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SHS 44 – K31 w/Diopter Sights

So on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking a pretty neat rifle. A Swiss K31. But unlike the pallets and pallets of K31’s that have come into the US the last few years, this one was brought into the US privately. Before 1968. So it doesn’t have a import mark on it.  But there is more. …

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SHS-43: Winchester 88 caliber 308

On this episode we are looking at the Winchester 88 that I would want to buy: 308. A caliber we already support. Here are the stats: Make: Winchester Model: 88 Date of manufacture: 1955 – first year of production. Optic: Tasco Pronghorn  Iron sights w:bead.  1 magazine. Capacity 3+1 Caliber: 308. Sling swivels. Butt Plate and pistol cap in very …

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HK 20 Round Magazines 

After some causal searching for extended VP9 magazines, I have settled on OEM HK 20 rounders.  Super reliable. Well made. And 100% dependable.  Now if only I could convince them to make a 17 round version for street carry.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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HK VP9L & VP9L-B

So while at NRA this year, I happened to see two complete, factory HK VP9L pistols. The standard VP9L with the paddle mag release and the B version with the US button mag release.  Played with both. They seem nice. I didn’t perceive them as being top or front heavy. That was a concern / prejudice I brought with me …

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New Shelter Complete

Ok. The new shelter is done. To keep reference points consistent, it is located behind the 100-500 yard shooting position and in in front of the Briar Patch.  This was chosen primarily for one reason: breeze.  This location provided ample shade to keep the general area of the shelter cool. It also gets a nice breeze off the rifle range. …

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Iran Analysis: Tanker & Drone Attacks 2019

Iran analysis: Incase you don’t know what’s going on? Iran wants conflict with the US for propaganda at home. They know we won’t destroy their regime, so it’s a jingo move to unite the country. Why? The Iranian regime is under great pressure at home for their crappy economy and foreign wars. Most folks in Iran are not stupid and …

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LAW-12 Buffer Installed

Ok. Buy reader request. We did a post about changing out the buffers on both a SPAS-12 and LAW-12. You can see them both HERE & HERE. Well…it seems we only showed the preliminary takedown of the LAW and a reader wanted to see the receiver taken all the way down, with the new buffer installed and what the old …

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A German MP40 Sold For $12k

I am posting really for my benefit and education. Not being up on all NFA market prices, I was surprised to see this transferrable, fully functional, MP40 sell for $12,000. I know I have seen them sell for much more?  So…is the fact it has a different “tube” a drag on the price? If so, was this a one-off thing …

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General Garnett’s Sword Update

I was recently reminded by a viewer that I hadn’t done a follow up on Armory Chat 41: General Garnett’s Sword (Lamp).    So…Cough…cough…let me put on my my best affected 1860’s persona: “Dear Sir, It has recently been brought to my attention that a grave injustice has been committed upon the fair and just readers of this land. And …

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Blaser R8 Pro-Tips

This is a general list of “how to” for the Blaser R8 rifles. Actually for all the Blaser straight-pull rifles: R8, R93, LRS, LRS2, Tactical 2.  Some of the things on this list are reflective of my views on the mechanics of the R8. Others are gleaned from experience in field conditions. From balmy summer days to sub-zero winter shooting.  …

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Pit Target Install

We have started the permeant install of the pistol pit steel targets and paper stands. Also combining this with cleaning up the erosion from all the heavy rain from the last 12 months.  Not as easy as it sounds. But…once done, should be impervious to future rain. No matter how much.        Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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Why I Don’t Like Bobtailed 1911s

This isn’t a decision I came to lightly. Or very quickly. It took me a few years and lots of shooting experience with a timer to figure this out.   I’ve verified it visually and objectively on the clock.  Your individual experience may vary.  But when given the choice, I will take a full-size 1911 grip over anything that’s been …

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Red 9 Stripper Clips Arrive

C96 – Red 9 stripper clips are in….Errr…well only 1! But What the heck! 😎🤪😬 #c96mauser #broomhandlemauser #mauser #wwi #pistol #gunsofinstagram   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Shelter Construction Update

As I write this, it’s 5am. And later today, I will be hitting the range to review the final phase of the new shelter construction.  Initially it was spec’d out to be 14’x16’. But after some of the footprint was laid out, we decided to expand it to 14’x24’. That should give us enough space to allow a reasonable amount …

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Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser 

Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser  User question: What are the differences between the Ross straight pull and the Blaser straight pulls?  In short? Everything. Besides both being straight pull rifles, they share almost no mechanical technology or heritage.  See video for my complete explanation.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”