Pimping a BR99 Racegun

Remember my recent posts on the BR99 Section 1 box feed shotgun? Well this is one I was working on today, suitably modified for use as a Racegun. This one has a mix of functional and aesthetic modifications and in theory it should be no more than an hour or so work to bring the BR99 to this specification.

So starting at the top:

Front and rear flip-up Magpul open sights. The standard BR99 rear sight is fitted to an AR type carry handle and I really did not like it, now this sounds like a bad start, first paragraph and I am criticising the BR99 however I am not as I really do like these, it is just that I could not get on with them, the Magpul offerings have transformed the sight picture and cheek weld is also perfect for both myself and the owner.

BR99 RHS small

Moving forward is a breaching choke complete with very pointy teeth on the end, I did offer to machine them back however this was greeted with a scowl. No doubt such an item would be banned in Scotland for being pointy..

The front end has been changed to an aluminium unit with forward charging handle. This item comes with a new lightweight piston and top Picatinny rail. The item is superbly made however it did not fit… well it nearly did however it took an hours work to sort out the internals so it could be fitted, it was not the end of the world and is a huge improvement as you effectively have a forward assist that can be operated with the left hand. The manufacturers are aware of this issue and the new ones will be built with the necessary clearance. If it was not for this minor issue all of the listed modifications could have been fitted in under an hour.

Moving down is a new oversize magazine release catch and an enlarged bolt handle and sitting on the left hand side is an extended bolt release catch so the BR99 bolt can be released with one finger from within the trigger guard.

Final modification is 1.1Kgs of Chromite heavy sand in the butt section. To do this find a suitable light plastic bag without holes, remove the rubber butt pad and stuff the bag into the void, now add the Chromite slowly tapping the butt from time to time to settle the sand, once filled tie a knot in the end of the bag and replace the butt pad. This does add some weight however it also moves the centre of balance back and keeps everything quite neutral, a worthwhile and cheap improvement.

BR99 LHS small

The BR99 is becoming a firm favourite of mine and cost wise it is a serious box fed bargain.

For those of you asking about the 10 shot magazines they are due in right now and only a couple of weeks late… I am starting to learn that anything involving firearms coming into or going out of the UK takes time and patience to allow things to progress properly.

BR99 User manual

The first of the BR99’s did not go out with a user manual as it was still being written for the UK market. I now have a copy of the finished manual in Pdf and printed format and will be emailing a copy to existing customers. If for any reason you do not receive a notification please email us and we will mail you a copy by return.

EDIT – I have also added the manual for download via the link below 🙂

BR99 Owners Manual

A 9mm Supressor and another BR99 picture.

I fitted this reflex suppressor to a customer rifle the other day. Initially built as a dummy can to confirm fit for the SGC lever release 9mm we decided to reduce the diameter of the rear of the suppressor very slightly to ensure it was fully floating and without interference to the inside of the front tube. image (4)Once the fit and proportion had been confirmed Colin at OLC supplied the stainless strippable baffle stack and gave it a coat of paint and this is the finished job.image

I must admit I like the look of the 9mm SGC with the can on the front as they compliment each other, they seem to shoot nicely as well. Something to add to my virtual gun cabinet.

Sitting above the 9mm is a Barak BR99 with optional front grip/bipod and after market open sights. The BR99 and 9mm go well together and will make a handy combination.

The Bora Arms Barak BR 99 12G Shotgun

I am not the biggest of fans when it comes to black guns, I certainly understand their role and thoroughly enjoy the occasional plink with a 5,56×45 C7 or C8, the C8SFW is a particularly nice rifle. Plus I do own an all black 6,5×47 Accuracy International plus another 7,62×51 black gun we never talk about (Well we do but only in hushed tones)

For me the issue with Section 1 black guns is they are invariably neutered by British law to shoot, cock by hand and shoot again, the exception being the lowly .22LR Semi Autos we can possess, now these can be huge fun however they are hardly going to fuel the typical shooters need for ‘Recoil therapy’, a phrase coined by a well known Saffie F/TR shooter.

Equally I am not a PSG shooter (Practical Shotgun) However their high capacity S/A’s and Pumps have always caught my eye so you can imagine my interest when I was asked if I could source a black Semi automatic shotgun that was vaguely reminiscent of the AR15 style rifles with 5 & 10 shot magazines. Well it was a Semi Auto and certainly would have some recoil so had to be worth a look.

Cue The Bora Arms Barak BR 99 12G Shotgun.

BR99

The first delivery arrived today. Now these things are not going to break the bank at GBP499.00 and that includes a couple of 5 round magazines plus 3 chokes and a choke key! We will also be stocking accessories including the extended magazine release catch, extended bolt handle, tactical 2 point slings and 10 round magazines. Incidentally the magazines are a very reasonable GBP39.50 each. Further down the line will be a muzzle brake and maybe even a suppressor.

First impressions.

The Bora Arms Barak BR 99 comes nicely packaged in a cardboard box however this is not going to be suitable for the range, the BR 99 is 43″ long so you are going to need something like the AIM50 drag bag which has lots of handy pockets for spare magazines etc. With a 14.25″ Length of Pull it is nicely proportioned and does not feel as long as some S/A’s I have shot in the past. Weight is a tad under 7.5lbs empty so it is going to smack a bit under recoil. The forend is made from a one piece plastic moulding with a built in Picatinny rail and a front sight which can be easily removed. The front sight is made from plastic and although functional is probably not going to cope incredibly well with a good bashing however for every day use it will certainly suffice. The rear sight is built into the functional carry handle and has a choice of 4 apertures plus adjustments for windage and elevation. Drop the handle off and you have a very handy Picatinny rail continuation so the fitment of red dot or similar is going to be very easy. I have to say at this point that I felt the rear sight was a bit close however me peering through it in the workshop and out in the field are two very different things.

The hand grip has a nice angle to it and a good feel as well, it is certainly big enough to cope with larger hands, moving back there is a cheek piece moulded into the stock that helps position the head quite nicely. Sling mounts come as standard front and back. At first glance the bolt handle is a round plastic mushroom, this is actually a cover, give it a yank and it pops off to reveal a very nice steel handle underneath that is well proportioned and allows easy operation. The BR 99 is designed to accept up to 3″ Magnum cartridges and has a self adjusting gas system to cope with most cartridges.

The Bora Arms Barak BR 99 comes with a 12 month warranty.

Considering the price this is a lot of S1 S/A Shotgun and I have a feeling they are going to prove quite popular in some circles. Yes it is a bit plasticky in places however everything is put together neatly and is functional. Would I have one? Well my club shoots practical shotgun and allows the entry of such things so I am certainly going to have a look.

Availability:

http://www.danskgevaer.com our sister site will be listing them very shortly at GBP499.00 with a promotional offer which includes free shipping to your local RFD, a comprehensive list of accessories and must haves will also be held.