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Video — My Broken Firing Pin Face

Drive 4 hours to confirm dope out to 1000 yards and firing pin breaks on first shot. That look on my face when I know I’m done for the day. Still laughing about it! Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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USMC Colt M45A1 Decommissioned Pistol

I ran across this pistol recently. It was the first time I have had a chance to actually fondle a “turn-in” M45. As you can see, it has seen quite a bit of use. The seller has been able to determine which unit this handgun served with and has documentation that it is not, “a school house gun”. His words …

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Booby Trapped AK-47

A friend of mine sent me this pic of a AK-47 uncovered in Raqqa, Syria. Apparently it was booby trapped by retreating ISIS fighters. See the special surprise under the recoil guide? Notice the Duracell 9V battery just behind it? Since I am not there I can’t with certainty say “what” is in the package, but the 9V is a …

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POTD — White Steyr AUG

If I ever get an AUG, I’m opting for the Arctic version. Why? Because, “White Steyr” sounds like a cool rock band from the 80’s.   Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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POTD – Daily Carry Life

I’m never without this pistol. Ever. And before this pistol I was never without my previous carry pistol. All day. Every day. Regardless of whatever I’m doing. Doesn’t matter if I’m at the gym. Or in a meeting. Outside humping a trail. Or climbing a tree. I get that many people have their reasons for carrying the pocket rocket versions …

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Press-Check Gone Wrong

Viewer discretion advised. The image shown is being reported as a user mistake while performing a press-check. Caliber 9mm. Ammunition FMJ. The bulk of the damage was likely caused by the expanding gases at contact distances, not the bullet itself. Likely not related, but this image reminds me of the typical injury when reloading a certain style of derringer. But …

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1941 Indian Motorcycle – US Army Model

Freeze sent these pics over to me today with the following note: “This 1941 Indian is for sale in Pennsylvania. The Craigslist ad is asking $20,000. The owner says everything works with the exception of the horn. I would take up riding again if I had this.” I have to agree. It’s a sweet, sweet bike. And the Tommy-Gun scabbard …

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No. The Army Won’t Go Back to 308

I have been getting hammered with inquiries and comments about the Congressional testimony of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on the US Army switching to 7.62 as a standard service round. That in conjunction with the recent DOD RFP for 5.56 caliber alternatives has the gun-geek community pegging the DERP meter. Here’s the problem: DC is a shit …

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Broom-Handle Mauser: 30 Mauser or 9mm Luger?

One of my regular FFL stores popped up with a Broom-handle Mauser also known as the C96. I have been casually paying attention to them for a while, so when this showed up at the shop, it caught my eye. Off the top of my head, it’s in 30 Mauser. Is refinished. And the stock / holster kit with it …

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Armory Chat 28: Viewer Q&A

Episode 28 of the Armory Chat. Some of the viewer questions with some extra FB live questions tossed in at the end.   What do I think will happen with the M4 and 5.56? Will a new caliber be adopted? I know you prefer Blaser actions. But what do you think is better? Remington 700 or Winchester model 70? The …

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My Best 1000 Yard Group Doesn’t Count

Now to answer the next logical question: Why? The reasoning is simple. Around here, a 3 shot group is a liar’s group. Only 5 shot groups count. No exceptions. The rifle: Blaser Tactical 2 Caliber 308. Ammunition: 175g ASYM Ammunition 308. Range: 1000 yards. Rounds Fired: 6 Situation. Rifle holds 5 rounds. First round trying to dope wind is a …

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Benefits of a Sandbag with Rifles

This is a little trick I picked up quite a while ago. I always have 2 little “sandbags” with me when I am doing precision rifle work. Doesn’t matter if I am hunting pigs in Texas. Deer in the Midwest. Or shooting 1000 yards from one ridge to the next with a “tactical” rifle. These two sandbags are present. It’s …

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Unexpected Visitor — Black Bear

While confirming some dope on the way back down from 1000 yards, I had something happen that has never happened before. A 200 pound male Black Bear (Spotter said it was a bull. I have no idea) walked right into my field of view and in front of my 600 yard steel target. Truthfully, for about a millisecond I about …

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SCAR-17 Gets a Bad Rap and other Cliches

Perusing some of the bigger precision rifle shooting forums and you will detect a common thread among a wide variety of shooters: The SCAR-17 doesn’t rate. That is probably true and at the same time, wildly incorrect. Let me explain. Major life rule: Always know your audience. Who says the SCAR-17 is a joke as a precision rifle? A guy …