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LAW-12 Shotgun Buffer Check

Knocking this one off the to-do list. We took in a LAW-12 a while back. But it can’t be officially put into the firing reference collection until we confirm the parts are in working order.  The first thing to check on an SPAS / LAW semi-auto type of shotgun is the receiver buffer. Over decades they tend to deteriorate and …

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XTEK Chassis in the Wild

Reader Tony N. in Australia sent me some interesting photographs.  The Australian Defense Force (Army) use Blaser Tactical 2 rifles as one of their precision platforms. As to be expected, a local defense contractor known as XTEK was able to secure some contracts upgrading these rifles.  Principally they worked on custom magazines to increase capacity and a chassis system.  Both …

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LAW-12 Buffer Maintenance 

Not sure if we’ve ever shown this shotgun. It’s a Franchi LAW-12. Also known as the little brother to the SPAS-12 shotgun from the Jurassic Park movies.  In short, remove most of the stupid stuff off the 12, and you get a smaller, lighter, better, simpler semi-automatic shotgun known as the LAW-12.  But just like the SPAS, the LAW uses …

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Parts Kit Analysis: BREN Gun

Q: This is bad, correct? —Marky — A:Correct it looks bad! The seller seems to be focused on selling everything but the receiver.  Not really any good pics of the receiver but it sounds like the receiver may be junk. If you want to get a better idea of what would be needed we could ask for better pics of …

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Custom MAS-36 Rifle Idlib, Syria

This was posted on Twitter by a UK based account called Calibre Obscura. And I have to say, this is amazing. This a French MAS-36 rifle originally chambered in 7.5 French. The poster theorizes this furniture is 3D printed and the barrel has been converted to 7.62 NATO.  I would buy this all day. The furniture. The barrel. All of …

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HK G36E Build

They aren’t ZB pics but thought you might like since it’s not an everyday build! H&K G36E. Used Tommy Built Receiver. Parts are all HK     Sincerely,  Matt www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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45 Win Mag Enfield

Chris W. Writes:  Marky and Freeze, Picked this up at a gun show today, thought it was too odd to pass up. Figured you guys might think it’s neat so I’ll share.  This is a British Enfield No 4 Mark 1* that someone converted to 45 Win Mag. They used an M1 Carbine magazine welded into the original mag. Waiting …

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POTD – Steyr Hahn 1912 9mm Luger

So…you thought this photo is a repeat did ya? Nope! This is a photo we took at the Cody Firearms Museum.  Why? Because we have the exact same gun. Steyr Hahn converted to 9mm Luger by the Germans. But I have to be honest, we were a little disappointed in this photo. Because we really were interested in seeing the …

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Will Steyr-Hahn Stripper Clips Feed Modern 9mm? 

I’ll keep it short. We have this pistol. A Steyr-Hahn. Made in 9mm Steyr by the Austro-Hungarian Empire around 1912. The Germans got a hold of it in the 1930’s, stamped a “08” on the side, and converted it to 9mm Luger. What we all think of today as regular 9mm ammo. But I’ve been reticent to buy the original …

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Steyr Hahn Holster

This was supposed to be a shooting video, but unfortunately the stripper clips did not come in. What stripper clips, you might ask?  Sarco is running a special combining a reproduction Steyr Hahn leather holster with 10 Steyr Hahn stripper clips.  Are the stripper clips reproduction? I assume! But frankly, I don’t know!   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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The FAMAS is Getting Expensive

For those who don’t know, or who didn’t assume it, the FAMAS has been on our “to-buy” list for a while. But since there aren’t many examples in the US, the need to have one as a reference gun has always been low. And with that scarcity, the prices are artificially high.  It’s a vicious cycle.  In recent memory, I …

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Looks Can Be Deceiving

OK. Final post on the Bernardelli P. One rehab. At least from the workbench standpoint. Unless be break it in the future.  I have noticed a trend when discussing how roached out the P. One was. Many users don’t believe they could have unknowingly bought a gun in such poor shape?  And that may very well be true. But consider …

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POTD — Turkish Walther PP

While visiting The Cody Firearms Museum, I happened upon a pistol I didn’t know existed. At least back in 1947! A Walther PP copy made by the Turkish MKE company.  Since Cody wasn’t as accommodating as one would have liked, they didn’t give me the keys to play with the action.  Maybe next time. Do you know someone who has …

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CETME-L Parts Kit

Posted some photos about this on social media and had some folks wanting to see the kit. It seems the man questions people have are about the furniture. There is a company selling CETME-L’s but with US production furniture. Also…Freeze found us a CETME-L bayonet on Centerfire System’s website yesterday. All that is left is a receiver flat, trunnion, and …