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Remington Model 10 (M10) Pump-Action Slide Shotgun (1908)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/28/2014

The Remington Model 10 appeared in both World War 1 and World War 2 with American military forces.

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Unlike other global firepowers, the United States was never shy about going to war with shotguns in tow. This proved the case (even against German protests who deemed it, ironically, inhumane) in World War 1 (1914-1918) where the Remington Model 10 series pump-action shotgun was fielded to help shore up weapon stocks for US troops heading to Europe. Some even saw service in the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945) and thereafter.

Design of the Model 10 was attributed to gunsmith John Pedersen (1881-1951), a man regarded by John Moses Browning himself as the "Greatest Gun Designer in the World". Many of Remington's sport-shooting designs of the period could be traced back to Pedersen's involvement though his military-minded endeavors often fell short through no fault of his own. John Pedersen was the developer of the notable "Pedersen Device" - an assembly that was to be added to the M1903 Springfield service rifle allowing for firing of .30 caliber short cartridges through a semi-automatic action, essentially making the bolt-action M1903 a semi-automatic rifle in nature. Unfortunately, despite production lines beginning to output the assembly, the Pedersen Device was doomed by the cessation of hostilities in World War 1 - the Armistice being signed in November of 1918.

The Model 10 shotgun was introduced to Remington lines in 1910, originally as a sporting system. Production would ultimately span from 1908 until 1929 before the type was discontinued. All versions were 12-gauge and barrel lengths offered were the long-form 32-inch model and a shortened, compact 20-inch version. The action was manual through working of the slide mounted under the barrel and around the cylindrical magazine. The magazine was of basic tube form and incorporated up to five shells inline. A button along the right side of the receiver was held down with each pump-action to introduce a fresh shell into the chamber and eject any spent ones. . The loading port was located under the receiver ahead of the trigger and doubled as the ejection port. Take-down was relatively easy and produced two components - the barrel/magazine tube with slide and the receiver with shoulder stock and trigger group. Each model featured a fixed, ergonomic solid wood stock attached to the end of the receiver with a formed pistol grip. The slide was also wooden and usually ribbed for a firm grip. An iron sight was forged just aft of the muzzle. The proper position for Model 10 function was the firing hand around the grip, the shoulder stock tucked into the shoulder pit and the supporting hand at the pump-action slide. The weapon's rate-of-fire was, therefore, limited to the speed of the action while reloading was relatively simple.

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Specifications for the
Remington Model 10 (M10)
Pump-Action Slide Shotgun

Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Remington Arms Company - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1908

Overall Length: 0 mm (0.00 in)
Barrel Length: 584.00 mm (22.99 in)
Weight (Empty): 7.94 lb (3.60 kg)

Caliber*: 12-gauge
Action: Manually-Actuated Pump Slide
Feed: 5-round tubular magazine
Rate-of-Fire: 10 rounds per minute
Range: 60 ft (18 m; 20 yds)
Sights: Iron Front

* Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.

Model 10 - Base Remington Model Designation

Model 10-A - Base Production Model

M10 - Abbreviated Designation

Model 10 "Trench Gun" - Militarized Model 10; 23-inch barrel; sling swivels for shoulder strap; lugs for bayonet mounting; wooden handguard over barrel; 3,500 produced for US Army in World War 1.

Model 10 "Riot Gun" - Military Guard Model; 20-inch barrel.

Model 10 Target Grade

United States