Remington Model 11 Whippet: Bonnie and Clyde’s Shotgun

A friend of mine was nice enough to let me check out his Remington Model 11 “Whippet clone.”

A whippet is simply a sawed down Remington model 11. The term Whippet specifically refers to Bonnie Parker’s 20 Gauge which was cut down so it could be concealed and then Clyde or her would “whip it out” from under their jacket  for a devastating ambush.


This famous picture shows Bonnie demonstrating the whippet on Clyde.


Bonnie and Clyde’s whippet was found in their shot up V8 Ford after their death. Along with Clyde’s infamous sawed off BAR.


The clone I shot was a 12 gauge model 11. Originally made in 1912, its owner acquired it in poor shape and cut it down, to legal length.

If you are going to make your own Whippet clone watch out for the recoil spring assembly which extends into the stock.




A whippet is a fun gun to shoot and represents a wild time in our history. The recoil is aggressive but in the right situation it could serve reasonably well as a self defense gun.


Testing the Whippet out at the GTB testing laboratory, turns out its not a very good clay gun.


Check out Rob Reed’s article over at the examiner for more on Bonnie and Clyde’s guns.