Sometimes, knowing the right people makes all the difference in the world.
I mentioned I was having some difficulty with tools earlier… Basically, I purchased a new forearm to go on my new home defense shotgun, and then I found out you have to be able to unscrew a nut in order to swap out forearms. Not hard, right? Well, said nut requires a spanner wrench of a certain dimension, and I lack any spanner wrenches at all.
I called one of the local gunshops, and the only way they could help me out is by getting their gunsmiths to work on it, and given that they already had a backlog of work, I would pretty much be handing over my forearm for the forseeable future. Shotguns without forearms are kind of useless. So I started thinking, and called a more-local, but a little smaller shop – the owner did not have the right part to help me out, but he knew that one of the gents who routinely hangs out in the shop might.
A little while longer, I showed up, and the gentleman in question turned out to be one of my town’s finest – a police officer. I explained what I was trying to do, he told me to bring in the fiddly bits, and set about swapping out the parts. A few minutes later, I had a new forearm. I can live with that.
So, two weeks ago, we started with this.
Today, we have Janus:
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The rundown of what you are seeing is as follows:
1x Remington 870 Express Tactical 12 Gauge Shotgun
1x TruGlo Glo-Dot III
1x Scattergun Technology Six-Shell Side Saddle
1x Knoxx/BLACKHAWK Recoil Reducing Adjustable Stock
1x Mako Remington 870 Picatinny Rail Handguard
1x Viking Tactics Flashlight Mount (courtesy of Dirtcrashr)
1x SureFire 6P Defender LED Flashlight
1x Surefire FM35 Red Filter
6x Fiocchi Low Recoil Exacta Nickel Plated 00 Buck Shot
2x Winchester Military Grade 00 Buckshot
4x Winchester Supreme Elite XP3 300 Grain Sabot Slugs
So, yes, I can I honestly say this particular firearm was “built, not bought”, though I have never really understood the pride that seems to emanate from that phrase. And, apart from the assistance with the forearm nut, all of the building involved was with my own two hands.
Methinks this thing should be able to handle home-invaders and zombies with equal ease… nyet?
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