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A free shotgun is good…right?

MikeD718

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My boss has been dealing with the estate of his father-in-law after his passing at the end of last year. He came into the shop on Monday and told me that he had found a pair of guns under the bed. My boss is not a gun guy at all, so I told him to bring them in and we’ll take a look at them. He shows up with them today.
One is a 1956 production Winchester 62A in pretty damn good shape. I told him we can find a new home for it pretty easy.
The other is a New England Firearms Pardner SB1 single shot break barrel in 12ga. Unfortunately someone had the bright idea to cut the barrel. It was done rather crudely, at about a 20 degree angle with a hacksaw maybe? Looks like it took a few tries. I pulled a tape on the barrel…and it was 15-3/4” at the longest point….
When I told him what that meant he immediately didn’t want anything to do with it, so he gave it to me. I set off straight away to try and remedy the situation.
On my lunch break, I turned up a barrel extension, of sorts. Squared off the end of the barrel on the mill, pinned and welded the extension and gave it a dip in the park tank. Now the barrel measures 18”
A quick clean up with some oil and 0000 steel wool got it looking pretty ok. It’s definitely different, even for me, maybe I’ll pack it out with me when I go backpacking.
I don’t know anything about the New England Firearms shotguns, I am familiar with the H&R Topper, which looks exactly like this. I’m going to keep an eye on GB for an original barrel.
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Nice truck or keep by the door gun. Choot it with some buckshot and see how it patterns, That looks like it could be mean as hell on a small crowd stacking up at your door step.
 

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Would it have been legal, to clean up the barrel, square it up, and bob the stock, making it a pistol????
NOPE!
You can make a Handgun into a rifle/shotgun, but you cannot make the inverse. that would be a Short Barreled Rifle/Shotgun requiring a Form 1
Turning an extension and welding it on is good-to-go.
 

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Good luck finding a reasonably priced barrel. Those guns have gotten so high people are parting them out. These are my wife's favorite. 410, 20, and 30-30. I have a 32 gauge for shooting tranquilizer darts.
Nice work by the way!
 

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Good luck finding a reasonably priced barrel. Those guns have gotten so high people are parting them out.
Crazy isn't it. Especially since they used to be widely available for decades @ $100 a pop at any & all Walmart's, etc

Like they say, 'You don't know what you got - til' its gone'

I still have my 12 & 20

Hindsight, sure as shit wish I bought a whole lot more!

Btw @ OP - NEF & H&R were one in the same for a spell. They are 100% identical, because they are pretty much the same gun, literally - not figuratively.
 

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Btw @ OP - NEF & H&R were one in the same for a spell. They are 100% identical, because they are pretty much the same gun, literally - not figuratively.
Thanks, I figured as much, a co-worker has a 20ga H&R Topper 158 that he got for free last year.
A family friend was rabbit hunting with it, he tripped and fell in the morning. Saw a rabbit later and took a shot. Forgot to check the business end of the barrel after he fell. Barrel ended up looking like a banana peel. He gave it to my co-worker and told him if he could fix it he could have it. Had to cut it back to 19” to get behind the cracks.
 
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