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Starting a trench gun project.

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by troy fairweather, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

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    The other day I picked up a j.c higgins model 20 12ga pump. It was cut down to 20-21 inches, I have to measure it. This one has the rib and a mag cutoff. Gun is in good condition, it's a shame someone cut it.

    I've been on the lookout for a cut shotgun to make into a trench gun. I did some reading, Looks like a heat shield from a win97 can be made to fit. And so will a Mossberg 500 mag tube. Any off you seen other j.c higgins done into a trench gun. I believe this is the same as the high standard 200.

    Are there places that sell more parts for trench guns. I see numrich have the 97 heat shield, and brownnells has some for the 500 and a generic one.

    I believe there is a patrol/guard shotgun made from these.

    This photo is just one off line but is cut the same as mine, the other photo is one a guy did I found online.thanks.troy.

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    If it were me... All I'd want would be the basic gun you have right now - with a good bead sight on the front - and that's it...

    For accessories I'd want a sling and a five round butt cuff for the stock (one of those inexpensive strong elastic slip over types..).

    A trench gun might be attractive - but a basic short barreled 12 gauge with a four shot tube is a monster at close quarters on the street... Literally a one shot fight ender with basic 00buck in a 2 3/4 configuration... They're relatively lightweight - very fast and maneuverable when speed of action might make all the difference against more than one opponent...

    Although I'm a Vietnam vet - all my shotgun experience was after that on the street here in country...
     
  3. troy fairweather

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    I just always like the look of trench guns. I don't have the money right now to do the build so it's staying the same for now. I may try to make the mag full length.
     
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    The riot gun they made looks nice to. I would have to see if I can get the tube mount they use, and a longer tube.
     
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    There was a High Standard Model 200 (?) as a riot gun at one time and I believe your JC Higgins is the same as a HS 200 so extended magazines did at one time exist if they are not in fact directly replaceable as you note.

    My first thought on the heat shield would be a *Winchester* re-pop.

    You'll also want a reproduction GI rear sling swivel for the correct look.


    Todd.
     
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  7. troy fairweather

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    Ya think it was called the 18-7 or something like that.
     
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  8. DDDWho

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    If I wanted an authentic trench gun I'd look for a model 12 or 97 Winchester with a riot barrel. I've seen used riot barrels for the 12 on gunbroker and armslist. Being not really interested in a true trench gun I bought a Maverick 88 (18.5" barrel). Academy had them on sale the other day for (IIRC) $165.00.

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    The barrel was cut down. I don't have the money for a (97 or 12. Tg.
     
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