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Checking ZB-26 7.62×39 Barrel

Before we send the ZB-26 kit off to the FFL 07, I want to make sure this barrel is actually a 7.62×39 caliber.  When you research the subject of Chinese ZB’s, the story is often parroted that these were converted with sleeved SKS barrels. The problem with that statement is it doesn’t really tell the real story.  Why? Well…looking at …

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POTD – Could You Have Named This Gun?

We had an interesting, and very rare, firearm come into the armory recently. A ZB-26. For those who are not familiar with the ZB, it’s the predecessor of the UK’s BREN Gun.  Basically a slightly simplified and cheaper to manufacture version.  So? It’s a ZB-26? Who cares? Well…what makes this one special is Chinese Federalist forces bought ZB’s in 8mm. …

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AR-180 DEWAT

I had asked Matt to give us an analysis of the viability of buying this. He waved us off. —Editor This auction is for a RARE NICE, USED DEWATTED Armalite AR-180 rifle with the side folding buttstock, chambered in 5.56mm. The rifle has been dewatted by machining a slot thru the barrel and into the bore and by drilling a …

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Limiting Com-Bloc Mags For Hunting

One of the states we hunt allow 7.62×39 as a legal rifle caliber. Unfortunately they have a maximum capacity of 10 rounds.  Those that hunt with an SKS don’t have an issue and frankly, those that use an AK don’t either since 10 round mags are easily obtained.  My goto gun happens to be a Czech VZ58. And let me …

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T91 Clone Complete

The T91 is the designation for the Taiwanese Military (ROC) service rifle.  While fundamentally based off the M16, it does have particular furniture and a piston gas system.  Wolf brought in the uppers a few years ago, so it just made sense to source the easy stuff. Those parts are from t91tactical. Final assembly was done by our 07, LMG …

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BREN Display Gun Back in Armory

As we previously reported from our 07 FFL, the BREN gun display we have is probably not the best candidate for reactivation. You can see his report by CLICKING HERE.  So…since we are treating this as a pile of metal than a gun, the decision has been made to remove it from our secured areas and to install it in …

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G45 over The G19x

Ok. So I had a chance to finally see these two pistols in person. Actually at the same time. If you want to know the answer now and not read further? Get the G45 and forget the G19x.  Now for my reasons. Some are based on general principles and some are reflective of personal taste.  For starters…irrespective of what the …

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Single Point Sling

Years ago I purchased a large box of straps, buckles and clips. If I recall correctly they were Swedish Military. Over the last decade I have used, sold and given away a lot of it; but like most things, there is always a bunch of junk laying around in boxes.  The other day I ran across a box with a …

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T91 Mockup

OK. Now that range work is slowing down, it’s time to start knocking off some of the backed up to do list. Matt the 07, has sent over some preliminary pics mocking up the rifle. And some in-progress pics detailing the finishing out the Chinese marked lower.  Stay tuned!    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Bad News BREN

We have an update on the BREN dummy gun. Initially we had hoped the 07 could bring it back to life as a semi-auto. Unfortunately, it may not make sense at this point. And we would be better off just purchasing a new parts kit.  See his report below. —Marky  First off who ever did this dummy gun was an …

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SHS 31- Star Super B Pistol

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a Star Model Super B. That’s what I call it. You will see variations on that format, but if that name contains “Super B”, it’s the same gun.  Also…in full disclosure, I decided to pick this up for The Armory reference collection. So it is not available at …

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SHS 30 – Walther PPK 32ACP

What we have here is a German made, pre-1968 GCA import, Walther PPK chambered in 32ACP. This pistol is in immaculate condition. Has original box, papers, second magazine and brass cleaning rod. The PPK was classified as non-importable with the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Specifically as having no sporting purpose, AKA a, “Saturday Night Special”.  Obviously …

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SHS 29: Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless (Type 3)

What we have here is something usual. Not because of what it is. But because of it’s condition. The dealer is not representing the pistol as unfired. But the average gun owner would have to look damn hard to see wear on this example.  Specs: Maker – Colt Mode – 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol. Variation – Type 3. Mfg Date …

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SHS 28 – Springfield 1903 MK1

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we have a 1903 Springfield rifle. But not just any 1903. A MK1. What is that you ask? With a little hyperbole it is as follows… Imagine The United States War Department’s super secret weapon that was so effective and revolutionary, that by the summer of 1919, allied forces were going to …

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Pedersen Device 1903 Rifle

So today I ran across something at my favorite FFL that I have never, ever, ever seen before. A 1903 Springfield that has been specifically built, and cut, to accept a Pedersen Device. The US Army called this model of rifle the 1903 MKI.  What is the Pedersen Device you ask? It was a top secret program by the US …