A reader (who did not leave a name) sent in this photo of a post apocalyptic style shotgun he made from a broken and rusted $30 Rossi single shot …

This started out as a thirty dollar broken Rossi single shot that I bought from a pawn shop. After a little bit of work with the firing pin, spring and cleaning the internals I got it working again. I decided to do something interesting with it. It is now a fully functional Post Apocalyptic shotgun and shoots very well. Most of the bluing was gone so I just took away a little bit more with fine grade sandpaper. The front guard wouldn’t stay on the gun since the hook and spring were broken so I used hose clamps to hold it on. There was no butt plate so I made one from an aluminum cake pan. I used an old leather pouch and drilled through the stock and used bailing wire to hold it on. The pouch holds seven rounds of 12 gauge. Lastly I made a large sling from an old used Karate belt. Its ugly but I love it.

I don’t know if this is something you’d want to post or not. I did not take a pristine gun and destroy it, I modified a broken and worn shotgun to give it new life.

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  • Looks like it’s coming straight outta Fallout New Vegas. I love it.

    • Yep, my first thought. I have not played a game in that genre since new vegas.

  • ProdigalSon

    I don’t know why, but I dig it.

  • mosinman

    single shotgun:12 damage 24 DPS

    • guest

      Are those with regular shells, or those packed with legion denarius?

      • Zachary marrs


        • mosinman

          the Cesar has marked you for death and the Legion obeys! ready yourself for battle.

          • JW

            You don’t know how happy this thread made me!

            War…war never changes…

          • mosinman

            ” When atomic fire consumed the earth, those who survived did so in great, underground vaults.”

          • JW

          • Okay, this thread is awesome. Since when was it okay to talk about VG’s here ?

          • Since when has it not been.. Lol. Video Games and Guns go hand in hand.. hell there are a lot of people on here who have all their info about guns from COD/BF stat sheets… Nice looking shotgun though, I like the style.

          • I just thought some gun owners didn’t like that sort of stuff because “it makes them look bad”. By the way, if I was the one titling this article, I would call it “Saturday Night Special: Boomstick edition”

      • mosinman

        legion Denarius add +7 damage and +1.5 to spread

  • Igor

    I get this “survivor starter package” vive from it. 10/10 would operate with 30 years into TEOTWAWKI.

    Leather sling would make it perfect IMO.

    • Igor


    • wetcorps

      Old seatbelt would be more tactical.

      • iksnilol

        Why not just an old regular belt? The kind that goes around your waist.

        • wetcorps

          Seatbelts are high speed smooth black nylon for minimal drag when operating.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but nylon belts and other non-leather things catch on foliage. In coniferious or dense forests a nylon sling is not a good idea.

            + a belt sling is adjustable if you do it right.

  • patrickiv

    I instantly recognized the karate belt. Not a bad idea for a sling.

  • Renegade

    I like it, and frankly I wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I imagine a lot of Range Officers would be a bit skittish around that piece.

    • iksnilol

      Why? If there is nothing wrong with it mechanically why would they be skittish? It’s not like the barrel is PVC or something.

  • Alex Nicolin

    Could barely sell that for 50 bottle caps at Craterside Supply

  • Sulaco

    Full page take over ads!!! Really?

    • claymore

      Try deleting ALL your computer cookies. Worked for me.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Great suggestion — I’ll second that.

  • MrBeap

    comPLETEly awesome!

  • Don Ward

    Something from nothing. Gotta appreciate that.

    • shootbrownelk

      No Don, it’s still nothing.

  • Davey

    I got the Fallout reference right away. It’ll work well for a long time, but you know you will dump it as you pick up an over/under caravan shotgun.

    • mosinman

      i don’t know which works better with the C clamp grip… the single shotgun or varmint rifle.

    • Blake

      I always played a sniper, & worked my way up to the plasma rifle.

      Although when there’s a big group of soft-skinned ugly dudes to mow down, the Bozar was the go-to weapon of choice, & easy enough to get relatively early on in the game. With FMJ it does a good enough job on harder targets until you get something better, too.

    • iksnilol

      Could never get the sights to work correctly on the caravan shottie. So I used the single shotgun due to the nice sights (worked really well with slugs), same reason I used the 9mm pistol instead of the 10mm pistol.

  • James R.

    This is awesome.

  • Ian

    Erik the Red! He’s a contributor over on /k/, he’s the guy who owns this shotgun!

    • Burst

      Yep, that was my first thought too.

      One of the more interesting tripfriends they have.

    • Erik

      Yeah Its mine. Thought it’d make interesting submission.

  • Nimrod

    I always thought a single shot in steampunk would look kinda cool and I’ve seen single shots made up to look like old muzzle loader trade guns. This one is ok.

  • ghost

    Might save your life, one shell at a time in a not so nice world.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Nice work, at almost no additional cost and with the application of ingenuity and a little practical imagination. The Rossi single-shot break-open shotguns ( along with the H & R equivalents ) are the perfect candidates for this sort of project — simple, bullet-proof, easy to fix and maintain with minimal resources, and requiring few, if any, specialized parts — yet functional and effective where needed, not to mention a ton of fun to shoot.

  • Joshua Madoc

    And then it gets dismantled into Scrap Metal in the Workbench.

  • Damocles

    That is gorgeous! *Runs off to local pawn shops*

  • Verner

    Freakin’ awesome!

  • crisara772

    As a colombian gun enthusiast, this is the first time i can say in this site …!i have the same configuration!… but it is 16 gauge… those thing are as simple and reliable as it gets.

  • gunslinger

    nice work there.

    question, because the gun was broke, did it have to still go through a ffl?

    • Erik

      Yes. They listed it as “unfirable condition” but it still had to go through an FFL because of the receiver.

  • MikeF

    Very Cool!!!
    Cant wait for the new Mad Max movie to come out.

    • Ethan

      I’m very much looking forward to that as well. If anyone is worthy to follow in Mel Gibson’s footsteps it would be Tom Hardy.

  • Joel Pettersson

    I want one!!!

  • Zebra Dun

    I have an old Boito 20 gauge double that’s the same, bought for $45.00 with a busted stock, modded a pistol grip with collapsing stock on it. Two old canvas 1911A1 .45 acp magazine pouches attached hold eight rounds buck shot and slug.
    Kicks like a bass turd though.
    I call it my Canoe gun.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Nice work, Erik. In spite of all the more sophisticated and highly-capable firearms I have been fortunate enough to own, there is still something so elemental and functional about a single-shot break-open shotgun or rifle that