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World's Fastest Shotgun

World's Fastest Shotgun

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Published by Patrick
A quest to find the best shotgun for practical shooting competition.
A quest to find the best shotgun for practical shooting competition.

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 The Practical Shotgunand The Need For Speed
n our world of action shooting, the 3-gun format is taking hold. With the improved success of the 3-Gun Nationals (thanksUSPSA) and the well-established Mystery Mountain 3-Gun, your opportunities to get in some quality long gun time aregrowing. Outside USPSA you will find other venues to scratch your long gun itch, such as the SOF and World Champi-onship Tactical 3-gun competitions.Becoming a USPSA member in 1990 after having spent some time in the slow pursuit of Metallic Handgun Silhouettes andNRA bull’s-eyes, I was immediately hooked on our game of speed, power and accuracy. With some exposure to high-speedshotgunning via bowling pin shooting, my fascination with ever-faster shotguns has become deep-seated. In the years between
Photo courtesy of Winchester
On the move.
Jim Wallstuffs rounds into the newWinchester SX2 Practicalmodel. The gun is a direct de-scendant of the BrowningGold used by Bennie Cooley towin the USPSA 3-Gun nation-als.
 BY 
 P
 ATRICK 
 E. K 
 ELLEY 
 A 14401
FRONTSIGHT  November/December 2001
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37November/December 2001 • FRONT SIGHT
then and now I have used most of thepopular (and one unpopular) self-load-ing shotguns. I’ve used them with bar-rels from 19.75 to 28 inches, capacitiesfrom 8 to 15 rounds, rigged as tacticalor open, with optics, ports, side sad-dles, Tec loaders, trigger jobs, tuning,and mercury recoil reduction.
 Remington 1100/11-87
Early on my list of tools was the1100 Remington. Most of you areprobably familiar with this arm. It pos-sesses the attributes of low recoil (dueto gas operation), good ergonomics,high cyclic rate, easy maintenance, andreasonable affordability. With manyaftermarket parts available, it is the topchoice of many 3-gunners. Except forone thing, we could conclude the arti-cle right here.Unfortunately, the shotgun thatseems perfect is not, as RELIABILITY,(especially long-term reliability), is aproblem. Practical shooters tend toshoot more than the average wing-shooter, and they shoot long strings of heavy loads. This is the downfall of the1100/11-87 platform.The 1100’s problems relate to theinterceptor latch and magazine tube.We cause the problems with themagazine tube. For capacity purposes,we hang extension tubes on the end of the factory tube. If this transition isn’tsmooth, you have problems. Considerthat the shells, follower, and springmust pass by it in two directions. Onmy 1100’s, I use the factory steel fol-lower or one of my own spun out onthe lathe to help glide over any suchproblems. If you must use a plastic fol-lower, keep it clean and smooth.The larger problems surround themagazine spring. We pay close atten-tion to our pistol recoil and magazinesprings (sometimes too much), but weneglect our shotguns. In the 1100, thisis a serious mistake. As a rule of thumbthe spring should be 8” to 10” longerthan the assembled length of your shot-gun and extension.The 1100 trigger group contains apart called the carrier release. The car-rier release is operated solely by theforce of the shell leaving the magazinetube. Really! The thing that allowsyour shotgun to close and feed a liveround is dependent upon the force of the shell leaving the magazine tube!How often have you seen 1100’s lockopen, with a round sitting in the ac-tion? Nothing looks wrong, but thebolt has stuck back? Any trouble withfeeding rounds out of the magazinetube can cause the carrier release to“stick” on the carrier stud.When all goes well, dropping thehammer, activating the disconnect andinterceptor latch, feeding the nextround, tripping the carrier release, plusloading the round and re-setting thetrigger takes about 14 hundredths of asecond. Yes, this is the cyclic rate of the1100 Remington. Shot-to-shot speedstops at 14 hundredths. While it is pos-sible to pull the trigger faster, the dis-connect will not reset until the bolt isfully closed.This tidbit of information came tome via my 1100’s, and the aforemen-tioned quest for speed. While notknown in the big circles, I was, for a pe-riod of time, (here in my little neck of the woods) referred to as “Machinegun Kelley.” During a bowling pinshoot I noticed I was either trigger-freezing or somehow stutter-steppingaround pins. With the attendant fivesecond penalty per pin left on the table,
Photo by Mike Sirchuck
How Fast Can You Go?
Author Pat Kel-ley pours rounds through the new Brown-ing. He reports the gun is capable of .11splits. Other guns choke at this speed.
 
