Beautiful short barrel shotgun

Steve over at posted photos of his side by side 12 guage SBS.

Started out as a project last fall. Bought a Remington Spartan Gun Works side by side 12ga w/external hammers (love those). Posted here about who was good for converting as an SBS. Got an e-mail from Chuck Smyder at LRM in Florida. We discussed what I’d liek to have done and sent it to him. In the mean time I got the idea to have the side plates and trigger guard color case hardened, sooooooo I found a guy in Montana who uses cyanide instead of charcoal (side plates too thin for charcoals heat). Had Chuck send him the parts.

While that was being done, Chuck shortened the barrels, filled in the void in between, installed the oversize ivory bead and applied a beautiful job of molycoating to the metal. This is what I’m getting back…..

Wow! This shotgun is amazing. Click to expand the images.




More info here.

Hat Tip: Says Uncle

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Jess

    Mr. Johnson,

    Re: Remington 12 ga. Spartan SBS

    As you say, a beautiful shotgun! Well done, sir – very nice. It reminds me very much of Peter Fonda’s prop coach gun in the recent remake of “3:10 to Yuma” – a gun project I myself have been thinking about trying. I commend you for your fine endeavor.

    Apologies if I just missed it, but what barrel length did you take it down to? 12 inch barrel?

    Much thanks, sir. And again, well done!

  • Sorry Jess, that is another Steve, not me.

  • How much are your beautiful short shotguns?

    William Lively

  • What are the prices of these shotguns?


  • Caposkaw

    a bit of italian culture.
    in italy a shotgun built in this way, it’s called “lupara” (the gun to kill wolfs) for its ancient use. from the middle of 1800 to the middle of 1900 it was the main weapon of the Mafia.
    Now the mafiomen use the AK…

  • Caposkaw, very interesting!

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  • mack

    awsome gun man just beautifull! how much for one of those and what gauge is it?