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.