I'm thinking of disabling the ejectors on my 80% original Skeet Gun: Will that make it a VH?
Investigation continues. EDM
OMG Ed, DON'T DO THAT! As you know, you'd destroy the gun's originality and any collector value---you'll never be able to sleep at night.
When in doubt, do nothing, is a good policy. So I'll leave it alone. But I have noticed on my Parker C-grade SBT and on every other Parker SBT that I have handled that the factory standard single ejector is disabled.
Someone else posted that he works around the ejector feature by trying to cover and catch the shells with his hand so they don't go ejecting hither and yon. This is sort of like solving a self-inflicted problem such like wearing a helmet when you beat yourself on the head with a hammer.
Here I thought we were talking about a dedicated skeet gun (or trap like my SBT, or sporting clays, or a live bird gun for that matter), where rapid second loading is not part of the game. I can see where those who prefer fast action shooting at ducks and upland game birds might think ejectors increase their bag, but so would an automatic or pump if filling the air with lead was the goal.
It has been my experience that my GH "Old Reliable" would not do any better for me if I could rapidly eject shells and reload in a split second sooner. But that's just me. One of my first DGJ
articles 15 years ago was in praise of extractors. I hunt my own farms and the last thing I want is plastic shells with a 500-year half-life scattered all over my property. Likewise in the duck blind; chasing around in the swamp after empties is not my thing.
Actually the only instance where I saw any use for ejectors was in the live-bird pigeon ring, where a single shooter stands to the mark, calls Pull! Bang! Bang! And then tries to hit the spent-shell barrel with his ejected empties. The idea was that if you lost your bird but hit the barrel with both shells it was some consolation; miss the barrel and it gives the bird boys something to do. EDM