I got this idea a while back. I was bemoaning my lack of a shotgun, but wanted something out of the ordinary. Lots of reasons for a shotgun, call it what you want... home defense, zombie killer, raccoon/garbage interface disruptor, whatever.. it's all a public rationalization anyway... But I couldn't afford to run out and buy an 870 or a home defense rig... Step One: Get cheap shotgun. Bonus points because I made a new friend, who is also a long range shooting partner, that I couldn't have hand picked better, and he traded me a shotgun for a promise to buy meals on the way to a competition... Savage Stevens Model 94 series M, 12 ga 3" chamber, complete with cracked stock, light pitting and some surface rust and wear. Bet she kicks like a mule... Step Two: Now bubba make gun shorter. There's something uncomfortable and vandalistic feeling about taking a hacksaw to a firearm. Fight through those feelings... 20" gives room to make square. I actually worried about muzzle crown in relation to accuracy... as if it could possibly matter with this Frankenstein blunderbuss. Squared with carpenters square, file, and emery paper. Only the best for me... Step Three: fabricate newer, cooler, Hollywood furniture. I used the barrel cut-off as sanding guide. I used a piece of mahogany (recovered from a wrecked fishing vessel that washed up five years ago) for new foregrip. What shape is cooler than a beavertail? NONE! Step Four: Final fitting, finger grooves, and staining on forepgrip. I polished the chamber painstakingly to make for a spectacular spent shell ejection. I had planned to Duracoat it, but an unexpected vet bill put the brakes on that plan. I also very carefully marked, punched, and drilled to re-set the sight bead.... in exactly the wrong place. It ended up at 11 o'clock, not 12! Oh well, I am happy with the look and feel of it. Maybe further down the line I will blast it and have it parkerized and a breaching muzzle installed. That will cover the hole I drilled adequately... Shot it last night. Felt about like I thought... not as much recoil as you'd fear, but more than you'd like. Pretty fun all in all.