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Birdog19

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  1. Yup, you would be in the "Wolff Spring Club" as Carrier Comp's titanium mag tubes come with a wolff spring and a US made follower. Follow the suggestions from DC and Jolly and DON'T be afraid to cut your spring a little shorter to gain full capacity. As has been mentioned before on this forum, Benelli ships a spring meant for the full 7-round mag tube even though it also ships with the 5-round limiter mag tube, so straight out of the box it will be a little too long and may inhibit 5-round capacity with certain shells. As for the mag tube seal ring, I don't have mine installed. When I unscrew the mag tube nut the spring is not captured, but I know this and am ready to keep the spring from flying across the room. Yes, safety glasses! Trim your springs!
  2. Hey Tycoon! Have you returned from your work bench yet! ;-{) Am wondering if you got this installed and working correctly. Thanks.
  3. Dr Bones - Welcome to the world of: Making my Benelli M4 more perfect. Below are some of the things I have done to my M4 for home defense and 3-Gun use. HOWEVER, I would strongly encourage you to do some searches on this site to see what others have done. There is a wealth of experience here with many folks trying many different things. In fact, I'd search every after market gun component that you're thinking about buying on this site before you do so. The same with any issues you may have with your M4. Regarding side saddle "tactical shell holder, I had a Mesa 6-round holder and it weighed 7.0 oz with its integrated pic rail. The Esstac Shotgun Card looks good. I bought a Vang Comp system from Brownell's that is very similar. Search Vang Comp on this forum and you can read all about it. I bought some adhesive backed Velcro and glued it to the side of the receiver, after cutting a whole for the receiver pin, and it works great. Easy to remove the shell carrier if desired. Went dove hunting with it and didn't lose any shells, that I noticed. I had my TLR-2 HL (red laser) mounted on my IWC for a while to check it out dry around the house. Functionality seemed pretty good but admittedly I have not run it on the range. It weighs about .6 oz. more than the TLR1 HL. Have not heard too much discussion on this forum regarding laser use. I also got rid of the OEM pic rail (and the aforementioned integrated side saddle with rail) and installed a Scalarworks RMR mount and a Trijicon RMR. It co-witnesses through the ghost ring and just above the front sight post which is nice. Depending on the model RMR and the condition you leave the sight when storing the gun, the batteries will last 2-5 years. Check out their site. If you noticed a common theme here about reducing weight, you're right. You can ghost load the M4 without having a round in the chamber. Depending on your situation, that may be preferred for safety reasons, but you will have to rack the gun before using it. Some people say racking a pump or auto loader is the universal language for, "Get out'a my house!" Some people say a lot of things. Personally, I'd like to maintain silence and preserve whatever tactical advantage I may still possess by not racking a shotgun. Having that extra round: 7 in tube +1 in chamber +1 ghost loaded on the lifter is nice. Of course, you can always get an extended mag tube for extra capacity depending on your state of residence. Ghost loading is also discussed as an approved tactical option in the USMC M1014 Operator's Manual. As you start to think about modifying your gun, check out Freedom Fighter Tactical for the 922(r) compliance issues. I'm pretty darned sure replacing the Benelli mag tube limiter with an OEM 7 round Benelli mag tube is a violation of 922(r). Most people replace the entire mag tube with a lighter single piece aftermarket tube. Want to learn about replacing your OEM mag tube? There's a tutorial for that on this forum! Bookmark this forum to your favorites and visit frequently, you'll be glad you did!!
  4. Hey RPC -- Sorry to hear you live in California. I should know, I live here too! While there was a work-around for buying ammo on the web and having it shipped to a cooperating FFL/Dealer, it looks like that option is now gone. Now we need to have the correct paperwork in order to have a background check done for every ammo purchase (within state). And, each purchase denotes caliber and type you purchase going to your current resident address. Only saving grace at this point is there is no limit to the amount you can buy. So now buying a thousand rounds of 9, 40, 45, 223, 12 gauge at a time only makes fiscally as it takes time to run the B/G check fro each purchase and it cost $1 per check.... unless you haven't legally (FFL) purchased a fire arm in the last 4 years (I think that's the number), then you have to pay $19 per B/G check per purchase. Non-sense
  5. Actually when you select their custom work menu or shipping menu it tells you they aren't accepting any orders/shipping "at this time".
  6. Thanks for the update. Did they smooth out the "sharp" 90 deg edges where they took material off the receiver like Danger does with his loading port job? My shell catch is pretty stiff as well. I checked out this forum as recommended by Danger some weeks ago and there is some good stuff there: https://forums.brianenos.com/topic/219805-benelli-m2-bolt-mods-and-shell-latch-mod/ I'm also going to look at the spring tension with only one shell in the mag tube to see if maybe the spring can be shortened a little thus a little less force to push against. Thanks for the update.
  7. Hey Fanboy! Any update on your receiver? Is Briley treating you right?
  8. Would love an update from you guys on this!
  9. Donrozon - Can you give us a rundown on your fluted bolt? Who did it? How much? Weight differences? Actual benefits in cycling and felt recoil? I see Taran Tactical offers this as part of their overall upgrade packages but never offered as a stand alone service. Losers of Bolt Handles (No Tycoon, Super M4) - For those of you that were lucky enough to find their handles, where was it? Meaning, did it appear to fly out and behind you at the end of the bolt retraction or in front of you when the bolt slammed home on the chamber? Thanks, Birdog
  10. Just saw this item close on ebay for $410
  11. https://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi/prod/81041 I haven't seen a whole lot of "want" for this item in a while. In fact, I was the last one to ask if anyone had one for sale and I was able to pick one up from a member of this forum. I was on a wait list for this stock and MW just sent me an email saying they were back in-stock. $130 at MWGW if you're interested... . While I like the pistol grip stock, it's easier to load 2 or 4 with the support hand with the standard stock. Good Hunting.
  12. 'Spec - That's exactly what I was going to suggest -- shorten the spring a little. I believe NordiComp suggest starting with 14 1/2" of spring extending out of the front of the mag tube for starters. If you are getting less rounds in the tube than what you'd expect, 5+1 or 7+1, then take a look at the shell length and also play around with the spring length. If you have plenty of spring pressure to chamber the last round, you might be able to trim that spring down a little the get that last 1/4 - 1/2" (?) that will let you load the final shell with still enough spring compression/power to chamber the last round.
  13. Just thought I'd pass this along for those using your M4 for home defense. Attached below are links to Streamlight's product datasheet and GG&G's sale price which is 45% off. The light looks good but kind of heavy at 10+ oz. That and a mounting rail will get you close to 3/4 lb near the end of your barrel. https://www.gggaz.com/streamlight-protac-rail-mount-hl-x-laser-long-gun-light.html https://www.streamlight.com/docs/default-source/fact-sheet/334.pdf Thoughts? Carry-On, Birdog
  14. Dam Stranger. You presented it all in such a straight forward manner. Couldn't agree more. To me the question is between an M4 or M2 and forget about the M2 Tactical. In answering your 2 closing questions above, you arrive at your decision!
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