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Charles and I leave today for two 3 Gun matches. Our first of the year. This weekend we will be in Ephrata, WA for a one day event and then we take a long sight-seeing road trip to Vegas for 3 Gun Nationals next weekend. As I have mentioned before, West Coast Armory is sponsoring me for my venture in to 3 Gun with an FN SLP MK 1 Competition shotgun. Like it’s competitor the Beneli Ultimate 3 Gun, the loading gate has this evil prong shape that eats your thumb during quick reloads. I am still trying to figure out why they were designed this way. Perhaps the 3 Gun thing was an after thought? Guns were designed and then became popular for 3 Gun? Regardless, I had my gunsmith, Jim Corolo from WCA weld shut the “prong” and he also beveled out the loading well. He also did and entire run through of any factory burrs and smoothed everything out. Now it is quick and pain free loading. The top photo is of the new and improved and the bottom photo is the “before”. I do know that FN is currently designing a new competition shotgun. I am hoping they listened to all of their team members to make it truly competition ready.

It is a fact that no matter what firearm you have for competition there are always improvements or upgrades to be made. Any rifles I have will have better triggers or barrels put in. Pistols will have heavier or lighter springs and triggers. I suppose no matter how “competition ready” the gun is when you purchase it the new owner will change it anyway. You have to make it your own. I also added a large, bright red bolt handle to make it my own. I now love my shotgun as is. Would I even want the new one coming out? Mine is “comfy” to me. 

So off we go to start our season. It will be busy. There are many rifle matches in between 3 Gun matches. By the end of August we can take a little breather but then in Sept and October there are a couple more big events. As for this next week I will post results of the two matches and our crazy round-about way to Vegas. Believe it or not I have never been to Montana or Wyoming. Yes, like I said, a big round-about way to Vegas. We have friends and family members to visit and I am very excited to see the one room school house near Sheridan that Charles’ brother teaches at. They still exist! It is the little things in life that are so great.

“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can…..”

4 Responses to “My FN SLP Shotgun is Upgraded and Ready For 3 Gun Road Trip”

  1. Andrew Carr


    When you say welded the “prong” are you talking about a prong that retains the bolt?

    I understand filing down and smoothing out the magazine opening for better loading, what else can I do to make my shotgun more 3 gun ready?

    I have a Winchester Model 50 that is 60 years old. I bought some aircraft aluminum to make a custom 8 round magazine and I am trying to figure out how to make it easier to load, as it has a button on the side that has to be pressed to insert the shells. Any tips from a pro would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, I am shooting a 1911 factory. I purchased a Springfield XDM 9mm (19 round mag) last week and was going to try it in the next competition in February. Any thoughts on these?

    Again, thanks in advance for any advice!

    • 30calgal

      Hi Andrew, I had the loading gate as I call it, welded. That used to have a v shape at the end and would catch the thumb as you loaded rounds and tear it to bits. Your shotgun should be interesting. Guess you will find out in a match. The 1911 is fine if you are shooting heavy. Otherwise a huge disadvantage if in Tac Ops against people with 9mm and high capacity mags. Springfield is great.

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