I remember seeing the Calico for the first time on a SOF magazine, back in 1990 or something. I think they got inspired from the Star Wars Blasters, soo cool.
But also so 'ohmygodsooooscary!' for our overlords to let us have them
I modded the 597 a little...
Am starting to love this funky gun
Added the Boyds stock which feels so much better than the factory stock. Seems also better for me to find a comfortable cheekweld.
Got also a Volquartsen hammer.... much needed! Haven't fired it yet, just dry fired (with safe caps) and don't have a scale but i'd wager pull is now roughly 50% of what it was before. Can't wait to take her to the range again!
Finally added the weaver rail and put the TRS25 on top. There is no cosighting with the irons but that's ok for me. This is not a 'tactical rifle'. Just a fun gun to learn shooting with (and boy, I do need to learn )
Once at the range ill'try both the red dot and the irons. By the way the rear one now has fiberoptics, unfortunately the fron screw is in bad shape and couldn't swap the front post yet.
Also did the cleaning and I must say that disassembling / reassembling and performing the changes was much easier thanks to the videos by docv73. He has done a very good cover for the 597!
I thought this thread needed closure: how good is this gun in the end?
Well the shooter is still an inexperienced noob but the gun has shown potential.
Here is with a cheap 4x32 scope. Good enough for 50mt.
Also installed is the Volqartsen hammer. The ammo used is Fiocchi Maxac, the standard .22lr they have at my range. Pretty cheap but looks ok. With it I experience that the bolt would correctly lock back on each empty magazine but also got several stovepipes. Still have the original Remington extractor.
The Eley are still the winner as they didn't give any stovepipes (or any other problem) but also have x2 price.
Here are the results, shot from resting on a sandbag:
Considering the shooter it looks the 597 is pretty darn accurate.