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Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser 

Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser  User question: What are the differences between the Ross straight pull and the Blaser straight pulls?  In short? Everything. Besides both being straight pull rifles, they share almost no mechanical technology or heritage.  See video for my complete explanation.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Mexican Mondragon Rifle

The Mondragon is a unicorn rifle for us. They are very rare overall and extremely rare inside of the United States. Why? Logically…how many guns does Mexico export to the US every year?  See my point?  This was made by SIG and is chambered in 7mm Mauser. I bet it would be a pussycat to shoot.      Sincerely,  Marky …

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Armory Chat 45 – C96 / Red 9 Mauser

We’ve been in the market for a shooter grade C96 for a while. But what made the quest even harder was we wanted it chambered in…you guessed it…9×19. Which is where the, “Red 9” moniker comes into play.  In summary: Used C96. Made by Mauser in Germany. Exported to China. At some point imported or brought into the US. It …

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Winchester-Hotchkiss Model 1879

So…why I am I looking at a sporting rifle? The first clue is the caliber. It’s in 45-70. So that makes we wonder if it would handle modern 45-70 loads? Figuring most commercial 45-70 loads are made to be “Trapdoor Safe”, I would think…maybe…probably? But ultimately I would defer to someone more knowledgable than me to make that final call.  …

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TSA Gun Check Update

I travel quite a bit. Have been for years. Almost always with firearms. Been doing it well before 9-11. So I’ve seen it all: agents who love me. Agents who hate me. Agents who want to talk guns because they are gun guys. And agents who don’t understand their own rules and think they are going to give me the …

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Model 1917 with BAR Magazine

We’ve all seen the ’03 Springfield’s that have been modified to take the larger magazines. Some are done after the fact since it’s a historically correct modification, while others seem to have been done during the war.  So…imagine if you were walking past the table at your local gun-show and you saw a US Model 1917 rifle modified to accept …

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Glock 45 vs HK VP9 Trash Talk

“Officer Mike” and I were at the range testing out the falling plate rack.  What started off as spall and bullet deflection testing, slowly turned the gun range equivalent of a Mono A Mono, WWE grudge match!  It doesn’t all have to be about work. Sometimes we can get stuff done and…have some fun!    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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Zeiss Dialyt 18-45×65 Spotter

I have a confession. I have never purchased a “quality” spotting scope. And the reason is quite simple. I have always felt that most spotters spend too much time not being used.  The spotter / field scope option has some appeal. At least in theory. So I enjoyed finding this model of Zeiss field scope on display at NRA 2019.  …

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Norinco 213 First Shots

Officer Mike and I took some time off to goof off a little bit. This Norinco 213 came into The Armory a few months ago and had yet to be function tested.  Of course the first round FTE’d causing a double feed. But once it got a few rounds through it, things settled down. Probably hasn’t been first in 40 …

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The Golden Age of Holsters

While attending the 2019 NRA show, I saw a company that I haven’t thought about a very, very long time. Actually I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear they have gone out of business. And that company is ClipDraw.  Now before all you internet experts pile on with the gotcha-game, let me school you about how things USED to be. …

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Norinco 213 Detail Strip

  The Norinco 213 is a 9×19 / 9mm Parabellum handgun made in China. It is a copy of the Soviet  Tokarev TT-33. Which in itself is functionally a copy of the Browning 1911 action. Yes really. Here is how it is best explained according to Wikipedia.  Norinco 213 A brief history/review of the Norinco 213 which is a Chinese …

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Shelter For Rifle Range

Next week we are hoping to start construction on a shelter for the new range. It will have a metal roof, be 14×16’ in size and be equipped with some chairs and tables all year round.  The goal is to give shooters a place to rest and recharge should the sun be baking us or the rain drowning us.  Currently …

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Never Waste a Miss

I get a lot of e-mails.  How to do this? How to do that? And sometimes when I dig down into the basis of the question, I am shocked to discover some crazy mistake, screw-up, or mis-learned habit or thing.  So if you are someone who always gets a scope zeroed, you can skip this video. And while we are …

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GRS Ragnarok Spotted in US

First off, let me get this out of the way. I am very excited about this product! A true chassis system for the Blaser R8 is a significant milestone for the most innovative, bolt action, rifle design since Paul Mauser dreamed up the K98.  GRS Riflestocks out of Norway is well known worldwide for their high quality aftermarket rifle stocks …

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KA-BAR Training Knife

The black knife is my daily carry knife. I have carried this or a boot version since sometime in the early 2000’s.  The red knife is a factory “trainer” of the black knife. They are hard to come by since they didn’t sell well. An old colleague let me know he found a few and wanted to make sure some …