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PSA- Stake Those Link Pins

It’s been a long time since I have seen one of these malfunctions. Probably because I haven’t seen a 1911 without a staked link pin in maybe 15 years.  So what am I talking about?  On a 1911 there is a barrel. A barrel link. And a pin that holds the two together. The slide-stop goes through the link when …

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Wilson’s True Zero RDS Mount

We have received some questions and inquiries about Wilson’s red dot mounting system: True Zero.  The True Zero RDS mount consists of cutting the slide for interchangeable plates. These plates correspond to different makes of pistol optics. They also have a rear fixed site that is drift-adjustable.  This system is offered as both a factory OEM option or aftermarket.  At …

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Privately Owned Mexican AR-10

I have held these photos for a while. My source in Mexico has a private gun collection. And most of what interests him are 7.62×51 battle rifles.  So it is no surprise that when he ran across a black-market Armalite AR-10, he snatched it up.  By looking at the markings, it is obvious this rifle originated it’s life somewhere in …

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SCAR-20 Drama Queen

I wish I could say seeing the SCAR-20 get first round hits at range was a blasé thing. But frankly, the SCAR-20 has been quite the troublesome rifle.  Quite.  IMO, the biggest factor is the slow twist rate of the barrel. Something that many EU based rifle makers subscribe to. American shooters like heavy bullets for long range work.  The …

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Buckets of Brass

While cleaning out the old armory, we have worked our way back to the reloading section. Here you will see buckets and buckets of brass. Mostly pistol brass on these shelves. 40. 9mm/380. 45ACP.  Since we have no plans to bulk-load pistol ammo, we will be getting rid of all of this. Doc has already taken the 40.    Sincerely,  …

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POTD – FN 1922

These old FN guns have an interesting and unique approach to ergonomics we don’t see much anymore. One wonders with modern 380 ammo, if maybe something like this might be viable today? I know. I know. I’m the guy who hates pocket-rockets. But I’m also not deaf, dumb and blind either. I see all kinds of pistol manufactures competing to …

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POTD – EDC X9L Fieldstrip 

Another gun was being taken down and the owner wanted to see what the inside of the Wilson EDC X9L looked like. Very much like a standard 1911.  Bushing. Slidestop. GI Plug.  Just some minor, but meaningful tweaks. Do you see some? I’ll do a deep dive later on them.     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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HK P9S Cleaning

After function testing and shooting the police trade-on P9S, it’s time to give it a cleaning.  Certainly a unique pistol with an uncommon locking system. It uses the roller-delayed design one finds in the HK MP5 sub gun and G3 battle rifle.  Also like our HK91/G3, it has a fluted chamber. Which I didn’t expect in a pistol.  It breaks …

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Carry Guns & Gloves

Another thing I like about the Wilson X9L is the increase in trigger-guard size. Any CCW gun that is carried daily ideally should be shootable with gloves on.  The reasons should be obvious so I won’t waste your time explaining why.  What you see here is my large-ish hands wearing chainsaw gloves. Which are my go-to gloves when doing range …

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Talley Base for Blaser Rifles

Talley has a custom scope base system for the Blaser R8 and R93 rifle system that is pretty neat.  The top half of the rail is removable with different MOA options. The 1913 rails are 0,20,30 MOA. Additionally there is a rail that uses the traditional Talley scope base system. Looking on the internet, you can buy the complete system …

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Ed Brown 1991 Catalog

We are going through some old boxes here at the John1911 armory. And look what turned up in the catalog boxes! A mint Ed Brown Products catalog from 1991. It was still in the manila envelop Ed Brown shipped in.  Looking through the pages is really a blast from the past. Specifically look at the names of the industry professionals …

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Red Dots & Seatbelts

While sitting in a different vehicle, something happened that I hadn’t ever experienced before. The possibility that the seatbelt could prevent me from drawing a gun. AIWB.  Here is a quick photo I took while seated in a Range Rover.  And here are two pics seated in my Toyota Tundra.  The Range Rover seat belt isn’t actually hanging up on …

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M17 Pistol & Camera Test

Doc and I were out at the range getting some things done.  Nothing serious. Just for fun.  Lite range maintenance. Pistol practice. Shooting his new US Army M17 (P320). Testing a new camera.  These are some video outtakes from that testing.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Is This a 2011?

The Wilson EDC X9 series of guns, while being double-stack 1911’s, are NOT 2011s.  The gun is smaller than a 2011. The gun is designed differently than a 2011. The gun does not use 2011 magazines of any generation.    So no. If you have a 2011 and are looking to make the switch to the Wilson X-Fame guns? Your …

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Operation Dead Tree Pull

With the gear shown here, we are now ready to start pulling down the “widow-maker” trees on the spine trail.  Should this not work? Plan B would be to get a heavy dozer back there to do it. Plan C would involve small explosives.  And while 12 year old me see’s the appeal of Plan C; accounting likes to point …