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    Rhodesian A5 riot shotgun.

    Any one have one?

    Anyone have one that was sleeved to 5 rounds from the original 8 shot configuration? Like one of the Sarco imports from Swedenicon that had the sleeve welded in and the added rod to the front nose cap.

    If so I just recently found a relatively painless way to restore the arm to its original 8 shot capacity, and if anyone wants to know how to do it for less than 50 bucks, well I can write out how to do it with available reamers, a wood stick, and some kroil. The nice thing is you do not replace anything, once you get the sleeve out you can use the existing spring and other magazine bits.

    Also there is nothing prohibited about it, unless you live in New York city, it is a modification you can do legally (at least in US of A).

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    Smile Hi!

    Hi, sorry for the late reply, been busy with some other stuff. Anyway, if interested, you can read my long, agonizing tale of removing the insert from my Sarco import Rhodesian FN Police A9. See link below to SGW:

    http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/view...p?f=7&t=400524

    I finally gave up on honing stones and used a home made sanding drum. It was still a long, hard slog. As I mentioned at the end, I would try a variable reamer if I were to do it again. Or, better yet, let Art's or Midwest do it! I'd be interested in your solution, though, TIA!

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    Milsurf,

    Funny I read your account before I went the reamer route. I found things to be a bit different on my attempt:

    1) the insert was not all that hard, the spot it was hard was at the three welds, you could feel the difference. Made it very easy to know when you had cut past where you needed to,

    2) it required 2 adjustable reamers as the inner diameter was .815 and the final diameter was .921. The cuts made were .0017 per pass. Lots of cutting time with the had reamer handle but easy to do with little risk.

    3) once the welds were broken and the remainder of the sleeve allowed to have some Kriol, the inner sleeve came right out with light tapping on the magazine tube side.

    while time consuming it is something a person with relatively little mechanical talent could do. No one seems to care though.

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    Thank you for your response! I remember seeing an adjustable reamer set at the local Harbor Freight store for about sixty bucks back when I was laboring on the mag tube sleeve removal. I wish now I had popped for it, but instead I just soldiered on with the sanding barrel, which eventually worked, but was way too much work in retrospect. Lesson learned, though I doubt I'll need to do this ever again, as the Rhodesian A9s seem to be going for about 3.5 kilobucks a throw now, way out of my league. Take care, best of fortune to you with your restored Rhodie scattergun!


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