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POTD – Two More VTAC’s Arrive

Things are moving very quickly on many fronts. On Friday, two more of the VTAC barricades arrived on property. That gives us a total of 3.  Right now, I am thinking two will go into The Pit. As for the third, I am debating placing it on the 100-500 yard shooting position. Or I might elect to keep it at …

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What is Wolf Gold Ammo?

We bought some 55g Wolf Gold ammo for some of our tac rifles. But it got me thinking: Does “Gold” mean match? Since I fire Wolf 55g steel in this gun, why not put the Gold to test and find out? The answer: It’s 55g military ball ammo. It’s not trash ammo. But it definitely is bulk ammo.  Sure, I …

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LAW-12 Shotgun Buffer Check

Knocking this one off the to-do list. We took in a LAW-12 a while back. But it can’t be officially put into the firing reference collection until we confirm the parts are in working order.  The first thing to check on an SPAS / LAW semi-auto type of shotgun is the receiver buffer. Over decades they tend to deteriorate and …

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EP-130 – TFB Whacked, Trump & Cher Love, Notre Dame Burns

Ep 130 of the John1911 Podcast: Notre Dame burns down. TFB whacked from Instagram. Bernie Sanders admits he’s a millionaire. Pelosi insults AOC election. Tiger Woods is back. Cher tweets she doesn’t want illegals in LA. Walmart police blotter: Naked man, karate woman, shoplifting dog.     Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Pistol Pit Erosion Control 

Ok. The grass issue on the rifle range has turned in our favor. We have successfully seeded over 900 yards. With a few minor corners, it looks great. The few areas where we have had some residual problems will likely be turned into clover plots for deer.  However…one area has completely failed to grow grass. And that is “The Pit” …

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Fly Fishing 2019

Sometimes on business trips, I get a chance to do some interesting things. This is one of those times. I wasn’t in a position to take too many photographs, but I thought I would share some fish I caught, the lunch I ate and the rod I used.  BTW…it was for trout and was catch and release.  I am not …

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SCAR-20 Load Testing 500y

Ok. If you are reading this description, that means you are seriously considering watching this 30 minute video. If you are interested in seeing how a SCAR-20 performs with hand-loads, you’ll likely get something out of it. If you are interested in seeing our new rifle range and how it operates so far, you might also enjoy this video. We …

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XTEK Chassis in the Wild

Reader Tony N. in Australia sent me some interesting photographs.  The Australian Defense Force (Army) use Blaser Tactical 2 rifles as one of their precision platforms. As to be expected, a local defense contractor known as XTEK was able to secure some contracts upgrading these rifles.  Principally they worked on custom magazines to increase capacity and a chassis system.  Both …

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LAW-12 Buffer Maintenance 

Not sure if we’ve ever shown this shotgun. It’s a Franchi LAW-12. Also known as the little brother to the SPAS-12 shotgun from the Jurassic Park movies.  In short, remove most of the stupid stuff off the 12, and you get a smaller, lighter, better, simpler semi-automatic shotgun known as the LAW-12.  But just like the SPAS, the LAW uses …

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Bergmann Model 1898

I have always thought pistols from this era looked very cool. They have a unique quality that doesn’t flow down stream of Browning or Glock. As such, they have an almost alien like style to them.  If given the chance, even though it’s in a weird caliber, I would snatch one up for our reference collection. Even with the understanding …

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Ep129 – USAF Revolvers, MSS Spies in FL, CMP Drops the Hammer

Episode 129 of the John1911 Podcast USAF Dropping the M15 Revolver. Chinese MSS agent arrested at Mar-a-Lago? Dem staffer pleads to multiple doxing charges. JSDF F-35 Jet Crashes. Will the DOJ really prosecute spying on Trump? Rhino poacher, killed by elephants, eaten by lions. CMP prohibits re-sale of their 1911s. John Boehner in the pod business. The 7.6 Creedmoor Joke. …

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22 Brass Over Steel Punch

As I type this, I anticipate 300 comments of dunking / virtue signaling. Which comes with the territory. And taking that amount of abuse is why I get paid the big bucks. So here goes… When Rob sent me this, I was both awestruck by it’s sheer genius and embarrassed by it’s simplicity. Realizing I had not figured this out …

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Parts Kit Analysis: BREN Gun

Q: This is bad, correct? —Marky — A:Correct it looks bad! The seller seems to be focused on selling everything but the receiver.  Not really any good pics of the receiver but it sounds like the receiver may be junk. If you want to get a better idea of what would be needed we could ask for better pics of …

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Fire Mitigation on Rifle Range

Spring is here. That means summer is right around the corner. And after that are the dog-days of august. Which leads to very dry conditions. Which means fire.  We don’t live in a fire prone region of the country. What I am mostly concerned about is a bullet strike on steel igniting a brush fire. Most shooters don’t think about …

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Stoeger Tactical SxS

I saw this in my local gun shop a while back. And on paper I should be hating everything about it. But I have to confess, there was something endearing about this Stoeger SxS.  It was light. Handy. Synthetic furniture. Simple. Easily accepts a red-dot. Already has a flashlight mounted. And even the stock sleeve allows for more ammo to …