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SHS 12: E. Whitney Revolver 

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are featuring a very neat and historically significant black powder revolver. And while this 36 caliber Navy Model of handgun might not be significant in its own right; the name Eli Whitney certainly is!  The inventor of the Cotton Gin. A mechanical contraption that was used, in lieu of human labor, …

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Cracks in Mauser Stock

A while back Marky picked up a Yugo Mauser at an estate auction. Any new firearm that comes into the armory get’s completely taken down to check for damage, repairs, or unexpected markings.  You can see complete pics of the rifle here: Yugo K98 Mauser I took these photos a while back and forgot to publish them. When looking for …

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Armory Chat 40: Winchester 24 Surprise 

You are never too old to learn new tricks. Right?  In our quest to acquire an affordable, double trigger firearm; I discovered a feature that was new to me.  It seems on this Winchester Model 24 SxS, when the shooter presses the lever to unlock the action, the safety is automatically reengaged.  Without a doubt many of you are familiar …

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POTD — Information Security at The Vatican

I’ve been sitting on this photo for a long while. Not intentionally. It’s just that we are primarily a firearms and national security property. So just about anything bumps this from the queue of posts. But this is long overdue. So here goes… The Pope is the Head of State for the sovereign Vatican City. They are their own country. …

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Hands-on: Hudson H9 Pistol

So while traveling recently I had the opportunity to spot a Hudson H9 pistol for sale in a FFL’s gun case. With all of the hype, and some the drama, surrounding this pistol; I was excited to actually handle one. Considering I didn’t shoot it, you can take my observations with a grain of salt: It’s an all steel gun …

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Armory Chat 39: I Forgot We Had That!

So Freeze and I were talking today and the subject of 7.5 French came up. Before I could say anything, he started making plans to buy a MAS 36 Rifle. You know the reference collection is big when your partner forgets what we have!  We’ve had a MAS 36 for some time. And we’ve had a 49/56 as well.   …

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Episode 96 of the John1911 Podcast:

Episode 96 of the John1911 Podcast: SIG wins the US Army SDMR Optic Contract. Lando Calrissian is now gay. Gun companies making optics. Conspiracy theory about electronic gun safes. Pedophile teacher gunned down in driveway. Will John McCain be blamed for Trump dossier? Is there a war against boys? PGA Lucas Glover gets beaten by wife regularly.       …

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POTD — Mass State Police M&P 45

  A quick pic sent by a very close associate. His duty M&P 45 in a Phalanx Concealment Holster.  https://phalanxconcealment.com       Freezer Meat www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 11 – Colt Army Special

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a revolver that was made by Colt in the hopes of getting a government contract: The Colt Army Special 38 Specs: Made in 1910 Chambered in 38 Colt. 6-Shot Square grip frame.  Rounded blade front sight.  Trench rear sight.  Firing pin integral with hammer.  Colt style cylinder latch. Colt bake-a-lite …

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EP95 – CMP 1911 Prices, Tim Kennedy, 1000 Yard Range Update

On Episode 95 of the John1911 Podcast: S&W sells stripped AR Lowers. Beretta releases M9a3 in Black. Tim Kennedy slides on gun control. We are delaying the 1000 yard range work. George Zimmerman does it again. Ruger sales down 20%. Crazy Roland Special malfunction. Mossberg Shockwave in 410. CMP releases 1911 prices.       Marky & Freeze

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Hayabusa Motorcycle 

Hayabusa Motorcycle  It’s not something we discuss much, but Freeze and I are both motorcycle guys.  He spent his youth riding Harley’s and I rode Honda’s. A CBR600 and then a 1500cc Valkyrie. One of our employees has been trying to get me back into the bullet-bike game. So today he was tempting me with his Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc sport …

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This is Not Gun Abuse 

A lot of guys will say it’s abuse but the truth is, if you carry 24/7 your gear gets wear and tear. If you want a safe queen; don’t carry it. #realmenscratchthierguns.     Freeze  www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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M&P 2.0 Pistol FDE 40 Caliber

We’ve had a wave of new readers over these last few weeks so I feel compelled to repeat something our regulars know: We are not gear reviewers.  We don’t do T&E guns. We don’t chase new SKU’s from this year’s SHOT Show.  If a gun is in The Armory or comes through one of our ranges, we are liable to …

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Vang Comp Safety Mossberg 590

We haven’t been publishing much about the shotguns since we are in the middle of a big rifle rang build. But someone wanted to know if Vang’s Mossberg safety was worth the upgrade?  I believe it is. Especially if you are engaged in high-volume training.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 10: Last Ditch Arisaka Rifle

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a late war Arisaka Type 39 Rifle. Also known as a, “Last Ditch Rifle”. Mechanically the rifle is the same as early production examples. But it lacks a lot of finishing touches. Caliber 7.7x58mm  Model nomenclature: some explanation is due here. You will see these rifles commonly known as Type …