Until the recent bans on normal-capacity magazines, the Saco Crossfire may have been the ultimate long gun for California shooters in the late 1990s. Consisting of a 4+1 round 12 gauge shotgun superposed over a 5.56 carbine fed by AR magazines, the Crossfire deftly dodged semi-auto gun bans because both actions were manually cycled by its sliding pump fore-end . . .
The idea of a combination rifle/shotgun is nothing new, of course. Billy may have bought the farm fairly early in Predator, but who can forget his combination M16/Remington 870 rifle/shotgun? Savage sold piles of break-open rifle/shotguns for decades; after a long hiatus they’re finally making new ones in .22/.410.
Somehow the Crossfire never capitalized on the utility and popularity of simpler combo guns. Maybe it was the high price tag, or the clunky looks, or the mechanical complexity, or the obese size and weight. Or the recalls.
Few were built and fewer were sold, and the remainders and recalls occasionally hit the market for liquidation. If you’re really interested, a batch of them has landed at www.cdnninvestments.com for $1000 each. But don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.