Costco Preston 10×12 Hard Top Sun Shelter Review (Sojag)

There aren’t many reviews on this specific model, except for a few on the costco website. They are indeed helpful, but I wanted to create a review with a bit more info in it, and pictures of my setup.  I will continue to update this post with the condition of the gazebo, hoping that it will help others decided to buy or not.  I will put the updates at the top, and the review at the bottom.  So, I would suggest going to the bottom, read the review, then come back up for the updates!  Hope this helps!

** May 22, 2015 **

Here’s a video that shows some severe rain under the gazebo.

** Update May 7 – 2015 **

Gazebo lasted the winter with no problems.  Towards the end of the winter, I did prop a 2×4 up in the center, to give it some support IN CASE it needed it.  It would have lasted with it, but wasn’t taking any chances.  The roller shades I bought are holding up great!  A few clips have broken, but I’ve managed to continue using them.

** Update May 25 – 2014

I created a video showing the shades, and how they are mounted, and how it slides.

** Update Mar 5 – 2014

Still no problems with the shelter this winter.  You’ll probably know that this winter has been a particularity cold one, with A LOT of snow.  I have had no issues with the shelter.  It’s almost completely iced over right now.  If I remember, I’ll take a picture of it.

** Update Jan 13 – 2014

The shelter is holding up GREAT during this winter.  We’ve had A LOT of snow throughout November and December, and have had NO problems with the shelter.  I’ve left the snow piled on top (1-2 feet) for the most part.  One time I took a shovel and pulled it down, but it wasn’t necessary.  We had some crazy wind as well, and the shelter hasn’t budged.  Good to go so far! (FYI – I do NOT have the winter shelter)

** Update Sept 6 **

Still havn’t had any issues with this Gazebo.  Winter is coming in a few months, so I’ll def continue to update this review.  I don’t think I will do the winter cover, because I’ve heard that it really flaps in the wind, and I hate that.  I think this thing will stand our winters perfectly fine!

One other note, I still haven’t gone back through and tightened bolts.  I’ll have to remind myself to do that.

 

** Update July 21 **

As requested, I wanted to post a pic of the mounting of the coolaroo shades. The shades are about 2 inches too long to fit perfectly on the 8′ sides. So, they are mounted on the angled pieces / the legs to the gazebo. It kinda works out good, because you can reach around, inside the legs and put nuts on the bolts holding the shades on. Here is one picture showing the mounting, and one showing the 8′ shade on a 10′ side.

The third picture shows how the 10′ shade is mounted. There’s a hole drilled through the metal which the shades mount to, which then goes into a slat of wood, behind the roof mounts of the gazebo. It then slides side to side. It’s not perfect, but works until I figure out a better solution. I also made a YouTube video to help with the mounting. (Ill upload that tomorrow)

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** Update June 24 **

So, as below, I returned the privacy curtains as I didn’t like them. However, I still need some privacy and sun shade from the sides. So, I thought about it, and remembered seeing the Coolaroo roller shades at Costco for $60. They are 8′ x 8′. Two sides of my gazebo are also 8′. 🙂

So I bought 3 of them, and installed them into the Preston gazebo. Wow!! I love them!!! They fit really well into the gazebo, and you can roll them down half way, or all the way, depending on how much sun shade you need. When you want privacy, or more shade, you simply roll them down, and viola!! On the side that is longer, I allowed the shade to slide back and forth, depending on which end you needed the shade. Below are some pics.

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** Update June 21 **

I bought the privacy curtains for the gazebo. They come setup exactly like the screens. They are good quality, and the fabric is fairly thick. They come with hooks for it. To install the hooks, I simply undid the last screw in the track, and slide the new hooks in. Then the previous mosquito screen gets removed, and the privacy now goes on the outside. Then the screen gets put back up on the inside.

Well, I don’t like it. The fabric blows around too much, and it really blocks you in. Feels like I’m no longer outside. I can went out and came back 4 hours later, and all the Velcro had already been separated and the privacy curtains blowing in and out. I’ll have to find another way to get some privacy.

Review

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We needed something for our deck to give us some shade. We thought about having a couple umbrella’s, but didn’t really like the look of them, and we wanted something more permanent. We wanted something that stayed put, and you didn’t have to move around. We wanted something that we could turn into a decorated outdoor room.

Here’s why we ultimately picked the Costco gazebo:

1) Costco return warranty is one of the best out there. It’s my experience that they really take care of you, if there is a problem with a product.

