This is an example of a U.S. Property marked Remington Model 31 riot shotgun as manufactured in June of 1942, one of a reported 8,992 delivered on U.S. government contract between 1940-1944. These shotguns were used mostly for security duties and gunnery training, with some evidence that at least a few Model 31s saw combat use during the war. At the outbreak of World War II, Remington diverted most of its Model 31 shotgun production in order to manufacture M1903 bolt action rifles, while also concentrating its efforts on manufacturing Model 11 autoloading shotguns for military use, lending to the relative scarcity of U.S. contract Model 31 shotguns. The top of the barrel is roll stamped with the two-line Remington Arms address and patent dates, with the left marked "12 GA. For 2 3/4 inch shells or shorter" ahead of "CYL". The lower left of the barrel is stamped with the matching serial number "60361" ahead of the date code "PL" (6/42), and the top of the barrel is roll stamped "U.S. PROPERTY". The left of the receiver is roll stamped with the Remington name, model and serial number above "U.S.PROPERTY" and the right is stamped with an unidentified "ISP", likely a police department or prison marking applied post war. It has a brass bead front sight and raised solid matte rib on top of the receiver (only). Fitted with a thirty groove pump handle, pistol grip walnut stock and bakelite Remington serrated buttplate. Crossed cannons ordnance inspection cartouche stamped on the left of the buttstock. "FIRE" carved in the left of the stock above the safety.
Fine, retains 70% faded original blue finish with areas of smooth brown patina on the balance and moderate slide retraction marks visible on the magazine tube and action bar. Stock is very good as revarnished with some scattered light handling marks, some light crazing at the edges, carving as mentioned above, and defined edges. Mechanically excellent.
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