Y-man; NEW tricks for my old gun…

Hello all, Y-man again, so sorry for the long silence – with work commitments taking me away from “civilization” a bit more nowadays – I wish I did not have to take another Twin Otter or helicopter flight again, but alas – I have to toil to oil the foil! Says Doyle…

In January 2015, I was in Dallas again, I “passed” through on my way to some long-scheduled “work stuff” in Atlanta. It was a LONG trip – Port Harcourt Nigeria to Frankfurt, then connected to London, spent two nights with family there, then on to Chicago. From Chicago to Houston, then on to Dallas for a few days. Phew!

You can just imagine what the return trip was like. [After Dallas – I connected to Atlanta for my seminars… Then from there on home.]

Alex C. was most kind to host me once again, and I really appreciate him. He had even helped me receive and keep a whole mountain of personal items, gadgets, nick-knacks and whatsits that I had pre-ordered on Amazon…Things as varied as new Dremel tools and accessories, to a few DeWalt tools and accessories, to piles of mechanical pencils, to camping gear, a new GoPro Hero 4, a new Panasonic Lumix FZ 1000 camera…And a whole lot of other stuff. He had to dedicate a whole corner at his place for me…

I think I must have contributed just a bit to the American economy there… Haha!

Thanks, Alex!

Y-man's mountain of Amazon purchases Dallas Jan 2015

I also got to meet Patrick R. Great guys! I enjoyed my favorite potato salad, and the weather was great! [Unlike the sub-zero temperatures in London.]

Of course, we went shooting, and I finally got to shoot the Heckler und Koch G-3 Rifle in 7.62×51 on full-auto, a Glock-19 9mm full-auto, and also got to shoot the venerable M16-A1 in 5.56mm. This was in addition to the Browning Hi-Power pistol [Which I had a little exposure to earlier in my National Air Force stint.], the AK-47 and the AK-74.

Shooting 7.62×51 on full-auto ROCKED MY WORLD!

In cold, rainy Atlanta, I decided to give the KelTech KSG Shotgun another chance after my first time nightmare with it. It felt better to shoot this time, maybe because it did not surprise me. I spent a few hours at the exceptional Stoddards Range and Guns in Atlanta. Jonathan Crandall and his staff were very good to me and other customers as usual.

I also shot REAL 12ga slugs, regular and magnum, for the first time. You all know the version I have been improvising and fabricating here at home could be termed “low recoil” compared to the real, factory-produced slugs. Man! Talk about shoulder crushing, cheek bruising…

Overall, a good shooting trip, only that non-reactive targets became quite a bore. One can only shoot so many bulls-eyes on paper, and hit so many tin cans… If only I could get to shoot reactive steel targets, or even good old bowling pins.

Oh, well…

I have made some further mods to Mathilda, my Mossberg 500A, over the last few months.

I have installed –

Mako folding stock.

Bushnell TRS-25 Red Dot Sight

6-Shell holder

24” Mossberg Rifled Barrel

5-Shell Magazine tube.

When you consider the different iterations that the shotgun has gone through… Wow.

This is how she looks now…

I now have a choice between two main configurations –

Magpul SGA Stock set for hunting, target shooting.

My Mossberg 500A New configurationMagpul SGA stock


Mako folding stock for home defense and “tactical work” [Take-down for transport too].

My Mossberg 500A New configurationMako Folding Stock

My Mossberg 500A New configurationMako Folding Stock1

[The bipod was just for photography – it is not an actual installation.]

At some point in history – Mathilda was a stock Mossberg 500A…

Y-man's Mossberg 500A BEFORE

To this

Y-man's Shotgun

And on to this

Y-man's Mossberg with scope

Then to this

My new shotgun Stock 14OCT 2012 (4)

And even to this [Busted lip and bruised cheek Nirvana!]
Y-man's Shotgun 1

Then at one point to this

Y-man's Mossberg 500A Mod complete

Before it became what it is now.

I have also done some more standardized slug casting: Lyman 525gr “shuttlecock”slugs, and .729” Roundball slugs. I hope to go do some accuracy and function testing with these on the new rifled barrel soon.

I hope it all turns out okay. Off course, I will keep you all updated.

As you can see, I also got a Brownell Enhanced Safety.

So from my improvised safety after the factory one broke –

3.Y-man fixes improvised Mossberg 500A Safety Button

To this. It functions perfectly.

Enhanced Mossberg Safety

I have also installed a side-saddle shell-holder for six shells, and oh, lest I forget – I installed a Bushnell TRS-25. It works well, I have sighted it in with a Sightmark 12ga Laser Boresighter I have had for years now. I look forward to shooting with it…


All these were perfectly legally brought in for me from abroad. I have the papers for them too.

