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EP117 – Galil Ace Blowout, Dick’s Fails, Mexican Death Skull

Ep117 of the John1911 Podcast. I wish to warn the listeners that we had some issues with the internet today. We switched out the armory to a wireless mesh system, which has been great. Only to have our service provider’s fiber-optic line cut by construction outside. Such is life. We’ll do better next time. On this episode: Century VSKA Rifle …

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Rayner’s Range

So earlier in 2018, a couple of us went up to Rayner’s to check out the facilities. Some members of a local SWAT team were looking for an alternate place for some rifle training.  A hunter was zero’ing for a hunt out west. I think this range went to 700 yards. We didn’t shoot. But it was good to see …

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SHS 34 – BCM Rifle – Fat Amy

Ok. On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a very high quality used rifle. With minimal rounds through it. And fairly high-dollar accessories included in the setup.  So what’s the catch? Well…for me it’s too heavy. Especially for a M4 carbine. But it has a lot of desirable / useful parts for multiple projects. Here …

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Spray-Painting the AR Pistol

Since the AR pistol build is complete I decided it needed a paint job. Well…it didn’t need one, but I kind of wanted to put one on it. I’m a huge fan of painting my guns. Since this isn’t a hunting gun or anything with a specific purpose, I decided to play around a bit.  The first thing I did …

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Checking ZB-26 7.62×39 Barrel

Before we send the ZB-26 kit off to the FFL 07, I want to make sure this barrel is actually a 7.62×39 caliber.  When you research the subject of Chinese ZB’s, the story is often parroted that these were converted with sleeved SKS barrels. The problem with that statement is it doesn’t really tell the real story.  Why? Well…looking at …

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The Melt Your Face Drill

Ok. Confession time. This isn’t really a drill. This is what most shooting actually is: Slow, Tedious, Administrative, or Repetitive shooting.  In this case, I am zeroing fixed sights on a Glock 35 in 40S&W.  Why you may ask? Simple. One of the PD’s that we are hosting, as it unexpecidy turns out, carry Glock 22’s in 40S&W. And…they are …

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SHS 33 – Glock 41 Gen 4

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is a used gun that seems like it just came out a hot minute ago: Glock 41 Gen 4.  So what is the 41? Basically it’s a 45ACP Glock 21 with longer slide and barrel. Not sure what’s it made for? If I were to guess, maybe competition? Whomever the previous owner …

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SCAR 20s Has Arrived

One of our good friends, who our readers have seen shooting his SCAR-17s many times, has sold off his 17 and replaced it with a SCAR-20s. It seems one of the SWAT snipers brought one to team training and it was the “Belle-of-the-Ball”.  I don’t have hard numbers, but it is my understanding multiple team members put in orders.  In …

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POTD – Could You Have Named This Gun?

We had an interesting, and very rare, firearm come into the armory recently. A ZB-26. For those who are not familiar with the ZB, it’s the predecessor of the UK’s BREN Gun.  Basically a slightly simplified and cheaper to manufacture version.  So? It’s a ZB-26? Who cares? Well…what makes this one special is Chinese Federalist forces bought ZB’s in 8mm. …

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Talking After a Self Defense Shooting

This video has been making the rounds on the internet for a bit. Initially I saw some MEME’s of this guy but didn’t understand the context. The person is named Charles Sweeney. Now I have seen the video and Wooo-Nelly! It’s a doozie!  2018 Video of Charles Sweeney discussing shooting It is my understanding this is the home owner’s second …

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AR-180 DEWAT

I had asked Matt to give us an analysis of the viability of buying this. He waved us off. —Editor This auction is for a RARE NICE, USED DEWATTED Armalite AR-180 rifle with the side folding buttstock, chambered in 5.56mm. The rifle has been dewatted by machining a slot thru the barrel and into the bore and by drilling a …

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Mossberg’s Going Wood

Just heard Mossberg is coming out with retro kind of wood stocked 500 & 590 shotguns. I for one am excited! I understand the 870 is a better made gun.  But I grew up shooting Mossberg and even carried a 590 professionally. Up to and including sticking them in peoples’ faces (they deserved it, BTW).  I live in a AR …

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SHS 32- Browning Hi-Power

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are taking a look at a Belgian made Browning Hi-Power. This particular example is in very good shape. Here are the stats: Belgian made. Manufactured date: 1969-75 estimate.  Blued finish. Caliber 9mm. 2 factory magazines. Leather case.  Fixed front sight.  Dovetail rear sight.  Single action only.  Mags don’t drop free.  Magazine …

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An Old Friend – Marienne V. “Marnie” McCausland

15 years ago, I lost an old friend way too young. Her name was Marienne Vail McCausland. But we all knew her as, “Marnie”. Initially we crossed paths while she was working at various gun stores. Later on, I found out she worked directly with some of the major players in the industry.  Not incidentally when you consider the name …

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Limiting Com-Bloc Mags For Hunting

One of the states we hunt allow 7.62×39 as a legal rifle caliber. Unfortunately they have a maximum capacity of 10 rounds.  Those that hunt with an SKS don’t have an issue and frankly, those that use an AK don’t either since 10 round mags are easily obtained.  My goto gun happens to be a Czech VZ58. And let me …