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Old 06-23-2011, 02:18 AM   #1
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Ok, I was in my buddy's gun shop; you know just shooting the ****. He brought me into the back to show off his new-to-him Smith and Wesson model 29. Its a beautiful gun with a tappered barrel with a gold-bead front sight. I am truly jealous.

Anyways, while back there I saw a little pistol grip shotgun. Its a single shot 3" 20 GA. He said one of his employee bought it used while he was out. He did not even know if he could sell it legally because it is so short. So we measured it and the barrel is 20" and the OAL is 27.1". This thing just looked like too much fun so I asked how much. He just asked for $70 for it and now its mine. He even threw in a couple boxes of some buckshot shells.



It has a smooth barrel with a gold bead and says "American Arms NKC, MO" on the left side of the hex chamber, "20GA" on top of the chamber, and the right side of the chamber says "3 inch Made in Italy". That's all the markings on the gun. What I found online was: "American Arms, based in North Kansas City, Missouri, was specialized in importing shotguns from Italy and Spain. It was made by Franchi Arms plant in the town of Brescia; located in northern Italy." However, the site did not have any pictures. So any corroborating or contradicting information about this little gun would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Below is a grouping with 3 Buck at 7 yards and a video also at 7 yards. Its a fun little thing. You know when actually shooting this baby the felt recoil isn't bad but in the video it looks crazy!!!

I am very impressed with the spread of the buckshot at 7 yards. I now have in loaded next to my Security Six ready for an intruder! I figure one shot and I drop it and switch to the Six.





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Old 06-23-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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thats one cool little toy! ive never shot a 20ga in that style, but ive done 12ga. those things are fun as can be. have you tried shooting those agulia mini shot shells from it? same damage but less kick (only good for close range, naturally). i think they make the shells for 12ga, not sure abt 20ga tho.

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That is cool! I don't know if i've seen one with the hexagonal receiver part before.

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Mesinge, I respect you but I think your little shotgun is ugly as homemade sin. But it looks like it does the job, can't complain about that.

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Can we see a closer picture of that trigger please?

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[SIZE="3"]You know when actually shooting this baby the felt recoil isn't bad but in the video it looks crazy!!!
Just a suggestion, an aftermarket forend grip attached to that baby may help in controlling that.
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Just a suggestion, an aftermarket forend grip attached to that baby may help in controlling that.
I am going to have to try and find a foregrip for this weird thing.
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Interesting piece.
Sure puts the pattern in.
Looks like it backs up pretty good in the video.
Thanks for sharing.
And at $70, what a great deal!

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Looks like a fun gun to shoot. I love my pistol grip mossberg 500. So much fun to shoot.

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I certainly wouldn't enter it into any firearms beauty pageants but damned if I would be the guy crawling through the window of anyone who sleeps with this thing at his bedside... I would think this is a great bad guy blaster... Only thing is, you look like you're about to deck yourself in the face with each shot...

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