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EP175 – The Commies Riot

Episode 175 of The John1911 Podcast Wilson X9L passes 1000 rounds. The commies riot. Kobe Ribeye. Killer Mike speaks. Madonna tries to speak. Appeal of small towns.     Danny & Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Is This a 2011?

The Wilson EDC X9 series of guns, while being double-stack 1911’s, are NOT 2011s.  The gun is smaller than a 2011. The gun is designed differently than a 2011. The gun does not use 2011 magazines of any generation.    So no. If you have a 2011 and are looking to make the switch to the Wilson X-Fame guns? Your …

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Operation Dead Tree Pull

With the gear shown here, we are now ready to start pulling down the “widow-maker” trees on the spine trail.  Should this not work? Plan B would be to get a heavy dozer back there to do it. Plan C would involve small explosives.  And while 12 year old me see’s the appeal of Plan C; accounting likes to point …

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Relearning Malfunctions

Switching to a red-dot on my CCW gun has brought up an interesting development I hadn’t considered: Malfunction clearance drills.  For going on 30 years I have performed pistol malfunction clearance drills in one of two ways: Slingshot from the rear of the slide. Or palm-over the rear of the side.  With a RDS, that brings up two issues as …

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Wilson EDC 15rd vs 18rd Magazine

After a recent video detailing some facts about the Wilson EDC X9L, I have received NUMEROUS follow-up inquiries.  The two biggest questions are: Does the 18rd mag work with the first generation EDC X9? Yes.  Can I please show up-close images of the two magazines? Yes.  So here you go.    The only real differences I can see, besides the …

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Ransom Rest Inserts

Through the years, we have slowly built a collection of Ransom Rest inserts. Each one is from a particular project.  Thought maybe some of you might like to see it. Many have heard of Ransom Rests, but most never get time with them. We actually have two.  That is a long story in itself.      Regards,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting …

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EP174 – Special 2 Hour Episode

Episode 174 of the John1911 podcast is in the can: Memorial Day. The, “You ain’t black” crack. Was Covid overblown? Banning Beltfeds. We disagree on Cincinnati Chili. Arby’s kills Red Dot Sight. The awesome coyote coat. Carrying a gun in Chicago. BJ Baldwin – Tori Nonaka Shooting. Strom Trooper felony arrest.       Danny, Marky & Freeze John1911.com “Shooting …

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The Hillbilly Drill

While on the range loading mags, I happened to notice an usual situation. At least unusual for “professional” gun ranges.  I was sitting on my truck. With all my gear. Loading mags and drinking water. Exactly 7 yards from a steel target.  Squared up too.  Which if you know anything about the famous Bill Drill? Matches its distance perfectly. Ear-pro, …

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Springfield 1911A1

We had someone ask us what is the best model of 1911 for under $1000?  Frankly, I wouldn’t know. That’s hard to pull off. I have heard some decent things about the Springfield line. In particular they make a good base gun to grow into.  Also…it is neat that one can now get a new manufacture GI 1911 copy. So …

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Schmeisser Mag

A while back I saw an article on a 60 round mag for the AR that was not the typical snail drum BS. I was interested in it for several reasons.  First off, it’s only 2 inches longer than a standard PMAG. The mag body is just slightly fatter than the standard AR receiver making it less bulky than a …

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Mundane RDS Work

Getting the hang of shooting a RDS on a pistol. The biggest change is training my mind to look where the dot is, above the gun, instead of through the irons. If you look where my eyes are relative to the irons, it might be apparent on video.  It’s going pretty well.  Make: Wilson  Model: X9L w/Rail. RDS: Trijicon SRO. …

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Army Service Pistols

So I got a chance to handle Doc’s M17 today. Trigger is heavier than I like. But I suspect it will smooth-in. The thumb-safety is much easier to disengage than re-engage. On this example anyway.  But what I found most interesting is it is functionally the same footprint as the 5” M1911. Seen here next to my 5” EDC X9L …

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EDC X9L Holsters & Mags

The Wilson Combat EDC line of handguns gives the user two magazine options. A flush-fit 15 rounder and an extended 18 rounder.  Both magazines work flawlessly with the EDC X9 and X9L. Whether the gun has an extended magazine well or not. You can attribute this to the rather unique shape of Wilson’s mag-well. Additionally I can assure you loading …

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Derringers Are Coming

Estate: “Hey, can you evaluate a couple derringers for us?” Freeze: “Sure. Send them over. How many you got?” Estate texts image of guns in question. Freeze: “Holy crap!”      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Retention Holster Work

The best way for me to get used to a retention holster is to practice using it while actually trying to do something else: Like work a gun for example. I don’t want to focus on beating retention. I want to focus on drawing and shooting. Big difference.  How is it going? Meh. I am having some issues with this …