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Surefire X200 Keeps on Keeping On

I honestly don’t know how old this X200 is. All I can say for certain is that I have had it a long, long time. When changing the batteries I noticed one of he contacts has cracked. But in typical Surefire fashion, the light hasn’t missed a beat. Not going to kid you or myself. I have never liked the …

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The Truth About Valmet Magazines

Here’s the deal with 223/5.56 caliber Valmet Magazines. You have two options: factory originals. Which are good to go and function just like standard Com-Bloc AK mags. And aftermarket MCP and LIQ modified HK33 Magazines. These magazines are complete dog crap. They don’t space in correctly to the AK magwell, which can induce a slight yaw. That condition then results …

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BCM Upper Testing

A few weeks ago we showed a photo of Officer Mike’s patrol rifle. I was so impressed with it’s lightweight and handiness, we decided to make a copy ourselves. BCM lightweight Keymod Upper. 14.5 pinned barrel. LMT lower. We’ll probably change out the stock to match his and change the safety. The one on this LMT sucks. Marky John1911.com “Shooting …

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Now That’s a Dirty Barrel

Previously we shared some testing I did with the 1905 Ross rifle. (CLICK HERE) Well, when I went to clean the barrel, this is what I saw: the bluest blue foam I have ever taken out of a barrel with GunSlick Foaming Bore Cleaner. This product goes in white. You let it sit for a time and then push it …

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Help With African Spear

This has been on my to-do list for a couple of years. A while back we came into possession of a spear head. Ok. Let me list what we think we know: African Spear Head. Seems hand made. Very thin. Almost too thin. But I don’t throw spears. We believe it is old. It is quite large. Well over 1 …

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POTD — 5 Gold Bricks AKA 223 Valmet Mags

Thought I would share something from the armory. Of all the AK’s in the US, it is generally believed that the “best” AK’s are Finnish Valmet AK’s. Personally I am not prepared to hang my hat on that assumption. I recognize they are well made. Especially when you look at them from a historical prospective. But I suspect many US …

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Fire Pit Teaser

Don’t let the sleeves fool ya. It was in the teens yesterday. But the fire pit was raging some major heat. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”     Music Borderline by C3NC Music – Higher Place https://artlist.io/John1911com-62311

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Iranian Protests 2018

Some comments about the current protests going on in Iran. If the police and security forces lose control of the situation, or if they cross over on the side of the protesters, that is not the beginning of the end. It is merely the end of the beginning. At that point the Iranian government will have no choice but to …

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1905 Ross Rifle Function Test

It’s New Years weekend and the armory is slow. So it’s a perfect time to get something off my to-do list. Today I am function testing the US marked 1905 Ross Rifle. Caliber 303. When we initially purchased this gun, Freeze had to tear the weapon down and repair multiple cracks inside and out. He used a very strong epoxy …

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Christmas Gifts at The Armory

Like most offices, gift giving can be a tough endeavor. Especially when you consider keeping things cost appropriate. So…this year when asked, I put the bug out that I wanted a Frank Proctor Sling with nylon loop attachments. Under $30. So maybe next year you shouldn’t work-shy and ask for gun-part accoutrements like mag bases, slings, etc. So…what did you …

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Armory Chat 35: Mail Time

It’s the holiday season and things are slow around here. So it’s time to open some mail! References to items discussed: Valmet M76 Rifle Beretta AR70   Book: Small Arms Firing Manual: 1913/17 Maj General Leonard Wood, US Army Book: Illustrated History of WWII: Miller Hi-Desert Dog SCAR Parts Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”     Contact us …

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Police Snipers Confirming 1000 Yard Dope

I had a chance to shoot with some police snipers a while back. The main goal of this trip was to confirm 1000 yard dope on multiple rifles. But what is interesting is what you don’t see. A bunch of super high-dollar rifles. Sure…you see some nice glass and suppressors. But you don’t need a $7000 rifle to get the …

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POTD – Clean Yo Nasty Gun!

As some of you are aware, we’ve had a photographer hanging around the armory as of late. And no he isn’t into guns at all, but is always looking for interesting subjects to…shoot? See what I did there? Anyway…. He took two photos of my CCW gun. And while the VP isn’t cherry clean since…I do shoot it quite a …

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Glock Holster Giveaway.

Urban Carry sent us some holsters to look at. And while we appreciate the sentiment, they are all Glock 19 (maybe 17) holsters. And while I understand Glock is the world’s most common handgun and every holster company makes them, they present three problems for us. We run VP9 pistols as daily carry guns. And irrespective of what the internet …

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Sunset on The Rifle Range

Unlike most people in the Shooting community I always make sure to shoot all year round.   And truth be told, when it starts getting cold; I really enjoy the quiet time. The ranges tend to be empty. The bugs are gone. And the air is crisp. What a great time to check / confirm your cold weather dope! Yes …