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Personal Training Day

Had the Blaser Tactical 2 out. 308 barrel on. Shooting some of Doc’s 155g hand-loads.  This was a personal training session so I didn’t film any content or produce any articles. But I know some of you like to see the Blaser, so what harm is a few pics?   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Empty Chamber Slide Drop – How It Happens

1911: Empty Chamber Slide Drop – How It Happens I have noticed a sudden uptick of interest in a video we made a few years ago regarding dropping a slide on an empty 1911 pistol chamber.  That video discusses what the acton does to a 1911 and at what threshold it becomes an issue. <CLICK HERE FOR THAT VIDEO> This …

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EDC X9L – Why The Big One?

So…some have asked why choose a 5” model of 1911 as a go-to 1911? It’s mostly personal preference, but if you must:  I like how 5” models recoil.  Using a plug, they can be cycled one handed on hard surfaces.  The EDC X9L has a rail that still facilitates that move. I dislike extra-long dust-covers on 1911s in general.  This …

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Long Saturday

At 630am it was website updates. By 930am it was range time. By 2pm it was tractor service center to bring in busted range bush-hog. At 4pm it was leg day (I HATE working out that late). And now at 930pm I am finished cleaning some weapons in the armory. Who takes weekends off?     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting …

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EDC X9L Locking Lug Design

Ok. In this final installment of the advances and changes Wilson has made to the design of the EDC X9L gun.  What is it? In a word: friction. Or more specifically a lack of it.  First they have removed the radial locking lugs from the barrel and added a single locking surface at the front of the hood. Pretty much …

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EDC X9L – Magazine Design

The Wilson EDC X9L double-stack series of guns have a significantly less bulky grip and feel when compared to a traditional 2011.  How do they do this? Simple. Wilson decided to use a ground up 9mm magazine tube that not only holds 18 rounds. But also presents the 9mm round more directly into the chamber.  The benefits of this are …

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EDC X9L: Extractor Design

The EDC X9L pistol is a 1911 built for modern duty standards. And anyone who is truthful about the original 1911 designs knows changing and maintaining the extractor is as much an art as a science.  And while guys like me who are heavily invested in that skill might make the argument that it shouldn’t be changed; modern service guns …

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Shooting Baffle Stack Loose

So what do you do when you can’t get the baffle stack out of your integrally suppressed AR? Easy. Go shoot it some more, heat up the stack, and use a socket wrench to leverage it out.  In the future, I will have to make certain to use anti-seize on the threads if the rifle is going to sit long …

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EDC X9L Plunger Tube Design

One of the main weaknesses of the original 1911 design is the plunger tube. It’s critical to the functioning of the thumb safety. And should the plunger tube become dislodged, it can lock the safety on. Resulting in a dead gun.  Work arounds and modifications have been tried for years to mitigate the risk. Everything from increasing the number of …

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Debugging a Holster

I am a big believer in dry-fire. Especially when shaking down new gear.  So today I am practicing with my new JM Custom Kydex AIWB holster: Wilson EDC X9L / light rail / RDS cut. I don’t have a whole lot of time with this holster so my observations right now might not stand the test of time.  Additionally…I am …

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JM Custom Kydex EDC X9L

Tell you what. This JM Custom Kydex AIWB holster is spot on for fit for the EDC X9L. I HATE changing guns and holsters.  The gun is done. Now it’s time to give this holster a try. My only regret was getting soft loops. I prefer a hard loop and will look on their website to see if I can …

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High Density Pistol Storage

Update on the armory’s new rack system. The biggest appeal of the Secure-It rack systems was it’s high-density storage approach.  Look. I get it. It’s fun to display guns on the wall. But a large reference collection makes that impossible. Unless you have the wall space of West Point or maybe all floors of The Trump Tower? So here are …

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EDC X9L: Modifying The Keeper

I’ve had some inquiries about this so here the photos. Let me state that modifying a holster voids any warranty and opens the user up to suffering a holster failure. Up to and including a catastrophic discharge of your handgun.  I am not qualified to instruct you how to do this. And do not use this post as some-kind of …

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Secure-It Rack Install Update

So…the new rack system is coming along. It hasn’t been all sweetness and light (logistic issues). But overall this is a very solid system. And high-density. Which was the most important factor when managing our reference collection.  If you are looking for a quality weapons rack solution for your vault room or armory? It is my opinion this is best …

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Does Brass Hit The SRO?

A viewer was looking at some images we posted of the SRO a top the EDC X9L. The SRO attached shows some wear on one of the front bezel’s. He asked is that was from brass hitting the optic?  My initial reaction was no. I had never perceived any brass bouncing off the glass or SRO housing under use. I …