model 29 shotgun. ■
1 Remove any shells from magazine and chamber. Press magazine lever detent (29) inward upon magazine lever (28). Magazine lever is then unlocked and can be turned crossways so it protrudes from right side of magazine tube (36).
2 Rotate magazine lever downward. This will turn magazine tube one quarter turn to unlock tube from receiver (37).
3 With magazine lever in down position, slide magazine tube forward so that lever slot in front of tube moves forward over lug on barrel (5). Rear of magazine will then be free of receiver. Slide fore-end (20) forward until end of attached action bar (1) is free of breech-bolt (8) and receiver.
4 Hold fore-end and magazine tube forward. Turn barrel, fore-end, and magazine tube as a complete unit one quarter turn clockwise (as viewed from rear) to disengage barrel threads from threads in receiver. Pull barrel, tube, fore-end, and action bar forward away from receiver. This is sufficient disassembly for routine cleaning and lubrication. Before reassembly of barrel to receiver, lower firing pin (17) by pulling trigger.
5 Use small screwdriver to press magazine lever detent inward upon magazine lever, and turn lever free from end of magazine tube. Hold lever forward and slide tube rearward until separated from barrel lug. Then pull combined tube and fore-end forward to disengage action bar from yoke at rear of barrel.
6 Press magazine lever detent inward, and turn lever to re-engage fully into end of tube. Fore-end must be turned until lugs on tube match slots in action bar (see A). Pull action bar and fore-end forward off magazine tube.
7 To remove guard (23) and stock (46) from receiver, unscrew guard screw check screw (25), guard screw (24), tang screw check screw (50), and tang screw (49). Pull guard and stock rearward away from receiver.
8 Use small screwdriver to pry carrier stop (12) from bottom of receiver. While depressing action bar lock button (54), lift breechbolt (8) out of engagement with recoil shoulder, and move breechbolt rearward until it and the carrier (11) are out of receiver. Uncock firing pin by depressing sear (42), and remove sear spring screw (44) and sear spring (43). Remove sear, firing pin, and extractor (15) with spring (16) after driving out pins which retain these parts. Reassemble in reverse. In so doing, engage rear end of carrier in recess on side of breechbolt and hold these parts together while sliding them into receiver. Also, press forward on rear of carrier while inserting carrier stop.
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