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  1. Jimbo.., you made me think with that saying and that's a good thing. I once said to someone I love, "If everyone disagrees with you then there is one common denominator in the discussion -- You!" Basically, what you said!
  2. I was on leave for a while and hadn't paid much attention to this forum. HOWEVER, I got caught up today and was laughing at his arrogance, kind demeanor, communication skills and overall superior intellect! Of course I noticed this when he first joined and could only say, WOW?! It looks like the herd finally turned on him and your clever and humorous responses had me giggling. I only have one regret, I wanted to buy some butt-ugly hand painted glossy cammo stocks for my next build. I already have a leather codpiece, thank you. Oh the sheer sorrow. Or is it shear? Or Cher? Oh, ROFL, ROFL!! Should I really hit send...?
  3. I don't recall exactly what I did. I believe I put it in the shopping cart and tried to checkout. At that point I was asked if I wanted a notification when they were back in-stock. I did get the email from them and I posted it on this forum for those looking for a stock. I didn't act on it though as I had already purchased one.
  4. Euro Optic is back currently ordered. I ordered one some months ago and it took about 6 weeks(?) for them to notify me via email that they were back in-stock. By that time I had purchased one from a forum member on this site. Might be worth ordering one from them while you continue to search. At $122.50 I recall it being the best price I could find. https://www.eurooptic.com/Benelli-M4-Standard-Synthetic-Stock-81041.aspx
  5. And if you purchase a Carrier Comp mag tube, you'll get a Wolff spring and a follower in the package which gives you 2 of the 3 922r required compliant parts. I bought both a CC and FFT tube. I set the FFT tube on the floor while unpacking and it rolled a little bit and seemed to not be perfectly straight. I set it on a flat desk top on rolled it some more. Yup, it had a little bend to it. I doubt it would make much of a difference in operation, but I was a little surprised by it. The CC tube maybe had a little bend to it given the same test but it was barely discernable. The CC tube is on my gun.
  6. Powerball ticket, Aye! I thought about a poor initial installation as well but I figured I would have lost it before 80+ rounds. I'm leaning more toward twisting the handle through manual of arms to the point where it was TDC. Currently I can rotate the handle to all 3 detents and give it a tug and it is secure. Quien sabes?
  7. FFT Charging Handle Update: I examined both the FFT and OEM charging handle detents and they look identical under a magnifying glass -- nothing more scientific than that. While installed, both handles will rotate through the 3 detents in similar fashion with similar force required. With a bit of playing with the charging handle, I found it possible to have the handle fail to drop into the spring loaded locked position (detents) but instead stay in what I'll call Top Dead Center, or, the removal position. I applied a little oil to the detents on the end of the handles and I was still able to attain the TDC (removal) position without it locking into a detent. I also found that the FFT handle rotated a little more freely than the OEM after oiling. So what does this all mean? Depending on your technique for racking the gun, meaning index finger, pinky finger, back of the hand, weak hand thumb, etc., it is possible to rotate the bolt handle just slightly into the TDC or removal position. While the spring in the BCG usually snaps (rotates) the handle into a locked detent position, it may not. In my case I rolled the gun over and it just fell out. So Danger, have you heard of anything Stranger?! Should I buy a lottery ticket?!
  8. 'Spec - Who did the work on your loading port?
  9. I have the FFT 1/2" titanium handle. It fell out yesterday after about 80 rounds of bird shot. Luckily for me it wasn't during firing; it just fell at my feet and my buddies, said, "Dude, look!" I re-installed and gave it a tug and shot another 20 rounds or so without incident. If I just pissed in someone's cornflakes, my apologies! Next time I go to the range I'll take my OEM as a spare and will update this forum if it happens again.
  10. I agree with Sukhoi. I recently swapped out my pistol grip for a conventional stock so I could do speed loading with my support hand without changing my strong hand grip position. I was finally able to check it out yesterday and do some speed loading practice. Worked pretty well. The conventional stock is about 5.6 oz lighter, at least that's what my mail scale told me. I found no difference or preference in the feel of the grip. But then again, some folks adapt and overcome without even thinking about it and some are very particular to subtleties. I'm of the former variety. Of course the pistol grip adds some badassery looks to the gun as does the ghost ring sight. If the gun is for home defense, then I'd stick with the pistol grip as it does enable (IMO) better weapon maneuver single handed, than a conventional stock. Think door opening or calling 911 on a cell or pushing/pulling family members out of the way all while keeping a shooting grip on the gun. It can be done with a conventional stock, just not as well. Again, just my opinion.
  11. 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!
  12. Hey Tycoon! Have you returned from your work bench yet! ;-{) Am wondering if you got this installed and working correctly. Thanks.
  13. 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!!
  14. 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
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