shotgun #1: This is my rifle, this is my gun............

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 07-04-2009 08:35 PM 1290 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After making the pistola I decided that perhaps he needed a rifle. Who knows maybe I’m starting his own gun collection for him ;^) I saw a picture online of a wooden shotgun, printed it up for referance, and then made my own version. I decided to search for real shotguns as well, so that It can be more authentic. I’m not sure if I was successfull with the authenticity part, but it sure is better then the wooden one online. LOL. Of course those projects are made for speed, my projects aren’t.
I am at the crossroads with this project. I’m kicking myself on how much work I actually want, fully aware that it will be dropped, kicked, used as a sword, and even possibly lost. After all he is 6 and doesn’t really care if his stuff is taken care of. I’m thinking I could make this really cool, carving the stock, staining it, ebonizing the barrel, etc. At that point he could keep it forever, and possibly pass it down to his son. But I could put in all that work and then spend a lot more work repairing it after he takes it to battle. LOL. The more I think about it the more I want to work on it, but once I get started it could take a long time to carve.
What to do.
Here it is so far. The gun is made out of european steamed beech. I turned the barrels, drilled the holes with forstner bits, carved the stock with chisels, etc. I cut the shape out with a jig saw, as my band saw isn’t wired yet, and doesn’t have power. So far this has been fun, which is what it is all about. I hope he enjoys it. He left the pistola in my truck, and hasn’t really shown concern for it. We’ll see. The pics are a bit bigger then I wanted, so click them to see the entire rifle.

As you can see the cocking mechanism is opperable. (not sure what that is called)

As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 07-04-2009 08:50 PM

Wow a lot of detail. well done

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#2 posted 07-04-2009 09:15 PM

Very Nice! I really like the sliding piece on the bottom tube….really authentic. Thanks for sharing with us.

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#3 posted 07-04-2009 09:23 PM

Way too cool! Lucky kid…

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#4 posted 07-04-2009 10:05 PM

My suggestion, make two. One basic model for the tyke and one cool one for dad. ;)


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#5 posted 07-04-2009 10:30 PM

ChunkyC you may be onto something. LOL. Thanks for the comments guys

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patrick m

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#6 posted 07-05-2009 01:10 AM

The ejecting Mechanism is called a sliding breech aka pump. Ditto on Dennis “Lucky Kid” :)
Cool DaD. Just don’t bring it to brkln homeland security will wonder what it means. haha.
One lil idea——Make a rubber band semi auto. you remember them ?
Or take him pretend hunting for bear !!!
I’ll always remember stalking my first bear in woods behind reed college with a cork pop rifle and dad.
If he looses interest sell em’ as modern Art.
I’d Just checker the handle and let it get that natural grass stain n dirt patina !
He’ll always remember this thing. Hey I got a bag of socks one christmas! As is Is Awesome!!!!
They sell raw ‘euro wood toys’ here in brooklyn for hundreds and yours wins by far.

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#7 posted 07-05-2009 03:35 AM

Hey don,t make that thing too realistic. Kids here have been shot by panicky cops who thought the gun was real, sure there,s a few stressed out tired cops around your area too. Seriously.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#8 posted 07-05-2009 04:55 AM

Hi Keith

Great looking gun! Very nice as always. Thanks for posting!

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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