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Freeze’s Upgraded K31

After getting some work done on property, I decided to break out my K31 to ring some steel.  Freeze john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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S&W Model 10-8 

So has anyone else picked up one of the model 10’s that have been flowing back into the country? Personally I have been keeping an eye on Model 10’s for quite some time.  In particular I wanted:  Used. Heavy Barrel. Bobbed Hammer. 4” Barrel. AIM Surplus was blowing some out and the price was just too good to not give …

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SHS 56 – Mauser 98 Action

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at something that will soon go as extinct as the Dinosaur: The WWII Mauser Action.  After The Big One, the world was awash in war-time surplus. Doubly so with the loser’s equipment. Most today don’t recognize the effect this had on the firearms industry for multiple decades.  When a …

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SHS 55 – P38 Pistol by Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a German P38 pistol made by Mauser. WWII production. While not in like new condition, it is in very good condition. Especially the finish. Which is original.  Also included is one original magazine in same condition. And a WWII era manufactured leather holster. To my thinking this gun has spend …

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POTD – Manurhin MR88

Centerfire Systems in Kentucky sent out an e-mail this week blowing out their Manurhin MR88 revolvers. For those not familiar, the MR88 is a French 38 Special, 6-shot DA/SA handgun. As I understand, it was developed in conjunction with Ruger.  I’m not really certain about the particulars, but at some point the frames were made by Ruger and the barrels …

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RSC-1917 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Saw a French Model 1917 Semiautomatic Rifle / RSC-1917 in the rack at Cody. Took some up close pics for reference. The RCS is on our to-buy list. We just need to find one at the right time.  Last I looked, RIA had one sell for $5463.00, which isn’t that bad. Keep your eyes peeled for us, OK?     …

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Mexican G3

This is a followup on the previous article about the privately owned Valmet in Mexico. Like most collectors, this person has a category that interests him. In his case, it is rifles chambered in 308 / 7.62×51.  Which is what lead him trade into the 308 Caliber Valmet to begin with. You can see pictures of that story by CLICKING …

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Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol Conversion

In 1836 Robert Johnson of Middletown Connecticut was contracted to make 3000 Pistols for the US Government. They were ordered to replace the then in use Model 1826 pistol. The contract cost of these were $9.00 each.  Typical of the US government at the time; and even now, they did not purchase cutting edge technology. The M1836 was a .54 …

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22LR Luger By Erma

While visiting the Cody Firearms Museum (CFM), taking a gander at the Lugers is always a must. Now I admit I am not the biggest Luger fan personally. Makes, variations, markings, finishes? Meh. Not my bag.  We actually have a Luger, but it is in 9mm. Why? Because that’s a caliber we support. But… There seems to be a German …

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Borchardt Carbine

What’s better than a Borchardt pistol? Why a carbine of course! I took these photos a while back while visiting the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming.  Besides being neat. Take a look at the date. It’s a semi-automatic carbine and was produced in 1893/1894.  Keep that in mind when politicians complain about semiautomatic weapons of war.    Sincerely,  Marky …

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Freeze Eyes the M16A4

Being a dyed in the wool MILSURP collector, I think this rifle ticks all the boxes for him. Modern enough for all the ergonomic benefits; but historically significant enough to be collectible.  The M16A4 is to the GWOT generation what the M16A1 was to the Vietnam generation. Hopefully some will understand why we traded for the ACOG?  It makes this …

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Croatian PHP MV9 Pistol

We’ve been looking for a PHP on an off for almost a year. They are available on the market, but too many sellers want to bill them as super care and collectible. With a boost in the price along with that story.  Maybe they are rare? But I didn’t want to pay the going market price for one. The value …

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POTD – ACOG & AimPoint CompM2

As we referenced in the podcast, an ACOG and CompM2 have come into the armory. More on these optics and why we picked them up to come.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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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 …