I purchased an old Model 11 a few weeks back that was in very rough shape. I contacted Remnington and found out the gun was manufactured in 1909. All the parts are original from what I can tell and serial numbers match.
The stock has a huge portion missing near the reciever and it's cracked in mutiple places. The forearm is not too bad, with just a hairline crack. I'm working on removing the spraypaint and from what I've seen there's not much blue left on the gun. There's rust in a few places, but nothing major that I've found yet. The barrel is in good shape, however I belive someone's cut the barrel down. I do not belive that it came from Remington with a 18.5" barrel, but I could be wrong.
Here's my delemma. Is the gun worth refinishing and restoring to original condition because of it's early manufacture? My original plan, before I found out how old it is, was to turn it into a home defense shot gun because the barrel was so short. Refinish with Duracoat, add a magazine extension, add sights or a picatinny rail. Any advice would be greatly appricated. I'll try to take a few pictures of the gun this weekend and post them.