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I recently inherited and clean Sportsman 58 I tried to do a little research but not a lot on the web for this gun. Serial 33xxxV anyone know date of manufacture, timeline for this model,value. Like I said just looking for info not looking to sell. Thanks in advance for any help
 

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Gun was made from 1958 until 1964 (?). Remington's first gas semi auto. Was made in 2-3/4" and 3" Models, and 12 and 20 gauges - yours is 12 gauge, 2-3/4". Gas piston was inside the magazine tube, which made it somewhat harder to clean. Balanced differently than the 1100 which replaced it, and some people really like that. The connection point between the piston and the action bars is a known weak point, but if it does fail it can be repaired. The magazine cap has two positions for high and low power shells. Do NOT shoot with it between the settings, or the cap will blow apart, and they are made of unobtanium. I cannot pull up Remington's firearms history page, but it seems to me they made about 58,000 of them - but that may be waaaay off. For value, look on GunBroker at completed auctions.
 

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The Wikipedia page lumps all the 11-58s (including Sportsman 58) under the "Remington Model 58" label and indicates production dates of 1956-1963 (but I thought, like Virginian, it was 1964, and didn't recall it as far back as 1956 - but whoever wrote that may be correct. It indicates total production run of approximately 271,000 - which is quite a few more than I would have suspected. However, it was their premium SA during it's run since they phased out the 11-48 (and then reintroduced it as the Mohawk (Sportsman?) 48 for discount stores, I think). So, they may have sold lots more of them than I thought.

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Just checked a 1956 Remington Arms Co., Inc. catalogue and they introduce the 12-gauge 2 3/4 inch Sportsman-58. Basic version listed at $129.95 while the entry-level "Sportsman - 48" and Model 11-48 listed at $117.10. By the 1957 catalogue the Sportsman-58 was available in 2 3/4 inch 12-, 16- and 20-gauges and the entry price had jumped to $136.45. In 1959 the Model 878 "Automaster" 12-gauge was added to Remington's autoloader offerings. For 1960, the new offering was the blond "Sun Grain" stocks and forearms on the Sportsman -58 skeet and trap models, and also the Model 870 Skeet Guns. By 1962 they added the 12-gauge 3-inch Sportsman-58 Magnum. In the 1963 Remington Arms Co., Inc. catalogue the Model 1100 is introduced in 12-gauge 2 3/4 inch with 16- and 20-gauge to come in 1964. The Sportsman-58 is only offered in 2 3/4 inch 16- and 20-gauges. Meanwhile the Model 11-48 is still being offered in all five gauges. The Sportsman-58 is gone from the 1964 catalogue.

The Sportsman-58's biggest claim to fame is that Chief Buntrock shot one in that excruciatingly long 12-gauge shoot-off at the 1968 World Skeet Shooting Championships.
 

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wjonessc said:
Very interesting stuff. It's like they were "lost in space" until the 1100 was released - with so many SA models offered. I had forgotten about the 878 - and don't know that I've ever actually seen one.

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I just recently picked up an 878. I'm really pleased with it. Cycles anything I put through it.

Mine is a 1959 (first year) model according to Remington. I had never seen one in the flesh until this one. Had to have it.



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