2) This sun shelter has a number of accessories that you can buy for it. One of them being the privacy shades, and the other one, a winter cover.

3) The mosquito netting on this shelter is far superior then any other gazebo. It’s not that thin, nylon netting, but a thick textilene type netting. The privacy curtains are also alot thicker, and more rugged then other similar models. This is the reason we bought this one over the Essex Metal roofed gazebo from Canadian Tire. The netting, and privacy curtains on that one are HORRIBLE.

4) The poly-carbonate panels are 8mm thick, instead of more other gazebo’s which are 6mm thick.

The unit comes in 2 boxes. One of them contains the roof panels, and the other contains everything else. The larger box is around 150-175 lbs. It would fit in a van, and possibly in the truck of a car with the back seats down.

The written instructions that come with the shelter are fairly easy to ready, and understand. However, to make it even easier, have a look at this youtube video that shows how to erect it. I found that reading the instructions, and watching the video made putting this shelter together really easy. I decided to use a lock tight on all the hex bolts, just to make sure it doesn’t come apart. One of the reviews said the roof panels fly off in the wind. Well, if you read carefully, he said he was also trying to get new screws from Sojag because those flew off as well. Well, the reason the panels flew out, was because his screws came loose. Ither he didn’t tighten them all the way, or they eventually came loose.

I was able to setup this gazebo by myself. I started by adding the feet to the legs of the gazebo, just like in the video. I then joined the support beams, just like the video. Now, this is where the video really came in handy. Layout the gazebo legs, and the beams exactly like they did in the video. Then, when it comes time to lift one side, lift it, and lean it against the house, or another structure. Then lift a perpendicular side, and attach it to the side that’s leaning against the house or structure. After that’s bolted together, the gazebo should be free standing. Bolt on the third side. Now all that’s left is one long beam. I placed one end of the beam on a ladder, and attached the other end to the 3 sided gazebo. Then bolted the ladder side together. Now you have a free standing structure to work with!

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Next, I just followed the instructions as in the manual, and the roof went together really easy.

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I also did the roof panels myself. I just followed the instructions in the manual, and put them in, in the order they suggested. Just be 100% that all panels are in completely. Make sure they are completely pushed in, and completely in the tracks they are to sit in. After you think each panel is in completely, give it another good push to make sure! I think this is important.

After the panels are in, there are a few more steps to complete to hold the panels together, and to brace them from any load that might sit on them. Instructions were all easy to follow here. After that, the screen is placed on the hooks. And you’re all done!

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A couple other things about this shelter

1) Even when sitting under it, the sun is still bright through the roof panels. I’m thinking a steel roof would be nice here, as you are completely out of the sun. However, a steel roof would make it plenty dark underneath, and I think it would take away from the outside experience

2) Make sure you bolt this thing down, as it will take flight in strong winds

3) I would suggest going over all bolts every couple weeks to make sure non are coming loose.

4) In the instructions, when putting the roof cap on, it says to leave it loose, and don’t tighten until the roof panels are in place. It doesn’t remind you to tighten them later in the instructions. So, make sure you reach up, and tighten (from the inside) the 3 bolts holding the roof cap on.

Hope this helps! I will continue to update this review every few months. Any questions, email me!

Oxford Dodge – Negative Review – Service Dept.

** UPDATE AUGUST 23, 2013 – I won my CAMVAP case, and my Dodge Ram was bought back by Chrysler Canada.  The buyback took place at Oxford Dodge, and the general manager was great to deal with.  Truck went in, with keys and ownership, and I walked out with my cheque.  Oxford Dodge even asked if I needed a ride home.  Went smooth as butter! **

I originally went to Oxford Dodge because a friend suggested them.  My truck was also ordered there by Chrysler Canada for repair.  Before telling my story of what happened at Oxford Dodge, I will do a point form review of the dealership.

  • One of their Service Adviser’s is incredibly grumpy.  His first name is Mike.  He works in the Service lane closest to the dealership.  I advise to stay away from that lane.  He treats you like you are not there, and seems like he hates his job.  More on that below.
  • Shawn Doerr, the service manager, never replied to any of my email.  Maybe it was just me, but every time I sent him an e-mail with updates, no reply. Nothing for days.  I even sent him a detailed e-mail regarding my experience with one of his service adviser’s, and NO reply.  It’s bad customer service.
  • In my case, there was a communication issue between service manager, service advisers, and mechanics.  You told the service adviser one thing, and he would write down a complete different thing on the WO.  I even gave detailed steps in how to reproduce the issue, and that was NEVER communicated to the mechanic, resulting in a front axle being replaced, instead of the transfer case.  I even explained to the service adviser to let me know exactly whats planned to be done, before any work is done.  No call from the service adviser, and during an unexpected trip to the dealer, found my engine in pieces on the shop floor.  Service adviser said “Oh… ya, I thought Shawn was going to call you”.  There is a communication issue here, and it results in the consumer receiving poor service.

