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Old 07-19-2006, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just got a Bushmaster pump

I was looking around for a pump the other day and I found a Bushmaster, it looked quite nice so I put in a bid and kept bidding till it ended up at $92
All I know is that it`s working and the seller claims it predates the SI line so if anyone can tell me more I`d really appreciate it!
I`m a big pump noob and it doesn`t come with a manual so feel free to tell me everything. I`m looking around in here now so hopefully I`ll learn the easy way

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Old 07-19-2006, 11:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like you also got a rat-attack 12g changer, cool.

It also appears that the body may be one piece, I don't see the barrel screw. The grip frame looks like a nelspot (or similar) grip frame.

The earliest Line SI Bushmasters were a kit which you used your existing gripframe with. Indeed it appears older than the line of Bushmaster's sold as complete guns.

Others can add more to this enlightenment as there are far greater experts here than I.

A link that leads to a PDF of the Line SI Bushmaster manual is:
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Like Rath said, the first Bushmasters were drop-in kits that you put on your existing Nelspot frame and were one-piece barrels. The first ones were actually the Skirmish gun, a breech-drop, single arm pump. Then came the Bushmasters, followed by the Bushmaster Deluxes.
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The first ones were actually the Skirmish gun, a breech-drop, single arm pump. Then came the Bushmasters, followed by the Bushmaster Deluxes.
Not so sure about that. I distinctly remember the Skirmish SI being released after the Bushmaster as a lower cost gun.

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Old 07-20-2006, 09:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Skirmish sold early Bushmasters with nelson frames as complete guns . . . thats how mine came back in '88 . . . and it looks very much like what you just got Vegard. The early ones were also all fixed barrel too.

heh - I was actually watching that auction and chose to not bid on it. My old Bushmaster saw hard use from 88 till I got my Air America VM68 some years later - and it looks it. But it still works!
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I see you found youre way over here Vegard
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Not so sure about that. I distinctly remember the Skirmish SI being released after the Bushmaster as a lower cost gun.
So it would be Bushmaster, Skirmish, then Bushmaster Deluxe as the possible release order then? I had it in my mind that the Skirmish gun was first for some reason.
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Skirmish's are breach( like 007's and phantoms) drop and one armed usually fixed barrel too. I ahve see a few (very) removable barrel models but thise were in the hands of sponsored teams back in the day.
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I was hoping you would chime in, B! I thought the breechdrop kits (Skrimish and others) came out first, then the boredrop kits.
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If you look at the placement of the bolt screw you will see that it is 'behind' the feed tube, so it's definitely a bore drop.
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