[Guest Post] : The Saga of the Nigerian Shotgunner [Part 4]

[ Y-Man, our resident Nigerian shotgunner, continues his series of guest articles about his quest to build the perfect shotgun. Being one of the lucky few in Africa to legally own a gun, he has to fabricate many parts and ammunition himself because supplies of gun parts are so limited. For the first time, we have videos of Y-Man in person! ]

He listened to the advice and made the following modifications to his shotgun. You can read the previous article in The Saga of the Nigerian Shotgun series here. This is a guest post was written by Y-Man. ]

Guys, thanks for all your advice and encouragement, I went shooting again 20 DEC 2009, and I seem to have got my accuracy “mojo” back! It was obviously the sights or lack of causing this accuracy problem. I cannot discount also that different guns might respond to the same ammunition in different ways: especially smooth-bore 12-ga shotguns firing “smaller than bore-size home-made slugs.
If you guys remember from previous posts: after my Turkish semi-auto shotgun “died” an unnatural death, I got me a sweet, solid Mossberg 500A, 18.5″Bbl, No choke, No vent rib, tactical heat-shield, 6+1, bead sight, PGO. It was almost new, had never been fired, but had been cleaned and oiled. As usual with me: I wasn’t satisfied with just the bead sight or the PGO, so I have been doing quite a lot of fabrication to get me some GOOD stuff done!

Sights

First, I did some shooting with the factory bead: POOR results even at 30 meters with my slugs. Then I removed the factory bead, and tested using an old Tri-Viz Turkey sight I had: accuracy was still POOR. Then I did something crazy (Temporary, but crazy!) I fastened a simple aluminum tube (From an old, discarded Flashlight) to the barrel: using two clips (The type used for rubber hoses.). I aligned it to the barrel by eye, and off to the range I went! I began getting hit after hit on 1′ x 1′ steel plate at 40 meters! A few NEAR misses, but if it had been a man-sized target: that would have been DRT!

Y-man finally has a Youtube video: handling, modifications, safety and shooting...

Of course: the aluminum tube was just a field-expedient “poor man’s scope”: no reticules (Just center your target within the circle of the tube!) No magnification… But it gave me my confidence back! I also fired a few rounds from 100metres: of course: no hits! I just did it for the fun of it. The slugs going downrange had a lovely “wheeee!” sound to them…

I later improved further on my sights fabrication just today: I got a washer welded onto a hose-clip and welded a bit of steel bolt into the circle to create/ fabricate a “Y-Man Peep sight!” It’s getting better! I will test soon and let you guys know…

See photos of Y-Man peep sights: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44877118@N04/sets/72157623050200929/
A friend and colleague who just went back to Louisiana on Christmas vacation popped into the Bass Pro shop in Baton Rouge, and he has picked up a Bushnell Shotgun scope and a B-Square saddle mount for me…

I fixed the B-Square Shotgun rail mount/ saddle, and the Bushnell Banner Shotgun scope to my shotgun. Everything went on my Mossberg 500A Pump Action Shotgun fine.

But anyone with a sharp eye can see that the scope points UP, and is NOT aligned with the angle of the barrel. I thought nothing of it until I went testing.

I fired 20 slugs, some from as close as 20 feet: NOT A SINGLE HIT! All this on a 1 foot square target!

All the rounds were going below point of aim.

You can see the reason why here:

In addition to this: after a few shots: the B-Square mounting rings got loose. One of the clamps had thrown the thread before: and I had used a simple nut and bolt to hold it tight to the rail. That one held through all the firing. But the one that was factory: broke after 5 shots!

I went home disappointed!

I even gave up completely about the scope, and started doing my usual”out of the box” thinking to set up a “proper” ghost ring sight system for my shotgun.

Then I got some “crazy” ideas. (As usual!): I got rid of the mounting rings, drilled holes in the B-square mount, and used hose clips to hold the scope securely to the mount! I used a little bit of aluminum to raise the back part of the scope to align it properly by putting it between the scope and the rail before tightening.

The fitting is tight and strong. It looks and feels like it could take quite a pounding and not shift nor shake.

To be sure, before going to do any testing (Using up ammo) I did a “poor man’s bore-sighting” first… No laser available: so I used a strong flashlight that has a diameter of 18mm. I switched that on, slotted it into the muzzle: and sighted in with the scope. At different distances: the reticules of the scope centered perfectly on the projected circle of light!

I went testing and accuracy is GOOD! I got a wonderful cheek-weld, and was getting hit after hit on a target (about 11″x 8″) placed about 70 yards distant: 70 YARDS! Video Number 3…

Stock

I have finally fabricated a good stock that works. Made originally out of Chrome-Vanadium quality steel rod, it is more of a skeleton stock: fastened at both the top of the pistol grip, and at the bottom of the grip. It works very well. I first padded the steel rod all along the length of it with thick felt, then covered it professionally with strong but soft goat-skin leather (A professional leather-worker did some tight, quality stitching of the leather all round. I also fixed a felt “recoil pad” and worked out a sling… It all works quite well…

Photos of Stock before and after padding

(See stock AFTER padding in the video above)

I have made some videos showing shooting tests that I did with these modifications for which I would appreciate your comments and opinions: both here and on Youtube. Also: there’s a video of my process of converting Birdshot into slugs, using basic tools. (The new key thing is that I have now created a mold out of a piece of barrel from an old shotgun. Since it is from a piece of shotgun barrel without chokes: it turns out a perfect 0.729″ slug.)

