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SHS 29: Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless (Type 3)

What we have here is something usual. Not because of what it is. But because of it’s condition. The dealer is not representing the pistol as unfired. But the average gun owner would have to look damn hard to see wear on this example.  Specs: Maker – Colt Mode – 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol. Variation – Type 3. Mfg Date …

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New 100 Yard Zero Range

One thing I figured out over the past year was we didn’t have a good place to zero a rifle at 100 yards. Sure. We have 100 yard shots all over the place. But what we were really lacking was a perfectly flat 100 yard shot.  So…one of the reasons we created the 0-500 yard shooting position was it allowed …

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Ep 111- Army Going 6.8, Metal P320, Century AK, Time Traveling Assassin

On this episode of the John1911 Podcast:   Is the US Army considering switching to 6.8? Century’s new VSKA AK-47 Rifle. Sig makes a Metal P320 for The Old Guard. HK VP9-B American Style Mag Release. Media silent on motives of NY suicide bomber arrest. CA crime so bad, Apple hires Police for stores. Major updates on the range project. …

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Chainsaw Party 2018

Well…the 2018 Chainsaw party has come and gone. I don’t know I am getting older or if the logs are getting heavier, I suspect the latter. But this year’s event seemed unusually rough. The trees cut were simply huge and required almost constant splitting.      Until next year…     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 28 – Springfield 1903 MK1

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we have a 1903 Springfield rifle. But not just any 1903. A MK1. What is that you ask? With a little hyperbole it is as follows… Imagine The United States War Department’s super secret weapon that was so effective and revolutionary, that by the summer of 1919, allied forces were going to …

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Beretta 92D Left Behind

How does a Beretta get a beauty picture around here? You’re cleaning guns at the Armory and realize this handgun was left in the UTV. Whoops.      Marky  www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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500 Yard First Shots Official

Ok. This part of the property is done. So a friend of ours wanted to shoot his SCAR-17 and try it out.  So while I was working on shooting benches and tables, this shooter and his SCAR-17 got it done.  He routinely takes his SCAR out to 800 yard no problem.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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The New Range 

Quick overview of the new range. We are stopping construction for the year.  We have 0-600 yards of rifle range. A 50 yard pistol / tac rifle pit.  Well over 2000 yards of trails.  And hardened on site storage.  It’s the beginning of October and winter is fast approaching. So the priority is finishing the seeding for erosion control and …

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Pedersen Device 1903 Rifle

So today I ran across something at my favorite FFL that I have never, ever, ever seen before. A 1903 Springfield that has been specifically built, and cut, to accept a Pedersen Device. The US Army called this model of rifle the 1903 MKI.  What is the Pedersen Device you ask? It was a top secret program by the US …

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SAA – AR-15 Lower

Some have asked for pictures of my SAA lower for the AR pistol build. I will keep you updated on what I think of it after we get some time on the gun.    Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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AR-15 vs AR Pistol Build

The pistol build is almost done. Here you can see the size difference. On the bottom is a S&W Sporter with a 16” barrel. On the top is a 10.5” barrel pistol build with arm-brace.        Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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EP 110 – On the Road Heading in from Annual Chainsaw Party

Episode 110 of the John1911 is a little different. In this edition, Freeze and I are recording together whole headed back in from the Annual Chainsaw Party out at Mitchell’s Range. It has been a long day. We are both whipped. And it’s a free flow of whatever strikes our fancy on the highways and byways of Middle America. Enjoy. …

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Chinese Expansion in the Indian Ocean

In 1971, the last Royal Navy squadron east of Suez departed for home, leaving a power vacuum. It seemed logical the US would replace the British. The US, however, was overextended; in part because of Second Indochina, but equally,  since President Lyndon Johnson had said American could have both guns and butter, his Great Society programs – a policy President …

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Walther PPQ 45

Whoops.  Why you ask?  I forgot we owned this. Just this morning while working in my office I found these photos of a Walther PPQ 45. But looking at them, I’m thinking they aren’t part of the Second Hand Showcase Series (SHS). What are these? What gun shop is this? Then it hits me! I was traveling and found this …

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POTD – Colt 1903 Pistol

The only reason I didn’t buy this pistol is because of the caliber: 32acp. That is not a caliber I support. Simple as that.  But..this gorgeous 1903 is currently sitting in my FFL’s used gun case. It’s beautiful.       Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”