FRONTSIGHT • November/December 200138
this would never do. Only a poorsportsman blames his equipment, but Ihad to know whether I suffered fromtrigger freeze or if the gun was at fault.Having multiple 1100’s on hand, avideo camera, and an operator, I soonfound out more than I wanted. A coolNovember afternoon found my buddyHunter and me out testing one of my1100’s. Hunter was picked because hedid not immediately suggest it waspure folly to think I could outrun a self-loading gun. Careful examination of slow motion footage clearly showedmy trigger finger pulling the trigger asecond time before the action closed.Now what?More testing with more 1100’swith a wider selection of ammunitionbrought the same results. Thoughts of cutting, grinding, lightening andspringing came and went. There wasnothing actually wrong with any of the1100’s tested, only a built-in finitecyclic rate. What next? I know, I’ll justsell a couple of 1100’s and buy the“world’s fastest shotgun.” A few weekspassed and one of our local gun shops(in this case davesguns.com) called mewith the good news. My new no-ex-cuses, super-duper, wham-bam, spe-cial-operations-team-approved BenelliM1 Super 90 was waiting for me, yeehaw!
 Benelli M1 Super 90
To many, the Benelli is the be-alland end-all of shotguns. Known for itsreliability, durability and speed, I pur-chased the “world’s fastest cyclingshotgun” after a years-long affair withthe 1100. Finally, I had found MY shotgun and for a time the Benelli andI got along very well. This particularBenelli was the M1 Super 90 slugmodel, complete with eight-shot tubeextension, side saddle shell carrier, andbarrel-mounted rifle sights. This set-up served me well for nearly two years.In 1997, the quest for speed againlifted its ugly head.This time the challenge was steel.The American Handgunner WorldShoot-off Championships set the stagefor the Benelli’s downfall: more pre-cisely, the man vs. man auto shotgunside shoot. Here I am, trying to qual-ify for the final four with Jerry Miculekand Bill Vance setting the pace. Bothwere averaging about two seconds forfive poppers.In this format, if memory serves, wemade four passes on five poppers withthe best three runs totaled for score.My first run came in at two secondsand change. I’d better speed up if Iwant to play with the big boys! On thesecond pass, the buzzer sounds and the
Understanding the Remington1100 “Interceptor Latch” 
Still having trouble with your1100? If all is well with your maga-zine tube, spring, carrier release, andfollower, you may want a good smithto look at the interceptor latch.There are a number of gunsmithsthat work on 1100’s available butShawn Carlock of defensiveedge.netheads my list.The interceptor latch, its locatingstud, and retainer, are critical toproper timing. Located within the re-ceiver, the interceptor latch is acti-vated by the disconnect tail. Whenyou drop the hammer the disconnectrotates as does its tail. This in turndepresses and rotates the interceptorlatch. The interceptor latch “inter-cepts” the next round in the maga-zine tube. When the bolt is cycled tothe rear the disconnect resets and re-leases the interceptor latch. Once theinterceptor latch clears, the roundthat was being held is free to travelrearward with only the momentumgenerated by the mag tube spring topush the carrier release off the carrierstud. Again we see the importance of a strong magazine tube spring!
The 1100’s speed-limiting carrier re-lease. In order for the bolt to close, themag spring must throw a shotshellagainst this part.
Photo by Pat KelleyPhoto by Pat Kelley
Kelley’s gun show refugee, reborn andready to race. If you can keep it work-ing, the soft-shooting 1100 winsmatches.

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