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22 Caliber SAW Trainer

While I was traveling down south, I stopped in a Army Surplus Store. Now this isn’t your average, run of mill, surplus shop. The proprietor had quite the personal collection on display! More on that later. But one thing that did grab my eye was this 22lr M249 SAW trainer. The owner seemed to be convinced it had come out …

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HK VP9 Giveaway Winner

Some old news that I want to get addressed. It seems I never actually posted photos of the HK VP9 giveaway. Received a somewhat snarky message on the subject. I won’t go into what this person said, since I don’t want to give voice to a Negative Nancy. But the fact remains, I didn’t post a photo of the winner: …

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Looking For Blaser 556 Barrel

I wasn’t really sure what to title this post. The runner-ups: “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get it up!” “Desperately Seeking Susan” “Das Barrel!!!” “Dreams of My Sewer Pipe” “It puts the lotion…” Anyway, you get the idea. But in the end, it’s just a simple request for help. Here’s the problem. My main precision rifle is a Blaser Tactical …

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S&W 22 Mag J-Frame

I have been eyeing these 22 Magnum J-frames for a while. Which seems strange to my old co-workers. You see, I once…now infamously…said to industry renowned, snubby instructor Ed Lovette, “Do you know why I don’t own a J-Frame revolver?” “No” he replied. With a grin, “Because I would fucking carry it”. Yeah, yeah. I know. Kind of an asshole …

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Handling Criminal Road Blocks in the US

Ok. The first thing that needs to be said is, if you stop your car you are asking for trouble. I understand that initially you may not understand what is going on. Or the situation may develop in front your eyes; but understand this, sitting in your car in the middle of a riot is highly dangerous. I can’t give …

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POTD — The Gurkha Knives

Thought this was an interesting photo. Like many of you, I know “some” about the Kukri knife. But I am certainly no expert. To date, I have never even owned one, but I am not known as a knife-guy either, so maybe that isn’t a surprise. My excuse has always been, I will buy one in Nepal when I get …

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Belt Buckle Pistol

I used to see references to these things as a kid. Notably in a particular comic book series called “Weird War”. Since the series was written in the 1970’s, the bad guys tended to always be Nazi or Imperial Japanese soldiers and Viet Cong. When I discovered that such a thing as a belt buckle pistol existed, my little 10 …

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CZ75 Refinish

I saw these photos on the internet and thought they would be informative for some of our younger readers. I am of two minds when it comes to refinishing guns. The first thought is I like a well worn gun that has some miles on it. The second thought is I prefer that wear be mine. Carrying a firearm with …

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I’d Rather Be Shot

It’s inevitable: When I post a story about hunting, we get some blowback. The complaints and accusations are always filled with logical fallacies and outright ignorance. My new favorite is the, “I hate trophy hunters” crowd. I won’t do a deep dive on economics, conservation and sustainment that hunting provides. I have addressed that at length elsewhere. So let’s look …

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PMAG Giveaway Winner

Brian H. of Utah is the winner of the 10 PMAG giveaway. He was kind enough to send over some pics for everyone to see. And he is wearing our new American Freedom T-shirt to boot! Congratulations, Brian. I am glad the PMAGS landed safely.     Sincerely, Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Heavy Duty Prius

So I had pulled off the highway to fill my tank. And while I was standing there, a guy at the next pump started admiring my pickup truck. We talked for a few minutes since he seemed genuinely interested and I learned a few interesting things about him. He’s former Army. Airborne. GWOT veteran. Single Dad. 17 year old daughter. …

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Bolt-on Side Charging Handle

OK. Let me start off with a confession: I can’t believe I like this product. And I know as I am typing this many people reading this will be rolling their eyes muttering, “C’mon, Dude!”. And since you weren’t there, I sympathize. “There is no-way this product isn’t a gimmick”, is literally what I said out loud as I eye’d …

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Texas Heart Shot

A couple of us went down to Texas for some pig hunting. Here is a 230lb pig I shot with a Blaser R8 chambered in 270 Weatherby Magnum. The bullet is a TTSX. The scope is a S&B PMII 3-12x MTC just like the USMC sniper scopes. Minus the markings. The pig crossed in front of my blind while it …

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Worst Deal Camp Perry 2016

So we swung by the Springfield shop during the 2016 National Matches at Camp Perry. And just like 2015, the super-crazy priced HK91 / G3 Magazines were still sitting there. You will note, we reported on these last year. Makes you wonder if they are really interested in selling them or just stock them as wall hangers? What I did …

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POTD — LED Front Sight

I have noticed an emerging trend by some of the higher end hunting rifles. Led front sights. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about that, but then I saw this image and something clicked. So…it’s kinda like a red-dot sight in it’s application? Interesting.   Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”