Remington has added a new offering to its line of VERSA MAX autoloading shotguns: the VERSA MAX Sportsman.
The VERSA MAX Sportsman is designed for hunters seeking the performance features of the original VERSA MAX at a lower price point.
At the heart of all VERSA MAX shotguns is the patented VersaPort gas piston system, an extremely-reliable, semi-automatic operating system consisting of seven gas ports and two gas pistons for enhanced load versatility. The Sportsman is no exception. The VersaPort gas system self-regulates gas pressure based on the length of the shell, for reliable cycling no matter the load.
Additionally, with its self-cleaning gas piston system, overall maintenance time and effort is greatly reduced. With fewer parts than conventional gas systems, not only is cleaning easier but there are fewer parts to maintain. From the lightest 2-¾-inch target loads to the heaviest 3-½-inch magnums, the VERSA MAX Sportsman cycles with ultimate consistency, softer recoil and less maintenance.
Designed for the field, the 12-gauge VERSA MAX Sportsman features a mil-spec anodized aluminum receiver for overall weight reduction and corrosion resistance with superior strength of design; synthetic stock featuring a SuperCell recoil pad; 4140 hammer-forged steel barrel with a ventilated rib that is stepped, tapered and undercut for consistent sighting; drilled and tapped receiver for mounting optics; sling studs for ease of carrying; over-sized cross-bolt safety; ivory bead front sight with steel mid bead; and a 3+1 shell capacity for 2 ¾ & 3-inch shotshells and 2+1 for 3 ½-inch shotshells.
The Sportsman does not feature the overmolded grips, comb insert, length of pull kit, or HiViz sights found on the original. The barrel is black oxide rather than the original’s TriNyte, and the Sportsman comes with one Pro Bore modified choke tube compared to the original’s five standard chokes. It also ships in a standard box, rather than a hard case.
With these changes, the MSRP on the Sportsman comes in at just over $1,000, compared to the $1,399 price tag for the original VERSA MAX.
Initial VERSA MAX Sportsman offerings include a 28-inch black synthetic version and a 28-inch Mossy Oak Duck Blind full camo version with a suggested retail price of $1,025 and $1,175 respectively. In January 2013, three additional 12-gauge models will be introduced: a 26-inch black synthetic offering, a 26-inch Realtree AP fully-camouflaged version, and a 22-inch Mossy Oak Obsession turkey version.
For more information, go to www.remington.com.