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POTD – Family Heirloom

This belongs to Freeze’s father. So that would be great grandpa Freeze. If I recall the story correctly? It was brought back by another family member during World War II. We were shooting at the company range a while back and I snapped a photo of it. If your family has heirloom firearms? I suggest you make it clear that …

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Mexican Valmet

Usually when you see pictures of guns in Mexico, it’s from news report or a NGO discussing the drug war. All of which is apropos.  However…The Other Side of the Story I do hear occasionally from private individual gun owners in Mexico. Almost without fail, they are asking questions about historical or rare firearms. But what popped into my inbox …

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T91 Clone Needs NARCAN

It’s been a busy year as you are aware. So just now getting around to test firing the T91 clone. The first thing I noticed when operating the action is how heavy the recoil buffer is. It’s crazy heavy. But that is what T91 tactical recommended for mitigating bolt carrier tilt.  In hindsight it’s obvious this spring weight is too …

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Why a Lighting Link is Not a Good Buy

So…you want to get into the NFA game, eh? And obviously your first choice is to look for machine-gun options for the most popular rifle in The United States. The AR-15.  Can’t argue with that logic one bit. But…it’s a tight market. The M16 and it’s registered NFA items bring top dollar with today’s Class III dealers. So…what are the …

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Government Armory Doors

I figured this was a chance show folks something without showing ours. When you hear us use the phrase, “The Armory”? That is a specific place. It is built to certain specs to store weapons.  While I can’t show the reader particulars of our location, I can share with you some items on the open market that you might find …

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Is Your Rocket Launcher Legal to Own?

This video is the product of a series of questions one reader was asking. He was attending gun shows and expressed an interest in buying some bazooka tubes as wall hangers. But his fear was inadvertently buying something that is a controlled or restricted item.  While rare, it is certainly possible somebody could try to sell you something illegal. As …

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SHS-52: Swiss 1906/24 Luger 

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase (SHS), we are looking at a rare gun. A Swiss Luger Model 1906/24 brought into the United States before the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA).  For the layman, that means no ugly import markings.  Also included with this pistol is a copy of the book, “Parabellum: A Technical History of Swiss Lugers” …

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Shooting, “Not a Red 9”

Somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek title. Freeze and I get the Red 9 out. This was the first time loading it with stripper clips on the range. Previously it was being hand loaded 2-3 rounds per iteration.  What I like about the gun is it’s iconic look. No other gun looks quite like a Broom-Handle Mauser. In the early days of …

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SHS-49: Swedish Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a rifle and caliber combination near and dear to my heart: An 1896 Swedish Mauser chambered in the fantastic 6.5×55 Swede.  What we call around here the “original 6.5 Creedmoor”. Which it really is.  The specs:  Make: Carl Gustaf. Model: 1896 Long Rifle.  Caliber: 6.5 Swede (6.5×55).  Date …

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SHS-47: Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 10

What we are looking at on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is an oldie but a goodie. A model 10 before there were Model 10’s. This gun is calling me. I once took a revolver class with a very, very similarly spec’d out gun (borrowed). And I dominated the field.  It was at that moment when I figured …

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SHS46: Chinese SKS 

SHS46: Chinese SKS  On this episode we are looking at a gun that is no longer being imported into the United States.  It is a Chinese made SKS. This rifle appears to be in good shape mechanically and cosmetically.  The only “ding” I can find to give it is the non-matching stock number. But all the mechanical parts do match. …

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SHS-45: Russian SKS

SHS-45: Russian SKS On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at Russian SKS. But what caught my eye about this rifle were the things that were wrong with it.  My point being, there is room to negotiate on a rifle like this since it’s not 100% original and “correct”. Maybe you don’t see it? But if …

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SHS 44 – K31 w/Diopter Sights

So on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking a pretty neat rifle. A Swiss K31. But unlike the pallets and pallets of K31’s that have come into the US the last few years, this one was brought into the US privately. Before 1968. So it doesn’t have a import mark on it.  But there is more. …

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S&W 5906 Restoration 

Marky dropped this off at my house with no warning. His words were, “Fix this gun”. For the pics you can see at THE LINK HERE. It was pretty rough. Here is the final product. Externally the gun was very rough. But luckily…the internals were almost perfect.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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EP137 – Live from The Range, S&W 5906, Fake Chinese Holsters

After last week’s somewhat tenuous server performance, we took the opportunity to record a pod live at the company range, under the new picnic shelter. In it we discuss Freeze’s 5906 rehab, the discovery of a flaw in chinese  reproduction holsters and our very positive interaction with the BATFE. Sincerely, Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com