** Note – While I do appreciate the original help that Oxford Dodge provided, I don’t appreciate being yelled at on the telephone because I was saying the vehicle wasn’t safe, and that driving it could cause more damage. I don’t appreciate a dealership telling me to go somewhere else because I didn’t buy this truck here. It started out good, and Oxford Dodge did step up to help, but after the truck kept on coming back for repair, (because it wasn’t repaired correctly the first time) is when they got frustrated with it, and took it out on me. **

-The truck is a 2012 Dodge Ram, HEMI, 4X4. It was bought from Dale Wurfel in Strathroy. I have another review of that dealership, and didn’t have a good experience there either.

-I was having engine troubles with the truck from Dale Wurfel, and Chrysler Canada ordered it to Oxford Dodge for repair, because Dale Wurfel decided not to help me. At first, the engine was making a knocking sound.

-So I brought the truck to Oxford Dodge, and was “greeted” by a service advisor named Mike. Wow. I thought he was the grumpiest person I’ve ever met. It was very exhausting dealing with him. I felt that I was treated as a bother, and not wanted. I posted my experience on a local forum that I belong to, and Service Manager Shawn read it. He then called me, and asked that if I ever have a bad experience with any of his staff, to please just let him know, and not to post it in public. So, I sent Shawn an email letting him know how I was treated by Mike. No response. Nothing. He Didn’t bother to reply. I was at least expecting him to say “Thanks for your email. Your concerns are appreciated”. Nope, I guess he didn’t feel a reply was needed.

-After my horrible experience with Mike, Oxford Dodge did inspected the truck, and said the knocking noise was Abnormal. Chrysler Canada then ordered the truck back to Dale Wurfel for repair. Dale Wurfel looked at the truck, and determined where the noise was coming from (engine), but somehow decided not to fix it. Truck was again ordered back to Oxford Dodge.

-Oxford Dodge said they would inspect the truck, and let me know what path they are going to take to fix it. Well, 4 days later I called to find out what the status was, and found out they already started the work, and tore the engine down completely. My engine is in pieces on the work bench. I was a little upset, because I didn’t receive a call before they started all this work. Somehow communicating with me before started the massive engine overhaul didn’t happen. They then replaced 1 piston because they thought it was slightly small.

– After rebuilding the engine, and replacing the piston, I immediately noticed it was knocking again. I took the truck home and also noticed that it now grinds, and clunks when you engage 4H from a stopped position. The brakes were really noisey as well. Squeaking all over the place. I took the below video of the transfer case grinding, and below that, is the engine knocking.

 

– I sent the grinding video, and the fact that the engine is still knocking, and the brakes needs to be cleaned to Oxford Dodge, via email to the service manager. He didn’t reply.   I waited a whole week and nothing. No reply from Shawn. I called Chrysler Canada to find out what’s going on regarding the 4H problem, and the knocking. First, Chrysler Canada authorized Oxford Dodge to replace the block. Second, Chrysler Canada said that Oxford Dodge Service listened to the video of the grinding and told me “Your driving the truck wrong, and your looking for problems. Your manipulating the truck to make these noises“.

-I lost it. I took the truck to Shawn (service manager) so he could listen to the noises in person. He heard the grinding, and banging noise, and said “You shouldn’t be stopped in 2H when your on snow. You should have anticipated that your going to get stuck, and should have already switched to 4H. If your stuck in 2H, it’s too late”. Huh? According to the manual, I can put it in 4H while I’m stopped. While the truck was there, I also brought up the brake squealing Shawn said “I doubt we’ll find anything in the brakes, dust wise”. Then he spent 10 minutes explaining about moisture, and metal on metal. Basically trying to convince me brake squeal is normal. Then he says “I think we have more serious issues to deal with then brake squeal”. At least take the tired off and blow some air in there?

