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Books: Colt & Astra

We occasionally pick up academic literature to support The John1911 Armory’s reference collection. And these two books are an example of that. Book One: A History of The Colt Revolver: 1836-1940.  Book Two: Astra: Automatic Pistols. So why these two books? Simple really. They help fill holes in our knowledge base. We know quite a bit about 1911s. Ditto Soviet …

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30 Yard Plate Rack

Got some “me time” in at the range on Sunday. The snow was falling and the steel was cold. Felt like putting some time on the single stack and that is what I did.  After some draws and turns at closer ranges, I started backing up and shooting the plate at 5 yard increments. After I shot 25, I figured …

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Rant – 1911’s Are Not The Best Gun Ever

Rant: It has been my observation that people who fetishize makes and models of guns can’t shoot. Skill is skill. Back when I was running the VP, the HK dorks would roll in looking for validation. Now that I am running a 1911 again, we are seeing the same with that crowd. People don’t care, and won’t remember, what you …

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Blaser Barrel Storage

As promised in the end of year review, we will be publishing more precision rifle content from our range. And along with that comes some backend and administrative stuff. The armory still isn’t completely organized from the move. But the commitment to be using more of the precision rifle stuff kinda demands that we focus on organizing that equipment.  A …

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Lost Gun In The Woods

So…I have a story. It’s a first for me which is saying something.  On or about November 10th, I was cutting some trees to reopen trails to the left of the 600 yard impact zone. This section of woods has been effectively closed since early spring of 2020. As to why? The long and short of it is dead ash …

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Professional Photo Test 2

Here is the second gun form the photo test. The previous gun was obviously well worn. Now this example is in much better shape.  Wilson eXperior Single Stack 9mm 1911.     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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EDC Pocket Dump

I don’t believe I have ever done one of these. And if I am being completely honest, it’s because I find most of these “This is my EDC” pictures to be completely fabricated bullshit.  Two guns. 3 knives. All kinds of hidden, fetishized garbage. The entire genre is a dumpster fire of weekend warriors and wannabes.  I’ve carried every day, …

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Headshot Work

Messing with different zero  distances on RDS handguns. 5 shots. 20 yards. Freehand.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Plate Rack Maintenance 

While shooting some drills on the plate rack, I noticed a plate wasn’t falling that I thought should have. And instead of being target focused, my mind happened to see all the plates relative to each other.  And what do ya know!? The plates aren’t even!  Best I can figure is the heat-cold cycle, along with vibration from impacts, caused …

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Fiber-Optic Front Sight Replacement 

Happy New Year from the John1911 Armory. It’s Friday AM and I am knocking this off the to-do list. Replacing the FO insert on the Wilson Experior 9mm 1911.  Super easy. All you need is a lighter and something to clip the rod with. Actually you could do this on the range if needed. So we keep FO rods in …

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End of Year Update: 2020

We don’t do these very often as I think it’s kind of wasteful and narcissistic. But 2020 has been an eventful year and I think this is a good time to bring everyone up to speed on what went right and what went wrong this year. And what we hope 2021 looks like.  Happy New Year     Sincerely,  Marky …

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Thoughts: Suppressed 22 AR’s

Thoughts: Suppressed 22 AR’s Recently there has been a surge of interest in suppressed 22 AR rifles. I believe this is because a dedicated 22 upper has been released by Gemtech.  Well…I think many of you will be disappointed by the results and I don’t recommend buying one. Let me explain.  We recently did some testing with a 22 conversion …

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3090 Round Shok-Buff

Back in the old days, it was the consensus to not run Shok-Buffs in working guns. The logic being should the buff come apart, it could lock up the gun at a most unfortunate time. These days it appears Wilson Combat ships their guns with Shok-Buffs from the factory. Since that is OEM, that is what we will run.  Wilson …

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Wilton Shop King Vise

This is a vice that is used primarily for cleaning and light disassembly. So the forces exerted on it are minimal.  Which is probably a good thing since it has seen some very hard use during it’s life. You can tell that by looking at how the jaws don’t close perfectly and the cracks in the lower-half.  But that’s OK. …

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SHS-70: Remington Nylon 10

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at the sister gun of the Nylon 66. The Remington Nylon 10 single shot rifle.  The specs: Maker: Remington Model: Nylon Action: Single Shot bolt-action. Caliber: 22LR – 22L — 22S Stock: Nylon / polymer Condition: Excellent If you wish to contact this FFL about this rifle, click here: …