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.
I took a trip down to Fletcher’s boathouse to kayak fish on the tidal Potomac river a couple of weeks ago with a business associate. We didn’t stay long because there were other friends there and kids who had to leave early. Nevertheless, in a couple hours, I was able to land this monster blue catfish.
This is the biggest smallie to date I’ve caught kayak fishing the Potomac River. This day was hot, but we had a nice upstream wind so we decided to take advantage of it and slowly troll a couple of baits upstream as we went up to a couple of holes at the tip of an island. The water was still hot, but a little higher than it has been due to some isolated storms that have come through the last few days. The wind at our backs pushed us up stream and I think that combined with the downstream current making the paddle tail on the minnow swim bait move, made the right conditions for this nice fish to bite. Check it out below including the video.
As an old guy who can’t always keep up with the young in paddling a kayak, I purposely purchased a kayak that had a rudder system and included a trolling motor mount. The Wilderness Systems Commander 120 met my specifications perfectly. It had a rudder system with foot pedals to control steering. All I needed to do was find a trolling motor, remove the rudder, and mount the trolling motor. Sounds easy doesn’t it. Old guys know from experience that nothing is ever easy and whatever can go wrong, will. That’s one of Murphy’s Laws.
I couldn’t find an affordable trolling motor manufactured to be mounted on a kayak other than one made in Germany and costing over $1000. I didn’t want to spend that much money although I’m sure it is a very good product.
I went to Bass Pro Shops in Hanover, MD. and purchased the $99 Prowler T30/T30 trolling motor with 30 lbs of thrust. The Wilderness Commander 140 kayak is rated for a maximum of 53 lbs of thrust.
working on the wiring
Well wouldn’t you know it, it wasn’t an easy task.
I had multiple issues to deal with and I’ll describe them here:
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I’m going to lay out some secrets here as well as some specific locations and experiences. After trying out a couple of spots on the Potomac not far from our regular fishing spots, I’ve determined that the Piedmont section of the Potomac River is where the action is. Read more…
It’s true. That guy is my younger brother, Mikey. We actually caught them together, but he caught the majority with me guiding him somewhat. Not only a total of 22 fish, but 4 different species.
Since he hasn’t fished in over a decade, we decided to get him a couple of things of his own and I’d fill in the gaps with my tackle. This day, we didn’t kayak fish, but took my canoe instead to fit 2 people. We ran by Dick’s Sporting Goods and he bought a pfd, a nice Shakespeare rod, and some basic baits he could fish the bottom, mid, and top water with.
Last week I made 2 trips out to the Potomac river to catch some smallmouth. I spent a total of about 12 hours over 2 days kayak fishing. The river water was still high and fast from all the rain, but I found a spot at the tip of an island with a nice eddy in the current so I could stick up on the beach or anchor. It was far too fast to anchor in the current. I spent the entire time in this single spot and over those 12 hours caught 18 fish. Not a bad rate of catch. There are a couple of the best ones in the videos below and I mention the baits I used to catch them. Read more…