Cane Gun

We’ve discovered the joys of antique furniture. Behold our new entry piece, which finally gives me a spot to properly display my cane collection.
One of these is not like the others:



Remington 58 12-gauge semi, Speedfeed birds’ head grip, and a barrel that’s soon to lose a few extra inches and gain a tasteful yet practical light and probably a sling.

I got it in a paperless transaction, lawful in CA ’til next January for intrastate C&R long gun transfers. The stock was cracked anyway, so I didn’t feel bad about the Speedfeed.

There’s usually a loaded defensive shotgun leaning against a corner in our house when we’re home, but I like having another one at hand that rather fits with the entry decor. The gas system and low-recoil buckshot should, I hope, save my wrist. Now I just have to figure out sights….

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6 Responses to Cane Gun

  1. Rivrdog says:

    When you cut that barrel down, you’ll have cylinder bore. Cut it down to 24″, which is the exact amount of barrel most shotgun powders need to get max acceleration to the load. Now use flat-wadded handloaded shells with about a 2/3 weight of load, and NO collar-wad. Those will be room cleaners, and that pattern will open up the inch it leaves the barrel. I suggest #4 buck for that, a 2/3 load will still give you 40 pellets. The collar-wads, especially the new “Flight-Control” wad, are outstanding for hunting at longer shotgun ranges, but you might as well use slugs for home defense as any sort of collar-wad load. Forget sights. Have a bead mounted if you want, or get a red-dot mounted if you really want a sight.

  2. Randy Heying says:

    That is a beautiful antique piece you have there.

  3. eriko says:

    Since you are not going to shoulder it mount a tightly focused flashlight with remote contact switch on the grip. Where there is light there is impact.

  4. Gerry N. says:

    In my yoot I was seriously poor. As in Real Food was sometimes a frill. I had a cheap .22 single shot rifle upon which I had a small flashlight on a wood block taped to the barrel. I used it sometimes to kill a deer in the wee hours many miles from the rented garage Da Missus and I called Home. We ate a lot of venison those first three years.

    Then some smart person invented the red dot. I wish I had.

    Gerry N.

  5. Davidwhitewolf says:

    Thanks, all! I thought about a red dot, but ended up with a barrel-mounted tri-rail and a Streamlight TLR-1. The tri-rail ends up making a really nice set of ears framing the front bead, although the bead will go away when the barrel gets cut down.

    @Randy, one thing we’re discovering with antiques is that there will be bits that need repairing. After taking the pics above, I noticed that the floorplate on the rack was cracked. Gorilla glue will be my friend.

  6. Mollbot says:

    Pretty easy to get a new bead installed.

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