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FN SmartCore SCAR Rifle Shot Counter

A buddy of mine is at the IDEX Arms Show in UAE this week. Knowing I am a SCAR rifle guy, he wanted to know when I was going to get the drop-in black-box system that counts shots? Wha???? It seems FN has a product called the SmartCore shot counter than tracks rounds fired and even has the ability to …

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Dear F. Class Competitors

When F/TR Competitors sit around and wonder why their numbers are not growing at the rates of other shooting sports, look in the mirror. I have seen too many of you jokers disparage a potential new shooter’s rifle under the guise of, “Giving him truthful information”. Horse-crap. When a noob is inquiring if he can shoot his RPR, Remington 700 …

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Video — FAL Gas Setting Marked For 55g Wolf Ammo

When you are dealing with many different firearms, a good policy is to double document the settings for those guns. One, if the opportunity presents itself, it is always a good idea to leave some kind of reference on the actual firearm. Second, it is a good idea to keep a master log for all the weapons. In this case, …

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Semi-Auto M-60 “Machine Gun”

Freeze got me started on looking at these a few years ago. He makes the argument that these semi-auto, belt-feds, conversions are fun, collectable and desirable. I never really paid them much mind until the past year. So while on a recent work trip, I spied this M-60 semi-auto conversion and figured I would take a look. The maker’s tag …

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Lt. General H.R. McMaster

McMaster is considered one of the brightest military thinkers on active duty. His career even going back to the first Gulf War is infamous. Note, many of you are familiar with his exploits at the Battle of 73 Easting. I have personally followed his career since he was a Captain. The work he advocated doing in post 2003 Iraq should …

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Video — Why Are Glocks So Blocky

This subject comes up every time Glock comes out with a new generation. And it really started coming up with SIG 320 winning the service pistol contract. I see two general “suggestions” people have for Gaston Glock. The first is to make a Glock pistol with an “American” grip angle. The second is to make a pistol that is more …

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Mossberg 590 Upgrades

This will be a picture heavy post with little description since it’s self explanatory. Shown is a Mossberg 590 I purchased back in the 1990’s. It is not the A1 since the trigger guard is plastic and it lacks a heavy barrel. Understanding that a good SD shotgun needs a light, I never put one on this 590. Why? Because …

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SPAS-12 Broken Buffer Confirmed

As we reported earlier, the SPAS-12 shotgun starting falling apart as soon as we racked it. As suspect, the original rubber buffer system has dried out and disintegrated with age. As you will notice with the hard, translucent yellow pieces seen here. A replacement part will be ordered ASAP.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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EP54 of the John1911 Podcast

Episode 54 of the John1911 Podcast is now live. Colt SP1 is now C&R Eligible Century Arms Gives Up Importing M1 Garands. The Chances of importing Russian arms decrease greatly. DPRK sends out the LOL Assassin. Fake NASCAR driver has fake NASCAR sponsor. Joy Villa and the Make America Great Again Dress.   Marky & Freeze www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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Building Gun Racks

We have a fair amount of racks here in the armory. In the very beginning, we purchased pre-fabricated shelving. But over time, it became apparent that it was just easier, and more economical, to custom build racks as we needed them. The main cost savings comes from the customization we can do. Depending on where the rack is going or …

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Armory Chat Ep20: Q&A

I was traveling quite a bit over the last few weeks. So figured it was a good opportunity to start a Q&A segment that I could answer while on the road. Thanks to everyone for your questions, we will be doing this again.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Video — Mexican Marines Using Mini-guns Against Cartels

Since El Chapo has been transferred to US custody, a power vacuum has opened up in some Cartel organizations. As clearly as I can tell, open warfare has erupted between Chapo’s kids and some senior cartel members. So what? Right? Well…this open warfare has turned some areas of this Mexican city into a battlefield. Filled with 50 BMG rifles, belt-fed …

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Why Are Tactical Trainers Insecure about the The Super Bowl?

Confession. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl where the guy lead the team, from a huge deficit, against the other guy and his team. Where everyone wanted the girl to make a political statement. Who jumped off the roof, but did her job. And her fans aren’t happy she did her job? But somehow the winner of the trophy still …

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Responsible Gun Owner Tag

Freeze sent me these pictures way back during the summer. I just simply forgot about them. But as someone who lived through the bad old days of the 86 Hughes Amendment, the Import Ban, 922r, and the Assault Weapons Ban; stuff like this warms my heart. Back in the 80’s and 90’s as a gun owner and advocate, I felt …