Check photos here.

How to convert Birdshot into slugs.
Y-Man testing with scope on shotgun.

Cheers, and happy New Year; y’all!



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.


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  • Y-Man: You ROCK. I love the videos. Your stock is fantastic. It has a very Sci-Fi look about it. I would be very pleased if my stock looked like that.

    Just a tip: Shooting glasses would be a good idea. You only have two eyes and they cannot be replaced!

    Keep on shootin! You are, for sure, the most famous Nigerian shotgunner 😉

  • Shiz

    Reading all of these stories of how he is able to make so much out of nearly nothing, I am reminded out of a modern day Macgyver.
    Give him another month or so, and soon he’ll be making something like this, http://imgur.com/b16SD.jpg, for self defense of course. 😉

  • Don

    I love these posts about Y-Man’s engineering escapades. Everything is so well thought out and executed!

    -D

  • Crabula

    Damn! I am impressed. Not much else for me to say. He did a great job making due with what was available and ended up with great results. Considering how much of the process he improvized, the finished shotgun seems really well put together.
    The goat-skin on the stock is a very nice touch. Keep up the good work.

  • Andrew

    These are some of my favorite posts to TFB, and I read TFB every day. Keep up the cool posts, and take care of that shotty!

    +1 on the eye protection!

  • Vaarok

    This is a remarkable and always entertaining guest segment. I salute the ingenuity and can-do spirit involved, and I’m consistently impressed by the results!

  • Excellent vid Y-Man!

    That stock looks fantastic, and those peep sights look tough.

    You are a testament to the ingenuity of firearms enthusiasts all over the world, and I salute you.

  • Pete

    I always love updates from Y-Man. That shotgun is coming together nicely!

  • Wolf

    Love this guy’s ingenuity. Most would be shooting enthusiasts see all the regulation and just say screw it, and I’m just talking about the US.

  • Okki

    I’ve been following your adventure on here and I’m impressed! nice job!

    I did notice that your scope on the original B-Square Shotgun rail mount appeared to be making contact with the rail on the front side, thus being a possible reason for the “elevation” you were experiencing; it may also have contributed to the failing of some of the hardware.

    But all that aside… The flash-light bore-sight was brilliant! for the shorter distance, that definitely was a great idea to get yourself in the accuracy ball-park. Very nice work on your slugs as well.

    Keep up the articles and photo/video diary; I greatly enjoy it.

    Okki

    • Y-man

      Very correct Okki! You are very right! All I should have done was slide the scope forward just a little bit (Cut off some of the front of the mount if needed…) and it would have been perfect! Oh! The gift of hind-sight….
      Luckily, I kept the scope. I plan to get a B-Square mount again, and use it properly and with wisdom this time.
      Thanks!

  • CMathews

    Ingenuity never ceases to amaze me y-man! I second the eyeball covers. Be careful with the hose clamps, don’t put too much pressure on the optic’s main body.

  • p1choco

    Gotta agree with Steve about you ROCKing and the eye protection. I’m inspired to try making my own slugs using similar methods. Take care and stay safe.

  • Y-Man.. Is there anything we could do in the States to help you in your hobby? Any thing that can be legally shipped that you might feel useful?

    I’m not sure what your budget allowance is, but something that would go really good with that is an aimpoint red dot scope.

    Great stuff and love the video. Made your posts even better. Please continue updating us. Your ingenuity speaks to us all.

  • Abterm

    I love these articles. We finally have a face to the man behind the shotgun. “slow lingering death…” XD

    Great shooting. I hope to see future articles and videos from you.

  • jdun1911

    Very impressive indeed.

  • Jason

    These posts from Y-Man warm my heart. Keep ’em coming and stay safe! Cheers!

  • akpcorp

    y man sounds like you should be making and selling your wares in your local market. is there a demand for stocks like this in your area?

  • Jim

    This guy honestly warms my heart. It’s good to see how guns can bring people together and inspire ingenuity all over the world. If we ever needed proof that the world is getting smaller (and better!), this is it. A Nigerian man writing in to an American gun blog, firing an American gun and posting his videos on youtube. One hundred years ago we would have never even known of this man’s existence! Hell, TEN years ago!

    Keep up the good work Y-Man, MacGyver of Africa!

  • Kurby

    I wouldnt mind putting a Yman style stock on one of my shotguns. Id love to see Yman break into the industry. Id look into his products thats for sure.

  • Komrad

    Very nice shotgun. All of your modifications are well thought out and if I didn’t know better, I would say they were factory parts. The scope really makes it look nice. I don’t know what your budget is or local laws, but if it were possible to get a rifled slug barrel, you could really increase your accuracy. Also, filling the hole in the back of the slugs with something light, like wax, could improve the accuracy and range of your slugs while still keeping the front heavy profile.

  • DavidR

    Inspiring work, Y-Man!

    That’s called passion and it is what drives most of us who read these pages. Though we usually can’t explain our pursuit to other people, we all understand it when we see it in each other.

    I know I would feel right at home talking to you in Nigeria (or anywhere!)

    Keep on truckin’

  • tahDeetz

    Y-Man,

    Your ideas kick-ass. You would fit in perfectly in American gun culture. Keep up the great posts & please invest in some eye protection.

    tahDeetz

  • Donald

    Hello,

    Just came across your page and wanted to comment on your ingenuity and resourcefulness, well done & very impressive.