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POTD – Mauser HSc

While at The Cody Firearms Museum, I took this picture of a Mauser HSc.  I can only assume this was a WWII German gun that ended up in the Winchester Reference Collection. I also believe Mauser made these after the war as well.  Not something we would realistically pick up for the reference collection since nobody ever really runs into …

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STI DVC-P 10-8 Function Test

“Officer Mike”, has let us borrow this STI 2011 pistol. This is a double stack 9mm with a huge muzzle break on it.  Frankly, not sure what I think about this gun. But it’s growing on me. 9mm 1911s are already weakly sprung. One with a big muzzle break on it, even less so. With that in mind, working the …

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Ross MKII Bolt

Had a reader reach out asking some questions about his Ross MK II bolt. So this video is more directed at him personally.  But perhaps some of you MILSURP guys want a 5 minute gander at an honest to goodness Canadian made, Ross MKII that is marked as US Army Property?    Sincerely, Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Armory Chat 47: Nobody Cares About Your HP Ammo

This video was recorded during the morning of Sunday, March 15th. I had received MULTIPLE messages asking about HP ammo. At that time, being on the range, I was not even remotely aware that there was panic buying over the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Rather than type multiple responses via e-mail, I just setup the camera and recorded an Armory Chat on …

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That Was Ugly

Just shooting a modified head-shot standard since that is the target I had in the truck.  Frankly it could have gone better. Going to have to tighten it up.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Blued Gun Wear

I took these photos a little while back. You see the wear on the magwell and mainspring housing? That is from just over a week’s worth of dry-fire and manipulation practice. It’s way more wear now.  Granted I tend to practice more than the average cat, but I’m not the T-1000 Terminator either. Just a guy.  My point? This is …

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STI DVC-P Break-In

Officer Mike is letting me play with his STI DVC-P. He needs it broken in, and we are just the folks to do that!  Note: It’s his pistol, RDS, and X300 light. This configuration is how he gave it to us. Additionally, I believe this pistol needs 1000 rounds for break-in according to the manufacturer.  More to come.  Sincerely,    …

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Epoxy Grip Flake-Off

One of the downsides to using the epoxy solution on the VP9 is that is seems to be susceptible to falling off.  Not sure “exactly” when this happened, but I do know the day it happened. And I believe it came off due to recoil while shooting.  NBD as long as it ALL doesn’t fall off.      Sincerely,  Marky …

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Russian Sniper in The Open

This title is a little pushy. I’m sure some of you thought this was going to be a photo from Syria or Ukraine. Or perhaps the Eastern Front during WWII.  Nope. I took this photo at a small diner inside the US.  Do you see it? Most folks there did not. I also figure most who did, assume it’s a …

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Ed Brown Shooting Dots

Still trying to get back up to speed on running, shooting and driving 1911’s. Some good here. Some, “meh”.  Also…I will have another video on the, “extractor issue”.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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One-Reload-One 9mm 1911

Trying to shake down the Ed Brown 9mm AND get back up to speed on running a 1911 safety. So while this drill isn’t record setting by any stretch, it is putting in the work.  The target turned out to be a little farther than 5 yards. Closer to 7. But no big deal. Still got my hits on that …

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Wilson 9mm Magazine Test

So…while shaking down the Ed Brown, I have decided that I want to use the 10 round magazines that Wilson Combat has come up with.  So far, so good.    I did have a malfunction which you will clearly see on video. But speaking from experience as someone who “used” to run 1911’s exclusively? That looks like extractor tension.  And…spoiler …

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Martial Arts Patches

We are going through some old boxes and making room in the armory for some new projects. And in that process, we came across some of my old martial arts uniforms.  Looking back, I probably started taking martial arts classes in the mid 1980’s. And kept up with it full-time until well into the late 1990’s.  But by then I …

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The Bionic Trigger

So…what happens when you take an old MILSURP collector, stick a 3-Gun trigger in his hand and roll tape? In short…all the proof Youtube needs to never…ever…allow us to monetize videos.  But…the Geissele SD-3G trigger is pretty good!    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Surefire MR07 Light Rail

Back in the bad ole days, we didn’t have all the rail options you do now. As a matter of fact, most gun owners were against hanging lights off guns!   This was doubly so when it came to the traditional 1911 pistol customer.  But that wasn’t going to stop Surefire from figuring out a way to sell them weapon …