Category: guns

Engraved derringer pistol crafted by Henry Der…

Engraved derringer pistol crafted by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia, mid 19th century.

from Rock Island Auction Co.

Gold and silver decorated flintlock rifle craf…

Gold and silver decorated flintlock rifle crafted by Johann Christoph Stockmar of Saxony, mid 18th century.

from The Wallace Collection

Shooting 9mm from a 12 gauge shotgun!!!

Shooting 9mm from a 12 gauge shotgun!!!

Baikal Bounty Hunter II  with Shortlane 9mm Pathfinder Chamber Adapters.

In September of last year I did a review of the Shortlane Bugout shotgun chamber adapter. Becoming popular among survivalists and preppers these days, chamber adapters are special devices which enable you to fire popular pistol cartridges such as 9mm Para, .45ACP, .380ACP, .40SW, .45 Colt, .44 Mag, and .357mag/.38 special. Some rifle calibers are made such as .30-30, 7.62×39, and 5.56×45. I know of three manufacturers, the most popular being Shortlane, Chiappa, and a lesser known company called MCA Sports. When I originally did the test I was using Shortlane’s bugout adapters, a 5 inch long adapter that was a smoothbore in 9mm. Needless to say it performed terribly. This time I used the Shortlane Pathfinder in 9mm, which features an 8 inch rifled adapter. After conducting the test it’s easy to see that length and rifling makes all the difference

The shotgun I used was the Baikal Bounty Hunter II, a 12 gauge side by side double barrel coach gun with 20 inch barrels.  The Bounty Hunter II is a hammer shotgun, although the hammers are false hammers, they don’t strike a firing pin. Rather cocking the false hammers cock internal hammers within the receiver. 


It’s made in Russia, and thus no longer imported into the United States because of trade embargoes. I bought it on the second hand market for $200. I sold the AyA Spanish shotgun for $500, having bought it for $300 earlier in the year, so I made a $200 profit. I decided on the Baikal because it’s much more utilitarian and versatile, while the AyA was a wingshooter and really only practical as a wingshooter. The rest of the money I threw at my student loans, but I digress.

I bought two Pathfinder adapters in 9mm Luger, one for each barrel.  I first started by doing some simple plinking with steel swivel targets, and was surprised to find that they worked fine for that purpose. So I put up a target at 30 yards and did more precise testing to determine accuracy. I was firing offhand, and I didn’t fire using only one barrel, but firing both barrels, right and left in succession. It probably would be more accure just aiming and firing with a single barrel or using a single barreled shotgun, but I found that using a double barrel didn’t hinder accuracy and I really didn’t have to adjust my aim right or left with each barrel. They seem to pattern fairly tightly regardless.


I fired six rounds. The first shot soared right over the target, indicating the shotgun was firing high, probably as a result of aiming with a bead rather than proper sights. I aimed a bit lower and scored a hit at the top of the target. So I aimed much lower, at the very bottom of the target. This allowed me to make a nice grouping reasonably close to the bullseye, with one almost hitting directly on the bullseye. 

These adapters are pretty good in my opinion. Of course they are limited in their performance. These adapters by no means turn your shotgun into a long range tack driving sniper rifle. Basically these adapters give your shotgun similar range and accuracy to a pistol with 30 yards being optimum range and 50 yards pushing it. It should be noted that these adapters only work in single or double barrel break open shotguns, and will not feed through semi automatics or pumps. Also, they are not rated to fire +P ammunition.

Of course most of the interest in these adapters are the novelty of them. They are pretty neat. But they do have some practical purposes. For example, If you were deep in the wilderness and had to hunt to survive and had access to pistol ammunition but not shotgun ammo for some reason, then these could come in handy. If you want to only own a shotgun but don’t want to spend lots of money on firearms to fire other calibers (like me), a kit of these could come in handy. I plan on buying Shortlane’s six caliber survival kit for $500, as well as a 12 gauge to 20 gauge adapter.  I’m not going to get adapters of the same caliber for both barrels, that would just get too expensive. I also might get two 10 inch rifled adapters in .30-30 to turn my shotgun into a double rifle for deer hunting. I live and hunt in heavily wooded areas where it would be unusual to make shots more than 100 yards, so I don’t need a lot of range to be successful. 

BTW I tried shooting slugs out that shotgun. A small compact 12 gauge shotgun with 20 inch barrels means it will have a fast and very hard kick firing slugs.  I was shooting at 50 yards. First shot was low, so I aimed higher. Second shot hit right around the bull. I didn’t fire a third, it hurts way too much because of the recoil and continued firing while lead to degenerative injury. I need a recoil pad for the buttstock before I can fire anymore slugs with it.


Winchester Model 1897 riot shotgun with Centra…

Winchester Model 1897 riot shotgun with Central Railroad of New Jersey markings.

from Amoskeag Auctions

Gold and silver decorated wheellock rifle craf…

Gold and silver decorated wheellock rifle crafted by Christoph Techsler of Nuremburg, Germany, circa 1611-1612.

from The Wallace Collection

Centerfire cartridge conversion of a Colt Mode…

Centerfire cartridge conversion of a Colt Model 1855 revolving rifle

from Rock Island Auctions

Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 1 Third Issue …

Engraved Smith & Wesson No. 1 Third Issue revolver with pearl grips, produced between 1868 and 1882.

from Amoskeag Auction

Smith & Wesson safety hammerless with pear…

Smith & Wesson safety hammerless with pearl grips, specially engraved to a woman named “Marie Bosler”, produced in 1906.

from Amoskeag Auction Co.

Merwin & Hulbert pistol and personal items…

Merwin & Hulbert pistol and personal items of Texas Ranger George Washington Arrington, late 19th century.

from Gary Hendershott Antiques

The Japanese Nambu Part II — The Type B …

The Japanese Nambu Part II — The Type B “Baby” Nambu

In case you missed: Part I

With the poor popularity of the Type A Nambu pistol, Kijiro Nambu decided that perhaps a pocket model would be more attractive to Japanese officers. Called the Type B “Baby” Nambu, it was identical to the Type A Papa Nambu except shrunken to ¾ size. Whereas the Type A was chambered for the 8x22mm Nambu cartridge, in order to make the Type B smaller, it was rechambered for a 7x20mm cartridge which has similar ballistics and power to the .32ACP.

Like the Type A, the Type B was also unpopular, not because of it’s features, but because of its cost. As I mentioned in the previous post, Japanese officers were required to purchase their own sidearms. A newly commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army earned a monthly salary of 70 yen, the sale price of the Type B was 80 yen. At the time there were many fine foreign imports available that were half the price of Nambu’s pistols, so most Japanese officers chose to purchase them instead. Around 5,700 Type B pistol were produced before production ended in 1927.