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Bush Hog Down

Well…it finally happened. The bush hog went down. But through no fault of it’s own. So DR Power Systems is off the hook.  I did it.  After knocking out some of the easier stuff on the range, it was time to go after some of the ATV trails and impact zones. Basically…uncharted territory. Which I knew was liable to somehow …

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SHS-52: Swiss 1906/24 Luger 

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase (SHS), we are looking at a rare gun. A Swiss Luger Model 1906/24 brought into the United States before the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA).  For the layman, that means no ugly import markings.  Also included with this pistol is a copy of the book, “Parabellum: A Technical History of Swiss Lugers” …

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Steiner X7Fi IFS 4-28×56

In 2008 or 2009, I was working SHOT show and saw something I knew was going to change the rifle community drastically and forever. So much so, the thought actually crossed my mind that I should sell most of my high-end European scopes before the bottom falls out of the market.  What was it? Ballistic computers inside of rifle scopes.  …

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SHS-51: Winchester 1894 30-30

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a Pre-64 Winchester Lever Gun. Since this gun is located in Ohio, I suspect that is why it is in such great condition. This is because 30-30 is not a legal deer caliber in the Buckeye State.  Go figure.  But this state’s loss could be your gain! A …

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EP138 – Thunder Ranch 1911, Slim 400 Shooting, NRA TV, Robbing Your Dealer

On this episode of the John1911 Podcast: Nighthawk & Thunder Ranch make a #3400 1911. The Slim 400 Shooting. When the girl robbed her dealer with a pit bull. NRATV Shuts down their hot librarian Dana Loesch. David Hogg is desperate for attention. Freeze still man crushes on Taurus. Police property room nightmare.   Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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S&W 5906 Musings 

Freeze and I were playing with a LEO trade-in 5906. Obviously we need to work in that DA/SA transition. But that would come with time. The biggest kick I can give to this gun are the sharp control surfaces.  It’s not like it would rub your hands raw and blister over and extended period? I suspect it would straight up …

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SHS 50: S&W 629-1

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase (SHS), we are looking at the stainless steel version of the Dirty Harry 44 Magnum. “The most powerful handgun on earth that will take your head clean off”.  😉 Well…something like that. No accounting for Hollywood’s behavior, right? So let’s get down to the stats: Make: Smith & Wesson. Model: 629-1.  Action: …

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Shooting, “Not a Red 9”

Somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek title. Freeze and I get the Red 9 out. This was the first time loading it with stripper clips on the range. Previously it was being hand loaded 2-3 rounds per iteration.  What I like about the gun is it’s iconic look. No other gun looks quite like a Broom-Handle Mauser. In the early days of …

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SHS-49: Swedish Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a rifle and caliber combination near and dear to my heart: An 1896 Swedish Mauser chambered in the fantastic 6.5×55 Swede.  What we call around here the “original 6.5 Creedmoor”. Which it really is.  The specs:  Make: Carl Gustaf. Model: 1896 Long Rifle.  Caliber: 6.5 Swede (6.5×55).  Date …

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POTD – Wild Turkey

POTD – Wild Turkey The only thing I know about turkey is I prefer thinly sliced. Is this a good one? -Marky #john1911 #gunrange #turkey #turkeyhunting #gobbler #idontknow #bigbird #privateland #hunting     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Missed Opportunity

Did you ever have “the bag” loaded in the truck and never checked to see if it had a magazine included? Well…that seems to be the case with “Officer Mike’s” LWRC REPR.  It’s been in The Armory for a few weeks and it never occurred to me to check the bag for a mag. That is until I am trying …

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Range Bush Hog

Been holding off on this post for a little while. I guess the main reason was I wanted to make sure we didn’t break this machine first. Some of my reservation was a fear it couldn’t handle the work. The rest was the fear I would damage it through inexperience.  But after hitting the 10 hour mark, I guess it’s …

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SHS48: Remington R1 Commander

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a used gun that is actually not very old. The Remington R1 Commander 1911. Now I am not saying this gun is anywhere near as nice as a full or semi-custom 1911.  But what I am saying is this gun is so spec’ed out very well. It’s got …

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SHS-47: Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 10

What we are looking at on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is an oldie but a goodie. A model 10 before there were Model 10’s. This gun is calling me. I once took a revolver class with a very, very similarly spec’d out gun (borrowed). And I dominated the field.  It was at that moment when I figured …

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Indiana State Police Qualification 

So Freeze and I needed to do a shakedown of The Pit. In particular we decided to shoot the Indiana State Police Handgun Qualification. This video is a little long, but hopefully you spot a new entertaining nuggets during your viewing.  Special note: When you shoot these types of drills, it is best to write an abbreviated outline of the parameters. Stage 1 …