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Shotguns of The World

Been trying to consolidate weapons “types” in The Armory. Here is the small shotgun section. Not against shotguns, it’s just that we are pretty picky concerning the genera. Many shotguns are duplicates of other designs. Almost exactly.  In this pic we see Russian, Italian, American Japanese and Belgian scatterguns.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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7.5 Swiss Estate Ammo

Some friends were helping a family out with the management of a large firearms estate. Word came down that the owners would allow us to buy some ammo before it went public.  Obviously I had a few calibers in mind. Mostly not standard stuff. BTW…when I use the phrase “non-standard” ammo, I am referring to non-NATO calibers.  When word came …

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Ep-205: It Puts The Gun In The Furnace

Episode 205 is in the can. Fitting SARCO Luger grips. Gun store shootings. BATFE gets cross w/ Tommy Built. Constitutional Carry. Canada goes after air-soft guns. Lady Gaga dog walker attack. A .77 BAC record. Florida weenie wacker. Cherokee nation tells Jeep to bend over.   Danny, Marky & Freeze John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Replacement Luger Grips 

So…those replacement Luger grips from SARCO are done. FYI…”minor fitting” probably didn’t mean what you think it means. But it’s a good product and is easy to fit once you understand the collision points.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Rhodesian Shotgun Breakdown

Per multiple requests, this video is a breakdown and analysis of the Rhodesian A-5 Shotgun we have in The Armory. It’s long. It’s tedious. And probably not of much interest to most viewers. As such, I don’t recommend watching it.  However…for those of you who seem interested in the gun. And more specifically are inclined to attempt a clone project, …

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Cleaning The PTR-91 

I like the G3 pattern of rifles. They are robust and reliable. But cleaning them kinda sucks. One day I should invest in some long handle brushes to reach into the receiver better.  Logic tells me there must be some kind of German Army surplus cleaning tools for this thing, right? Yes, this was my old truck gun. You haven’t …

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Luger Grip Question

Very short version: We have this old WWII German Luger. It’s in rough shape. The grips even more so. Do you think the grips, as they sit here, are original to the gun? Or more specifically, are they worthless?  If of value? Do you have any suggestions for a replacement grip on a shooter-grade, reference gun? That will be shot. …

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FN FAL in Iraq

A reader from Iraq reached out and wanted some advice. His personal weapon is an honest to goodness FN made FAL. But he wishes to have a more modern version. In particular, he found DSA’s website and was looking at their FALs with 1913 rails and folding stock options. Specifically I think he wanted a shorter barrel and a red …

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POTD – Wilson M17 Grip Module

Doc stopped by The Armory one day for some business and brought his Sig M17 outfitted with the Wilson Combat Grip module.  —Editor  https://shopwilsoncombat.com/Modules/products/1269/    

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Didn’t Buy Browning M2

Took these photos a while back at CFM. Never published them since the glare from the display cases played havoc on the image quality. So we keep stuff like this for internal use.  But I had a conversation with someone recently about why they are selling their M2’s and I can’t say I blame them. So as it stands, the …

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EP-201: The Major O

Episode 201 is in the can. We let this one good a little long since we are behind a bit episode wise: Old men discuss pants. Box Car T-shirt Design. Conway gets the Sheehan treatment. Gold plated Saddam mags. Joe Exotic isn’t gay enough. Estonian service rifle for civilians. Shelby Cobra sells – $5.49 Million. Challenge Coin creds. Exploding vagina …

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WCC Tracer Ammo

1968 manufacture 5.56 tracer ammo. We got it for a project.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Books: Colt & Astra

We occasionally pick up academic literature to support The John1911 Armory’s reference collection. And these two books are an example of that. Book One: A History of The Colt Revolver: 1836-1940.  Book Two: Astra: Automatic Pistols. So why these two books? Simple really. They help fill holes in our knowledge base. We know quite a bit about 1911s. Ditto Soviet …

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SHS-69: Colt 1861 Musket

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are featuring a firearm I never would have believed existed. A full on reproduction 1861 Colt Musket. Brand-new manufacture, nice wood, and stainless steel metal!  I believe this is a firearm people on the internet say they would buy, but when the SKU is ready to hit your credit card? Crickets.  …

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SHS-68: Romanian TT-33 Tokarev

With the pandemic and subsequent ammunition shortage, I have noticed a greater interest in “non-standard” military surplus firearms. The TT-33 Tokarev is one such choice.  Maker: Cugir Model: TT-33 Tokarev Caliber: 7.62×25 External safety: Yes. Magazine: 1 included. Capacity: 8 rounds, single stack. Ammunition included: 88rds original MILSURP. Condition: Excellent Holster: Reproduction military flap holster w/cleaning rod.    If you …