I bought a Charles Daly 12 gauge non-nfa firearm.
They shoot shotgun shells but are technically not a shotgun.
14 inch barrel, 26 inches overall, birdshead grip.
Like a Mossberg Shockwave.
This one is a 4+1 semi auto.
My philosophy of use for this firearm is close defense in home or vehicle or on a local fishing trail.
I mounted a light on the rail for home use.
And I have a scabbard for truck carry; a DeSantis model.
But what I really needed was a sling mount for carry on fishing excursions when Catamount and Grizzly bear are the main threat, and bad humans a remote but not impossible third.
My Charles Daly Honcho is really a Chiappa.
It came with a forward sling mount on the magazine tube cap.
But nothing to attach between the grip and receiver.
Despite showing a sling mount plate in the instructions, they do not list or sell one.
So I bought a rear sling plate for a Mossberg Shockwave and modified it to fit my Chiappa.
All that was needed was to drill the plate and install a longer grip bolt.
Not rocket science.
But now I have a simple way to carry my Honcho hands free but within easy reach, on the trail.
I bought this firearm for rough service.
So a few scrapes and dings is not going to matter.
Slugs and 00 buckshot are what I will carry.
Some of the trail into Devils canyon requires a repel down cliffs.
For that portion I believe an empty chamber makes sense.
But for the hike and actual fishing portion of the trip; fully loaded with safety on.
I actually lugged my AR down into the canyon once.
It is 1,000 feet elevation drop with repelling and scrambling.
The second time I took my Ruger Redhawk .357 in a chest holster.
My Walther PPK/S or LCP2 ride along as backup… but they fit in a pocket and are neither a hindrance nor in danger of being chewed up by canyon rocks climbing.
My Glock 19 or Walther PPX are nice but suffer the same vulnerability in a chest holster or hip holster when repelling as the Ruger.
That was nice in the river but i was nervous about scratching them up during the accent and decent phases.
Appendix carry would be very uncomfotable and the gun would get sweaty.
OWB holsters expose the gun to getting banged on rocks or falling out.
Chest holsters expose the gun to being drug on canyon rock during the climbing phase.
An AR on a sling was heavy, awkward, and too long.
But a 26" overall length shotgun on the back…?
For my canyon fishing trips in big cat and bear country;
I think I have found a way to bring adequate firepower with minimal impedence to movement, and least risk to assets.
Time will tell.
Only 3 more months of winter.
Those fish are going to taste good!
Don’t worry, I threw that little guy back.
I will take one or two of the medium sized fish for lunch and release the lunkers and little guys back into the river.