1974 Remington 870
As a follow-up to the first year's Remington 1100, DU chose an identically decorated 870 Wingmaster pump as its second Gun of the Year. Introduced in 1950 as a more inexpensively made version of the Model 31, the 870 went on to become a great waterfowling gun and the best-selling shotgun ever made. In 1974 there had already been over 2 million 870s produced, and today that number has climbed to more than 10 million. This DU version of the 870 has a 2 3/4-inch chamber, a 30-inch full-choke barrel, upgraded walnut on the stock and forearm, gold inlaid engraving, and an enameled DU crest on the receiver.
1975 Winchester Model 12
With almost 2 million made between 1914 and 1963, the Model 12 pointed beautifully, lasted forever, and was graceful to look at. Winchester discontinued production of "the perfect repeater" in 1964 but kept it on as a custom gun, then introduced the Y series with some internal changes and cast parts. Y-series guns were made through 1980. This custom DU version has a 2 3/4-inch chamber, a 30-inch full-choke barrel, upgraded wood, a bronze medallion of a canvasback on the receiver, and the DU crest on the grip cap.
1976 Winchester Super X1
The short-lived Super X1 (1974–1981) is perhaps the best semiauto many people have never heard of. Carefully milled and machined, the gas-operated SX1 was made with pride and care. Hunters and target shooters loved it (many still do), but its high production cost doomed it in the marketplace. This DU version has a 2 3/4-inch chamber, a 30-inch full-choke barrel, a bronze medallion on the receiver, and the DU crest on the grip cap.