Pump action Remingtons first showed up in the early Twentieth Century.
The pump action 760 and 7600 rifles have enjoyed a long production run and are favorites among many brush hunters, but they were by no means the first centerfire pump-action offering from Remington.
The first pump-action rifle from Big Green was the Model 14, a rifle designed by John Pedersen, of Pederson Device fame.
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The 14 first hit the market in 1913 and was one of the most distinctive looking guns to ever come along. Its smooth lines and smooth function quickly made it a favorite among short-range hunters in a time when just about everybody was a short-range hunter.
Back at the turn of the century, the fact that the Model 14 had a solid breech, a hammerless action and was largely chambered for rimless cartridges made this pump gun something of futuristic firearm.
Visually speaking, the most noticeable feature of the Model 14 might be the rifle’s tubular magazine, which has spiral grooves running the length of it. These grooves make the magazine look like a corkscrew, and were meant to facilitate the use of spire point ammo in a tube-fed gun.
While these grooves gave the rifle an interesting look and probably did work, I’ve noticed that Remington never manufactured spire point ammo for the guns, so maybe they didn’t completely trust the design.
The Model 14 was produced until 1936, when it was replaced by the Model 141, which is basically the same gun dressed up in a number of areas.
The 141 got better wood and a better set of sights, but carried forward all of the quick-handling characteristics of its predecessor.
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Both guns were chambered for the rimless line of Remington cartridges — 25, 30, 32 and 35 Remington — although there were a few pistol caliber rifles dubbed Model 14½ and chambered for 38 WCF and 44 WCF.
Today, representatives of these three models can be found on the used market in varying condition. The floor price for beat up models runs around $300, while near-perfect specimens can run $800 or higher.
So far, all of the examples of these rifles that I have encountered offer excellent accuracy, especially for pumps, and are mechanically intriguing to any firearms buff.
Ammo for these guns can still be had in all calibers (some of it isn’t cheap, but it’s out there), and their design is just as solid as it was 80 years ago.
Over the years I’ve acquired both a 14 and a 141 and, to tell you the truth, I bought them just to figure out how they worked. I mean, really — the magazine moves back and forth when you cycle the gun; who wouldn’t wonder about that?
While the 14, 14½ and 141 can make a great additions to any firearms collection, there is one issue to watch out for when buying one. There are something like 55 moving parts stuffed inside these old rifles, and at some point in their careers they very well may have been disassembled and slapped back together.
For some reason, people really like to take 14s apart (perhaps the above-mentioned functional oddities), but can rarely get them back together properly. This means that you have to look these guns over extremely well before purchase.
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Replacement parts for these rifles aren’t cheap, so if something is missing you’ll want to dicker the seller down to match.
Aside from having to give them a good once over to make sure everything is still in the receiver, there’s no reason not to make one of these great old guns your own.
Just be careful when you disassemble it yourself.
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