Now this is an AOW I could get behind

I’ve always thought that the best shooting auto-loading shotguns for the money were classic (1950s-80s) Remington 11-48s/1100/1187s.

A 1951 ad showing the then-new 870 pump side-by-side with the 11-48. Note the similarity

I have a vintage Wingmaster 1100 that has always delivered when it came to dove hunts (a September ritual in Mississippi) and once-beautiful 11-48 that has seen better days and I have since been repurposed with a shorter barrel, tac stock/furniture, and WML as a home defense gun– and will just chew through buck and slug all day.

Well, with that in mind, Eric Lemoine with Black Aces has been busy showing off a few of their hacked semi-auto AOW Shockwave builds. The 4+1 capacity vintage Remmy 1100 has been chopped down to bite-sized and tuned to run just fine with a foot-long barrel and a Shockwave grip.

“All that means for you is a $5 fee for your Form 4 and a little bit of patience,” Lemoine says.

Black Aces upgrades the piston assembly and lifter latch spring; adds new seals and does some other black magic to get these old duck guns to run short and lean for a price of $949 plus stamps– less if you have your own gun for starters, a concept that may wind up sending my beater 11-48 in for a morph.

More in my column at Guns.com

 

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