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Old June 21st, 2018, 09:03 PM #11
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Nice, OP. Looks identical to a Weatherby SA459 TR, which also made in Turkey...
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Old June 22nd, 2018, 09:16 AM #12
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I am curious if the teflon tape will keep the external choke fastened on it.

I'm not in the habit of constantly checking firearm components for looseness while using them. This one proved to be the exception.

I web messaged TriStar's customer service department about it and some other thing, but still "crickets"...

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I would call them. I called them and they were pretty responsive on the phone. I did email them about each of my TriStars, but it took awhile to get a response. If you need the number and don't have it, I can find it for you.
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I would call them. I called them and they were pretty responsive on the phone. I did email them about each of my TriStars, but it took awhile to get a response. If you need the number and don't have it, I can find it for you.
Thanks. I do have their number.

I am planning to hit the range this weekend (either rainy Saturday or sunny Sunday) and run up to 75 rounds of buckshot through it. I think that's as much as I will be able to tolerate (even with a PAST pad). Will report on how it performs regarding the external choke tube/fore-end nut and picatinny rail loosening... or not. Hopefully not.

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“MAY” be sending the Raptor back for work - undecided for now

I called TriStar customer service yesterday. They told me to send the shotgun back to them for the issues I still have with it:

1. The trigger group take down pin is EXTREMELY hard to punch out; to the point where I am almost fearful of damaging the receiver itself. I've been able to punch it out a couple of times but it takes great force to do so.
2. The forend magazine cap likes to work loose as well after firing several or more heavy loads through it.
3. The Picatinny rail loosened up as well, after the first range session with it. To my dismay when I took the rail mounting screws out; one of the holes in the top of the receiver was stripped.

The trigger group takedown pin bothers me the most. I can fix or address the rest of the issues myself. I really don’t want to continue punching the snot out of the take down pin. I don’t know why it’s so hard to punch out; I’ve seen others on YouTube punching it out with ease.

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Tell them to give you a RA and send it back. When I failed to send back a gun that I figured "would work out the bugs", I regretted it down the line.
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Well I've been fooling around with this TriStar ATAC as of late; and have good news.

1. The trigger group take down pin that was shipped with it was flawed Had a huge gash longitudinally in it that apparently was the cause of the extreme friction, when tapping/POUNDING it out. TriStar sent me a new one and now the disassembly of the trigger group from the receiver is a joy.

2. The external choke still starts to unscrew a bit, even with the application of Teflon tape on the threads. I said 'eff it and cleaned the threads off and applied medium strength Threadlocker to it. Not coming off now until I want it to. I'm going to order a tighter choke for it later, the cylinder it currently came with is just too blunderbuss... even at close range.

3. Fore end cap seems to have stopped loosening on me after firing repeat 00 buck.

Good semi auto shotgun for the economical price. Certainly it needed a little work but not costly, and I am very happy with it. Will be installing a mag extension on it soon.

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There's just something about a tactical shotgun.

The last time I went to a Sporting Clays shoot, there was a woman there with a 20 gauge Mossberg pump that was set up in a similar configuration. Just goes to show that these tactical shotguns can be pressed to serve multiple applications.
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Looks like a nice shotgun. Re AGC, did you shoot at the Trap range or at the "patterning" area? I have one I haven't fired in years. And I'm not a trapshooter.
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Looks like a nice shotgun. Re AGC, did you shoot at the Trap range or at the "patterning" area? I have one I haven't fired in years. And I'm not a trapshooter.
I have been shooting at the Barnes 100 yard range with it. Put target stands out with paper targets positioned uppermost on them at 25 and 50 yards and just blast away. I do need to build another new target frame since I blew apart one of them since

I want to get a tighter choke for it. Right now I'm just familiarizing with it and cycling a lot of buckshot through it, to break it in.

You can see the buckshot impacting into the berm. It's all over it

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