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Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol Conversion

In 1836 Robert Johnson of Middletown Connecticut was contracted to make 3000 Pistols for the US Government. They were ordered to replace the then in use Model 1826 pistol. The contract cost of these were $9.00 each.  Typical of the US government at the time; and even now, they did not purchase cutting edge technology. The M1836 was a .54 …

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Freeze Eyes the M16A4

Being a dyed in the wool MILSURP collector, I think this rifle ticks all the boxes for him. Modern enough for all the ergonomic benefits; but historically significant enough to be collectible.  The M16A4 is to the GWOT generation what the M16A1 was to the Vietnam generation. Hopefully some will understand why we traded for the ACOG?  It makes this …

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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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S&W 5906 Restoration 

Marky dropped this off at my house with no warning. His words were, “Fix this gun”. For the pics you can see at THE LINK HERE. It was pretty rough. Here is the final product. Externally the gun was very rough. But luckily…the internals were almost perfect.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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S&W 5906 Police Trade-In

I have a new project. A rough S&W 5906 police issued 9mm pistol. While it may look rough to the casual observer, we can bring it back.  Stay tuned.    Sincerely,   Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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7.62×39 AR Build Update

A quick update on my latest project. The upper is a BCA Upper chambered in 7.62×39.  16” barrel. Lightweight keymod hand guard. I added an Anderson lower just because. Those that follow our podcasts will understand. I installed a set of Bastion takedown pins, etched with a small US Flag on the head. Because …well… “Merica”. Additionally a Bastion threaded …

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Brass in The Bug Guard

So I sent these images over to Marky today. I asked,  “Can you guess what this is?” Marky: “The windshield on your truck?” “Close…the bug guard on the hood. They are trapped there.  Probably since fall.”     Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Reader’s Sten Build

Marky & Freeze, Just wanted to follow-up on the Sten project since you guys sent me that template a few months ago.  After doing some research, I ended up with some parts for a Mark III Sten from Indianapolis Ordnance; to make a legal semi-auto Sten. I installed a 16” barrel so I didn’t have to mess with a tax …

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Upside Down Gas Block

I had an AR build come across the workbench. The owner bought it from the guy who built it. I’m not sure when it was built but apparently it didn’t run.  Upon first inspection I easily found that the buffer retention pin was missing. The first fix on this rifle is installing the missing pin. After installing the buffer retention …

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Chasing Function: Weasel Whacker

New project rolled onto the workbench. Right now its a “Jam-O-Matic”. I’m sure I can get things worked out.       Freeze. www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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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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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 …

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7.62×39 AR Upper

I just picked up a new upper. It has a 16 inch barrel with a 15 inch lightweight keypad hand guard. Chambered in 7.62×39. It will mount on any AR lower but I’m planning on building one for it. I need a winter project and this deal came along at the right time.  16″ Parkerized 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium Barrel …