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Pistol Pit is Operational

It’s been a long summer. First it rained most of the season. Now it’s getting cold and dry. When I still need some rain for seeding to take hold.  But no matter, the Pit is operational. I haven’t measured it completely from front to back, but diagonally it’s 50 yards. That enables us to quickly hasty-zero tac rifles at 25 …

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POTD — Range Radios

Had to break down and buy some range radios. Found them at Lowes while picking up some orange cones. Reported to have a range of 25 miles. While I think that is a bit of a stretch, if they work for a few thousand yards, we are good.  Also..they have weather radio. Which is a plus.        Marky …

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SHS 30 – Walther PPK 32ACP

What we have here is a German made, pre-1968 GCA import, Walther PPK chambered in 32ACP. This pistol is in immaculate condition. Has original box, papers, second magazine and brass cleaning rod. The PPK was classified as non-importable with the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Specifically as having no sporting purpose, AKA a, “Saturday Night Special”.  Obviously …

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SHS 29: Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless (Type 3)

What we have here is something usual. Not because of what it is. But because of it’s condition. The dealer is not representing the pistol as unfired. But the average gun owner would have to look damn hard to see wear on this example.  Specs: Maker – Colt Mode – 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol. Variation – Type 3. Mfg Date …

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New 100 Yard Zero Range

One thing I figured out over the past year was we didn’t have a good place to zero a rifle at 100 yards. Sure. We have 100 yard shots all over the place. But what we were really lacking was a perfectly flat 100 yard shot.  So…one of the reasons we created the 0-500 yard shooting position was it allowed …

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Chainsaw Party 2018

Well…the 2018 Chainsaw party has come and gone. I don’t know I am getting older or if the logs are getting heavier, I suspect the latter. But this year’s event seemed unusually rough. The trees cut were simply huge and required almost constant splitting.      Until next year…     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 28 – Springfield 1903 MK1

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we have a 1903 Springfield rifle. But not just any 1903. A MK1. What is that you ask? With a little hyperbole it is as follows… Imagine The United States War Department’s super secret weapon that was so effective and revolutionary, that by the summer of 1919, allied forces were going to …

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Beretta 92D Left Behind

How does a Beretta get a beauty picture around here? You’re cleaning guns at the Armory and realize this handgun was left in the UTV. Whoops.      Marky  www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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500 Yard First Shots Official

Ok. This part of the property is done. So a friend of ours wanted to shoot his SCAR-17 and try it out.  So while I was working on shooting benches and tables, this shooter and his SCAR-17 got it done.  He routinely takes his SCAR out to 800 yard no problem.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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The New Range 

Quick overview of the new range. We are stopping construction for the year.  We have 0-600 yards of rifle range. A 50 yard pistol / tac rifle pit.  Well over 2000 yards of trails.  And hardened on site storage.  It’s the beginning of October and winter is fast approaching. So the priority is finishing the seeding for erosion control and …

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Pedersen Device 1903 Rifle

So today I ran across something at my favorite FFL that I have never, ever, ever seen before. A 1903 Springfield that has been specifically built, and cut, to accept a Pedersen Device. The US Army called this model of rifle the 1903 MKI.  What is the Pedersen Device you ask? It was a top secret program by the US …

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Walther PPQ 45

Whoops.  Why you ask?  I forgot we owned this. Just this morning while working in my office I found these photos of a Walther PPQ 45. But looking at them, I’m thinking they aren’t part of the Second Hand Showcase Series (SHS). What are these? What gun shop is this? Then it hits me! I was traveling and found this …

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POTD – Colt 1903 Pistol

The only reason I didn’t buy this pistol is because of the caliber: 32acp. That is not a caliber I support. Simple as that.  But..this gorgeous 1903 is currently sitting in my FFL’s used gun case. It’s beautiful.       Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Shotgun Security Overkill?

Admittedly I am not a big wing shooter. I have one Browning O/U that has been in my possession for almost 20 years. But I occasionally fondle O/U’s on the store shelves. Perhaps I am looking to be inspired? Or perhaps I am looking to keep up on, what to me, seems to be a slow innovation sector of the …

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Fake Nazi Guns

Many years ago when I first meet Freeze, he and I were discussing our individual firearms tastes and collections: Old. New. Milsurp. American. Soviet. European. Black Powder. You name it.  But he said one thing that really piqued my interest. Something I had never heard before. It went like this,  “I only pay repro prices for Nazi stuff.  That way …