Introduction: Convert Your NEF or H&R Break-action Shotgun or Rifle Into a Quick-takedown Gun

I was just goofing around with this thing trying to make it take down easier and I actually succeeded. Yay!

Things you need:

An H&R or NEF break-action shotgun or rifle
A phillips-head screwdriver

For this brief tutorial I'll be using my NEF SB1 series .410 bore shotgun.

Step 1:

First, take your screwdriver and remove the large screw holding the forestock to the barrel.

Step 2:

With the forestock free, remove the two screws holding the little plastic bit to the end of the wood.

Step 3:

Reattach the forestock, sans plastic bit.

Step 4:

That's it! The barrel will now pop free of the frame when you want it to, but remain securely locked when the breech is closed. You will want to take a bit more care when the breech is open, but it's not going to just fall off. And if it isn't as secure as you want, the process is easily reversed.

I made a quick video showing how easily it takes down and reassembles, located here:


triumphman (author)2012-11-15

I want one of these! I need to teach my wife and daughter how to shoot. This is a great beginners shotgun. The ladies can handle. Twelve gauge is way too much for them to learn on! I had one when I was a kid. Great rabbit hunting memories! Please sell me this shotgun!

dutton12 (author)2012-11-15

I have a old H&R that has a retention spring on it that holds the fore stock in place It is form the 40's or 50's I wander when they switched over to just the screw.
It is more difficult to load and unload this way?

audreyobscura (author)2012-11-13

Do you think you could embed the video into this instructable? It's super helpful.

skiddyfisk (author)audreyobscura2012-11-13

I will! I intend to shoot a better one first, then embed THAT.