||I received this gun from J&G Sales one week after it shipped, not bad for a long gun coming from Arizona to the East Coast. I chose J&G because of good service in the past and the price.
The gun came with two magazines, and I added an extra 5-rounder. The 10-rounders were out of stock everywhere on the planet. I will keep looking for one, as this is going to be a fun gun, even more fun with 10 instead of 5 rounds.
The gun itself is solid, but rough. The bolt and bolt carrier were very rough and did not slide smoothly. The external finish of the gun is best described as fine grade sandpaper. The printing on the gun is very light and almost impossible to read. The stock feels very light (it's hollow) and is very long. I am six feet, 200 pounds, and the gun seems a little long for me, especially if I had to use it in close quarters.
I cleaned the gun and fired it, several times, over the first week. I am not a millionaire, so I only fired about 20-25 rounds in each session before making more adjustments, polishing, and cleaning. I wanted to slowly learn the gun and gradually improve its performance as I figured out what was (and was not) working. All shells were 2 3/4" and the gas system was adjusted properly each day. The low brass setting was on the double zero and the high brass was on the single zero. The manual that came with the gun did not tell how to adjust the gas pressure. The one I found on line had a couple of pages that were different from the one I received. It had clear instructions on the gas system.
I used the following ammunition:
Federal ultra clay and field #8 1180 FPS low brass
Federal target load #7.5 1145 FPS low brass
Remington sport loads #8 1200 FPS low brass
Winchester #8 shot AA skeet load 1300 fps low brass
Olin 00 military grade buckshot no FPS known high brass
Federal 00 buck 1325 FPS high brass
Centurion ball and buck 1300 fps high brass
Remington rifled slug 1560 FPS high brass
On Day One, not one shell of Federal or Winchester low brass, low fps cycled at all. It did not even push the bolt back, period. The buckshot cycled about half the time. The slugs fired perfectly.
After more polishing and cleaning, on Day Two I got all the buckshot to cycle perfectly. I didn't waste any more slugs, since I knew they worked and they are too expensive to waste. My low brass shells cycled, but did not fully eject. Another cleaning and polishing, and some of the low brass shells finally ejected.
Day Three came with more cleaning and polishing. I tried the Winchester and it cycled four out of every five. Seems like one shot in each mag would stick, no matter what. I tried the 1200 fps Federal again, and it did the same, four out of five would work fine.
I skipped a few days, due to work and a visit from my three-year-old granddaughter.
When I shot again, I tried two mags of Federal 1200 fps. The first five were flawless. Then the first two rounds of the second mag didn't eject all the way. The final three shots were fine. I ran out of daylight and came in to clean the gun.
It looks like the gun is getting better with each shooting. I wish I could afford to put a few hundred rounds through it, but that's not the case. I think 1300 fps or higher, high brass shells will work fine. The lower fps and low brass may get better. They've gone from zero to 80 percent cycling correctly. If I can get them to 100 percent, great. If not, I'll stick to buying 1300 fps and up, high brass ammo.
Magazines are getting easier to load now that I understand the technique. They are still hard to lock into place, but are getting better. Not anywhere as easy as an AK mag, in my opinion. Probably because they are so big in my hand, and the shells sticking out the top are awkward feeling.
One other problem was the pin holding the top of the fore end in place. It kept coming loose and almost falling out. It finally fell out on Day Three and I simply replaced it with a small pin I had. Works fine, but it's not what came with the gun.
My next challenges will be fixing the finish, and the stock. A collapsible stock with pistol grip would be nice, but Saiga's aren't going to work without a lot of gunsmithing and drilling, etc, which I donít feel comfortable doing (or paying for). Maybe Century will eventually start importing the stocks. Their original advertising showed video of the pistol grip Fury III, which never materialized. I emailed them about it but they never responded.
I did add an old green laser I had to the bottom front rail, and now I can shoot from the hip and don't worry about the stock. I painted the front sight orange, but the paint eventually peeled off. I may try a snap-on fiber optic next.
I bought this gun to have a fun shotgun to shoot, that was cheap. I have several other guns (AR, AK, VZ) that are semi-auto and although I have a Mossberg pump, my brain is wired for semi-auto mode, so I just have a hard time remembering to work that pump action.
Overall, for the price, I have a nice fun gun. At first, I was pissed because I thought it was going to be a "bolt action shotgun." But patience and careful work on the gun has gotten it to an enjoyable state, and I think it's only going to get better.
Rating: [4 of 5 stars!] |