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WileyX EyePro Down

I honestly don’t recall how long I have had this set of eye-protection. At least a decade. Probably closer to 13 years. It comes in a kit that allows the user to change lenses, but I always used the clear.  You can tell by looking at it’s condition that it gets used many times a week. Sometimes daily. It stays …

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Remington Rolling Block Pistol.

This is a Model 1891 Target Pistol. Although they were made in several calibers, these particular examples are chambered in .22 RF. It has a 10.5 inch, octagon barrel.  The production run on the .22 target model was very low at around 100. And these are pretty rare today. They were not a very popular pistol in the days of …

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Wilson eXperior First Shots

So…after the astounding success of the Wilson EDC X9L pistol, I was curious if a single-stack version of the gun was available? It was not. Seems Wilson limits the EDC9 guns to 4” which I have ZERO interest in. But they did offer an alternative. The eXperior 9mm 1911.  So what is this gun? It’s a single stack 1911 with …

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EP-187: Topless Not Bottomless

Ep187 of the John1911 Podcast is now live: ThunderBeast suppressor problems. Is our language too blue? We will see another Jim Cirillo. More deep-state phone wiping. The Wilson EXperior 1911. Cohen recordings. MAGA hat hate crime. More Remington estate guns.   Danny, Marky & Freeze John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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EP-186: Mass For Shut-In’s

Ep186 of the John1911 Podcast: Antifa Molotov’s Themselves. Commander Red is a bitch. UHaul prices sky rocket. Whore checks used to be a thing. ICARUS 320 Module. Lithuania picks VP9. Glock P80 is back. Pelosi set herself up. Can a shotgun be your goto gun? LAX: Ironman seen at 3000 feet.   Danny, Marky & Freeze John1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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Blaser Optics

Some have asked me about Blaser optics. Or if I will be trying Blaser optics? In short: No.  IMO they are way too heavy. And too expensive for being that heavy. Until the weight comes down, I ignore them.   As a businessman, I respect their desire to put the brand on the top of the rifle. Why cede those …

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EP-185: Fiery But Mostly Peaceful

Episode 185 of the John1911 Podcast:   Heckler & Koch in profitable again. The 1911 is making a comeback. Notorious PD shootings: Details emerge. FN is selling AR barrels. The Kenosha Kid. The Jussie Smollett coverup. An American Red Guard rises.   Danny, Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Remington Smoot New Model Revolver

The Remington Smoot New Model line started in 1875 with the model 1 and finally ended in 1888 with the model 4. The model 1 was chambered in .30RF and only had a two year production run.  The Model 2 had a similar fate.  The Model 3 and 4 became the most popular iterations and were produced until 1888. The …

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EDC X9L – Why The Big One?

So…some have asked why choose a 5” model of 1911 as a go-to 1911? It’s mostly personal preference, but if you must:  I like how 5” models recoil.  Using a plug, they can be cycled one handed on hard surfaces.  The EDC X9L has a rail that still facilitates that move. I dislike extra-long dust-covers on 1911s in general.  This …

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EP-184: That Ain’t My Blood!

Episode 184 of the John1911 Podcast The Hookers are looking bad. The asteroid election. Ian McCollum in John Wick. Lori Lightfoot bans protesting her house. Jade Helm / USPS Conspiracies. Gemtech Integra still doesn’t work. Scarface as a Keith Richards meth kingpin. Still looking for Freeze’s 9mm 1911. How Joe Biden REALLY met his wife. Alec Baldwin daughter beat up …

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EDC X9L Locking Lug Design

Ok. In this final installment of the advances and changes Wilson has made to the design of the EDC X9L gun.  What is it? In a word: friction. Or more specifically a lack of it.  First they have removed the radial locking lugs from the barrel and added a single locking surface at the front of the hood. Pretty much …

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EDC X9L – Magazine Design

The Wilson EDC X9L double-stack series of guns have a significantly less bulky grip and feel when compared to a traditional 2011.  How do they do this? Simple. Wilson decided to use a ground up 9mm magazine tube that not only holds 18 rounds. But also presents the 9mm round more directly into the chamber.  The benefits of this are …

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EDC X9L: Extractor Design

The EDC X9L pistol is a 1911 built for modern duty standards. And anyone who is truthful about the original 1911 designs knows changing and maintaining the extractor is as much an art as a science.  And while guys like me who are heavily invested in that skill might make the argument that it shouldn’t be changed; modern service guns …

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EDC X9L Plunger Tube Design

One of the main weaknesses of the original 1911 design is the plunger tube. It’s critical to the functioning of the thumb safety. And should the plunger tube become dislodged, it can lock the safety on. Resulting in a dead gun.  Work arounds and modifications have been tried for years to mitigate the risk. Everything from increasing the number of …