Reactions to my new pump gun on Reddit:
Don't worry guys, I haven't been converted to the dark side, auto is still better, wait till my next build. Now all this click-click-booming has left my Tacmod a bit lonely, time to shoot off a few mags...
Also, as much as I never planned this build as a clean one, there always has to be that redditor.
...And now I am reconsidering a cleanup and paintjob on this thing after the combat tests get through and any changes are made.
Now for the current state of the thing:
Spliced up an accessory rail
Installed. This rail is not quite vertical, it is canted about a degree because I screwd up. Windage and elevation are on but your optics have a slight list to them on this thing, which bugs the crap out of me. I might cut it off and replace it in the future.
And made a slightly longer flash hider blank, cut it and sprayed it safety orange. Add a 552 and a 10 round curved mag and it's quite tacticool.
Pump grip position when racked open
I still have some noncritical hole patching on the magwell area to do.
Testing has gone well. I don't know what the verdict is on the 3/4" SDR 21 barrels yet for sure, but I am not seeing any advantage over my good old Tacmod. If anything, this shoots worse. I don't know what to think about BFU barrels; perhaps they have to be larger than this (which would be a big honkin' ugly pipe on the front of the gun...) Anyway, being that this doesn't work amazingly and was the largest and thinnest-wall tubing I would want on a TM, I think the next gen Tacmod will end up keeping the Stampede inner barrel + Stryfe flywheel set combo, and maybe try out a Stryfe cage with guide fingers to see if I can tighten the groups a little more.