Many thanks for reading…

Nigeria status –

We have been indoors for a few days now, restricted movement due to the hardest fought presidential elections in my country in all its history. No widespread violence yet, apart from the dying gasps from Boko Haram in the North East, with hit-and-run attacks on motorbikes killing 39 voters and election officials so far, but we are all keeping our fingers crossed [And I seem to be unconsciously cleaning and oiling my shotgun a bit more recently…]. So far – a few surprises have come out.

Please pray for my country Nigeria.

But hey! Firearms, NO politics!


Y-man is based in a firearms restricted environment in West Africa, he is really interested in shotguns [Which is all he can legally get], and he makes the best of whatever he is able to lay his hands on.

Y-man had some training at an early age in the “Gentleman” forces of the Air Force in his country, including some weapon training…

He also appreciates your advice, comments and feedback almost as much as the air he breathes…


  • USMC03Vet

    Stay safe Y-Man!

  • jamezb

    So good to hear from you Y-Man. I always enjoy reading your posts, seeing you shooting and keeping up with Mathilda Mossberg’s latest configuration. I’m pleased you were able to have a good visit and got to enjoy some full-auto trigger time. Stay safe and be well!

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Great to have a new post by you! I was just thinking how it had to be time for a new one.

  • Robert

    Next time in Dallas, I am willing to provide Mac-10 w/Lage, MP5 and other goodies for his enjoyment!

    • allannon

      If he goes through again, I’d be up for a Y-meet. 😀

      • Y-man

        Y-not? 🙂

        • Patrick R.

          This sounds like fun!

  • Blake

    Glad to see that the elections & subsequent power transfer were largely peaceful.

    Good luck.

  • Turner

    I love hearing the updates from you Y-Man. Keep shooting, keep posting, and most of all stay safe. Best wishes.

  • Lance

    I will pray for fellow Christians in Nigeria.

  • Riot

    “a bit” – jesus christ man how’d you get all that stuff hame?

  • wetcorps

    Cool to see the different shapes of your shotgun over time. I quite liked the look of the homemade ones, though I can see why you changed them.

  • Cymond

    WHOA! How you get that huge pile home? Surely it didn’t fit in your luggage, did it? Also, it’s been really cool seeing your experiments over the years.

    It appears you’re using the 24″ barrel on your ‘tactical’ build. Why? Also, why did you switch to a 5 round magazine? (Pardon my ignorance, I’ve never gotten into shotguns.)

    • Y-man


      I assure you I got ALL of it home! Down to the LAST screw and staple [I actually bought screws, fasteners, nails and staples among other things in the US!]


      Alex C. and Patrick R. pitched in – in less than 15 minutes flat, we had everything out of the vaunted over-packaging from Amazon [A pinkie-finger sized pack of 50 needles in a 12″x12″ carboard box, with airbags inside, anyone?] and into 4 large duffel bags [Think: BIG but airline compliant duffel bags that can contain two 5 foot tall friendly spooning skinny guys each!]

      I then spent 2 nights in the hotel further re-packing down to 2 suitcases.

      After more shopping in Atlanta, I had 1 large [LARGE!] suitcase and 3 large duffel bags. I had a police escort waiting for me at Port Harcourt “International” Airport [Work perks!], and got home to a VERY happy family!

      About the 24″ barrel – I am not really aiming for “tactical” or “tacticool” per se… The benefit there is simply the folding stock for transport in a smaller, inconspicious bag.

      24″ Barrel is Rifled, and since I will be using it mainly for bore size round balls and slugs, I NEED the accuracy. For hunting, target shooting, and home defense. [No fear of over-penetration, we build with solid concrete blocks here.]

      I need this configuration more for the consistent accuracy I hope it will provide. 5-shot magazine tube was a sacrifice for the 24″ rifled barrel – I actually searched for almost a year for a 20″ Rifled barrel without luck, and at one time even thought about doing some extreme gunsmithing by moving the magazing holding screw clamp on the barrel out to accommodate a full length 7-shot magazine.

    • Patrick R.

      It was a daunting task but we were able to get it all into bags in a pretty quick amount of time. It was a unique experience, that is for sure.

  • JoshJ

    Its been to long Y-man!! We missed you!!! Good to see your still shooting, best luck to you and the people of Nigeria.

    • Y-man

      Thanks Josh!

  • Man, next time you’re over here just ‘forget’ to go home……
    What with Obama not enforcing deporting illegal aliens and all….

    Got body armor???

  • Zachary marrs

    Good to see a Y-man article

    Stay safe man!

  • Patrick R.

    Outstanding as always Y-Man! It was great to spend some time with you while you were in town. Next visit I hope we can do more shooting!

  • Jacob Peters

    Always love your posts. I love how you never let circumstances bring you down. I have recommended your youtube videos to all my friends.

  • Nicks87

    Stay up Y-Man, good to hear from you!