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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  

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A German MP40 Sold For $12k

I am posting really for my benefit and education. Not being up on all NFA market prices, I was surprised to see this transferrable, fully functional, MP40 sell for $12,000. I know I have seen them sell for much more?  So…is the fact it has a different “tube” a drag on the price? If so, was this a one-off thing …

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General Garnett’s Sword Update

I was recently reminded by a viewer that I hadn’t done a follow up on Armory Chat 41: General Garnett’s Sword (Lamp).    So…Cough…cough…let me put on my my best affected 1860’s persona: “Dear Sir, It has recently been brought to my attention that a grave injustice has been committed upon the fair and just readers of this land. And …

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Red 9 Stripper Clips Arrive

C96 – Red 9 stripper clips are in….Errr…well only 1! But What the heck! 😎🤪😬 #c96mauser #broomhandlemauser #mauser #wwi #pistol #gunsofinstagram   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser 

Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser  User question: What are the differences between the Ross straight pull and the Blaser straight pulls?  In short? Everything. Besides both being straight pull rifles, they share almost no mechanical technology or heritage.  See video for my complete explanation.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Mexican Mondragon Rifle

The Mondragon is a unicorn rifle for us. They are very rare overall and extremely rare inside of the United States. Why? Logically…how many guns does Mexico export to the US every year?  See my point?  This was made by SIG and is chambered in 7mm Mauser. I bet it would be a pussycat to shoot.      Sincerely,  Marky …

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Armory Chat 45 – C96 / Red 9 Mauser

We’ve been in the market for a shooter grade C96 for a while. But what made the quest even harder was we wanted it chambered in…you guessed it…9×19. Which is where the, “Red 9” moniker comes into play.  In summary: Used C96. Made by Mauser in Germany. Exported to China. At some point imported or brought into the US. It …

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Winchester-Hotchkiss Model 1879

So…why I am I looking at a sporting rifle? The first clue is the caliber. It’s in 45-70. So that makes we wonder if it would handle modern 45-70 loads? Figuring most commercial 45-70 loads are made to be “Trapdoor Safe”, I would think…maybe…probably? But ultimately I would defer to someone more knowledgable than me to make that final call.  …

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Yugo M53 Parts Kit Analysis

Marky:  One more thing. How does this kit look to you?  I don’t know if I told you, but we did purchase a brand new 7.62 NATO MG 42 barrel. I don’t know how easy it is to convert these things? But I’m under the impression it’s not hard. Famous last words the customer says to his 07. 😎🤪🤷🏼‍♂️ —- …

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Model 1917 with BAR Magazine

We’ve all seen the ’03 Springfield’s that have been modified to take the larger magazines. Some are done after the fact since it’s a historically correct modification, while others seem to have been done during the war.  So…imagine if you were walking past the table at your local gun-show and you saw a US Model 1917 rifle modified to accept …

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EP134 – Gun Channels Whacked, 9mm Tokarev, Range Construction

Ep 134 of the John1911 Podcast:   Range Construction – Shelter. Officer Mike’s Machine gun. Falling Plate Rack spall solution. Red 9 Pistol has Chinese Markings. Norinco Model 213 in 9mm. Somebody doesn’t like how I say, “Walther”. Anti-gun teacher arrested for planting ammo in school. Youtube demonetizes gun channels…again. Yawn. The Bernie vs Biden battle. Teresa May resigns. Apple …

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Norinco 213 First Shots

Officer Mike and I took some time off to goof off a little bit. This Norinco 213 came into The Armory a few months ago and had yet to be function tested.  Of course the first round FTE’d causing a double feed. But once it got a few rounds through it, things settled down. Probably hasn’t been first in 40 …

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Norinco 213 Detail Strip

  The Norinco 213 is a 9×19 / 9mm Parabellum handgun made in China. It is a copy of the Soviet  Tokarev TT-33. Which in itself is functionally a copy of the Browning 1911 action. Yes really. Here is how it is best explained according to Wikipedia.  Norinco 213 A brief history/review of the Norinco 213 which is a Chinese …