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The Little Gun that Could-Shooting the Midland Backpack

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Jeb Stuart, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. Jeb Stuart

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    As soon as I saw this little shotgun, I had to have it. Arrived the other day and took it to the range. 12 gauge 18" barrel. I was very impressed with the build quality. Locked up very tight, easy to reload. What surprised me was the fact that I really thought the recoil would be much more stout than it was. Actually on the mild side for such a small shotgun. I ran 25 rounds of target ammo and 15 rounds of Buckshot. Because of a storm, I was at a indoor range. Plan on taking it to the out door range and experiment with lot of different buckshot loads. A really fun little gun.

    Hard to believe this shotgun is only a little over 4lbs. And folds up so small. And for $135.00. Can't wait for other barrels to come out. Especially some of the centerfire.
    Also interesting is that it is threaded for Beretta Mobile chokes. Shipped with a modified.

     
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  2. Milkmaster

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    All it needs is a 22WMR barrel on top to be a great backpack/woods gun.
     
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  3. Jeb Stuart

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    Would not take much to stow away a interchangeable barrel which are due to come out at the end of the year. 357, 22. 223.etc. Or just pack along some bird shot and some buck shot.
     
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    I really like the idea of this gun, but I can't force myself to get a 12ga single shot. On the other hand, if/when they can come out with a barrel in .357 Mag, .300 Blk, .223, or .308 I would be all over it. Especially if they could put some good iron sights on it (as well as a rail for optics which seems like the standard on most rifles now) and thread the barrel.

    I would love to take one of these in .300 Blk and cut the barrel down to 7" or 8" and thread it for a suppressor.
     
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    Sweet I think I remember someone linking it a while back. Video showing the detail is great.
     
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    Interesting concept, not so much for the shotgun, but for the barrels that will supposedly come out in the future.
     
  7. Jeb Stuart

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    Surprisingly easy to reload. Barrel breaks down easy and just one hand to turn gun slightly to one side and the extractor does so with authority. The shell will then slip out and can quickly add another shell. I do a lot of walking through very thick brush and swamps. Might just use this for Deer hunting. Want to spend some time shooting different distances and shot loads. Every deer I have shot has been very close range. I really did not buy it as a backpack gun. But my gosh, it really folds up nicely and so easy to carry with just One hand, even folded.
    I have always like single shot shotguns, ever since I was a kid. At a $135 I will definately be buying a second on.
    Buy one these guns if nothing else, they are fun to shoot! The 2 3/4 00 buck was easy. I will try some 3" next. It is very fast to shoulder the gun.
     
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  8. Scooter22

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    I need to get one to keep in my suv. I'm on the road all over CNY from city to village and back roads. Would be nice to have that and box of shells tucked in the back.
     
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  9. Joezilla

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    Great video! Where were you able to find the shotgun?

    Joe
     
  10. Scooter22

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    I see theres no hammer so is it striker fired? If theres a misfire do you have to eject the round or how do you recock?
     
  11. Jeb Stuart

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    I bought it at Buds. Also bought the extended life time warranty. To recock the gun, all you have to do is Pull the release take down lever back and it resets the sear. By the way, the trigger on mine is only about 5.5 to 6lbs of pull, tested with a lyman digital. And don't forget, it is threaded for Beretta Mobile chokes. Come with a wrench.

    Here is another video.


    Here is a video showing the recocking
     
  12. Carl N. Brown

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    For camping, survival, foraging game, etc, a good, reliable single shotgun or combo rifle/shotgun is really hard to beat.
     
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  13. bannockburn

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    I like it! Nice and compact and appears to be well designed and made.
     
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  14. jaguarxk120

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    We call it a backpack gun. In England they call it a poachers gun.
    Folds into a very small package and can be hidden under the long
    heavy coat poachers would wear in England. Remember all the
    game belonged to the land owner, even today the hunts put on
    at many of the estates allow the hunter to kill the birds. But not keep
    them. It is a game harvest and those birds are sold in London to
    high priced restaurants.
     
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    Thanks for reminding us why we declared independence. Presumption of guilt by nomenclature.
    Words have meanings. Just like "assault weapon", "high capacity magazines", "silencers" and "let's just have a discussion".

    Nice gun. Would be good for foul with shot and larger game with buckshot and even slugs.
     
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    It is a great woods gun for walking or setting waiting for tree rats.
    If a bird flushes it will come up fast and right on a bird.
     
  17. il.bill

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    I was surprised by the build quality of the Midland Backpack Shotguns I have handled. They are solidly made, no frills, single shot shotguns at a quite reasonable price. They have been popular with folks who wanted a firearm to keep on hand at their clubhouse and fold up for storage in a relatively small package..

    I have a .410 left in stock that tempts me every time I go into the back room. If it is still on hand on December 31st it will probably be my New Year's Eve present to myself.

    I am not holding my breath while awaiting the arrival of the proposed interchangeable barrels, though.
     
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    High end gun snobs hate it. How dare a little,single shot perform as well as their gun costing 10 times as much for practical hunting etc. I love a gun that does this.
     
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    I could see one of those as a fun little cabin blaster. It would do most anything I could ask of a small scatter gun. The multi caliber upper would be a nice feature.
     
  21. MAKster

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    The Midland is a copy of the old Beretta 412. These Midland guns are built by Kahn in Turkey.
     
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  22. Jeb Stuart

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    Had it at the range again today and can say that I would have paid a lot more for this gun if that was the case. Very well built. For sure will be buying a few more. Mine range buddies and I had a great time shooting it.
    And like everyone, really interested in the center fire barrel that are suppose to come out

    .https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/midland-backpack-full-review/

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  23. Jeb Stuart

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    Bought 3 Beretta Mobil chokes and order a 9mm, 8" Shortlane

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    Looks like a nice gun to walk around the woods with. I used to hunt squirrel briefly with a rossi .410. That gun was so light, made for some enjoyable times walking the woods.
     
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  25. Milkmaster

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    I wonder if they will ever make it in 28ga?
     
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