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Shortlane Scavenger 9mm Luger 12 Gauge Shotgun Adapter Review,

Now that I have a 12 gauge break action double barrel shotgun, one thing I’ve always wanted to try are those bizarre chamber adapters. Ever wonder if there was a way to fire 9mm out of a 12 gauge shotgun? Well thanks to Shortlane there is. Chamber adapters are fairly simple tools, basically a metal cylinder with a hole bored in the center to accommodate the cartridge. The adapter is inserted into the chamber of the shotgun, and the cartridge inserted into the adapter. Note that they cannot be used in pump or semi auto shotguns, only break actions.

They type I am firing is the Shortlane Scavenger series in 9mm Luger. It’s the simplest model which is smoothbore and 3 inches long. They also make the “Bug Out” series which is rifled and 3 inches long, the “Zombie Series” which is rifled and 5 inches long, and finally the “Pathfinder” series which is rifled and 8 inches long. They come in common pistol calibers such as .22 long rifle, 9mm luger, .380 ACP, .40 SW,.45 ACP, .45 Long Colt,.357 magnum, and .38 special. Rifled models also feature rubber O rings to make the inserts fit more snugly in the chamber. Another company called MCA sports makes rifled inserts that are 10 inches and 18 inches long, with more exotic pistol calibers, and three rifle calibers; .30-40 krag, .30-30, and 7.62x39.

Now I’m under no delusion that I’m going to get great performance out of these. Basically using these chamber inserts is like firing a smoothbore snubby revolver with a loose barrel. The bullet will not spin, definitely something that will ruin accuracy. It’s fired from only a 3 inch barrel which will decrease velocity greatly, and the insert probably vibrates with each shot. Also, my shotgun is meant for wingshooting, meaning the front sight (bead) is made for aerial targets, and thus shoots high when firing at ground targets. 

So is the Shortland adapter in 9mm as crappy as I thought it would be? Well, I’m proud to say that I can easily achieve MOA accuracy, if MOA was measured at five feet. Yeah, these things suck. I was firing American Eagle brand 9mm Luger FMJ with 115 grain bullets. Note that these inserts are not made to safely fire +P ammunition.  After doing some “sighting in” I determined that I needed to hold low, right at the bottom the target, and to the right, down at the right had corner. I first shot open handed at 25 yards, firing 12 rounds. The instruction manual says to expect practical accuracy at 10 yards, but I decided to push it a bit. 

At this range where the bullet will hit is near unpredictable.   I can hold in the same place, but sometimes it will fly high, fly low, and when it does hit the target it’s not anywhere near the bullseye. After firing at 25 yards, I moved up half distance to around 12 yards. At 12 yards I got much better results without missing the target and getting something close to a predictable group. Notice how the bullet holes look mangled rather than being clean round bullet holes. That’s because without rifling the bullet isn’t spinning, and it quickly loses flight stability and begins tumbling.

Here are my results, the left target at 25 yards and right at 10 yards.

So yeah, these things really aren’t good for much of anything. If you have a 12 gauge shotgun, and some assorted ammo you want to make go bang, these inserts will do.  I guess if you only had a shotgun and only a box of 9mm, you could use it for hunting if you were starving and desperate. I wouldn’t hunt with it under normal circumstances, but if I was starving and had no other options, it would be a practical tool, though far from ideal. One advantage is that it does add more versatility to a shotgun. I could see people in the Great Depression appreciating these inserts, despite their limitations. Back in the days of my Great Grandfather, all the family could afford was a 12 gauge double barrel, which was used not only to feed the family with small game and birds, but also large game when loaded with slugs, and pressed into service scaring away Ku Klux Klan thugs whenever they decided it was “harass Italian Catholic Immigrant” day.

Finally I must state that the Scavenger series I used is the simplest and crudest model offered. They retail for $24.99 a piece. The longer rifled models are  more expensive but probably much more effective.  I’m going to purchase the 5 inch rifled model and test it to see how much better they perform. If I find they are practical I might get other calibers, and perhaps one of the 8 inch rifled models. While the scavenger might suck, I’ve seen youtube videos were shooters have gotten some pretty impressive accuracy out of the 5 and 8 inch rifled models. If they are practical, I might also considering getting 10 inch inserts from MCA sports in a rifle caliber cartridge, either .30-30 or 7.62x39 (which actually have similar ballistics).  We shall see.

The Shotgun Beer (Side-By-Side / Strike Brewing Company)

Brewery : Side-By-Side / Strike Brewing Company
Beer : Shotgun Beer
Style : Pale Lager / Lager
Variance : None

6.5 / 10

Ok, so let me be honest with you. I really wanted to taste this beer because I just had to experience the gimmick for myself. Shotgunning a beer, if you are fucking stupid and don’t know, is when you poke, stab, or puncture a hole in the bottom side of the can, place your mouth against it, lift it up, and then open the top and chug the contents as it blasts down your throat like a female on the casting couch for her first time. I didn’t expect anything from this beer at all and honestly it was way better than I thought it would be and the target at the bottom made it all that much easier to gain the full effect. Pretty much, this tastes like a slightly sweeter Yuengling which I am fine with and you should be too as long as you are at a party or fishing because this isn’t the type of beer you’d want to kick back with after a long night because there isn’t too much going on. Basically, if you drink beer just heed the words of Machine Head and “Let freedom ring with a Shotgun Beer!”. Blast, I meant shotgun blast. Shit.

