Not long ago, the 110 was named among the top 50 sporting arms of the modern era by Field and Stream or Outdoor Life. It got me started doing some reading on its history, since
I bought a variant of this rifle about 15 years ago in .30 '06. I wanted to know more about what I owned.
I'm coming to realize that Nicholas Brewer, who designed it, doesn't get the credit he deserved for this rifle. It sounds like he really thought out the manufacturing process so it could be not only cheap, but accurate, strong, safe, etc. I get the sense that the ease of making left-handed versions wasn't by accident.
I know people dismiss the 110 because of its looks and low cost, thinking it must be junk. I'm coming to the conclusion that not only is this the low cost, functional, VERY accurate rifle that made the top 50, but it was really a very clever piece of work. Brewer seems to have gone outside the box and came up with a gem. Because of its looks and the admittedly iffy trigger, a lot of people overlooked it as a rifle that went in a new direction and really got somewhere.