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  1. Rasyad

    Birthday Benelli M4

    Thanks Steve. I have to disassemble the trigger group again for more machining to increase side-to-side clearance for the Briley hammer. Once I have the correct clearance I will give A &S a call to see how their new parts measure. Then make a decision on color, buy an new one, re-coat, sell this one.... Rasyad
  2. Rasyad

    Birthday Benelli M4

    Good cheek weld, no, not like lying prone on a precision rifle. It is more of a heads up, side of lthe chin, lip, tip of the nose affair. I believe it will be very workable but I don't have any range time on it yet. Will report back with a range report. Rasyad
  3. Rasyad

    Birthday Benelli M4

    From an aesthetic perspective I totally agree having a bunch of junk high above the bore on a shotgun looks goofy. The top heavy look is made worse by my experiment with the rear mounted laser in that I had to use all the Shield spacers to make it work. I like the general illumination of the UTG Laser and may mount it on a 45 degree offset if it holds up to the recoil. Tuning the optics will be the easy part of this project. The way it is set up the grove down the center of the picatinny rail serves as perfectly adequate short range sight with the optics removed. My other long gun is a LM308MWS with a Minox TAC8 scope. One of my goals is to have both weapons feel the same when I have them mounted in a squared off standing position. None of the comercially available stock options allowed this with the exceeption of the OEM c-stock and the ATI. The OEM c-stock failed for me as the design focuses the bending moment on the threads of the small buffer tube. The ATI is a much stronger, stiffer system, and lighter too when configured as a fixed stock like I have here. Copy that on the A&S, I got the email, just don't know what I want to do about it. Thanks, Rasyad
  4. Rasyad

    Birthday Benelli M4

    By way of background, here in California semi-automatic shotguns like the M4 must have fixed stocks and 18" barrels. Working within these constraints my goal was to create a minimalist design optimized for my dwarf like body and squared of stance in a home defense / CQB role. Previous experimentation with an OEM collapsible stock helped me discover the appropriate LOP and Drop for my physical build and purpose. Range time and training will be needed to see if i got it right. Anyhow, the details. 1. Debrazed the front iron sight and smoothed re-coated the barrel. 2. Removed the OEM rear sight and picatinny rail. 3. I did a ton of research and talked with several companies to try to get a full length rail made for the M4, all to no avail. So I built it myself using a Night force gunsmith rail blank. The NF profile I used allowed the full width contact radius with the receiver I was looking for. I milled the bottom mating radius on the rail section with a 1.5" ball end mill and then hand lapped the rail to the receiver. I then cut to length and shaped the rear rail section and de-horned to eliminate all sharp corners. I carfully indexed the receiver to map out the hole locations using a center finder and the digital readout on the mill. I then then drilled and counter bored the new rail to utilize the 5 OEM picatinny rail screws and drilled and taped for the two OEM rear sight screws. For those that have had occasion to remove a rear sight you will have noticed there is a third hole in the receiver between the two countersunk holes used to mount the rear sight. I purchased an additional rear sight screw and lock washer from Midwest Industries for this third hole. To furthur complicate the task it turns out that Benelli uses some kind of odd metric countersink for all these screws so I had to have them custom ground. Fortuantely, I have a great source here in Oakland. If anyone needs these cutters I would be happy to loan them out. 4, Installed the ATI pistol grip. 5, Fabricated a short LOP fixed stock by welding together the ATI buffer tube, butt plate and end cap. I actually had to mill the butt plate to allow the buffer tube to pass through the plate before welding. I then used JB weld to fill the bottom channel and holes in the buffer tube (used for telescoping) and fill the recesses in the butt plate. I then fillited and faired the surfaces. In hindsight I should have just fabricated my own butt plate as this would have saved a bunch of filling and fairing. It is worth noting that the ATI parts are absolutely top quality. 5. Sniper gray Cerakote by LEO Arms in Concord. 6. I am still torn about the odd color of my first generation A&S trigger guard. I like the durability and function of the anodizing and so did not want to Cerakote this part. I am going to shoot the thing for a while before deciding what I might do about the poor color match. 7. The big benefit of the custom full length rail is the flexibility with regard to optics. Shown is a Shield SIS sight with a UTG Bull Dot Green laser just behind. The laser projects a huge dot through the mount of the Shield sight that is bright enough illuminate and identify a target in a fully dark room. Looking through the Shield sight you see both the circle of red dots of the Shield sight and the huge green dot of the laser. Testing will determine if the UTG laser holds up to the M4 recoil abuse. Thanks for looking, Rasyad
  5. Here is the project completed...(for now)...details to follow..... Rasyad
  6. I contacted Troy at ATI (Advanced Technology International) and he was able to find me a tool, Wow, what a great company to deal with. Rasyad
  7. Rtired, Thanks, I am a few weeks out before everything is ready for coating and then assembly. Will PM as needed. Rasyad
  8. I am doing a custom project that involves an ATI pistol grip and telescoping stock. I need to locate the tool for installing the pistol grip nut. It looks like an AR15 buttstock nut but is inset into the grip so the normal spanner won't work. Any thoughts from those that have installed the ATI pistol grip? Thanks, Rasyad
  9. Funny, I converted my LMT308MWS to the Elfman push button safety and will never go back. HERE Rasyad
  10. SOLD here in CA. Thanks, Rasyad
  11. Interesting thought, I do use Federal's Flite-Control and could see how the stuff might blow into the comp. I guess the same might be true with ports. That said, I do own a Bridgeport and know how to use it. I would be curious if to know what folks have done with ports and how well it works on an M4. While I could mill the ports easy enough, I have no idea about size or port design considerations. Rasyad
  12. I am building a custom stock out of Raven ATI parts and no longer need the factory telescoping stock. I replaced the OEM spring button and fabricated an adjustable fixed length button with internal set screw to lock the length in the standard positions. Hex key will be included. As well I fabricated a custom delrin cheek rest. The stock rest is also included. How about $SOLD with free shipping USPS priority domestic? Thanks, Rasyad
  13. Just curious if there is an effective screw in compensator for the M4. I am well into a custom project and wanted to look at and test before getting everything cerakoted. I am looking for flatter shooting and help staying on target, not so much for recoil reduction. Look forward to your thoughts... Rasyad
  14. Thanks for posting. I like the Federal 00 flight wad rounds as well as the FW slugs. Rasyad
  15. Thanks for the report and nice shooting. Rasyad
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