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Remington sportsman 48 help!

I just bought a 1956(best I can tell) Remington sportsman 48 20ga. Not much info on these guns. It has a compensator on the end of it I guess from the factory maybe. It says curr on it. The barrel moves with the bolt like it reduces recoil or something. Curious about comp curious about why barrel moves and curious what it’s worth. Any info would be awesome.


@Justin The model 48 is a recoil operated semi automatic shotgun. The barrel moves rearward when it’s fired. This is part of the recoil, ejection, and loading of the next round. The compensator is made by Cutts and was most likely installed after it was purchased. There are still shotguns made by others that uses the recoil system of operation. Can’t help you with the value but it looks pretty nice.


I got it super cheap ($160) from a friend. Thought it was neat and never seen a barrel move like that. Someone said Remington sent some rifles to cutts to have them installed and sold at stores like it. Not sure if true. I haven’t got to shoot it yet but really looking forward to it.


@Justin You may have seen this already but if not…

Remington Owners,

Remington Year of Manufacture Codes maybe found on the barrel of your Remington rifle [or shotgun] on the left side, just forward of the receiver; the first letter of the Code is the month of manufacture, followed by one or two letters which are the year of manufacture. For shotguns with removeable barrels, the code will be valid for the manufacture of the barrel; maybe for the receiver, as barrels do get switched around.

According to the “Blue Book of Gun Values”, the coding continues as follows:

Month Codes: [first letter]
B - L - A - C - K - P - O - W - D - E - R - X
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

Year:Code: [second (and third*) letters]
_ Y
1931_______ Z
1932_______ A
1933_______ B
1934_______ C
1935_______ D
1936_______ E
1937_______ F
1938_______ G
1939_______ H

1940_______ J
1941_______ K
1942_______ L
1943_______ MMZ
1944_______ NN
1945_______ PP
1946_______ RR
1947_______ SS
1948_______ TT
1949_______ UU

1950_______ WW
1951_______ XX
1952_______ YY
1953_______ ZZ
1954_______ A
1955_______ B
1956_______ C
1957_______ D
1958_______ E
1959_______ F

1960_______ G
1961_______ H
1962_______ J
1963_______ K
1964_______ L
1965_______ M
1966_______ N
1967_______ P
1968_______ R
1969_______ S

1970_______ T
1971_______ U
1972_______ W
1973_______ X
1974_______ Y
1975_______ Z
1976_______ I
1977_______ O
1978_______ Q
1979_______ V

1980_______ A
1981_______ B
1982_______ C
1983_______ D
1984_______ E
1985_______ F
1986_______ G
1987_______ H
1988_______ I
1989_______ J

1990_______ K
1991_______ L
1992_______ M
1993_______ N
1994_______ O
1995_______ P
1996_______ Q
1997_______ R
1998_______ S
1999_______ T
2000_______ U
2001_______ W
2002_______ X

  • the years 1943 though 1953 had double letters: ie, MM = 1943

As maybe seen, the year code letters duplicate; some knowledge of when the model was introduced should resolve the actual year of manufacture.


I’ll have to look at the numbers when I get home. That’s awesome for this list thx.


I also have a Sportsman 48 in 12 gauge that I obtained at a country auction. It came with three different length barrels. I really like this firearm and have done well with it on the Trap range, but I’m having problems with it jamming. The two links that fit into the recoil spring cups slip out from time to time and jam the mechanism, which requires a disassembly to correct. I’ve not been able to find a fix for this. Any advice?