Remington Model 17 Shotguns

Picture of a Remington Model 17 pump-action shotgun.

John M. Browning began developmental work on a new pump-action shotgun in 1913, and had filed for patent protection in late November of that year. Eventually he was issued U.S. Patent #1,143,170 on June 15, 1915, and he granted manufacturing rights to the Remington Arms and Ammunition Company. By then, Remington was gearing up for the war effort, and it would be another six years until the company was ready to produce and market their first 20 gauge, pump shotgun--the Model 17.

It was another famous Remington inventor, John D. Pedersen, who, in 1919, made refinements to Browning's basic Model 17 design, and much later, Remington's G.H. Garrison would make further design improvements to this shotgun.

The Model 17 is a pump-action, hammerless, underloading, tubular-magazine, bottom-ejecting, take-down shotgun which chambers both 2½" and 2¾" 20 gauge shotshells.

Remington's Model 17A Standard Grade shotgun was announced on January 3, 1921--initially selling for $60.92, although the price dropped to $52.50 the following year. The shotgun was lightweight, tipping the scales at just 5lbs/12 oz.

Four other grades were offered in 1923, including the M17B Special Grade, the M17D Tournament Grade, the Model 17E Expert Grade, and the M17F Premier Grade.

The M17R Riot Grade shotgun with a 20" choke-bored barrel was introduced in 1926, selling for $46.95.

In all, Remington sold a total of 72,644 Model 17 shotguns between 1921 and 1941, although production had been halted in 1933.

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