Another recently completed project, this started as a 1999 era Century Stg-58 rebuild.
Last week I posted pictures of a Mega MATEN built with the MTS monolithic upper. The MTS are no longer available from Mega Arms, and have been replaced by the MKM uppers.
We recently received MATEN barrels from Mega Arms. These are .308 Winchester, medium contoured, 416 stainless steel barrels, finished in black nitride. With a sub-1MOA guaranty. This barrel allowed me to finish a MTS upper which has been waiting on a barrel.
This is a Wild West Guns tuned Marlin 1894. It came in to me already tuned by them, with the blackened wood and parkerizing. The owner had seen a Hickok45 video featuring a SBR’ed Rossi Ranch Hand and thought his 1894 needed some muzzle threads.
The work done was threading the muzzle and cutting the new dovetail for the mag cap retainer. I also shortened the magazine tube to fit. I installed the XS Scout rial with peep sights at the same time.
This worked out, because the XS front sight has a much smaller island, which cleared the threads. If I was reusing the factory sight base it would need to be moved back. This would require at least one new hole drill and tapped into the barrel.
Finally got my Savage Automatic SBS refinished in satin hot blue. It looks fantastic. My thanks to Jerry and Jesse at Blues Brothers.
The “bead sight” is a Dawson Precision tritium front sight, meant for a 1911, on a custom ramp made from a Ruger Blackhawk front sight.
I highlighted with neon lime green paint.
I took this shotgun with me to a two day ASAA defensive shotgun class several weeks ago. I was mentally prepared to be beat up. However, it was pleasant to shoot in quantity(250+ rounds of mixed bird, buck, and slug).
I was surprised to learn how the effectiveness of a 12 gauge was affected by a 13″ barrel. In that it did not seem to be reduced at all. Buckshot patterns produced with my 13″ no choke barrel were right in line with what the typical factory trim 870 or 500 riot barrel delivered. And I had not trouble delivering COM hits with slugs at 25m either.
This past weekend I attended an American Small Arms Academy 2 Day Intermediate Handgun Course hosted, of course, by Chuck Taylor. As will be no surprise to any one who knows me, I used a Glock 19 exclusively for this course. Some time ago I had altered the frame of this 19 at two points. One was the junction of the trigger guard to the front strap, which was beveled for clearance of my knuckle. And the second mod was a clearance the “thumb rest” swell on the frame to facilitate operation of the magazine release.
I have shot USPSA matches over the years and these two mods helped tremendously in acquiring the gun in the holster as well as reloading. But this class was the first time I had ever spent a full day (and ultimately two days) drawing and firing repeatedly. At the end of the first day it was apparent some additional modifications would be desirable.
The very large blister on my right middle finger made it clear I would be doing more work to the trigger guard joint. I thinned the trigger guard at the frame joint and increased the amount of the beveled area.
This resulted in a smooth surface with no hard edge to rub against the middle finger of the shooting hand. I also increased the clearance for the magazine release further upward and rearward. Then I broke the lower and forward edges of the button its self.
The biggest surprise to me was the interaction of my pinky finger and the frame. I tended to get the tip of my pinky stuck in the checkering on the presentation. To the extent that I had a large blister there as well.
I decided to remove the grenade checking from the pinky finger grove. Leaving a smoothly radiused surface. These few changes have made an amazing difference in how this pistol feels. Even though I still have the blisters from the class.
I bought a wood forearm for the Savage SBS. The Ramline piece, while functional, is ugly. This part is from Numrich Gun Parts, and is described as a “shock absorbing forearm”.
What is the spread like on a 13″ barrel 12 gauge? The following targets show the patterns produced by the Savage SBS with S&B #1B, twelve pellet load.
If I recall correctly the dots are 1.5 inch diameter patches that come with the large Shoot-N-C targets. At five yards the pattern is covering about 5 inches and just over 10 inches at ten yards.
Here are fifteen yards coverage is 14 to 15 inches. And I lost two pallets over the top of the board.By twenty yards the pattern is huge. There are nine pellets on this board covering over 2 feet. So yeah, shot barrel and no choke make it a real scatter gun.