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Parts of the Firearm

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PICTURE 1 This picture shows the main parts of the REMINGTON Versa Max Autoloading Shotgun. The picture will aid in understanding the instructions.

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Overview

Learn the important components of your Autoloading VERSA MAX firearm.

General Operation

The Remington® VERSA MAX™ is a gas operated, autoloading shotgun. The firearm is capable of firing successive shots with 2 3/4, 3, and 3 1/2 inch shotshell cartridges interchangeably. At the start of the firing cycle when the trigger is pulled, the disconnector is activated and the hammer is released, striking the firing pin. In turn, the firing pin strikes the chambered shotshell’s primer, igniting the shot charge. High pressure gas from behind the shot charge passes through ports in the barrel to the gas cylinders. The residual gas pressure forces the bolt
assembly rearward, operating the action. The spent shell is extracted from the chamber. The hammer is re-cocked. The disconnector is deactivated when the trigger is released. The trigger and cartridge release are reset. As the action continues rearward the spent shell engages the ejector, expelling it from the receiver through the ejection port. When the bolt is fully rearward, a new shotshell is released from the magazine onto the carrier. As the bolt moves forward the carrier rises to place the new shell in front of the bolt. Completing the cycle, the bolt continues forward pushing the shell into the chamber. The bolt head rotates, locking the cartridge into battery (firing position). When the last shell has been discharged, the bolt assembly locks in the open position.

Caution: The Versa Max manual bolt hold open, loading, and unloading procedures are not the same as a Remington 1100 or 11-87 autoloading shotgun. See How to Load and Unload the Firearm.

Serial Number and Cartridge Designation:

The serial number is located on the shooter’s right side of the receiver. See Picture 2.

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Specifications for the correct gauge and length of the shotshell intended for use in your firearm is located on the shooter’s left side of the barrel. See Picture 3.

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WARNING! Only use the specified gauge and length of shotshell ammunition specified for your firearm as designated on the barrel. See How to Load and Unload the Firearm.

The Safety Mechanism

The manual safety mechanism on the Versa Max shotgun provides protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage when properly engaged and in good working order. This safety mechanism is not a substitute for following the rules of safe firearm handling. The cross bolt type safety prevents the trigger from being pulled when fully engaged in the “ON” or "SAFE" position. To engage the safety mechanism, push the “Safety Button,” located at the rear of the trigger guard, to the shooter’s right until the button stops and THE RED BAND MARKING CANNOT BE SEEN. See Picture 4.

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Always engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety button to the shooter’s right before handling, loading or unloading the firearm.

When you are ready to FIRE the firearm, disengage the Safety Mechanism by pushing the Safety Button to the shooter’s left until the button stops and the RED BAND MARKING IS VISIBLE. See Picture 5. You have now disengaged the Safety Mechanism and the firearm is ready to FIRE.

Do not touch the trigger while moving the safety mechanism. Your fingers and all other objects should be kept outside of the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you are actually ready to FIRE.

Never pull the trigger when the Safety Mechanism is in the "ON” or “SAFE" position.

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WARNING! The firearm will discharge when the trigger is pulled and the safety mechanism is OFF or in the “FIRE" position.

Even when the safety is engaged in the "ON” or “SAFE" position, careless handling can cause the firearm to discharge. See The Third Commandment of Firearm Safety.

NOTE: If desired, a left-handed shooter may have the operation of the safety mechanism reversed by the factory or a Remington® Authorized Repair Center. Once reversed to accommodate a lefthanded shooter, the safety mechanism’s “ON” and “OFF” positions will be exactly opposite as described in this manual.

Additional Features:

Besides the manual safety mechanism, the Versa Max autoloading shotguns incorporate passive features providing additional protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage and in good working order. These passive features such as the inertia firing pin system, steel alloys and/or their metallurgical treatments, the hammer, sear, and trigger engagements, the trigger disconnect, the breech lock-up system, head space, and the trigger guard all work without direct input from the user as long as your firearm is kept clean and in good working order.

WARNING! Do not alter, modify, bypass, or render these safety features inoperative.

The Locking Device

This firearm was originally sold with a keyoperated locking device to assist the owner in protecting against unauthorized use. These are storage locking devices, which should be used when the firearm is stored or not in use. Always store a firearm completely unloaded.

These locking devices DO NOT eliminate the need for safe firearm handling and storage, including keeping this and every firearm unloaded and locked in a secure place when not in use. Read and follow these and other safety rules in this instruction manual. Failure to read, understand, and obey these rules can result in serious personal injury or death. See the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety

Keep your locking device engaged when your firearm is not in use. Keep the keys in a secure place, inaccessible to others. DO NOT leave your keys or any ammunition with your firearm, which should be kept locked in a safe place.

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To secure your firearm with an external locking device, See instructions provided in the packaging.

