Re: low serial number model 10
With a serial number that low it wouldn't be a Model 10. Is it actually marked Model 10 anywhere on the gun?
The shotgun that came to be known as the Remington Model 10 was introduced in the 1908-09 Remington Arms Co. catalogue as the "Remington Repeating Shotgun" --
In the February 15, 1910, Remington price list the gun is called the Model 1908. In 1911, Marcellus Hartley Dodge combined his arms and his ammunition companies as Remington Arms -- Union Metallic Cartridge Co., and the gun became known as the Model No. 10. During WW-I time the company name got Inc. added. In 1920, the company name was changed again to Remington Arms Co., Inc.
The old factory ledger from Ilion that was started with the resumption of civilian arms production after WW-I, shows the first entry for Model 10 had reached serial number 172939 on Sept. 30, 1919. U was a Remington "stock letter" for this pump gun.
I'm sure we'd all like to see some good pictures of this very early Remington Repeating Shotgun. With that low a serial number the gun should be marked Remington Arms Co. Not, Remington Arms -- Union Metallic Cartridge Co., (Inc.) or Remington Arms Co., Inc.