Back in October 2014, I was invited to attend the annual Remington seminar, an event for outdoor writers where the top brass and engineers at Remington unveil the company’s upcoming line of firearms, ammunition and accessories. Each year the venue changes, and this time it was located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in West Virginia.
During my 2-day stay in WV, I was able to learn about and shoot many firearms, and I posted one online article called “Top 5 Guns At Annual Remington Seminar” from my mountain cabin after dinner one night.
If you happened to read that story, you no doubt saw that I wasn’t able to name, describe or show a photo of my No. 1 gun, and that’s because the information was embargoed until now. (Yes, they even made me sign a confidentiality agreement; after all, this is big business!)
But now that the embargo has lifted, I can spill my guts. And just for fun—and to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the seminar itself, I’m simply going to share with you my detailed notes from one of the Remington engineer’s PowerPoint presentations. So sit back, grab a cool one and follow along.
AMERICA’S RETURN TO GREATNESS IN SEMIAUTO SHOTGUNS
History lesson: There were other semiautomatic shotguns that long predated the year 1963, but that’s when the market changed forever. The Remington Model 1100 was launched and quickly became the dominate leader in the semiautomatic market, and it was the choice of shooters nation wide. It became famous for its prowess on skeet fields to cornfields alike.
The 1100 dominated the market for decades. Then, almost 25 years later, Remington introduced the 11-87, which featured gas compensation for use with the wider variety of shotshells that were available.
It took nearly an additional 25 years to see the next model of semiauto shotgun from Remington, the Versa Max. And in that time, the semiauto shotgun market had changed dramatically. In fact, sales data across brands showed that U.S.-made semiautos once accounted for about 65 percent of the sales. However, there was a major shift in recent decades toward imported shoguns, and today the imports account for approximately 80 percent of semiauto sales.
Remington’s response/push-back to this trend is the new V3 (see photo/text above for specifics). It utilizes VersaPort technology with addition to pressure compensating valves in each gas chamber to further reduce recoil and optimize performance across all 3-inch shotshells. In fact, it’ll handle the lightest 2.75-inch target loads up to the heaviest 3-inch magnum loads.
This is truly a ground-breaking new design. It offers the benefits of VersaPort in a compact design (receiver length is 9.27 inches in Versa Max, but only 8.36 inches in V3) the continues the legacy of Remington pointability. The gun weighs 7.2 pounds, which puts it in the middle of the road when compared to other semiautos on the market.
The V3’s SASG2 gas system is extremely compact. Unlike competitive gas-operated semis that have gas systems 9- to 11-inches down bore, the VersaPort system is located directly in front of the receiver. This results in a properly designed fore-end for ideal ergonomics and centers the weight of the system between the shooter’s hands, giving superior balance and swing performance. The result is Remington pointability, or said another way, it might be the most instinctual shotgun you’ll ever shoot.
As the photo above shows, the V3 will be available in wood, camo (two choices) and black synthetic versions, with barrel lengths of either 26 or 28 inches (Rem Choke 2). MSRPs are stated as $895-$995, but expectations are street prices will be $750-$850. Nice!
FIRST IMPRESSIONSI shot many guns at the range in West Virginia, but my clear favorite was the V3. And I think the same could be said for nearly every writer in attendance at the seminar. From trap to skeet, the V3 performed flawlessly, and just as the Remington engineer claimed during his PowerPoint presentation, I found it to be an amazingly instinctual gun. I broke more clay targets than I ever dreamed possible (confession: I’m not an expert shotgunner), and I couldn’t believe how soft it felt (I hate recoil!). And we didn’t shoot only light target loads; we stuffed the magazine with hard-hitting pheasant and duck loads and the gun was still a joy to shoot.
I’ve shot Remington shoguns for a long time. In fact, I bought my Mossy Oak-camo 870 pump pictured below in about 1989. Will the V3 become as popular as the 870? That’s impossible to say, but I’d say Big Green is off to a great start with this new semiauto.
P.S. The rest of the world will get its first chance to see the new Remington V3 at the 2015 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas from January 20-23. I’m guessing traffic will be crazy-busy in the Remington booth, and hopefully your local gun shop buyer will be there placing his order, too!