Columbia Basin Local wrote:Thanks guys for the quick responses. Cluck- is G3 a generation 3 or does it mean something else? Canon- thanks, you to respond to most of my posts and as always have been very helpful. It sounds as though you guys have had nothing but good experiences with Rem 20's unlike some recent 12's. Thanks again.
I believe its a generation 3 gun, here is the Remington over view from Remington
Soft recoil, dependability, balanced pointing characteristics – the Model 1100™ G3 is all that made the original Model 1100 America’s most trusted semi-auto shotgun, only better.
Available in 12 and 20 gauge, its improved, technologically advanced gas system cycles 2 3/4" and 3" magnum loads with equal efficiency. By coating key internal parts with Teflon,® we’ve created an action that’s easier to clean, smoother and more reliable. The PVD-coated receiver adds durability and a great new look. Felt recoil is reduced and pattern consistency is improved by the overbored barrel.
Then there’s Realwood,® our exclusive high-grade walnut construction that meshes genuine American walnut with carbon reinforcements for striking looks that will withstand extreme abuse.
No autoloader has folded more birds or crushed more targets than the venerable Model 1100. We’re proud to announce the legacy has advanced – welcome the next generation – the Model 1100 G3.
America’s most popular autoloading shotgun with 2 3/4" and 3" capability
Internal parts plated with nickel-Teflon® finish for ultra-smooth reliability: receiver, action bars, action-bar sleeve, magazine tube, hammer and sear
Realwood® carbon-reinforced, high-grade American walnut laminate stock and matching fore-end
Stylish new checkering pattern
12-gauge models feature overbored barrels (0.735") and lengthened forcing cones
All models equipped with 5 choke tubes (ProBore® on 12 ga., Rem® Choke on 20 ga.)
Insignia “R” on grip cap
Comes with custom gun case
As I said they are hard to find but if youre not in a rush to get a gun, its worth the wait. The wood on most of them is really super nice, they took two slabs of high grade walnut and bonded them together with a thin bond line making a unique butt stock. Ive had my 20 since 07 and have put tons of rounds thru it. I like it so well that my standard 20 gauge LT stays in the cabinet. With the stock limbsaver butt pad its a lot more pleasant to shoot. Ive shot as much as 10 boxes of light loads in a days time wearing nothing but a t shirt with out any shoulder pain which is good because I have severe arthritis in it.
BTW they were made only 3 years and Remington quit making them. 07,08 and 09. They initially ran 1250 bucks which was a bit steep to most guys, but they come with a great with velvet lined hard case with compartments to hold items, the inside is much like a good guitar case and they also come with 5 chokes. I believe the case alone was like 200 bucks, I bought my 12 gauge because I just wanted both gauges and use it about 2 times a year. Also I have a friend that bought his 2 sons the G3 12 gauge for xmas presents in 09 and these two teenage boys have put their guns thru hell but have never had a problem with them