– Eventually, after arguing about it for a long time, they decided to look at the 4×4 problem while they were replacing the engine block. After replacing the shortblock for the engine noise, they found a problem with the 4×4 actuator. They replaced it, and called me to say the truck is all fixed, and tested worked perfectly!

– I picked the truck up, with a new engine block, and fixed 4×4. I immediately tested the 4×4, and it did the same grinding and clunking noise. I thought they said it tested perfectly fine? I immediately brought the truck back, and Service Manage Shawn came out of his office and said “Lets go”, in a very frustrated tone, and started walking to my truck without looking, or talking to me. He was obviously frustrated that I brought it back because it wasn’t fixed. I felt not wanted, and felt like I was being a bother.  I felt that this dealership wanted me to just go away.  Not the type of feeling you want from a Service Department.   After another test drive hearing the noise, he did a few tests, and said bring it back next week, and they will diagnose it. He said “There is definitely still something wrong with the 4×4 system”.

-I brought the truck back the following week, and they called me to say the noise is coming from the front axle, and they are replacing the front axle. Umm, nope. The noise is NOT coming from the front axle, it’s coming from the transfer case. It’s clearly evident the noise is coming from the transfer case (the middle of the truck). Oh well, I let them replace the front axle.

-They replaced the front axle, and Shawn called and said that it didn’t fix the problem, and he still wasn’t happy with how it shifted into 4×4. However, he then said that he tested a 2013 RAM, and it did the same thing. He said that he has the transfer case apart, and found some damage in there. (Ding Ding Ding, told you it was the transfer case) He wants to show me the damage, and why it’s grinding. I told him I wasn’t interested in why it’s grinding. I want the problem fixed, and the damage part replaced. I was also leary about his testing a 2013 RAM, and it doing the same thing, so I test drove one and tried to reproduce the issue. Nope. Didn’t do it. See video below:

 


-The truck sat at Oxford Dodge, and I believe at this time, Oxford Dodge and Chrysler Canada are discussing what to do. They still seem to think the grinding and clunking is normal.

-Shawn called back, and said that he sent some DATA to Chrysler Canada regarding the grinding, and if Chrysler Canada gets back to me, then they will have another look. He wants me to come pickup the truck, and bring the rental car back. I explained to him that I would rather not drive the truck with the damaged transfer case, and am concerned about any metal shavings left behind by the damage. I don’t think it’s safe to drive it right now. Well, this is where Shawn LOST IT! He started shouting, and said “YOU NEED TO START WORKING WITH US HERE“. I said “Working with you? I’ve been patient, and kind for 8 months while you, and Chrysler Canada fix my truck. My truck has been in the shop 80 days out of 160. I AM working with you!”. He didn’t like this, and continued his shouting. He said “This isn’t even our truck, why don’t you go back to Dale Wurfel, we don’t want his truck anymore. I’m done with it”, he then said “Bring me my rental car back, or I will come and get it. We will come get it one way or another“. He was shouting this, loudly. So, here I am telling him I don’t feel safe in the truck with this damage, and want to wait for Chrysler Canada’s ruling, and he’s threatening me that he’s going to come take the rental car back. After this shouting, he hung up the phone.

-I called the General Manager of Oxford Dodge, and he ultimately explained to me why I can’t keep the rental car. He said Oxford Dodge is losing money because of this truck, and that I can’t keep the rental car hostage. He also stood up for Shawn’s shouting, and yelling, saying he’s usually calm, and doesn’t get this way often. He also explained, and wondered why they have this truck here, and said “Dale Wurfel should be stepping up and doing this work”. He also said that I need to treat Oxford Dodge, and Shawn better, or maybe Shawn isn’t going to help me anymore. Basically, he was sticking up for Shawn’s temper-tantrum. He then said to keep the car until Chrysler Canada decides what to do about the grinding. Which is what I mentioned to Shawn previously.

-I also sent an email to the owners of Oxford Dodge, and the general manager explaining my issues, and the trouble i was having trying to get them fixed. I didn’t receive a reply. It’s nice to know, when expressing your concerns, to the owner and general manager, that they care enough to reply.

-Chrysler Canada decided to NOT fix the grinding, and asked me to bring the rental back, and pickup the truck, which I did that same day. I havnt heard from Oxford Dodge since.

