In 1912, Remington introduced a repeating take-down sporting rifle that shared some attributes of a shotgun, namely the pump-action.
This new rifle was designed by John Pedersen, the same noted firearms engineer that produced the Model 51 pistol, the “Pedersen device” of Great War fame, and a host of early slide-action shotguns. The latter, to include the Model 10 and 17– a gun that went on to be the base for such popular scatterguns as the “bottom feeder” Ithaca 37 and Browning BPS— are perhaps his most enduring contributions to gun culture.
Pedersen’s new Model 14 was developed to use the same closely-related quartet of in-house auto-loading rimless cartridges that Remington had introduced for the Model 8 rifle, a semi-auto that was designed by John Browning in the early 1900s. These included .25 Rem, .30 Rem, .32 Rem, and .35 Rem, which were described in company literature at the time as “high power” cartridges. For those who wanted to shoot older rimmed “low power” rounds popular in lever guns and single-action revolvers, the Model 14 1/2 was also produced, chambered in .38-40 and .44-40.
Fed through a bottom-oriented opening in the five-round magazine tube Pedersen’s Model 14 rifle was made in both a standard format with a 22-inch barrel and a carbine with an 18-inch barrel. The shorter example was pitched as a “suitable arm for saddle use.”
As for the magazine tube itself, it is very interesting as it has a spiral pattern, which was presumably designed to allow for the use of pointed or “spitzer” bullets, although most of the loads the Model 14 was chambered for used round noses. This makes Model 14s, 14 1/2s, and its final version, the Model 141 Gamemaster, easy to spot from a distance.
Another interesting aspect of the design was that it had a bolt release button located inside a dimple on the bolt itself.
Coming in at a handy 6-pounds, the Remington Model 14 slide-action was a hit with early 20th Century sportsmen and the rifle remained in production until the eve of World War II, with the follow-on Model 141 lingering around into the 1950s.
Remington’s pump-action rifles proved popular enough on the consumer market that the more modern Model 760 took the place of the 14/141 in the company’s catalog around 1956 and the second generation of that gun, the Model 7600, remains in production. The more things change…