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USSOCOM Takes a Big Step Towards 6.5 Creedmoor

I have watched this news closely. Word came out of Tampa (USSOCOM HQ) that after looking at various 6.5 sized rounds, they have decided to pursue the 6.5 Creedmoor for long term load development.  My last sentence is key. We are not discussing what things look like now. Tampa has looked at CM and decided there is more potential to …

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Glock 21SF Giveaway

We asked. You answered. Glock 21SF Threaded Barrel is the next giveaway gun. We are still implementing the giveaway signup process and will let everyone know when it is live. Follow us on Vimeo, visit our website, or signup for our mailing list when it goes live. Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Dragging Freeze into the 21st Century

So Freeze finally is shooting a modern rifle. I’m not saying he’s never shot a modern gun. But he did ask where the ram-rod went? Howa 1500 308 Kryptek Edition. Used. $317 OTD. And it shoots lights out with military ball ammo! Even an old MILSURP guy like Freeze can’t deny that level of awesomeness. Stay tuned. More to come. …

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Howa 1500 Function Check

Now that Freeze is getting this new rifle, we need to make sure it’s safe to shoot, accurate and in overall functioning order. It shot very, very well. The 5 shot group was shot seated. 4 into one pattern. Than I noticed how good it was and tried to keep in there, and pulled it. Purely psychological on my part. …

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1911: Dropping Slide on a Empty Chamber

Is it bad to drop the slide on a empty 1911 chamber? No. Is it great for the 1911? No. Especially for a pistol with a crazy light competition trigger. I compare it to slamming the door on a Ferrari. Is it good for the car? No. But the door better not break from an occasional slamming shut either. On …

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3-Position Safety Explained

Someone asked and that made me realize I can’t take it for granted everyone knows what I am talking about. To my mind, a 3-position safety is something associated with the original Mauser Rifles as a, “flag safety”. In order to clear optics, the modern Winchester Model 70 took the 3 position safety and made it function on the horizontal. …

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Movie Prop Guns

When I saw the placard at the Cody Firearms Museum, I thought I would see a bunch of guns from such movies as, “Die Hard”, “Escape from New York” and “Kelly’s Hero’s”. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Turns out they were just some generic, dead rubber, examples of modern automatics. Really no different than the common, “Blue Gun” we …

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Thinking About a S&W Model 10

I have a theory. I can’t prove my theory. But I have it just the same. My theory is firing a double action revolver improves a shooters ability to control a single action pistol. So the flood of S&W Model 10’s that have hit the market pique my interest. Now between you and me, I can’t ID one K-frame from …

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Armory Chat 38: Howa 1500 Kryptek Edition

Here’s the problem. Freeze doesn’t really have a modern, center fire rifle that he can knock around the range with. At least one that isn’t a MILSURP collectible. So while traveling, I ran across this used Howa 1500 rifle in 308. Cash out the door cost? $317. It comes with everything shown and is a solid platform for Freeze to …

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POTD – Vang Comp Porting

A few days ago, a reader asked if I would post images of the Vang Comp porting done to our Mossberg 590. So here you go! I don’t really know if the porting makes any difference to the shot pattern. Tight patterns are traditionally achieved by back-boring the shotgun. But when I sent the gun off to Vang for the …

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Armory Chat 37: Gwinn Rifle Repair

Episode 37 of the Armory Chat series. This time, we discuss the problems and questions with the Bushmaster model of rifle manufactured by Gwinn Firearms. We think this rife was made in the 1980’s. Not out of any factual evidence, just the feeling and style this rifle exudes. Primary issue: the folding stock design from the factory is terrible. It …

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POTD — 347,000 Round Gen 1 Glock

This image is one I took a few years ago while passing through the Cody Firearms museum during a hunting trip. I knew I had it, just didn’t quite remember where. My motivation to digging it out today? I was recently asked by a young man if he should buy a first generation Glock from his local dealer? His principle …

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Iraqi Federal Police — Wasting US Tax Dollars

This image was sent out as a PR release this week. It shows Iraqi Federal Police on a training cycle. Looking closely I can only hope these are cadets. Not that it matters much either way. Now before I get too deep into the snark, we have to admit the following maximum from the United States Marine Corps: “Don’t send …

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Close Range Steel Safety Testing

So we are working on getting the upper range finished. And one thing that has been a nagging issue up there is steel that is safe to shoot at close ranges. Why is this a thing you ask? Well…we were always trained that shooting steel with 5.56 had to be at least 100 yards distant. 308 was 200 yards. Some …

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Armory Chat 36: Custom Martini-Henry in 45-70

This rifle was made in 1887 and was originally chambered in 577-450 in use by the British Army. Sometime in the future (we suspect the 1950’s) this was converted to 45-70 GOVERNMENT. Yes, this is actually how it was labeled on the barrel. Custom action rework. Custom barrel we suspect. Custom sights. Custom wood. Modified lever to accommodate the pistol …