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Remington Rand M1911

I saw this pistol in my local gunshop a little while ago. And while I am an old 1911 guy from way back in the day, I am not a Colt M1911 collector. So frankly, I don’t know exactly what I am looking at here. Let me explain. I recognize it as a 1911A1 with the arched mainspring housing and …

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Ross 1905 Bolt Install

We had to make this for our own reference collection and figured many of you would also benefit from the video. How to install, or actually reinstall, the bolt on a Ross 1905 straight-pull rifle. There is a little trick to it! Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Pawn Shop Find — Old German Scope

One thing I make a habit of doing is to dive deep when presented with a new gun store or pawnshop. I will literally spend a few hours basically cataloging every item in the store. These days, this only happens when I travel. So while doing my thing in a pawnshop I ran across this old German manufactured scope. It …

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K31 – The Karabiner Model 1931

The Swiss made rifle commonly referred to as the K31 is a straight pulled action rifle that uses a 6 round detachable box magazine. The calibre is 7.5×55 Swiss and has pretty much the same ballistic qualities as the 7.62×51 NATO round. These rifles are very well built and are considered to be some of the most accurate Milsurp rifle …

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British Paratrooper Motorcycle

Ran across this bike a while back. A big time milsurp guy had it on display. It is what is known as a Welbike and was made by the Excelsior Bike Company from 1942 through 1945. Immediately I made an offer on it, which the owner promptly refused. Not because my number was low. Actually according to Freeze, I was …

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Jim Clark Bullseye 1911 – 38 Special

Camp Perry was a success for one incredible reason: I got to handle a personal firearm of one of the greatest pistol shooters to ever live: Jim Clark, Sr. But what is even more interesting is this talisman wasn’t hanging on a wall or under glass waiting to be fondled by a cotton-gloved, Gun-Jesus. Actually…it wasn’t even out for the …

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The Original Galil Rifle

Someone reached out and wanted to know my opinion of the newly released Galil Ace in 223 vs the original Galil? Frankly, I don’t know. I have zero time on either rifle. But the Galil Ace in 7.62 looks to me as, likely, the best AK rifle ever made. And I only say that from the improved ergonomics and manual …

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Mosin Nagant 91-30 Ex-Dragoon

Most people that are into the Mosin game know about the Mosin Nagant M91. Like most earlier milsurp rifles produced before WW1, they are long. The M91 rolled in at a whopping 51 1/2 inches overall, and had a 31 1/2 inch barrel. As time progressed and the Soviets modernized their long guns they rolled out the 91-30. It was …

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USMC Colt M45A1 Decommissioned Pistol

I ran across this pistol recently. It was the first time I have had a chance to actually fondle a “turn-in” M45. As you can see, it has seen quite a bit of use. The seller has been able to determine which unit this handgun served with and has documentation that it is not, “a school house gun”. His words …

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Booby Trapped AK-47

A friend of mine sent me this pic of a AK-47 uncovered in Raqqa, Syria. Apparently it was booby trapped by retreating ISIS fighters. See the special surprise under the recoil guide? Notice the Duracell 9V battery just behind it? Since I am not there I can’t with certainty say “what” is in the package, but the 9V is a …

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M1909 Blank 30-06

Fun find of the day: I found a stash of 30-06 blank ammo. I don’t really recall where I picked it up at; or why, but I found these to be interesting. They are head stamped, “DA 65”. DA is Dominion Arsenal- Quebec Canada. And they are not the normal 6 star crimp that you see on blanks. Originally they …

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M1905 Mk II Ross Rifle Refurb Complete

We picked up a Ross rifle for the armory. We needed something in British 303 and the Canadian Ross came our way. The rifle is in really great shape but had a few stock issues. Upon inspection, I found 3 cracks in the stock. One was structural, the second was iffy, and the third was cosmetic. The metal is in …

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1941 Indian Motorcycle – US Army Model

Freeze sent these pics over to me today with the following note: “This 1941 Indian is for sale in Pennsylvania. The Craigslist ad is asking $20,000. The owner says everything works with the exception of the horn. I would take up riding again if I had this.” I have to agree. It’s a sweet, sweet bike. And the Tommy-Gun scabbard …

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Broom-Handle Mauser: 30 Mauser or 9mm Luger?

One of my regular FFL stores popped up with a Broom-handle Mauser also known as the C96. I have been casually paying attention to them for a while, so when this showed up at the shop, it caught my eye. Off the top of my head, it’s in 30 Mauser. Is refinished. And the stock / holster kit with it …

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POTD — Behind The Desk

When we do a Armory Chat Live video, inevitably we will receive a few private messages inquiring about item X or item Y on the back wall. Almost always from hardcore MILSURP collectors. Since I had to rearrange some items to make room for the RPG scope, I figured it was a good time to take a gratuitous photo.   …