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Remington 105CTi shotgun

Space-age looks and Remington reliability.

Remington Arms Co., of Madison, SC, is one of our country’s oldest and most respected firearms manufacturers, having earned a reputation long ago for innovative, high-performance guns at affordable prices. (My father’s old 513T, the oldest long gun in my safe, is also the most accurate.) Four decades ago, Remington stood the shotgun world on its ear when they introduced their original auto-loader, the 1100. The 1100 is still in production today and has become almost iconic in the shooting community. Now, Remington has applied their 40 years of experience with autoloaders to an entirely new model, the 105CTi.

At first glance, it’s obvious that the 105CTi is a product of modern technology. The receiver is of a titanium skeleton and skinned in carbon-fiber. The stock is slim (yet comfortable) and even the barrel rib was fashioned of carbon fiber. These efforts resulted in a 28″ gun that weighs just a little over seven pounds.

Shooters needn’t worry, however, that this light weight will result in punishing recoil. Remington has seen to that nicely with several recoil-reducing features, notably the Rate Reduction System. The Rate Reduction System, a pneumatic cylinder housed in the stock, not only regulates bolt speed (keeping the 105CTi feeding reliably with a variety of ammunition), but absorbs much of the recoil. Remington claims a reduction of 48%, and I have found no reason to question that figure. Subjectively, this gun is an absolute pleasure to shoot. I’ve walked off the trap field after shooting multiple lines, with my shoulder feeling 100%.

Loading the gun is quite easy — so easy, in fact, that it takes a little getting used to. The correct technique is to let the gun do most of the work, by inserting shells about halfway into the magazine and letting the feed mechanism do the rest. An attempt to “help” the gun beyond this point will result in unsuccessful loadings. Once the shooter gets used to the technique, however, it’s a snap.

One feature of the 105CTi that may be of particular interest to left-handed shooters (like me), is that it ejects spent shells from the bottom of the receiver. In all my testing of this gun, I cannot remember once being distracted by a shell ejection. The safety button is also reversible, resulting in a gun that is absolutely, truly right-left symmetrical — something I wish more gunmakers would think of.

It is also noteworthy that the 105CTi, despite its very light receiver, isn’t at all barrel-heavy. This gun shoulders readily and is easy to point, move and fire.

Aesthetically, the 105CTi is a joy. The carbon-fiber might seem like an odd match with a traditional walnut stock, but Remington pulled it off successfully. The gun is sleek and smooth, and attractive from muzzle to buttstock.

The purchaser of this gun will also appreciate the inclusion of three chokes: full, modified, and improved cylinder. As the 105CTi uses Remington’s ProBore choke system, the user can easily obtain other chokes if desired. The gun is also thoughtfully shipped in a lockable hard case that is suitable for travel, and includes an introductory DVD and an excellent owners manual (yes, some of us still care about this).

The 105CTi is truly the latest and greatest in a proud line of Remington shotguns. It is suitable for most any kind of shotgun hunting you’ll encounter, and is also a viable option for the trap field. If you only want one shotgun…this is it.

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