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Remington M1100 Tactical

Maruzen M1100

 

 

This is a bad gun... It bit me only moments after I unpacked it, catching the side of my thumb in the hinge of the folding stock and cutting me quite nastily. I still haven't quite broken it to my will, either, with occasional mis-feeds causing shells to jam between the magazine tube and the chamber - if time and bedding-in doesn't take of it, I may have to resort to a little gunsmithing! When all is working well, though, it's quite remarkable - a loud boom as the trigger is pulled, then a long, sliding metal-on-metal sound and brief glimpse in the peripheral vision of a bright blue shotshell flying up and outwards. I'm trying it with lightweight .11g BBs at present, and it's certainly not the most powerful replica I own even so - but it's also capable of putting a five shot group into the target around two inches wide at the short range I'm using, ejecting and reloading about as fast as I can pull the trigger... It's just so much fun... :-)

This is the first Maruzen replica I've seen, and I have to admit to mixed feelings about the build quality so far. The stock is quite a tight fit over the top of the receiver when folded, and after only a few days there are small scratches on both sides. The bolt is rubbing somewhere inside the receiver, too, and is similarly marked - in both cases the imitation blued finish has been scraped off to reveal the shiny metal underneath, and this obviously isn't going to be a gun that retains its cosmetic perfection even without the knocks and scrapes of skirmishing... And while I'm bitching, the gun is a touch rattly, too - there's a fair bit of side-to-side play in the stock when extended and the fore-grip isn't as tight as I would like, either.

However, I'm sure that a little fiddling and tweaking will help both problems, and the gun is certainly an impressive replica overall. It's heavy enough to feel good in use, but not too heavy that (at a pinch!) it couldn't be fired one-handed as in the Terminator movies... The blued finish is excellent, if evidently not very tough, and the ABS/polycarbonate mixture of the plastic outer barrel is just as convincing an imitation metal as that of my Western Arms Beretta.

This gun is going to be a long-term project, I think, with various additions and modifications already on the cards. As well as smoothing and polishing the magazine ramp to prevent mis-feeds, the spring that flips the butt-plate down when the stock is unfolded is a touch weedy and could do with replacing if I can find an equivalent. The next major step, however, involves a set of cosmetic add-ons to give that tactical look - a perforated metal heat-shield to fit over the barrel, a snap-in shell-holder for the metal stock, and an extended magazine tube at the front of the fore-grip. The latter may well be problematic - the standard version increases capacity from four rounds to seven, but is sized for the full-length barrel and may be too long for this slightly shortened variant! If so, I expect an hour or two with hacksaw and Dremel will suffice, and the bad-ass look of the doubled fore-end should be well worth the effort.

The shotshells are rather a neat design, containing a central tube with soft rubber grommets at each end to hold the BBs in place - one loads a number into each shell (five seems to work well with lightweight BBs) and as it is chambered the gas nozzle built into the bolt butts hard up against the rear grommet to provide a gas seal. The removable gas reservoir is held inside the pistol grip, and seems to hold enough for several dozen rounds - not a mean feat, when you consider that it has to eject the spent case as well as propel multiple BBs! Spare reservoirs are hard to find, but the shells are enough of an irritation to load that I don't think it will be an issue.

I picked up another Mil-Force case to match the rest of my collection, but although it fits the replica very nicely it has a curious design flaw - the main clasp on this 34" model is right behind the handle, which makes it very awkward to open! It's worth bearing in mind if you're not sure what size to go for...