Speaking Of Slides

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Speaking Of Slides

Postby Bant's Bluz » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:59 am

I'm making a run of slides from 12 gauge shotgun barrels. If I knew how to post pics here I would, alas I'm clue deficient. These slides are made using only hand tools and due to the bore diameter they typically fit a US ring size 8, which limits them to use on the little finger only, that is unless you've got very small fingers. I'll work with you and get the length you want, so If anyone is interested, contact me at jr45acp@bellsouth.net for pics and additional details. I'm figuring pricing at $25 per slide shipped, US only. Thanks.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby A J Davies » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:00 am

Lol. Cool.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby leftyguitarman » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:14 pm

I'm a ring finger slider, so I guess I better go get my 12 gauge and see if my finger fits in the barrel. I know, I know, that's not very good gun safety. What kind of gun are they coming from?
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby jeffl » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:23 pm

jus' don't get caught with a shotgun with too much sawed off the barrel! :)
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby Bant's Bluz » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:21 pm

jeffl, I'm retired Federal Law Enforcement. No worries in that regard. I demilled the barrels so the can't ever be used on a shotgun again.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby leftyguitarman » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:51 pm

Which agency did you used to work for? I always wanted to be an FBI agent growing up. That didn't quite happen.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby A J Davies » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:37 pm

Hmmm... my old shotgun has a swollen barrel that'll need replacing eventually... perhaps I have found a use for the barrel after that 8)
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby Neal » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:35 am

Ring size 8 is 18mm, which is just under 3/4" Great size for the pinky.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby gaucho » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:02 am

There is a traveling bluesman who comes down here in the winter for a few month. Lives in a camper and busks at local festivals, farmers markets, etc. I often track him down so I can watch him play and try to learn things from him. He uses a self-made shotgun barrel slide that still has the sight bead on it. It's all corroded and pitted and he gets a fantastic tone from it! Check him out: http://vimeo.com/31061942
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby zhyla » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:26 pm

Hmmm. I'm a ring finger guy. What do you have in 10 gauge? :)
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby Bant's Bluz » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:10 pm

Zhyla, get your ring finger measured and either email, pm, etc the size and let me see what I can come up with.

Lefty, let's just say the Department of Justice and leave it there, please.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby zhyla » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:29 pm

I held my ring up to my 12ga muzzle. Looks slightly tighter. Though it's an I.C. bore, maybe it's a little wider towards the breach end? In any case, I've got a trashed Mossberg barrel in the garage already if I ever get the hankering. I'm all set for slides.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby Jakeblues » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:10 am

Interesting idea. A Damascus Steel barrel would make a wild looking slide (not so sure how it'd sound though).
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby SlideCrafter » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:54 am

I make glass slides from wine & liquor bottles. I have found that glass has the best tone. Brass is a close second. Gun metal? That's a new one on me. Willing to try it if someone is going to make one, I'd be willing to trade for one of my slides. If you make one for me can you make it only one inch long. Thanks.
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Re: Speaking Of Slides

Postby Jakeblues » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:13 pm

Just got my slide, very nice! I haven't had a chance to try it on the tricone, but has a nice weight and feel to it.

My fingers are a little on the slender side, so there's a little extra room on my pinky. It could work on my ring finger (if I could play with it on my ring finger!)

Looks cool and has a nice feel and tone.

Thanks!
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