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CMMG 22 Conversion 

SHOT show is next week. And for another year, I am relieved to not be in attendance. Back in the day, I used to work the event. On the LE side. It made for a long week.  And yes it was a week. Because setup and teardown always added more days on both ends of the show.  The Kit But …

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AR Kaboom – What Happened?

This video was recently brought to my attention. I don’t know how long ago it happened or where?  I have seen many rifles ka-Boom. AR’s even. Usually what I see is a “blow-out” down the magwell and out the ejection port.  That is not what happened here. The upper completely blew apart. Up to and including separation near the rear …

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SHS 41 – IWI Tavor Bullpup

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are featuring a “somewhat” new design for the used gun counter: A IWI Tavor rifle.  What makes this bullpup design interesting when compared to most other bullpup’s is the fact it is very modern in construction, design and features.  IMO all bullpups are locked in a vicious development cycle: It’s never …

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Blaser Tactical 2 Import

This isn’t definite, but I have detected at least two dealers with NIB Blaser Tactical 2’s in stock. When reaching out to one dealer about this item, we inquired: New, Used, or New Old Stock? The dealer reported it was a newly imported rifle. And by the looks of the box, that appears to be the case.  So…has the German …

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Eye Relief Before Ring Height

First off before we get started. This video is long. And somewhat repetitive in that it approaches the same problem from two different directions. If the subject is not something that you need to hear right now, watching this will be like watching paint dry. Just skip it.  Yes. I really said that. Why? Because it’s true. And I don’t …

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POTD – MG42 7.62 Barrel

Quick project update. And something of a lesson. Since we started publishing info on various builds and projects in the armory, the number one question we get asked in messages is, “How did you guys find that?” And without fail, nobody is ever thrilled to hear the answer: “We bought it years ago”.  But what that REALLY means is we …

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We Need 3 Plate Racks

This post is going to be a little different from our normal fare. A local PD is in need of 3 falling plate pistol racks. If you, or someone you know, is able to provide this solution, and are interested in offering a 3 rack deal, please reach out to me via the contact form here, or private messages on …

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SHS 40 – HK VP9 SK Pistol

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we find a gun that I didn’t expect to see in a used case for a very long time: The compact version of the popular HK striker pistol: VP9 SK.  I speak English, so all I can say about the SK designation is that it means sub-compact / pocket-rocket in German. If …

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Anonymous Benefactor Steel 

So…we’ve been getting alerts from the Post Master that we needed to stop by the loading dock for a pickup. Urgently. Frankly with the end of year nonsense, limited holiday schedules and some pressing meetings, this has kinda been ignored.  So…finally we made it down to the mail center to address the issue. And when the nice woman comes back …

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ZB-26 Parts Kit UnBoxing

A little bit out of order, but by poplar request, here is a detailed list of the ZB-26 as a parts kit. You can see the de-milling cuts, the internal parts and pins. Along with such things as the op-rod, bolt, and gas-tube.  More to come.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 39 – Swiss K11

What we have on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is the Swiss K11. Like most K11’s, this one was converted from 7.5×53 to the more modern 7.5×55. What is more commonly known as the 7.5 Swiss or GP11.  The rundown: Model: Swiss K11 User: Switzerland. Action: Straight-Pull Caliber: 7.5×55 (GP11). Condition: Well used – Rack Grade. Sling: Original …

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Glock 45 In Armory

So we recently had a new Glock 45 pass through the armory. This example belongs to a non-public staff member. At this point I am not sure if we will see this pistol again on the website.  But even without firing it, I am once again confident in my original opinions of the G45. I think it’s probably the best …

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SHS 38 – Colt M2012 Bolt Action Rifle

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a rifle I have never seen before. It’s a Colt branded bolt action rifle built by Cooper Firearms of Montana. if you don’t know Cooper, they are a high-end rifle shop know for their extremely accurate hunting rings. And Wooo-Boy! This one is a doozie! Check out the …

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SHS 37 – Colt 1903 Shooter Grade

Previously we featured a collector grade 1903 that was asking for top dollar. Now we have something a little more in my wheelhouse. A Colt 1903 that is defiantly shooter grade: Make: Colt Firearms. Model: Colt Pocket Hammerless Type 1. Caliber: 32ACP. Magazine: 1. Capacity: 7? No box or papers.  Grip panels in excellent shape.  Finish Condition: Poor.  If you …

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SHS 36 – Hi-Standard Model B

  What we have here is a Pre-WWII sporting handgun chambered in 22LR. The Hi-Standard Model B. Production was shutdown during the war to make room for defense related items.  Make: Hi-Standard. Model: Model B Caliber: 22LR. Action: Semi-Auto – Blow-back. Date of manufacture: 1940-41. Magazine: One. Magazine Capacity: 10? Magazine Release: Heel Type.  Finish: Fair. Appropriate with age.    …