Written by: Steve B.



Newest arrival!

Sig Sauers latest AR: Sig556XI

Mine is the standard Polymer handguard model.

Directly from Sig:

The evolution of the SIG556® platform, the new SIG556xi gives you unparalleled modularity in barrel length, caliber, magazine type, and stock configuration. A folding stock combined with ambidextrous magazine release, bolt release, safety selector and charging handle. Accepts any MIL-SPEC AR-15/M4/M16 or AK-style magazines depending upon lower. Available with a polymer or aluminum handguard.


- 3-position adjustable gas piston operating system with rotating bolt
- Swiss-style folding stock with removable cheek riser
- Ambidextrous controls
- Locking flip-up front and rear sights
- Polymer handguard (compatible with Magpul® MOE® accessories)
- Caliber convertible: 5.56 NATO / 7.62 x 39mm / 300 Blk

Photos by Mike Nielson

Lord of Wolves is an exotic shotgun. This weapon can only be obtained through Prison of Elders. This bounty is called The Elder Cipher and its a guaranteed drop on level 35 Skolas. On level 34 it has a possibility to drop aswell but as always the chance is pretty small. 

First of all let us see which perks this shotgun has. As always we start off with the ballistic perks:

  • Smart Drift Control - Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to range.
  • Soft Ballistics - Less recoil. Penalty to Impact
  • Linear Compensator - More predictable recoil. Slight boosts to range and impact. More recoil. 

Since its a shotgun and the range isn’t that long i went for linear compensator. It gives me a boost to range and impact even tho its just the slightest bit. Everything you can add to range is good. The range is short in stats when you look at it but because you shoot in bursts the range get a bit more extended by it. The rest of the perks are more based on stability.

  • Hip Fire - This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip
  • Speed Reload - Reload this weapon quickly
  • Extended Mag - A larger magazine
  • Perfect Balance - This weapon has extremely low recoil

And the perk that this gun is build around…

  • Devil’s Touch - Kills with this weapon rally nearby allies with +3 recovery. Lasts 30 seconds

Hip Fire is a perk you need to select anyway to advance to the next upgrade tree. The hip fire perk doesn’t need much explaining since people know what hip fire is (shoot without use of sights or scope).

Speed Reload is really handy when playing in PVP since shotgun reloads are slow. But since this shotgun uses the same reload technique as an auto rifle, which makes it reload pretty damn quick already without the perk. But everything you can add to shorten the reload time while playing in pvp is crucial to stay alive longer.

Extended Mag is nice since it takes your magazine size from 30 to 39. Which means about 2 bursts more than without. Downside is it doesnt give you more ammo in reserve like the field scout perk does. Is it useless therefor? No and its all on how you play and what you prefer.

Perfect Balance gives this weapon extremely low recoil especially when you use it with the ballistics perk Smart Drift Control. But that does mean the range is taken down with 50%. I rather use Linear Compensator in combination with Perfect balance. Main reason for this is that linear compensator gives me a slight boost to range and impact but also takes away a lot of stability. Perfect balance adds more stability and put it back to the same level as had. Which makes it no lost in balance but gained impact and range. Like i said with a shotgun you have the stopping power but not the range. Add range and you are even more lethal when you already were.

Devil’s Touch is a really nice addition to the list of perks weapons already had and can come in handy in so many situations. This perk boosts your fireteams recovery IF they are within range of you after you killed an enemy. This boost lasts 30 seconds BUT!!!!…..if you are not close from your teammate that has lord of wolves and killed with it, it doesnt mean you cannot get the boost. If you are able to get in range of the recovery boost within those 30 seconds it is active you can still get it.

I noticed after playing with some friends that even tho i wasn’t within range of this recovery boost when they killed enemies. Yet when i regrouped with my fireteam within those 30 seconds i still heard the sound of the recovery boost and also saw it appearing in my screen.  So don’t worry if you are hurt and not within range…just get your character as close and as quick as possible to your teammate who is using the Lord of Wolves.

Conclusion: Lord of Wolves is BEAST! This shotgun got the highest amount of reserve ammo (240+ bullets) and the highest magazine size (30 standard, 39 with extended mag perk) of all shotguns. Ofcourse when you have armor that increases the shotgun ammo you can carry you will have even more. Its nicely balanced and the burst of 5 bullets gives the option to kill multiple targets if they run towards you or when you “spray” your bullets. Because of the high amount of bullets this gun feels like a primary. It also feels like you are running around with an extremely heavy pulse rifle. The only wake up moment is when you notice you are lacking in range when you try to kill that one enemy that is just a but further than you anticipated. But for the people that play really in your face than this gun is surely a must have….but then again…its a must have anyway.

It looks badass with the flames at the end of the barrel. I have no negative feel towards this gun nor do i feel that i am lacking when i use this gun. Sight of the gun is nice and clear.

I hope you enjoyed this review and feel free to comment/message and share opinions about this gun, any gun or destiny in general.