The Operating Handle, Bolt Release, and Cartridge Release

The operating handle is used to move the bolt rearward, opening the action. The bolt release is used to release the bolt from the locked open position. See Picture 6.

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The cartridge release is used to manually release cartridges from the magazine and to manually reset the bolt lock open feature.

WARNING! When the operating handle (bolt) is forward in the closed position and the safety mechanism is in the “OFF” or in the “FIRE” position, the firearm can be discharged by pulling the trigger.

The Trigger Assembly

Pulling the trigger FIRES the firearm.

The trigger assembly of your Versa Max shotgun is a single-action (SA) system. When the trigger is pulled fully rearward, it starts the firing sequence by releasing the hammer. The trigger assembly is not adjustable. All repairs to the trigger assembly must be made by the factory or a Remington Authorized Repair Center.

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WARNING! Never place your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to discharge or fire the firearm.

WARNING! Never manipulate, adjust or change any of the internal components of your firearm. Improper manipulation of any internal component may effect the safety and reliability of your firearm and may cause serious injury or death.

The Choke Tube

The inside bore constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun’s barrel is known as the “Choke”. When a shot shell is discharged, shot travels down the bore, exiting the muzzle and begins to “spreadout”. The spread of the shot is controlled by changing the muzzle constriction. The Versa Max has a changeable, screw-in, choke tube system. To change or replace the barrel’s choke tube, see: "To Change the Choke Tube." For more information about choke tubes, see: The Remington Guide to Shotguns and Shot Shell Ammunition, publication or visit our web site at www.remington.com.

WARNING! Unload your shotgun before removing or installing a choke tube and the safety mechanism is engaged by placing the safety in the “ON” or “SAFE” position.

WARNING! Never discharge your shotgun without a choke tube properly installed, as damage or injury may occur.

WARNING! Never discharge steel shot through a lead only choke tube. Choke tubes NOT designated for steel will be marked “Lead Only”.

The Magazine Plug

A magazine plug is provided with your shotgun to limit the magazine capacity to two (2) shot shells. A limited magazine capacity limit is required by the Federal Migratory Bird regulations and certain state laws. Check with your local Fish & Game Commission or other appropriate authorities to determine whether a magazine plug is required to limit the magazine capacity within your jurisdiction.

To install or remove a magazine plug, See: “To Install the Magazine Plug."

WARNING! Before installing or removing a magazine plug, make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and the safety mechanism is engaged by placing the safety in the “ON” or “SAFE” position.

The Barrel

WARNING! The inside of the barrel and chamber must be clean and free of obstructions. See the “Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety."

I. To Check the Barrel for Obstructions:

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the "ON” or “SAFE" position. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Engage the bolt hold open by pressing the cartridge release fully upward. See Picture 6.
  4. Open the bolt by pulling the operating handle fully rearward, locking the bolt in the open position.
  5. Visually check the chamber, loading port and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.
  6. Insert a cleaning rod into the muzzle.
  7. Push the rod completely through the barrel until the rod can be seen at the ejection and loading port.

II. To Remove a Barrel Obstruction:

WARNING! NEVER try to remove an object from the barrel by loading a shotshell (cartridge) and firing. This may cause the barrel to burst or a shotshell to rupture and cause serious personal injury or death.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “SAFE" position. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Engage the bolt hold open by pressing the cartridge release fully upward. See Picture 6.
  4. Open the bolt by pulling the operating handle fully rearward, locking the bolt in the open position.
  5. Visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the shotgun is completely unloaded.
  6. Remove the barrel. See “To Disassemble the Firearm for Cleaning.”
  7. Insert the cleaning rod of the correct bore size into the muzzle and lightly tap the rod to free object from the barrel.
  8. Push the rod all the way through the barrel until the rod can be seen at the ejection and loading port.
  9. If an object cannot be easily pushed out of the barrel with a cleaning rod, return the barrel to the factory or a Remington Authorized Repair Center.

To Assemble the Firearm:

The firearm was shipped with the barrel assembly removed. See Picture 7 for location of parts.

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Note: The bore and chamber must be cleaned before assembly. See “To Clean the Barrel.”

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a  safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position by moving the safety button fully to the shooter’s right. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Visually check the barrel making sure there are no obstructions.
  4. Unscrew and remove the magazine cap by turning it counterclockwise.
  5. Remove the fore-end from the magazine tube by sliding it forward.
  6. Reset the bolt hold open by pressing the cartridge release. See Picture 6.
  7. Open the bolt by pulling the operating handle rearward until the bolt locks in the open position.
  8. Insert the barrel into the receiver and the barrel ring over the magazine tube. See Picture 8.
  9. Place the fore-end over the magazine tube until it seats against the receiver.
  10. Replace the magazine cap on top of the magazine tube. Tighten by turning clockwise until hand-tight.

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