-I called Chrysler Canada back 2-3 weeks later and let them know that the engine knocking is back. Chrysler Canada called Oxford Dodge back and requested them to look at the truck. I don’t know who they talked to, but Oxford Dodge declined to see the truck. Chrysler Canada said Oxford Dodge asked NOT to refer myself back to them. Chrysler Canada also called another dealership, and somehow that dealership already knew about my truck, and they also declined to be referred to inspect the truck. So, someone’s been talking about my truck, and now half of my city declines to look at it.

** Conclusion? – Oxford Dodge originally stepped up, when Dale Wurfel wouldn’t. However, it ended badly, when Oxford Dodge got so frustrated seeing this truck, and ultimately took out their frustration on myself. There didn’t seem to be any communication between them, and me. It was always me guessing on what’s happening with my truck. Also, after doing a repair, why not test it thoroughly, instead of me coming to pickup the truck, going home, and coming back 2-3 days later. They even say in the Work Orders that they tested it? It also seems they started replacing parts that never needed to be replaced. The reason behind that, is because they don’t listen to me when I describe the problem. If they would have listened to the thorough details I gave them, they would know how to reproduce the problem, and not have to replace unnecessary components. I will not be returning to Oxford Dodge because of how I was treated at the end, with Shawn (Service Manager). I have also told this story to everyone I can think of at my office. **

Xtreme-Buggy Excursion, Dominican Review

A picture is worth a thousand words…, so look at this picture.

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That’s right. This is a real VW Dunebuggy. This isn’t some tamed out plastic “dune” buggy. This is the real thing, and it’s awesome! This is a trip of a lifetime!

Xtreme-Buggy Website

Email: contact@xtreme-buggy.com

Trip Advisor Reviews – Read all of them for tips.

 

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This is how our trip went. At the resort, we emailed the above email letting them know which resort we are at, and what time we’d like to go out. At that time you can choose how many people you’d like in your buggy. Whether it’s 2, or 4. If you choose 2, it’s slightly more money, as if you’d choose 4, they split the driving with different people. They also offer different length of excursions, and I’ll be talking about the half day excursion. I think that’s long enough, and you really get your driving fix!

They come to your resort, sometimes in the dune buggy, and pick you up, and bring you back to the depot. There, they give you a crash course on the buggies, and on some of the rules, etc. They take your money, and make you sign a waiver. Once in the car, they will show you how the clutch works, and the shifter works. I don’t suggest you drive if you’ve never driven manual transmission before. With these buggies, it’s a bit of a learning curve, and there’s no time for a stalled buggy on the busy roads, or trails. My buggy wouldn’t go over 10MPH, and had to be swapped out with a different buggy.

This, IMO, is the BEST way to see the Dominican country side. Right when you pull out of the depot, your on the main roads. It’s overwhelming at first, because it’s so busy, and there are trucks and cars flying around you everywhere. You quickly take a back road, and the trip begins.

First, we went to this small village where we saw a general store, or a grocery store. We also saw someone’s house, and back yard. It’s cool to see how these people live.

 

 

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After that, we continued through the muddy back roads that wind through dominican. One thing that they tell you is to not slow down for the mud-holes. If a buggy stalls out in a deep hole, that’s game over for the buggy. So we are all going FULL SPEED through these deep, muddy, orange, gross mud-holes. Our clothes were BROWN half way through the trip.

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After that we stopped off at a rich mans house / farm. He wasn’t there, and there was no house. There was a swimming pool in the center of his yard, that’s never had water in it. It symbolizes money, and monopoly.

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After that, they take you to this mine, where you drive up and down some of the mining hills. You also get to see all the mining equipment. Here, they tell you not to let the transmission slow you down when going down the steep mining hills. Something about it not being good on the gears. It’s just a testiment to how real these buggies are. After the mine, we get out on a busy highway. This was a real cool part of the trip, as we were going 80km/h in these buggies, down a 2 lane road. It’s kinda crazy, because the guy leading the trip doesn’t go slow, and doesn’t care about passing cars. So, everyone would shift their buggy’s down a gear, and pull when it’s clear, and pass cars. It’s crazy, but awesome!

The highlight of the trip, is the beach they bring you too. On the way to this beach, we overtook 20-30 little 4-wheelers that were driving on the road also. We also passed these small little buggy’s that went 20km/h maximum. It was kinda funny, cause these people in these little imitation dune buggy’s were getting passed by us in the REAL buggy’s.

We all went swimming for 30 minutes or so. The waves are huge!

 

 

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After that, we got back on the busy roads, and drove back to the depot. On the way, you drive right through a busy town, with stop lights and everything. It get’s a bit hairy, cause your right in the middle of Dominican traffic!

