$12+shipping might not seem like a lot to some of you but here is the problem. The backplate stripped out during "normal use". I did not over tighten the screws and so far as I know I did not abuse the back plate. it simply gave up the ghost under normal conditions. So if it strips out once getting a replacement for a shotgun I might have to bet my life on someday for a item that has already failed once is not really something I'm gonna put money down on. Instead we'll do our best to improve it.
|Backplate shown on bottom|
I'll test the upgrade extensively before I modify my other shotguns sidesaddles the same way but I doubt I'll run into any issues. I'm not sure yet if I'll epoxy the bushings in place. Taking the gun apart in the field and losing a busing would be a bad time for sure.
The pictures below pretty much explain whats going on.
Note- this upgrade can probably be done (should be?) on all of the TacStar sidesaddles. The work on the side plate could all be done on a drill press but for the bushings you really want a lathe.
|Stripped out screw hole for 1/4x20 screw|
|Bushing being turned out of 5/8 stainless|
|First bushing being parted|
|Next drill out previous hole to 9/32 this will be done with both holes|
|Test fit bushing prior to milling recess|
|Both receiver holes have been drilled 9/32 and then followed up with 1/2" bottom cutting end mill to about .065" deep, about half the thickness of the plate.|
|Bushings turned to final thickness and somewhat cleaned up. JB weld would be a good epoxy to cement them in place.|