I figured I’d post this up here as a little fun entertainment for you as I was entertaining myself as the kayak fishing season is winding down. I stumbled across an article on The Art of Manliness a while back about the ultimate zombie apocalypse survival gun. It totally captured my attention and instantly wanted to do it, myself. However, I left it alone for several months and now that there is not as much fishing going on with cold weather, storms, and high water, now is as good a time as any. I started with my Mossberg 500 all purpose and ended up with something pretty kick ass!
Mossberg 500 All Purpose
I already had my 12 ga Mossberg for duck hunting. As I was reading all the mods done to it, I started to worry that I might have one of the ones where the forend was a singular piece and couldn’t be taken off. After a little closer inspection, I found the castle nut and got it off after removing the slide and unscrewing it. The forend came right off. From there, it was just a simple matter of attaching the mods that I wanted with very few tools. Here is a list of the mods that I’ve already added:
ATI Pistol grip butt stock
Swapped out 28″ barrel for 18″
Phoenix Technology forend with quad rail system
Tactical foldable 5 position foregrip
Ka-bar serrated pistol bayonet
Nebo flashlight laser combo with presser switch
Now it looks like this.
Zombie mods to Mossberg 500
It is still a work in progress. I have several additions I’d still like to add to complete it. The butt stock, pistol grip, and foregrip are all hollow and can be used to store survival gear and/or small tools, etc. There are 3 more additional mods I’d like to add:
5 shot shell butt stock side saddle
6 shot shell receiver side saddle
A 25 shot shell sling
That might add some significant weight, but in a survival situation, I’d like to start off with as much ammo as I can. I’m combining that with 2 full bandoliers and a shot shell belt. I have a good supply of bird shot, 00 buck shot, and rifled slugs at the ready for a variety of survival needs. This was a fun project and I’m going to stretch it out a little further. It’s totally easy and anyone can do it. The aftermarket parts for guns like the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 are quite numerous and inexpensive. You can have fun mixing and matching different parts for what you’d like to do. Now that I’ve converted it, it is extremely easy to convert back for duck hunting. Although I think I will keep the pistol grip butt stock because I like way that feels.
If you’ve done something like this, post a link to a pic for us in the comments section. I’ll probably follow this post up with a future update as I add the last few mods. Be on the look out for that if you’ve enjoyed this.
Trips include hammock gear, tarps, and rigging. You bring your sleeping bag, pad, and your favorite camping foods. Site may require a 5-10 min. hike in. Some local camping spots of our’s in N. VA and MD will be used. May require short hike in. Mostly backcountry with no facilities. Parts of the Appalachian Trail may be visited as well.
Hammock Camping Weekend Trip
Here’s an example of setting up and sleeping in a hammock comfortable under a tarp all night. See the video below.
I’ve been into DIY stuff for a long time. Especially after seeing what all the guys over at Hammock Forums produce. This past week I produced 2 sewn on bug net hammocks. 1 for me and 1 for my Dad. After not having or using a sewing machine for a long time, my skills definitely need some work, but it will definitely work. I can’t wait to get out there and try them out. They should be especially fun in the Fall. Below you’ll see some pics of the finished product. This is the one I made for my Dad with a better fitting bug net and it’s black with OD bug net giving it a rugged military look I believe. Read more…
Hammock Camping Gathland State Park Burkittsville, MD
We spent Friday and Saturday night up in MD at Gathland State Park. It was my 3rd time there and it was pretty fun despite the cold and various kinds of weather. I introduced my friend, Matt, to hammock camping for the first time. Of course, another convert. He’s from Wisconsin so he said when he moves back this Spring he plans to buy a hammock and do more of it up there. These pics show our set up we had. I brought my large guide tarp as I was planning for bad weather and cold. Read more…
Ohh, man, I’ve got something coming up. I’ve started work on 2 ebooks, 1 about kayak fishing and 1 about hammock camping. Considering there is little out there on either of these subjects, I felt the need to publish something on these 2 activities that I love. I have a loose outline for both, but please feel free to leave us a comment with anything you’d like included or suggestions you have.