The 1887 is a rather heavy, oddly-balanced gun
with no barrel rib.
That doesn't bother me.
There are also good reasons that the pump action replaced it soon after it was introduced (Model 1893).
Care to expand upon that?
It's a neat curiosity
That's what *I* thought.
I am not sure I'd want it for any sort of competition.
Indeed. As I said, I don't expect to *win* anything - I just wanted to be "different". (Subconciously saying "Look at me! Look at *me*!", no doubt.)
The reason for these "boring" shotguns is that they actually work for the purpose.
Again, "indeed". However, I'm *still* going to stick to my M37 DSPS shotties.
There's nothing wrong with a fun toy.
How short of a barrel can you have on it, out of curiosity?
I asked my FEO (Firearms Enquiry Officer) about this. He seems to think that I could use a 24" lever-action for clays and keep it on an SGC (Shot Gun Certificate). (The number of guns held on an SGC is not limited. At least, not within reason.) He also says that there's no barrel length limit for a lever-action held on an FAC (Fire Arms Certificate), although there is a minimum length limit of 600mm (two feet) on the whole gun. I would have to really make *sure* that I could a *really* short barrel before purchasing one, of course.
The thing about an FAC is that one has to have "justification" for each gun held and so you can't just acquire as many "fun guns" as you want.
Right now, I have two "slots" on my FAC with an 8-shot M37 DSPS taking up one slot. Hence, the question is, "what to fill the other with?".
I've toyed with the idea of buying a Saiga 12 but I've seen the mags drop out of 'em when fired three times, so far, and at the last comp, a chap had to use his son's pumper to complete the comp after his '12 fell to pieces.
I've also thought of buyin' an M2 because, well, it *wins* everything.
However, as my sig says, I came to shotties relatively late in life (mid-fifties) and so, perhaps, I'd be better off just playing with toys rather than trying to seriously compete with the "young'uns".
Thanks for your reply.
P.S. I've instilled my postman - the "Wessex Pigeon Murderer" (Blackadder reference) - with the desire to acquire a '1887 reproduction. Right now, I'm investigating the Chiappa clones and *he's* looking at the Norinco.
P.P.S. Love your sig, by the way.