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Dr. Marneaus 01-25-2013 07:33 PM

The 'Truck Gun'
I got bored.

I sold a few random accessories i had no use for for $80, and then I bought this NEF single shot 12 gauge for $80 bucks.

We need not get into "blah blah a single shot is a terrible weapon blah blah' but the reason behind this was to have the CHEAPEST, handy-est, lightest, short (not shortest), weapon that can pack the biggest whallop while still maintaining all of the above.

This will live in the truck/camping gear. Any time i go camping/wheeling/backpacking I carry a sidearm, but I am more comfortable with a rifle/shotgun along too. Not to get into some battle with or to survive the apocalypse with, but in the event that i need to fire something with more oomph than a 9mm, .45acp, or whatever I happen to have on my hip. Whether it be against a bear, horse, cougar, man, what-the-heck-ever you want, the math is still the same, and looks like this:

(1) 12 Gauge + (x) 9mm > (x) 9mm.

Sure, a pump gun with more shots is greater than a single shot too, but that isnt my concern. Pump/Semi gun is way too long and way too heavy. My lever action .45-70 is too heavy and too pretty to rattle around in the truck. I dont feel it necessary to bring along the AR or M1A on trips like this for obvious reasons.

Hopefully y'all get the point on that, so, no need for the "should have gotten a 500 and used that." In addition to the above, this was cheap as heck, and fun too!

K, so....

chopped off the barrel to 18.75" (from the breech face), chopped off an inch of the stock. Made a paracord sling, a front swivel stud out of paracord, installed a rear swivel stud, then made a shell holder out of scrap leather and laced it on with paracord. OAL on the shotgun is about 35"-36" I haven't measured.

This thing will kick like a mule, but it'll serve a purpose, and it was fun. this was my first time ever making anything with leather, my 2nd time ever making anything with paracord, and my first time woodworking on a gun, and my first time ever cutting a barrel.

So, total project cost is as follows:
Gun - $0.00
Paracord - $8.00
Leather - $7.00
Sling swivels - $10.00
Total: $25.00

I have pics of all parts of the process if you are interested!

Cattledog 01-25-2013 07:37 PM

I love cheap and functional:D The paracord sling is a nice touch too. Nice job

Dr. Marneaus 01-25-2013 07:40 PM

a man after mine own heart!

cheap and functional is the name of the game here.

dog2000tj 01-25-2013 08:31 PM

well done, a very nice set up ... and wicked cheap to boot! ;)

Dr. Marneaus 01-25-2013 08:34 PM

Wicked, i love it. I'm from NH, thanks for the new england lingo!

JTJ 01-25-2013 08:48 PM

Looks extremely practical and well thought out. You can get a slip on front sight if you need it. I think HiViz makes one.

CA357 01-25-2013 08:56 PM

Good idea and nicely done.

orangello 01-25-2013 09:07 PM

I like it! It's like those "snake charmer" .410's, but with more lethality. Also, god bless you for including bears on the intended target list. :D


Originally Posted by JTJ (Post 1110027)
Looks extremely practical and well thought out. You can get a slip on front sight if you need it. I think HiViz makes one.

Pffft, front sight?!? Joe Biden says you can't miss with a shotgun. ;)

AR10 01-25-2013 09:20 PM

Biden is very proud of you!

Wiseman3 01-26-2013 02:46 AM

Now that is a sweet setup you got there. Best part you got to tinker and personalize it to your need. Got me thinking of doing something similar for S&G's.

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