Sort of along the lines of this thread about '97's and Rem 11's:viewtopic.php?f=3&t=268
Recently a second Remington Model 11 came into my, um, my sphere of influence. Going through it with the excited new owner has rekindled my interest in my own. Mine is a 1928 vintage one. There is so much going on inside these things and yet-- not terribly complicated to get apart and put back together. And although anything by JMB is very American, if you buy a Browning Auto 5, well..... they were never made here. If you want that design and American made, it has to be a Rem 11 or a Savage 720. BUT.... now the Jones has be reawakened and I must have an Auto 5.
I recently snagged a beautiful Stevens 520 for well under $200. Guess who?! John Moses Browning! These things were made in such numbers and under so many names that they seem to have been treated almost as a commodity. It seems to me they were considered pedestrian because of the sheer numbers and perhaps not appreciated as the rock solid quality arm they are. Now, they are still cheap but man they are good. I encourage people to buy guns like this even though they are maybe 100 years old because ya know what? Given reasonable care they will still be around another 100 years hence and another hundred after that.
I'd love to see some good pics of JMB walnut and steel 12 gages... or 16's or 20's for that matter. That would include--
Rem 11's or Savage 720's.... or Auto 5's
Remington Model 17's which became the Ithaca Model 37.
Recently saw a pic of a Rem 11 doctored up to look like an M2 .50 cal machinegun (JMB strikes again) for training waist gunners in WWII.