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Armory Chat 43 – Firearm’s Hidden Features 

Wanted to take a quick minute to encourage the viewer to always be curious about things you don’t know. And confident in the things you do know. If something legitimately seems “different”, take note of it. It might lead you down the path of discovery.  In today’s day and age where all firearms are functionally the same, it’s easy to …

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Blaser Tactical 2 Service Manuals 

Special thanks to “Officer Jerry” for sending over some very neat manuals for the Blaser Tactical 2. An official Armourer’s Manual and a official Blaser Service Schedule / maintenance manual.  I have decided to post them here for public download. I have also included a third manual which is the original owner’s manual that would have come with each Blaser …

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New Range Vehicle – Polaris General 1000

Quick update. We need some dedicated range vehicles. After some debate between a Kubota and a Polaris Ranger, it was decided to cut that baby in half and get a Polaris Ranger 1000.  Personally I thought a Kubota was the most practical option. But we are also allowing staff the ability to run the range on recreational vehicles. We had …

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SHS 21: Bernardelli P.One

First off, let me inform the viewer that we have purchased this pistol before we were able to film a regular SHS episode. If we see another one out there, we will obviously let you know.  What we have here is a Bernardelli P.One Pistol. Caliber 9mm Steel frame and slide. DA/SA Action. Can be cocked and locked. Two 14/15rd …

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The Beretta PX4 Design Flaw

So we had a PX4 come into the armory as a police trade in. And the mere act of taking the pistol out of the box to confirm clear showed all we needed to see to explain why this design was destined to never be commercially successful. Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”  

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SHS 20: CZ-75 Compact

On this episode of the second hand showcase we have a design that’s fairly famous worldwide: this CZ pattern of handgun. This particular example is a compact model. Stats: 9mm / 9×19 Steel slide & frame. Traditional DA/SA action. Can be carried Cocked-&-Locked. Extended beaver tail for higher grip. 2-14 round mags. G10 Type grips   If you wish to …

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SHS 19: SIG P320 Compact Medium

I’ve been keeping my eye out for a used SigP320. Ideally I would prefer something with a full-sized frame so I’m going to pass on this example. But I know many of you would prefer a Glock 19 sized frame of handgun. This may be right up your alley. Stats: Carry sized gun. 9mm / 9×19 4 15 round mags …

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SHS 18 – Daewoo DP-51 Pistol

I found this today in my dealer’s case: A South Korean Daewoo DP-51 Pistol chambered in 9mm (9×19). It’s an interesting pistol with a few quirks. On its face, it appears to be very similar to the S&W 39/59 series of pistol. A DA/SA service pistol. But the quirk? This pistol after cocking the action is capable of having the …

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Time to Give Up The Progressive?

There is nothing wrong with progressive presses. Any problems with reloading are more often than not, “software issues”. Speaking of issues, This is the 3rd significant problem this shooter has had with progressive reloads in the past 24 months.  I can’t speak for him definitively, but I suspect he’s going to step back from the progressive setups. He’s a fine …

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Armory Chat 42 – Only one 338 Lapua Mag

Well…As we get closer to finishing the new rifle range, it’s almost impossible to not think about what rifles we will be able to shakedown on a regular basis.  A perfect example is the 338 Lapua Magnum Blaser Tactical 2. But…this reminds me I only have 1 magazine for that caliber.  Perhaps I better get on the ball and find …

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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 …