I am not a gun smith and would not recommend anyone modify a firearm in anyway if they do not have the skills required, I am posting this as informational and for those who have the skills and experience for handle it. While not a hard project this is a firearm not your toaster
For those of you lucky enough to have purchased a Canuck Commander 12 gauge shotgun, you may have come up against an issue reassembling it afterwards, not to fear its an easy fix.
The canuck commander is probably the best shotgun I’ve owned its almost everything about it defies the sum on the price tag.
The commander was the first shotgun of its type I have purchased in that I’ve not had use for something that short before, I picked it up to spice up the father son shooting trips keep things fresh and ya maybe a little more Call of duty ish ( just jokes)
When it arrived I wanted to get right into it make sure it was all ready willing and able to take right out into the field, after my go butt reaming by Cabela’s and and Pallas I did not want a repeat of getting out into the sticks to just hear “click” time and again.
If you have not heard the story you can check out my video on the abhorrent product and customer service I received from Pallas and Cabelas Canada here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzuTP4cR9-k
It stripped down just fine some parts were tight as you would expect having just come from the factory but other than that no issues the problem came when it was time to reassemble it and if you have little or maybe no experience with this style firearm you may not know exactly when enough force is too much force. from my experience it does require some elbow grease to both assemble and disassemble the Commander and there is at least one spot where it seems necessary but its not and could leave you sitting there thinking F_____ !!
The problem usually lies in a little metal clip that when during the reassembly slips under the block and when you go to slide the assembly back into its housing it bends slightly, if you had not necessary paid attention to it you may not be fully aware of how it is supposed to look and there was not a whole lot of information on it. the Manual was not as detailed as Id have liked so people might be tempted to assume “I just need a bigger hammer” and apply more force to slide the assembly into the housing. Further complicating the problem.
Field stripping a shotgun is not an overly technical job, just about any one can do it without any problem, the Commander does have one possible issue as I said that can be a stumbling block though. That tripping point is the metal finger under the bolt, if when you are reassembling the shotgun the bolt tilts up a bit the finger can slide under the bolt and when reinserting it into the receiver it can bend the finger ever so slightly and after that she will not go together properly.
The bolt and assembly can then get slightly or not so slightly wedged into the receiver. For first timers or those new to this setup you may think “its just a tight fit, more power” ya NO! While true it is a snug fit it should not be hard to slide in think putting on new socks not shoes one size too small.
It’s that the finger gets bent and then will not let the bolt seat properly and unless you know what your looking at and how all the parts are supposed to go together you may be in a world of hurt. As far as I’ve seen there is not much out there on this particular issue though it seems like something that could be really quite common. I say this because it can happen so easily and because the force required to re seat the bolt assembly into the receiver and too much force resulting in a bent finger are so close you may not even notice you tried too hard.
Onto the Fix
Use a flat head screwdriver and twist Id not suggest prying, if you use a moderate size slotted screwdriver, twisting gives you more control less chance of using too much force and damaging the finger, finger spring, or action bar.
The finger pin and spring are very small so it will not take much to brake them, do yourself a favor and start with minimal force and work up. You can always twist harder its kind of difficult to take undo too much. *free advice*
You are not looking to bend the metal finger too much, you just want to make a small adjustment to undo any damage done to the finger if pinched during reassembly. We are talking a fraction of an inch here, so go light.
When putting it back together in order to avoid pinching the finger tab make sure the bolt covers the finger entirely and remains level on the tube as its slid back into the receiver.
I hope that this helps people out if it did please drop a comment and let me know.