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2019 Xmas Gifts

So…people always share, and eventually ask us,”So…what did you get for Christmas?”.  Confession: I love Christmas, but I don’t generally give or receive gifts. However it has become tradition in the office that “something” must be gifted. But nobody ever knows what to buy me.  So…every December I get the off-the-record request of, “What do you want?” And this year …

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My Reloads Suck

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas? I did as well so no worries. I spent it working. Old habits don’t die.  As as the world took a breather, I tried to gain some ground by working on my AR-15 reloads. They obviously need a lot of work.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Suppressor Overgases AR-10

We had a shooter visit the the range last week. He was looking to zero this thermal optic for Texas pig.  It is also my understanding that he hasn’t had his suppressor very long. But I might be mistaken about that.  While shooting I noticed he was having some stoppages every so  often. Suspicious, I decided to set up the …

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Truck Gun Wear Update

Just wanted to keep some readers in the know about what to expect from a full-time truck gun in regards to wear, rust, brass kisses and humidity.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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POTD – Another Colt Python

I keep an eye out for Pythons since we are in the market for a shooter grade example. This one is “better” or well…actually worse than the typical examples I see.  But it’s still not quite rode hard enough to justify the asking price. At least not for one we plan on shooting a lot. Let someone else eat that …

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I Got Shot Down

It’s been a cold week. And I gambled by going to one of the public gun ranges. It paid off: Nobody was there. Why? Recreational shooters don’t generally shoot in adverse weather. Especially the cold.  The project today: Barrel: Blaser R8 by J. Sip & Sons. Chassis: GRS Ragnarok  Caliber: 300PRC. Ammunition: Custom loads Steve’s Guns & Ammunition.  Bullet: Hornady …

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POTD – Bore Sighting a Rifle

Bore sighting a Blaser has never been so easy. The GRS chassis folds. So just pull the bolt-body off and line everything up.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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10 Hours On The Range

This was a long day. The first half we hosted some shooters who were putting in their time.  What happens when they are done and clock out? It’s my time. Still working on this LMT GI Trigger / GEMTECH Integra combination.  Received a text message asking, “Are you still out there?”  “Why Yes. Yes I am”.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting …

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My Zeiss Compromise

Now I know this headline seems a little like click-bait. But I assure you it’s not. Hear me out.  I have been in the professional or semi-professional gun-game since the early 1990’s. And I have seen a lot of things come and go. But one thing that always seemed like a constant was big-money spent on spotting scopes that ONLY …

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7.5×55 at 520 Yards

So after getting the custom barrel zeroed, I figured a shot at 520 yards with the K31 “try DOPE” was in order.  What is, “Try DOPE” you ask? Try DOPE is using existing ballistic data gathered from a similar rifle or caliber. In this case, K31 shooters firing GP11 ammo.  Don’t expect it to work. But it’s the “old man” …

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XTECH – The 17rd Mag That Ain’t 

First of all let me just start by saying that I am not a gear reviewer. I am a shooter. Most gear reviewers that I have seen can’t actually shoot well.  It’s tedious and a low rent space occupied click-bait writers and wanna-be Fudd’s. But somehow…here we are. Why? Because I want more than 15+1 in the HK VP9 pistol. …

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Integra Rock Test

After the Great-Rock-Lock of 2019, just needed to make sure the Gemtech Integra didn’t also pickup a rock during mag changes.  All is well.  Marky john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Aimpoint 6x Project

After taking a LE carbine course, I determined the need for some magnification on my truck gun. A BCM Keymod upper.  Additionally the GEMTECH Integra needs a matching configuration for easy swap. The solution?   Aimpoint offers a 6x flip-over magnifier for use with their Micros. So after some wheeling and dealing, I worked into a second Micro H2, a …

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Custom 7.5×55 Barrel

Testing a new barrel we had made by J. Sip & Sons out of Utah. It’s chambered in the 7.5 Swiss round (7.5×55).  Most shooters in the United States will know this ammo as GP11  made for the K31 Swiss, straight pull, service rifle.  We have all heard the trope that GP11 is as close to “match” ammo as one …

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Staying in Position

One skill I like to own. And one habit I like to reenforce is the tendency to stay behind the rifle and looking through the glass. It sounds simple and the benefits are obvious. But if you are always coming out the glass for small admin tasks in training? You’ll come out of the glass for small admin tasks when …