Well, back in about 02 or 3, this gunsmith up north somewheres, called Coyote Cap had an idea. The Chinese had reverse engineered the Winchester 97, and after a few false starts, had made some pretty good one. The Chinese SKS and M14 and 1911 were all good guns. So he knew they COULD do it, just WOULD they.
So he went to China. Talked to 'em. Come back over here and said, "They'll do it, but they need guaranteed sales. So them what wants 'em put down a deposit and be prepared to wait."
So I send in my fifty bucks and I wait. Cap made many trips over there. Made 'em scrap many many guns. One of the problems is they kept wanting to cast the receivers, and he said, "No dod gammit, they will be forged". He also had several things special in mind. Extra thick barrel, threaded for chokes. 18 1/4" barrel. Bead front sight three-times normal size, so it was easier to pick up. Things like that. And the first guns arrived, in '05. Helluva wait. And he was pissed. "THIS AIN'T WHAT WE AGREED ON!!" 20" barrel, standard thickness, I/C chock, normal size bead. "TRY AGAIN!" But he took those first 200 and he re-worked the internals and he made 'em work they way they was supposed to. The heathen-chinee had taken some shortcuts without Cap standin' over 'em crackin' the whip. So they made the next batch right. They came in in ought six.
Cap told us that had the first 200 numbers, that we could take that first one, and he'd sell the next one when it came in. Or he could sell that one, and we could wait for the RIGHT one to come in. Or we could take 'em both.
You'll notice that the one on the bottom has a recoil pad and a slightly shorter length of pull? You'll also notice that the top one's barrel is just a wee bit longer? I took 'em both. They do talk to you. Just a bit.
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