Remington 11-87: A premier shotgun series

by Eric Sof

Remington 11-87 shotgun

Introduced in 1987, the Remington 11-87 Premier Skeet is intended, as the name implies, for clay pigeon shooting. It has gained a good reputation in this field for its accuracy, handiness, and low recoil.


Remington automatic shotguns are gas-operated, tapping off a proportion of the propellant gas to drive a piston rearwards and operate the bolt and reloading mechanism. In most of the Remington 11-87 series. The gas is automated so that virtually any cartridge capable of fitting inside the chamber will operate the action satisfactorily.

However, the Remington 11-87 Premier Skeet model is regulated for 70mm cartridges only, and firing more minor charges may not be successful reloading. This might be a disadvantage in the field shooting. Still, since this gun is purely for one type of sport using one type of cartridge, it is an acceptable restriction. It allows the gas system to be easily “tuned” for the most trouble-free, reliable, and consistent performance.

Remington 11-87 Premier Skeet shotgun
Remington 11-87 Premier Skeet shotgun (Photo: Remington)

The barrel is fitted for a multi-choke, and three are supplied with the gun, allowing the owner to set the shot pattern to his preference. The mechanism cycles smoothly; pulling back the cocking handle locks the action open until released by a carrier release catch on the loading ramp. The magazine can then have two cartridges fed in from underneath the action with the chamber loaded.

The stock is a full pistol-grip with cut checkering. It is of standard “skeet” length, just short of 14 inches (350mm) and with an average amount of drop. There is no form of adjustment and no options, but most shooters are happy with this length. There is a rubber recoil pad and synthetic protective coating on the wood. Metal parts are in a black satin finish.

Altogether, the Remington 11-87 Premier Skeet is a sound, no-nonsense tool for competition shooting and is particularly recommended for beginners.


The Remington 11-87 shotgun was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster “No Country for Old Man.” The silencer-equipped Remington 11-87 shotgun was carried by the psychopathic hitman Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem.

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Technical specifications

Manufacturer:Remington Arms, Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Type:automatic, gas-operated
Barrel:25.5in (648mm)
Weight:7.5lbs (3.4kg)
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