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Mountain Mike European Skull Mount

I decided that my 2015 buck really wasn’t big enough to justify doing a full mount. So after discussing with Freeze, we decided to do a European skull mount. As I type, the rotting skull in tied down in the back 40 waiting for mother nature to do it’s microbial magic. But that got Freeze to thinking. He told me …

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Germany’s “Cabela’s”

On a recent hunting trip to Germany, I came across what can only be called the Deutschland equivalent of Cabela’s. Frankonia was stocked with everything one would expect from a European sporting goods store. Classic shooting stools, brass hunter’s horns and loden wool hats and garments were plentiful. Also plentiful were guns, including guns I really did not expect to …

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2015 Deer Processing

Deer Processing We’ve had some interest from readers asking about Freeze’s home-deer processing. Here are photos of his finished product. Between all his personal deer, son-in-law, his father, and mine…shot in 3 states it just made sense for him to do it all at home. I’m guessing he processes at least 6 deer a year. And one year it was …

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2015 Hunting Season — Marky’s Stand

For the rest of the week, john1911.com will be posting pictures from our 2015 hunting season. Some will be of individual hunter’s areas. Others will be at our, “field-dressing-station”. Or commonly known around here as The Barn. 😉 Some will be of our, “processing-station”. Or known as The Old White Barn. The first pics are from my my stand and …

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Holland & Holland

While traveling outside DC, I had occasion to run into the actual Holland & Holland company. The folks were visiting from the UK headquarters and brought toys with them. I was able to fondle a few firearms and shoot some photos without looking like too much of a groupie. This SxS was tagged at $121,000. In “12 Bore”. I think. …

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POTD: The Boneyard

Just a quick picture of the day. Freeze is a very accomplished hunter. So much so, he processes his own deer every season. As a result, unless a trophy buck comes by his stand he usually shoots does. For the meat. Now don’t get me wrong, he will shoot bucks but his main priority is meat. So every year, there …

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Youth Guns—Build Or Buy?

There are several “phases” one goes through as a hunter. They include a phase in which you just want to get an animal to prove you are a hunter. That is usually followed by a phase in which you try to get as many animals as you can to prove how well you hunt. From there, many transition to “trophy” …

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The John1911 Podcast is Live.

The John1911 Podcast is an outgrowth of the Tacticaltshirts.com morning meetings that Freeze and I have. Once we get the t-shirt business stuff out of the way we wonder into all kinds of discussions: Guns. Gun projects. Second Amendment news. Guns we own. Guns we wished we owned. Guns we’ve sold. Broken guns. Buying guns at auction. Stupid stuff we see and hear on the ranges. Pro-American politics Hunting …

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Mounting DOA Scope on H&R 20 Gauge

Do you live in rifle state? Do you hunt in a rifle state? Don’t know what I am talking about? Count your blessings because some of the places that Freeze and I hunt are shotgun only for deer season. I know. I know. Kinda sucks. But…here’s the good news. You take a 20 gauge H&R single shot with a rifled …

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Merkel RX Helix Hunting Rifle

First off let me make this clear: We are not gear reviewers. Sure, you will see stories and pictures and postulations of guns and gear here on John1911.com. But…we don’t take submissions. Why is that? Simple. Our policy is if you don’t see the item discussed here, we either can’t afford it, don’t know about it, or aren’t interested in …

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Boresighting without a collimator

Bore Sighting a Rifle So you just bought a new scope, mounted it on your rifle and are ready for the range, right?  Not quite.  You need to bore sight first, or plan to shoot lots of ammo trying to get your shots on the target. And with the cost of ammo being what it is (if you can find …

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2015 Chainsaw Party — Winter Firewood

One of the deals at our main hunting ground is you need to pitch in to cut winter firewood. It is desperately needed to heat 3 buildings during the cold winter — Note: It’s a boiler system. Typically what we do is dead or dying trees are targeted during the year. A team with chainsaws drops the trees throughout the …

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NEOPOD: A High Quality Plastic Bipod?

Yesterday, I took delivery of a new bipod being made by a company called Steinert Sensing Systems out of Norway. The name is Neopod Ultralight Hunting BiPod. If the Steinert name sounds vaguely familiar to you, I imagine their acoustic chronogragh might ring a bell. Here is the most interesting thing about this bipod. It’s made out of plastic! Yeah, …

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Fitting A Gun — By Scott Mayer

You’ll shoot better and experience less perceived recoil if you’re shooting a gun that fits, and finding a gun that fits two of my kids has been particularly challenging.  My oldest daughter at the tender age of 13 is already 6-foot 4 inches tall but too willowy to hold the weight of a gun with the 16-inch stock she needs.  …