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Gifts from Finland: Sourced a Valmet 5.56 Magazine

The M76 5.56 AK made by Valmet came with only a 15 round magazine. The 30’s are hard as hell to find. But thanks to a friend, we sourced a 40. You can’t tell by my sedate mood on the video, but inside I feel like doing the PeeWee Herman dance! Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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AR70 Magazine Fix

It’s been a while since I discussed the Beretta AR70 (AR-70 — AR/70 — AR70) rifle. It’s a pretty cool gun from a different time. All stamped metal and not too dissimilar from the SIG550. And just like the SIG, it takes it’s own proprietary rocker-lock magazines. When we acquired the rifle it came with one factory magazine that has …

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IDF Mauser Markings

Earlier this year we picked up a 7.62 variant Israeli Mauser. Click HERE to see more photos. Our friend Reuven was kind enough to translate the Hebrew markings as they are literally written. —Editor   Ed — Since some markings might be abbreviations, I don’t expect you to know what they mean. But if you could translate what you see, …

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Freeze Uses K31 on Opening Day

Editors note: Freeze is away on his annual trip to deer camp. During this time, he is functionally unreachable. But I did wake up opening day to find these three images on my phone. It appears he chose the K31 for opening day. From best I can tell, he is hunting over The Hay Bales, which means the protectional for …

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Bandolier of 303 Ammo

Freeze found a bandolier of 303 ammo that was long forgotten. Will come in very handy when we break out the Ross Rifle. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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RPG-26 Aglen Anti-Tank Weapon

We briefly discussed this weapon in a video published last week. Those of you who watched it know it came into our possession by a circuitous route. Since then, we have had numerous inquiries about close up pics. So while I has some down time at in my office, I snapped some images trying to place it on the wall. …

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Armory Chat EP32 — BREN Reactivation Project Update

Ok. We approach this project with eyes wide open. The BREN display gun was picked up on the cheap. So much so, it’s worth keeping as a wall hanger. But why not crack it open and see if a semi-auto reactivation is in the cards? Doesn’t hurt to look. Every time we get deeper into the project, we find good …

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M16A1 Furniture is Hard to Find?

Something weird start happening after I posted some videos of our Colt SP1. Numerous people were commenting and e-mailing asking where they can get part X,Y,Z for a A1 Clone build. The biggest gripe was a certain large, online retailer was out of stock on their reproduction furniture. “That’s weird”, I thought. While I haven’t been in the gun-show game …

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Accidentally Bought a BREN Parts Kit

Freeze and I were looking at an auction on a machine gun when the subject of BREN’s came up. We saw this deactivated / display gun at a crazy low price. I suspect it was being ignored since it was competing with functioning weapons. So at the minimum price, we figured what the hell? I’ll take it for that. So …

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American Eagle Luger

A while back perusing some pawn shops I ran across something I didn’t know existed. New production Luger pistols. At least in this case, “New Old Stock” since I believe they have been out of production for a number of years. Best I can tell these don’t have the greatest reputation for being reliable. And since we already have a …

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That New Gun Range Smell: Colt SP1

Freeze and I are setting up some new ranges for different projects. This was a test on one of our private access roads that also happens to have natural backstops from 50-200 yards. We need to do this to keep ancillary noise down when shooting drills on video. More to come. Rifle used: Colt SP1. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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Bren Gun Tripod

Its pretty amazing what I find laying about in my basement or garage. I was rummaging around and came across an old WW2 dated tripod. This was intended for use with the British Bren Gun and is dates 1943. Plus it has the correct British “Broad Arrow” markings on it. I don’t recall when or where I picked it up …

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Zeroing 223 FAL

It was a very rainy day and I had a busy schedule. So I jumped onto the bench rest range for a quick 100 yard zero session with the SAR-4800. AKA the 223 FAL. Once I achieve a mechanical zero at 100, I generally like to shoot a rifle through some very basic position shooting. This achieves multiple goals. First …

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The Israeli K98k Mauser

Most everyone knows that the Israeli’s were given a hodgepodge of weaponry. They were flooded with thousands of left over K98 Mauser rifles after the war, and used them to great effect. In the 1950’s when they adapted the FN-FAL as their service rifle, they had the Mausers converted to 7.62x51mm. That made sense for several reasons. First, the 8mm …

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POTD — Elephant Hit By Train

This photo is from 2013 in NE India. News reports are the full grown Tusker was crossing some railroad tracks when it was stuck. Obviously. Since trains don’t go far when they veer off the tracks. Reports are the animal died instantly. Which I am glad to hear. The photograph is interesting. Especially for a westerner who isn’t intimately familiar …