Returned from dropping wife at airport (she went to see family for the weekend). Counted emergency money. $200.00...Hmmmm I was bored so off i went. Went snooping at the local pawn shop. Found a Mossberg Maverick 88 w/ 28in vent rib barrel for $100.00.... Bought it. Stopped at Gander Mt. on way home.....found a side saddle mount for new gun. Also picked up amount for 3/4in dia. light. Once home I wenrt digginf through the junk box and found a second side saddle and a picatinny rail (gun show specials). Hmmmm new toy and all sorts of parts.. Mounted one side saddle on the rec. and the other on the stock. trimmed the fore end to clear the side saddle when operating. Cut rail in half (was for aa AR15) mounted under fore end. This morning i went to see a friend that does metal work. Clamped the barrel and cut it back to 18in's. Added a fiber optic Wilson clamp on front site. Put it all together and this is what i came up with.
Pawn Shop Maverick 88--$100.00
Gander Mt. Side Saddle-- $29.99
Gander Mt. Light Mount-- $29.99
Gun show Side Saddle-- $10.00
Gun Show AR15 Rail-- $10.00
Wilson front site-- Free (budies junk box).
Time to put it all togeter--2hrs.
Total investment-- $180.00
Npw it has #4 buck shot in the tube, front saddle has 5 rounds of 00 buck, rear saddle carries 5 rounds of 1 ounce slugs.
My wife is going to have to quit leaving me home alone. I get to creative.
Now if i can figure out how to post pics....
Hope it worked..
Nice! And you've still got $20 for an emergency!
That reminds me. I have had my 88 entirely too long to not pimp...errr, customize it. Did you change the barrel on that one? It doesn't look much longer than the 18.5 in barrel on my 88. I think the next upgrade on mine will be the Knoxx recoil reducing stock. I figure since shotgun ammo is the only stuff I can find, I may have to start shooting it more.
The barrel startedoff life as a 28in. vent rib. Stopped at a friends house and used his shop to cut it back to 18in. on the nose.
The front sight is a wilson clamp on.
And the light mount is from Mako for .75in lights.
Rail is also a Mako that i bought at a gunshow. It was for an AR15 all i did was cut it in half then mounted it under the fore end. The stock foreend has ribs molded into on the inside so you will need a dremel tool to clearence fod the screws.
Every time I leave the gun store I tell the guys " when you see me coming, please lock the doors "