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    Getting The Most Out Of Your Baikal O/U Shotgun- Part 2

    AoA Everybody

    "THE ADJUSTABLE COMB – IS THERE ANY OTHER PIECE OF SHOOTING EQUIPMENT MORE IGNORED BY SOME AND LOVED BY OTHERS?" - DAVE HOLMES

    "Installing an Adjustable Comb Hardware on Baikal IZH-27EM-1C / MP-27EM-1C"


    There are those happy souls amongst us who happen to fit factory stocks, or at least fit them closely enough that a simple stock modification or two is all they need. what about the rest of us? At times, having a stock that has been well fitted to us is outside our reach. and how do we (the less fortunate souls) deal with the problem?

    Usually we ignore that there is a problem in the first place and learn to deal with it by crunching our head (or creeping up on the stock) and forcefully making a right cheek weld to acquire the right sight picture. That usually ends up costing us "precious time" in getting the sight picture right and denting our pride and confidence when a bird/clay is lost.

    This is where adjustable combs come into play. They offer us an ability to fit our shotgun to dimensions not offered by any off the shelf gun. Disbelievers would normally say “Get a custom stock”. However even the success of a custom stock depends on the accuracy of the measurements. How are those measurements derived? By shooting a gun that adjusts. That certainly makes a case that there is some value in a stock that adjusts as an intermediary step in the quest for perfection.

    With all that, “Adjustable Comb Hardware Installation” just had to be my next project. It looks easy though but was extremely complicated and not at all meant for the faint hearted, I am not going to list down the processes required to fit an Adjustable Comb Hardware (available from http://www.graco-corp.com/). I’ll be delighted to answer any questions if somebody wishes to do the same to their shotgun.

    A Disclaimer as usual: The following content is for informational purposes only. The author assumes no responsibility and/or any liability in case of an injury, accident, loss of life and/or property that may and/or may not occur as a direct and/or indirect result of exercising the information provided below. The reader assumes full responsibility and liability of the foreseen and/or unforeseen consequences that may or may not occur therefore he/she is advised to proceed with full caution. In other words, if you screw this up, don't blame it on me.

    A little question to explain the complexity of the project before some brave individual decides to have a go with such a project: How do you cut an oval shape stock on a flat bed, at the same ensuring an absolutely perpendicular cut? Believe me, a month of paper work was involved in getting all such questions answered. Had to design separate specialized jigs to hold the butt in place just right for the cutting and drilling. A popular saying goes: measure twice and cut once, believe me, In this particular case, it was measured over a dozen times before even touching. Multiple specialists (local and foreign) were consulted just to find flaws in my proposed execution plan. Finally, when the time came, I summoned in all courage that I had and jumped in head first. Now, to make the long story short, it all went as planned.

    Here are the Pictures:

























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    This is what the gun looks like after adjusting the "Adjustable Comb" to my liking



    I have raised the comb a little and increased the cast of the shotgun.























    Regards.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Baikal O/U Shotgun - Part 1

    Getting The Most Out Of Your Baikal O/U Shotgun - Part 3
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    Fantastic work 12 gauge Brother .

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    wow , Great work bahi , and what a attention to detail i mean obviously you had to go through a lot of trouble but your will was strong and you achieved your goal . hope it came up to your expectations and now ........Happy Shooting

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    very good effort 12 G bro. a true engineering and gunsmithing . its looks like a professional job.
    i think its first time professional looking shotgun customization here,Congrats. Will try first on my Airgun.
    i have a question though.
    does this adjustable comb is limited to DBs or we can apply it to semi autos ?
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    What a wonderful job.You have proceeded like a proper qualified gunsmith taking all precautions not to mar or scratch the stock and given no go instructions, where some one can damage the stock , to other adventurers, very thoughtful of you. The comb is adjustable three ways. Hearty congratulations.

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    Very professional work 12Gauge bro. Bravo

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    Salam All,
    Very nicely done.... SEE, I told you - you CAN do this... and you did. Very very nice.
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    Great work done.The ingenuity of mind has no limits.

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    Great work MASHALLAH.

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    @all

    thanks guys. I truly appeciate the kind words.

    @topak

    bro, it can be installed to anything provided that stock adjustment is required. Why do you need it on an airgun?

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    simply awesome
    hat of sir you or great
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    great 12 gauge bro , u r innovative and bold too . worked just as an experienced gunsmith

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    12gauge you always surprise us with your knowledge ideas and workmanship bro!!! but it would require a strong heart to actually modify such a beautiful stock for the fear of ruining it.
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    @ 12ga what a nice work as your desire,like me no body can take a such type of risk,but you have achieved a real goal,now how you feel after customizing did you shoot after this great job?

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    Wow 12GAUGE good work. Keep it up brother. Thanks for sharing
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    Wow only brother 12guage you have the heart and guts to do that to your gun. Awsome job.

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    Great work 12G bro, you really have guts n balls although a very daring experiment but nicely planned n exercised, plan a range visit asap my cheek is itching to touch this comb.
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    Fantastic,courageous,bold,inovative etc etc what else could we say...I am sure you will soon be getting orders from Pakguners
    We will be waiting for the aftermath...your experience at the range.
    Good work as ever.We are proud to have you with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Hanif Malik View Post
    @ 12ga what a nice work as your desire,like me no body can take a such type of risk,but you have achieved a real goal,now how you feel after customizing did you shoot after this great job?
    you are right sir. when I was getting the stock cut, my heart practically jumped up to my throat. the most difficult operation was counter sinking the 0.50 inch aluminum bushing in the the belly of the comb. a slight misalignment in the bushing holes and the steel posts would have caused the whole project to fail.

    seating the bushing inside the counter sink was another big hurdle. to ensure proper alignment, I made a collar by first drilling an underside pilot hole then using larger dia bit to drill half way through (length of the bushing). remember the comb piece thickness is just 1 inch so if I screw up, I would have ended up in totally destroying the comb piece.

    another hurdle was to drill the hole, seat the bushing then using some sort of an epoxy to set it in place for good. but since I am never satisfied with commonly available epoxies over here, I opted to under size the hole and tap the bushing into place. this way the oversize bushing will go inside an underside hole and will be permanently stuck in place. i was worried as hell if the wacking the bushing with a hammer would cause the comb to crack and destroy it. plus, the bushing is made out of aluminum i didn't knew how it would behave under repeated stress of a hammer strike.

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