Remington 11-87 Sportsman 20 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun
If you desire a powerful, reliable and versatile weapon, you can’t go wrong with the Remington 11-87 Sportsman Semi Auto Shotgun. The Remington 11-87 Sportsman Semi Auto Shotgun is known for delivering massive power at close range, making it a great choice for a shotgun.
- Manufacturer: Remington
- Model: 11-87 Sportsman
- Gauge: 20 Gauge
- Chamber Inch: 3″
- Choke: Remington Choke Modified
- Barrel Length: 28″
- Overall Length: 48″
- Weight: 7.25 lbs
- Sights: Single Bead
- Receiver Finish: Matte Black
- Stock Material: Synthetic
- Capacity: 4-Rounds
What’s in the Box
- Remington 11-87 Sportsman 20 Guage Semi-Automatic Shotgun
- Trigger Lock
- Owner’s Manual
The Remington Model 11-87 is a semi-automatic shotgun manufactured by Remington Arms and based on the earlier Model 1100. The Model 11-87 remains in contemporary production, 34 years after being introduced in 1987. The Model 11-87 is a gas-operated semi-automatic shotgun. Upon firing a shell, some of the high-pressure gases from the burning gunpowder are diverted through two small holes in the underside of the barrel, forcing a piston and the bolt toward the buttstock, which in turn ejects the spent shell. A spring then forces the bolt forward, sending a new shell from the magazine into the chamber. This gas operation has the effect of reducing the recoil felt by the shooter, since the total recoil energy is spread out over a longer period of time than would be the case with fixed-breech shotguns. The Model 11-87 incorporates a self-compensating gas system design, which allows the gun to operate with a range of loads, from light 2 3⁄4-inch (7.0 cm) shells to 3-inch (7.6 cm) Magnum shells, without any adjustment by the operator. It is manufactured in 12 gauge and 20 gauge; both will cycle 2 3⁄4-inch and 3-inch shells.
Think of the 11- 87 Sportsman 20-gauge semiautomatic shotgun as a shotgun version of the SPS Rem 700 rifle range.
All the features of the top brand but without the frills and prepared for everyday usage at a keen price, yet still having that Remington know how and reliability.
The 11-87 model comes in either a Sportsman Field model with wood stock or camo clad as the Sportsman Camo or, as here, a matt blued black synthetic type.
The gas automatic semi is deigned from the legendary 1100 series of shotguns and, as such, has stood the test of time and needs no upgrades or messing with. The 11-87 is the workhorse of the semi auto Remmy family but still provides that reliability, smooth operation and longevity of use that Remington have become renowned for.
The ‘furniture’ is a black synthetic type, made from two injection moulded halves. It’s a bit short in the length of pull department for me at 14 inches but is designed for ‘one size fits all’. It’s a rugged, no nonsense, bash it about sort of stock; so, mud, dirt and scratches are no bother to it.
There is also a lower comb of 1½-inches with a drop at the heel of 2½-inches; so, despite the short length of pull, the 11- 87 comes up very quickly and that sloped action style allows a very easy quick view down the rib, albeit a bit high for me. You also have a slight cast and the slim overall profile, although a bit skimpy in places, still provides enough grip for shooting in any stance or crouched in pigeon or duck blind.
The recoil pad is the comfortable, dimpled rubber type that has enough squish to dampen recoil and also to allow quick shouldering, then soft rubber to grip hereafter. The forend, at 11.75-inches, with a full-length finger groove/ rest for good balance from a seated or standing position. This means a better overall hold too in wet weather.
Moulded in stippling is a bit vague but is okay and, in any case, the matt semi textured nature of the stock design helps with grip, so no problems.
The 11-87 is available in either 12- or 20-gauge with barrel lengths of 26- or 28-inches in this country. I had the 28-incher that comes with the same finish as the action and has the Rem Choke system. It only comes with a modified or ½ choke fitted but any of the other choke sizes are available as spares.
There is the usual vented top rib of 7mm width with a deep grooved top to stop reflected light and having 12 equally sized vents (length wise) for the entire length of the barrel. These get gradually shallower towards the muzzle, for an upward stance. A single silver bead at the muzzle for correct eye alignment is all that is needed.