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Armory Chat 47: Nobody Cares About Your HP Ammo

This video was recorded during the morning of Sunday, March 15th. I had received MULTIPLE messages asking about HP ammo. At that time, being on the range, I was not even remotely aware that there was panic buying over the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Rather than type multiple responses via e-mail, I just setup the camera and recorded an Armory Chat on …

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General Garnett’s Sword Update

I was recently reminded by a viewer that I hadn’t done a follow up on Armory Chat 41: General Garnett’s Sword (Lamp).    So…Cough…cough…let me put on my my best affected 1860’s persona: “Dear Sir, It has recently been brought to my attention that a grave injustice has been committed upon the fair and just readers of this land. And …

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Armory Chat 45 – C96 / Red 9 Mauser

We’ve been in the market for a shooter grade C96 for a while. But what made the quest even harder was we wanted it chambered in…you guessed it…9×19. Which is where the, “Red 9” moniker comes into play.  In summary: Used C96. Made by Mauser in Germany. Exported to China. At some point imported or brought into the US. It …

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Armory Chat 44: Khyber Pass Rifle & War Rug

We have this new, but faked to look old, Khyber Pass Martini Henry Rifle. You can barely call it a gun as I’m sure it would grenade on any user who might attempt to fire it. Recently we ran across a unique Afghan War Rug that is the perfect size to pair with this rifle: 1’x3’. So…we have put them …

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Armory Chat 43 – Firearm’s Hidden Features 

Wanted to take a quick minute to encourage the viewer to always be curious about things you don’t know. And confident in the things you do know. If something legitimately seems “different”, take note of it. It might lead you down the path of discovery.  In today’s day and age where all firearms are functionally the same, it’s easy to …

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Armory Chat 42 – Only one 338 Lapua Mag

Well…As we get closer to finishing the new rifle range, it’s almost impossible to not think about what rifles we will be able to shakedown on a regular basis.  A perfect example is the 338 Lapua Magnum Blaser Tactical 2. But…this reminds me I only have 1 magazine for that caliber.  Perhaps I better get on the ball and find …

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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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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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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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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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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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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 …

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Armory Chat 35: Mail Time

It’s the holiday season and things are slow around here. So it’s time to open some mail! References to items discussed: Valmet M76 Rifle Beretta AR70   Book: Small Arms Firing Manual: 1913/17 Maj General Leonard Wood, US Army Book: Illustrated History of WWII: Miller Hi-Desert Dog SCAR Parts Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”     Contact us …