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Trying to Beat the Rain – Russian Sniper 

So…how do you spend time waiting for a bulldozer to show up for backstop work? Well for me, it’s getting stuff off my to do list. In this case I am zeroing a Russian Sniper and need to confirm with a group. Then…the rain started coming in. And as a general rule, we don’t like to swamp WWII reference collection …

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SHS 14: STI Trojan 9mm

On this episode of the 1911 I found something that I don’t normally see. A used race-gun that isn’t shot half-to-death.  It’s a single stack 1911 in 9mm, made by STI out of Texas. It seems very, very well made and hand assembled. Particularly the slide to frame fit. It’s so smooth, I liken it to gliding on greased whale …

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Range Building – Shipping Containers

So…the new range needs some storage and what better excuse to buy your own shipping container! So…we have been shopping.  I have learned a few things: Most containers are 8’6”.  A High Cube or HC is 9’6”. Which is handy.  The tops of shipping containers are not very sturdy.  So I anticipate building a platform on top of one.  Most …

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SHS 13: Colt Official Police 

What we have here is a somewhat large revolver chambered in 38SPL. I do not know the date of manufacture for this handgun, but Wikipedia states it was produced from 1908-1969. So at minimum it is almost 50 years old.  Since it doesn’t seem to have a turn-ring on the finish, I decided to not even dry-fire the action. So …

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Rifle Range Maintenance 

Well…the wettest Spring (2018) I have seen in over a decade has passed and now it’s time to play catch-up on range maintenance. Everybody is way behind: tenet farmer can’t bale hay if it’s wet. Dozer guy can’t push up new backstops if it’s slop. Dump trucks can’t deliver gravel since we don’t have gravel roads in yet. And the …

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Rant – Protecting Your Interests in Media

Something happened this week that brought back lots of memories from the 1990’s. In particular some of the tricks and tactics news organizations and large media outlets use to fluff stories towards whatever end they wish to achieve. In short, don’t sit around waiting to be discovered or “put on” by some famous brand or group. If a news outlet …

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Collecting vs Experiencing 

While attending a shooting function not that long ago, I had a gentlemen stop me mid-sentence and raise his arm up to my view. Not understanding what the point was, and seeing he wasn’t trying to hit me, I uttered, “Can I help you?”. He proceeds to then start talking about how he and I have the same great taste …

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POTD – Sokolovsky Automaster

I took this pic while at the Buffalo Bill Firearms Museum. It is chambered in 45ACP. Which is all well and good. But what makes this gun interesting is…it’s lack of screws, buttons and levers. Sounds weird, right? Well…look at it again.  Where is the mag release? The slide-stop?  Now…look at the grip panels. Where is the screw to attach …

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SHS 12: E. Whitney Revolver 

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are featuring a very neat and historically significant black powder revolver. And while this 36 caliber Navy Model of handgun might not be significant in its own right; the name Eli Whitney certainly is!  The inventor of the Cotton Gin. A mechanical contraption that was used, in lieu of human labor, …

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Armory Chat 40: Winchester 24 Surprise 

You are never too old to learn new tricks. Right?  In our quest to acquire an affordable, double trigger firearm; I discovered a feature that was new to me.  It seems on this Winchester Model 24 SxS, when the shooter presses the lever to unlock the action, the safety is automatically reengaged.  Without a doubt many of you are familiar …

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POTD — Information Security at The Vatican

I’ve been sitting on this photo for a long while. Not intentionally. It’s just that we are primarily a firearms and national security property. So just about anything bumps this from the queue of posts. But this is long overdue. So here goes… The Pope is the Head of State for the sovereign Vatican City. They are their own country. …

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Hands-on: Hudson H9 Pistol

So while traveling recently I had the opportunity to spot a Hudson H9 pistol for sale in a FFL’s gun case. With all of the hype, and some the drama, surrounding this pistol; I was excited to actually handle one. Considering I didn’t shoot it, you can take my observations with a grain of salt: It’s an all steel gun …

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Armory Chat 39: I Forgot We Had That!

So Freeze and I were talking today and the subject of 7.5 French came up. Before I could say anything, he started making plans to buy a MAS 36 Rifle. You know the reference collection is big when your partner forgets what we have!  We’ve had a MAS 36 for some time. And we’ve had a 49/56 as well.   …

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SHS 11 – Colt Army Special

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a revolver that was made by Colt in the hopes of getting a government contract: The Colt Army Special 38 Specs: Made in 1910 Chambered in 38 Colt. 6-Shot Square grip frame.  Rounded blade front sight.  Trench rear sight.  Firing pin integral with hammer.  Colt style cylinder latch. Colt bake-a-lite …

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Hayabusa Motorcycle 

Hayabusa Motorcycle  It’s not something we discuss much, but Freeze and I are both motorcycle guys.  He spent his youth riding Harley’s and I rode Honda’s. A CBR600 and then a 1500cc Valkyrie. One of our employees has been trying to get me back into the bullet-bike game. So today he was tempting me with his Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc sport …