The Sportsman features the characteristic humpback of several Browning designed, recoil operated long arms.
Even the newer Browning A5 features the famed humpback, though it uses an inertia driven action rather than the original’s fierce, recoil operated action.
Using these barrel codes to date a shotgun is somewhat unreliable, as shotgun barrels are often interchanged at random.
One needs to be sure that the barrel is original to the gun before trusting the Barrel Code listing, above.
There are various stampings around the barrel, such as an "H", but it's all by itself with no other marks that look like they would go with it.
The serial number begins and ends with the letter "V"; would that help? “LIGHT WEIGHT” (“LW”) (ALSO INCLUDES M/1100 “LT”) U 20 GA. H .410 BORE (2 ½” OR 3”)Model 1100 LETTER PREFIX 1964 TO APPROX.
When first offered in 1930, The Sportsman is only available in 20 gauge; its big selling point was the lower price and two round capacity for migratory fowl hunting.
Regular Model 11s have a five-shot capacity, and thus needed to be plugged.
It was the first autoloader to combine the repeat-shot versatility of early-century models with the sleek, modern lines and handling qualities of revered double barrels.
The Remington Model 1100 has been a field-proved favorite ever since.
Remington decided to make everyone’s lives easier, and offer a permanently plugged version straight from the factory.