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Horse Mat Flooring

We are doing some upgrades to The Armory. And it was suggested that one of the rooms could benefit from horse stall mats.  These are sized 4×6’ and quite thick. Each sheet weighs 100lbs. So yes, you are looking at 2000lbs sitting on top of the Diamondback cover.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 60: Les Baer 9mm Commander

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a new gun. And I know that since the story is…customer ordered it, and then wasn’t in a position pay for it once it arrived.  I would hate to be in that predicament. Either as customer or the gun shop. Probably not the first, or last, time this …

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SHS 59: Kimber 10mm 1911

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a dream gun for many of us 1990’s gun owners. A new production 1911 in 10mm with all kinds of “custom” features.  Admittedly I still feel the pangs of desire, but enough about my emotional problems (sic). The details: Make: Kimber Model: Stainless Target II. Caliber: 10mm Barrel: …

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SHS-58: FNS-9 w/ 6 Magazines

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a pistol I am very familiar with: The FNS-9. This example seems hardly used: Make: FNH Model: FNS-9. Caliber: 9×19/9mm. Barrel: 4” Capacity: 18+1. Action: Semi-auto, striker. Box and papers: Yes. Magazines: 6 Nightsights: Yes/dim.  Rail: Yes-1913. Magazine release: Full-Time Ambi.  Slide-stop: Full-time Ambi.  Frame-size: Full / Service Size. What …

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SHS 57: Ruger Model 44 Carbine

If you are a fan of the 10/22 but always wanted it in a bigger caliber? Then this could be the gun for you: Make: Ruger. Model: 44 Carbine. Caliber: 44 Magnum. Capacity: 4+1. Action: Semi-Auto. Sights: Buckhorn style / brass bead. Finish: Blued. Buttplate: Factory plastic.  Not really sure, but I suspect the previous owner was either a collector …

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POTD – Walther Q5 Match SF

Had a chance to handle one of these today. Just in a guns store. And as I expected, if you like the VP9 ergs? You will like the Q5 ergonomics.  Now let me give you a data point from experience on a spec sheet: This gun is heavy. And I mean super heavy. So much so, most modern striker shooters …

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Blaser Barrel Screw Comes Loose

Quick workbench update. We had a Blaser R8 barrel mounting screw come lose in the block. I didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late. And I had tightened it quite a bit.  How to get it out? Turns out, I did not have the tools or thread sizes necessary to accomplish the task. Well…to accomplish the task …

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Always Save The Mojo

Outtake from a range session this weekend.  It’s goofy.  It’s short. And most of you it will be lost on.  However…I thought it was a good opportunity to make a point. Especially for the less experienced shooters. We all want perfection. We all want it done right. We all want it to go off without a hitch: The grip, the …

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Browning Automatic Rifle Model D

Took these photos while visiting the Cody Firearms Museum a while back. How often does one get to eye an uncommon BAR variant? The Model D.  Bipod? Check. Weird fore-end? Check.  Pistol Grip? Check. Weirdly shaped stock? Check.  Super expensive cooling fins? Check.  Battle Rifle Caliber? Check. (8mm Mauser).  So what else is different or weird about this flavor of …

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Fine Tuning Zero

One thing I have always liked about nice 1911s is how consistently one can shoot itty-bitty groups of the desire or need arises.  I have some doubt as to the utility of the feature, but it is there on some guns. Note, the VP9 shoots about the same.  Note I am using the corner of the index card and center …

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Crisis Averted

So recently I had to run out of town for some meetings. And about an hour before I was supposed to leave, I had a horrible thought.  “What if the magwell makes my pistol too big for the TSA box?” Well…crisis averted. It fits. With room for a spare mag as well. More to come on this. Lots going on.  …

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9mm 1911 In The Snow

So after installing the new magwell and sear spring, it was time to function test the gun. And the Good Lord blessed me with a snowy day. Which keeps the masses away.  Quiet day on the range.  Make: Ed Brown. Model: Executive Target. Caliber: 9mm. Barrel length: 5”.  Capacity: 8-10 depending on mag.  Overall everything went well. One failure to …

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All Steel 9mm Handguns

So it seems the latest trend at the last few SHOT Shows is to take traditionally polymer framed guns and make them in all steel.  If the motive isn’t obvious? It’s reducing perceived recoil felt by the shooter. Usually manifested as muzzle-flip. Super cool. Glad to see it happening.  But…it got me thinking, “Hey! We have an all steel 9mm …

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9mm 1911 Magwell Install

Some of the, “The Boys” have been showing up with hi-capacity STI 1911s, chambered in 9mm. The Staccato-P to be exact. Hopefully soon I will get a chance to shoot one.  But it reminded me that I too have a 9mm 1911 somewhere in The Armory. And since 1911s are going to start being in circulation on the range? I …

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Gemtech Integra – Still Chasing Function

Title says it all. Cheapammo sent over some Hornady Frontier 55g ammo for the Gemtech Integra.  It does run better. Which isn’t saying much. But it also appears that “maybe” I get less stoppages with PMAGS than with metal GI mags.  At this point I think it might be time to test 62g ammo. If it doesn’t settle down then? …