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Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« on: May 01, 2024, 08:02:18 PM »
I found this diamond in the rough at the local gun shop four weeks ago. It had some old flaky shellac that I assumed was applied by a former owner. It was easy to strip off and replace with a couple of coats of BLO. Also did a detail cleaning and lube of all the internals.

This one was made in 1945. 1943-44 saw very little production of firearms for civilian sales at Remington. I guess they were busy making 1903-A3 and A4 rifles. Commercial production ramped up quickly in the latter half of 1945.

WWII Era and 1946 Model 121 Production Numbers
1941: 11,705
1942: 6,528
1943: 5
1944: 21
1945: 8,092
1946: 13,292

I was surprised at how many parts are serialized, with a total of five SNs.
Specs: OAL of 42Ē, 24Ē barrel, 28Ē for just the barrel assembly portion in takedown mode, 14Ē LOP, a capacity of 15 .22LR cartridges in the tube magazine. It can shoot .22short/long/lr.






























Additional serial numbers, besides the only externally visible one on the receiver.








Pics of the stock before removing the chipped and flaking shellac with denatured alcohol.











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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2024, 09:03:36 PM »
Nice setup you have there Jon. I wonder how much one of the five made in '43 would be worth.
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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2024, 10:33:00 PM »
Nice setup you have there Jon. I wonder how much one of the five made in '43 would be worth.

Thanks. It would be cool to have for sure. I doubt there are many people who would pay more than the $500-600 going rate for any Model 121. They made nearly 200K 121s so the odds of finding one of those made in 1943 is 1:40,000

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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2024, 10:53:28 PM »
Very cool. I'm in love with these old .22 rifles, Winchesters and Remingtons.

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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2024, 04:27:23 AM »
Very cool. I'm in love with these old .22 rifles, Winchesters and Remingtons.

Thanks Bob. I am as well. I really like these old American-made firearms finely crafted from walnut and steel.

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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2024, 09:24:30 AM »

Great detail job and very nice catch 👍🏼
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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2024, 10:15:57 AM »
Thanks PH.

Gorgeous figure in that wood and the checkering is excellent too. I see that Aguila made a limited run of Winchesterís unique .22 Win Auto ammo for that rifle. Hope you grab/grabbed some. Regardless, thatís a great historically important semiautomatic.

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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2024, 10:48:01 AM »

It did come with a box but I doubt Iíll shoot it , kind of a impulse buy , definitely not the first time and wonít be the last 🫣



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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2024, 02:57:01 PM »
Great looking rifle PH, yours is cool too Phos. I just scored 2 Squires Bingham M16s, one local to me then 2 days later one out of Lebanon OR in a trade or a Glenfield M75. I've fallen back down the .22lr scheme. When I was in Texas in the '60s I shot a Remington pump on the King ranch. In December of 1968, I drove with my buddy's Mexican family (the Huerta's) from Freekmont, Kali to Kingsville, non-stop. I was still in high school, and it was our Christmas break. They were from there, his dad had transferred to Alameda Naval Air Station when they closed a base in Corpus Christi in the early '60's. While we were in Kingsville, his uncle, who was the same age as us, had a friend who's dad was a foreman on the King Ranch, got us permission to hunt on their dirt. We could only take rabbits and Javalina, and were told not to disturb the deer stands. We drove for 2 hours (still on Ranch property), getting to wherever at dusk to spend the night. The next morning, we got after it. I was using a borrowed Remington pump .22, I don't know what model, but it was brand new and quite unique. It had blonde furniture and was bronzed instead of blued. Back home I had a Mossberg M44 US & a Savage 24, .22-410.

In those days I could see good and was very quick to acquire. There were six of us and we all split up. Right of the bat I started to jump Jacks and knocked them down. Then I started to flush cotton tails and was knocking them out too. I was shooting quite a bit and one of the Caballeros came over to see what the commotion was about. By then I had a couple stringers of cotton tails, and when he showed up, I had just shot one and it fell back in a burrow. I reached in to get it and he ran up and stopped me, "Nada chingon, Gila Monsters or rattlin snakes" he says. He was surprised that I had so many cotton tails already. I told him that I had shot a mess of Jacks too but left them. He said to get the Jacks as well, they'd make tamales out of those. By the end of the day, as a group we'd taken over 200 rabbits and a Javelina. I killed 112 bunnies on my own, not counting the early Jacks left behind.

As was their custom, we took all the game to a Brujo. It was just like the scene in La Bamba (but before the movie), snake heads, skins, and pelts strung along a barbed wire fence. He dressed out the game, kept the hides, and they gave him a shank of Javelina. All the home boys couldn't believe I kilt so may critters and really took kindly toward me. They nick named me Pancho a la Pena. I don't remember much after that we drank a lot of Tequila. PAX
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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2024, 07:03:57 AM »
Quite the adventure! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2024, 07:15:23 AM »
Went out to the range yesterday. Got to test the 121 among other firearms and also tried out my new chronograph; Garmin Xero C1. Itís a great little unit. Spendy but really easy to use and robust. It syncs to the Garmin ShotView app on my phone. Note that the CCI was well below rated velocity (24Ē barrel) but very consistent.








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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2024, 09:58:32 AM »

Very nice grouping , I have tried everything from Lapua, Eley , Ect. and some of my best results come from CCI

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Re: Remington Model 121 Fieldmaster, Pump Action .22
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2024, 01:51:08 PM »
Quite the adventure! Thanks for sharing.

It was a most memorable occasion. That borrowed Remington pump was slick, fast and very purdy. I'd like one that was set up the same. I've never seen another similar since. PAX
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