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    "Witness Protection" AOW--anybody still make these?

    Seems like the Serbu Super Shorty is the AOW to have these days, but for something that's fun to shoot & cool looking, I think I'd prefer the older style "Witness Protection" shotgun. Can these still be had anywhere?

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    How about this?
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    That's perfect! Now I just need to find somebody with a cheaper one!

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    Cheap is good! I have the itch for a Serbu myself. I know the current in thing is "breacher" shotguns, might run a search that way and see what comes up.

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    Back in the mid 80s I read in ShotgunNews that the marshals that worked in the witness protection program were getting new shotguns. I called the B&H Gunrack in Merit Island, Florida who was having regular 870s turned into SBS with “WP870” engraved below the ejection port and had one more added to their build. I had a Fort Wayne gun shop that handled class III firearms to take care of the paperwork. It took 18 months for all the modifications to be done, but the wait was worth is. It came with beautiful wood tear drop stock and foregrip and the barrels had been threaded for a choke tube. Also, there was a plate that fit under the mag tube cap that hung down so your hand could not slip off the foregrip and get in front of the barrel. These 870s had been reblued with a high gloss finish. That’s one firearm I should not have sold. Below is a pic I found on the web and is not mine, but is nearly identical.
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    I just got a distributor flyer that featured AOW Mossberg 590s... barrel cut flush with the end of the mag tube (probably 14"), and no buttstock (or pistol grip). Add your own pistol grip and it's off to the races. Price was about what you'd expect to pay for a regular 590.

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    Yeah, there was a 14" 590A1 on GunBroker until a couple days ago, it was a reasonable price for a 500, let alone a 590A1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooter521 View Post
    I just got a distributor flyer that featured AOW Mossberg 590s... barrel cut flush with the end of the mag tube (probably 14"), and no buttstock (or pistol grip). Add your own pistol grip and it's off to the races. Price was about what you'd expect to pay for a regular 590.
    Put the Knoxx breacher grip on it and call it a "Gentle shotgun to shoot for any occasion, weddings, reunions, even B&E's in your home."
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    I can't bring myself to spend that much money on a Mossburg. I have a Remington 870 Witness Protection built by Automatic Weoponry(now Wilson / Scattergun Technology). Remington is now making thier own aow for commercial sale. check with MidWest Gun Exchange in Mishawauka, They can find you one for about the same price as the Serbu.

    One more thing ATF will not approve SBR / Shotguns because of Indiana's Law on sawed off shotguns. You must buy an AOW. ATF made this ruling in the last couple of years. They granfathered all of the past short barrell shotguns.

    One more thing and I will get off the sopbox. If you have an AOW YOU CANNOT PUT A FULL STOCK ON IT. YOU HAVE TO STAY WITH A PISTOL GRIP IN INDIANA, OR IT IS CONSIDERED A SAWED OFF SHOTGUN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCriswell View Post

    One more thing ATF will not approve SBR / Shotguns because of Indiana's Law on sawed off shotguns. You must buy an AOW. ATF made this ruling in the last couple of years. They granfathered all of the past short barrell shotguns.
    http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/cod...5/ar47/ch5.pdf

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