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Old July 31st, 2012, 02:00 AM   #16
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It's possible it was originally built up as a riot gun using trench gun parts, no way to tell now though. After reading your post, I think I'll get the magazine plug and bayo lug/heatshield from East Taylor and try to age them following your description.

A close-up picture of the handguard/bayo lug showing the rusting/blueing results would be helpful.
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Would love to see some pics of your gun.

How is your gun set up for a magazine band? I'd think if you're talking about adding a plug it may be set up with a "normal barrel band." Might do some more research on it to find out if it may have indeed been a "real" Riot Gun" made with a Trench Gun barrel (might be a very rare beast).

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Old May 2nd, 2013, 07:31 PM   #17
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I just ordered my Heat Shield from East Taylor. I plan on doing this same exact thing when I get home!

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Old May 2nd, 2013, 08:51 PM   #18
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Here are some pictures of my real WWI trenchgun. The pitting is not as bad as the photo shows.


It was a real trench gun built in 1918, I had it re-blued to stop the rusting, and to remove the guys name off of the barrel, on both sides in 1/2 inch letters.
All totaled I have right at $650/$750 or so into it. Finding the original bayonet lug was hard, but not impossible - gunshow find then I bought a new old stock handguard - from RIA in the 1930s from some guy on Ebay. Again the pitting is not as bad as the photo shows.






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just picked up a take down 97 cheap locally. since its C&R long gun, i dint have to use a FFL. its a 30 inch full choke. i think im gonna chop it to 19 or so. comes apart quick and easy and fits in a backpack.

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just picked up a take down 97 cheap locally. since its C&R long gun, i dint have to use a FFL. its a 30 inch full choke. i think im gonna chop it to 19 or so. comes apart quick and easy and fits in a backpack.
Sounds like a cool "Riot Gun" type project. Have any pics of it you could post?

Love this thread and have a few ideas for '97 builds in mind, just haven't gotten to any of them yet.

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