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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 …

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Xtek Magazine Construction 

Tony N. from Australia sent us some photos showing the internal workings of the Xtek aftermarket Blaser Tac 2 magazines.  These photos will be of interest to US Blaser owners who may be curious about aftermarket magazines or industrious Blaser owners who may want to copy them.  Assuming Xtek doesn’t bring any into the US. Yes, I have been asking them for …

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Falling Plate Rack Installed

Yesterday, Freeze assembled our new falling plate rack. Personally, it’s one of my favorite pistol shooting drills.  I haven’t had daily access to a rack since the Summer of 2012. It’s been a long time coming.  And thanks to Freeze for the extra help that day.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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When The Wind Doesn’t Blow

We are still trying to get used to the particulars of the new rifle range. And one of the most interesting aspects is it’s unique wind characteristics.  The rifle range sits very high relative to most of the area. As such, we don’t get a lot of protection from the west to east winds that tend to cross the country. …

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C96 Red 9 in The Armory

Figured I would show this. It’s a Mauser C96 chambered in 9mm Parabellum. Yes, the same caliber as your Glock 9×19 mags.  Every collection needs a C96 for three reasons:  It’s Han Solo’s gun! Yes, really.  It’s considered the first commercially successful automatic pistol.  It’s look is unique in the extreme.  Without getting into all the details, there were two …

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POTD — Model 1917 Heavy Barrel Sniper 

The next time you see some WWI Bubba’ed rifle at a gun show, make sure it’s not an actual factory rifle that has been mis-identified.  I won’t give away all my best secrets with details, but I keep a running list of typical “mistakes” that can lead me to buying something well under market value.  Trust me. Knowledge is power.  …

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Howa 300 Yard Headshot 

So Freeze was out on the range with his version of a precision rifle: the Howa 1500 hunting rifle in 308. Not kidding. That’s a pretty modern rifle for an old MILSURP collector!  But when it’s all said and done, this Howa shoots pretty well. Actually, better than just well. I’m not saying it can run with the big dogs …

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Bayonet Lug Install PTR-91

A few weeks back, we realized that an old armory project was long overdue. Actually two projects. The first was to reconfigure the PTR-91 truck gun back to it’s factory stock. The second was to install an original G3 bayonet-lug and bayonet. In short, convert it to a standard military configuration and then place it back into the reference collection. …

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Franchi Law -12 Disassembly

This video is as much for us as it is for external use. I won’t admit how much time I have in figuring out how to take this gun apart, and then completely reassembling it. I just know two years from now, when this gun needs to be cleaned again; I don’t wanna have to re-learn it. So here it …

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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, …