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SHS 17: Beretta 92a1

  What we have here is a pistol I have kept an eye out for quite a few years. The upgraded M9 pistol known as the Beretta 92a1. This particular example: Factory 1913 light rail.  Wilson G10 grips.  It still retains it’s factory grips.  3 – 17 round factory magazines.  3-dot drift adjustable sights.  Caliber – 9×19  Action – Traditional …

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HK P7 is not a Service Pistol

Now before the HK fan-boy’s get butt-hurt and start dropping in photos, pictures and links of various departments and agencies that have issued the HK P7, read this to the end. I have a real life, personal story I can share about that.  The Good Now…what is there to like about the HK P7 (and all variants of the squeeze-cocker …

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SHS 16: Sporterized Mauser BYF(43)

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at something that, while today is not popular, was very common from the 1940’s up until the late 1980’s: taking a very common military surplus rifle and using it as a donor rifle to sporterize.  These days, “Sporterize” is a loaded term. So perhaps we should replace it with …

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SHS 15: 1822 St. Etienne Pistol

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have something that is almost 200 years old. And by my estimates, probably still safe to fire.  This pistol was manufactured at the St. Etienne (MAS) arsenal in 1822 as a flint-lock action.  In 1854 it was converted to percussion cap.  Is 68 caliber.  Has a custom flat-faced trigger (I couldn’t …

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Trump is Trying to Flip DPRK

This is a movie Trump showed Kim at their summit. A couple of points the average reader may not readily see. It was well known that Kim’s father was a huge movie buff and loved Hollywood. So much so, he tried to emulate it in DPRK. They even used some American defectors in these Kabuki (Japanese reference I know) style …

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Trying to Beat the Rain – Russian Sniper 

So…how do you spend time waiting for a bulldozer to show up for backstop work? Well for me, it’s getting stuff off my to do list. In this case I am zeroing a Russian Sniper and need to confirm with a group. Then…the rain started coming in. And as a general rule, we don’t like to swamp WWII reference collection …

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SHS 14: STI Trojan 9mm

On this episode of the 1911 I found something that I don’t normally see. A used race-gun that isn’t shot half-to-death.  It’s a single stack 1911 in 9mm, made by STI out of Texas. It seems very, very well made and hand assembled. Particularly the slide to frame fit. It’s so smooth, I liken it to gliding on greased whale …

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Range Building – Shipping Containers

So…the new range needs some storage and what better excuse to buy your own shipping container! So…we have been shopping.  I have learned a few things: Most containers are 8’6”.  A High Cube or HC is 9’6”. Which is handy.  The tops of shipping containers are not very sturdy.  So I anticipate building a platform on top of one.  Most …

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SHS 13: Colt Official Police 

What we have here is a somewhat large revolver chambered in 38SPL. I do not know the date of manufacture for this handgun, but Wikipedia states it was produced from 1908-1969. So at minimum it is almost 50 years old.  Since it doesn’t seem to have a turn-ring on the finish, I decided to not even dry-fire the action. So …

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Rifle Range Maintenance 

Well…the wettest Spring (2018) I have seen in over a decade has passed and now it’s time to play catch-up on range maintenance. Everybody is way behind: tenet farmer can’t bale hay if it’s wet. Dozer guy can’t push up new backstops if it’s slop. Dump trucks can’t deliver gravel since we don’t have gravel roads in yet. And the …

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Rant – Protecting Your Interests in Media

Something happened this week that brought back lots of memories from the 1990’s. In particular some of the tricks and tactics news organizations and large media outlets use to fluff stories towards whatever end they wish to achieve. In short, don’t sit around waiting to be discovered or “put on” by some famous brand or group. If a news outlet …

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Collecting vs Experiencing 

While attending a shooting function not that long ago, I had a gentlemen stop me mid-sentence and raise his arm up to my view. Not understanding what the point was, and seeing he wasn’t trying to hit me, I uttered, “Can I help you?”. He proceeds to then start talking about how he and I have the same great taste …

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POTD – Sokolovsky Automaster

I took this pic while at the Buffalo Bill Firearms Museum. It is chambered in 45ACP. Which is all well and good. But what makes this gun interesting is…it’s lack of screws, buttons and levers. Sounds weird, right? Well…look at it again.  Where is the mag release? The slide-stop?  Now…look at the grip panels. Where is the screw to attach …

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SHS 12: E. Whitney Revolver 

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are featuring a very neat and historically significant black powder revolver. And while this 36 caliber Navy Model of handgun might not be significant in its own right; the name Eli Whitney certainly is!  The inventor of the Cotton Gin. A mechanical contraption that was used, in lieu of human labor, …