This is the trip to go on in Dominican! Don’t rent those crappy 4-wheelers, or any other plastic “dune buggy”. This is the real thing! It’s amazing, and the best excursion I’ve ever been on! A couple points to know below:

– Bring old clothes. You WILL get muddy, and will get dirty!
– Bring a bandanna. You need something to cover your face while driving through the muddy mud-pits
– Close your mouth when going through the mud. The water is stagnant, and probably filled with parasites.
– Be careful with your camera. It will probably get dirty. They take pictures and video for you, and sell it afterwards.
– Go fast through the mud-pits. It’s fun! and gets you less dirty!
– Don’t do anything stupid on the buggy’s. You will get removed. Don’t swerve, and try to dodge puddles. Charlie (the owner) will yell at you.
– Charlie is the owner, and can sometimes get angry. Just listen to him, and you’ll be fine. Don’t do anything stupid
Read ALL the reviews on this page. It’s the trip-advisor page, and is filled with more tips, and reviews

Benelli SuperNova Shotgun Review

Here is a quick review of my Benelli SuperNova Shotgun.

First, here’s the feature list:

Standard screw-In chokes: IC, M, F
Vented Recoil Pad for shock absorption
Comfort-Tech Shim Kit
Overly large trigger guard
Push-button shell stop

I purchased this shotgun in 2006 as my first firearm. I was looking at Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 mostly. They were well with-in my price range, but I wasn’t sure of the quality, and hesitated a little bit. I then saw the Benelli SuperNova. The price was higher then any other shotgun I was looking at, but I knew the quality would be that much better also.

The firearm fits like a glove. I do a lot of trap shooting, and when bringing the gun up from a carrying position, it come up NICE, right to my eye. Of course every body type is different, so this will vary whomever uses it. It has a red sight, and a raised barrel sight, with middle bead. I shoot left handed, and do not have any problems with the shell exit, or the safety switch, etc. The firearm comes with extra Shims, so you can change both the drop, and the cast of the butt. I’ve shimmed mine over to better suit my left handedness

The firearm will cycle 2 3/4” shells through to 3.5” shells. I usually use 3.5” shells, and have never had a problem with jams, or anything similar.

Durability:

My firearm has been dropped, rained on, touched with muddy gloves and have never had a problem with it. After using it once or twice, i’ll take it apart and clean it
It hasn’t rusted, or discolored at all, even after leaving it dirty/muddy for a week because I was too busy to clean it

Disassembly / Cleaning:

Disassembling this gun is a synch. Just take out 2 pins that hold in the trigger assembly with the supplied tool (the end cap to the shell holder), and the trigger assembly falls right out. The forearm then pulls right out the front. The bolt falls right out the bottom, and that’s about it.
The bolt rides on rails which are very easy to lubricate.
Once the gun is broken down, your left with 3-4 seperate pieces, which makes it very easy to clean everything.
Putting it back together is just as simple as taking it apart
The manual has great instruction on how to do it. I don’t even think I read them and did it my first try
Disassembling is so easy, IF you get dirt in the chamber, or something happens where you need to take it apart in the field, it’s so simple, and only takes 2-3 minutes.

CONS:

The weight. At 7.9 – 8.0 lbs, it can get a little heavy, especially when walking 5-10kms when pheasant hunting. I have purchased a sling for mine, and that helps alleviate most of the weight.
Barrel Length / buying new barrel. The barrel length is great for goose / duck hunting, etc, but it would be nice to find a smaller barrel for it. The problem is, a new barrel is almost the same cost of the whole gun.
Being all black, the gun looks like it came from a star wars movie, , but it doesn’t bother me much.
The difference between this gun and the NOVA, is the comfort tech stock, which compresses and helps with the recoil, the hardened barrel, and larger trigger guard. I don’t have much to compare the recoil to, but a friend says it ‘kicks’ a whole lot less then his gun.

I am 100% happy with this gun. It will last a lifetime for me!

Any questions? Send me an email – mrnatemeyer [@ ] gmail.com

UPDATE (December 1, 2009):

Still no problems with the firearm. Still no jams, rust, or discoloring. Everything is working perfectly, and am still VERY happy with this firearm.

UPDATE (November 26, 2012)

The gun is holding together. One problem! When shooting 3.5″ shells, the trigger is sticking. I fixed it by doing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1AuHTHxJso

UPDATE (March 22, 2013)