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Is My Lite Trigger Drop-Safe? 

Last week there was a big dust up in PRS circles over super light triggers and negligent discharges. Without getting too deep in the woods on PRS, it made me wonder? Is my trigger drop safe? Or maybe more appropriately bump safe? There is a bump-stock joke writing itself in the previous sentence. But I digress.  So after researching what …

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POTD  — Webley MK IV

Took this pic at Cody Firearms Museum. A Webley MK IV semi-auto in .455 Webley. Honestly, this has never been a gun I have had any interest in. Mostly because it is relatively unknown on the streets of the United States.  What I mean is we are unlikely to ever see one, have a need for one, have someone show …

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Vortex Scope Cut-Away

Saw this at the Vortex booth during the 2019 NRA show. And I have to tell you, it was amazing! Scott Terhall spent about 20 minutes going over the particulars of their scope construction and assembly processes with myself and our PhD Engineer.  At some point during the conversation, I’m lost! So they went down the rabbit hole as engineers …

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Beretta Prop Gun

Movie prop gun checked out of The Armory for a few weeks. Just got it back in. Student movie from what I’ve seen. Hope they all become successful and famous and always remember their positive experience with the gun wranglers at John1911.   Specifics: Factory plugged. Takes 8mm blanks. The photographer only requested the prop, no blanks.  For those curious, …

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Suppressor Demo Day

Officer Mike stopped out at the range last week to demonstrate some suppressors. In particularly suppressors we could use for depredation hunting.  Here is the short version: The 22 rimfire suppressors were WAY more impressive than I expected.  The 9mm AR “Pistol” suppressor was way better than I expected.  And 300 Blackout revealed another limitation that confirms it’s just not …

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Bushnell TRS-25: Dot and Adjustment Issues

Freeze was on the range today zeroing some rifles. One of them was an AR-15 with a TRS-25 on it. While shooting it at 100 yards to fine-tune the dot, I noticed it didn’t seem like it was taking adjustment. Then the red dot started to blink out under recoil (1 day old new battery, BTW).  Now for the next questions …

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POTD – Two More VTAC’s Arrive

Things are moving very quickly on many fronts. On Friday, two more of the VTAC barricades arrived on property. That gives us a total of 3.  Right now, I am thinking two will go into The Pit. As for the third, I am debating placing it on the 100-500 yard shooting position. Or I might elect to keep it at …

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What is Wolf Gold Ammo?

We bought some 55g Wolf Gold ammo for some of our tac rifles. But it got me thinking: Does “Gold” mean match? Since I fire Wolf 55g steel in this gun, why not put the Gold to test and find out? The answer: It’s 55g military ball ammo. It’s not trash ammo. But it definitely is bulk ammo.  Sure, I …

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LAW-12 Shotgun Buffer Check

Knocking this one off the to-do list. We took in a LAW-12 a while back. But it can’t be officially put into the firing reference collection until we confirm the parts are in working order.  The first thing to check on an SPAS / LAW semi-auto type of shotgun is the receiver buffer. Over decades they tend to deteriorate and …

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Pistol Pit Erosion Control 

Ok. The grass issue on the rifle range has turned in our favor. We have successfully seeded over 900 yards. With a few minor corners, it looks great. The few areas where we have had some residual problems will likely be turned into clover plots for deer.  However…one area has completely failed to grow grass. And that is “The Pit” …

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Fly Fishing 2019

Sometimes on business trips, I get a chance to do some interesting things. This is one of those times. I wasn’t in a position to take too many photographs, but I thought I would share some fish I caught, the lunch I ate and the rod I used.  BTW…it was for trout and was catch and release.  I am not …

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SCAR-20 Load Testing 500y

Ok. If you are reading this description, that means you are seriously considering watching this 30 minute video. If you are interested in seeing how a SCAR-20 performs with hand-loads, you’ll likely get something out of it. If you are interested in seeing our new rifle range and how it operates so far, you might also enjoy this video. We …

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XTEK Chassis in the Wild

Reader Tony N. in Australia sent me some interesting photographs.  The Australian Defense Force (Army) use Blaser Tactical 2 rifles as one of their precision platforms. As to be expected, a local defense contractor known as XTEK was able to secure some contracts upgrading these rifles.  Principally they worked on custom magazines to increase capacity and a chassis system.  Both …

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LAW-12 Buffer Maintenance 

Not sure if we’ve ever shown this shotgun. It’s a Franchi LAW-12. Also known as the little brother to the SPAS-12 shotgun from the Jurassic Park movies.  In short, remove most of the stupid stuff off the 12, and you get a smaller, lighter, better, simpler semi-automatic shotgun known as the LAW-12.  But just like the SPAS, the LAW uses …

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Bergmann Model 1898

I have always thought pistols from this era looked very cool. They have a unique quality that doesn’t flow down stream of Browning or Glock. As such, they have an almost alien like style to them.  If given the chance, even though it’s in a weird caliber, I would snatch one up for our reference collection. Even with the understanding …