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Cannons!

When you walk into my living room, you’re greeted by either a muzzleloading mountain Howitzer or a field cannon, depending on what mood I’m in. I purchased my first cannon instead of a sports car as a mid-life crisis when a little spare money came my way. The Howitzer tube (tube is what you call a cannon barrel) is bored …

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POTD — The Gurkha Knives

Thought this was an interesting photo. Like many of you, I know “some” about the Kukri knife. But I am certainly no expert. To date, I have never even owned one, but I am not known as a knife-guy either, so maybe that isn’t a surprise. My excuse has always been, I will buy one in Nepal when I get …

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Belt Buckle Pistol

I used to see references to these things as a kid. Notably in a particular comic book series called “Weird War”. Since the series was written in the 1970’s, the bad guys tended to always be Nazi or Imperial Japanese soldiers and Viet Cong. When I discovered that such a thing as a belt buckle pistol existed, my little 10 …

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CZ75 Refinish

I saw these photos on the internet and thought they would be informative for some of our younger readers. I am of two minds when it comes to refinishing guns. The first thought is I like a well worn gun that has some miles on it. The second thought is I prefer that wear be mine. Carrying a firearm with …

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Worst Deal Camp Perry 2016

So we swung by the Springfield shop during the 2016 National Matches at Camp Perry. And just like 2015, the super-crazy priced HK91 / G3 Magazines were still sitting there. You will note, we reported on these last year. Makes you wonder if they are really interested in selling them or just stock them as wall hangers? What I did …

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Kelly’s Hero’s

The National Matches are just about wrapped up. Every time I see the static armor display, I think of Kelly’s Hero’s. And when I think of Kelly’s Hero’s, that makes me happy.   Enjoy. Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Maxim Machine Gun In the Wild

War is a funny thing. Americans generally don’t conceptually understand that getting weapons in many third world conflicts means raiding arsenals, museums or buying from illicit arms traffickers. Here we see a Ukrainian manned Maxim machine gun. If one looks closely, you’ll notice it is chambered in 7.62x54r. The same battle-rifle caliber of the Russian Empire. Considering the age of …

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Good Price on a Used Barrett 50

Those who listen to our podcast are aware of the long range shooting facility “project” we have brewing on the east coast. The potential of such long range has put me in the market for a 50BMG rifle. But like many of you, money is an issue. So why pay full retail for a 50 when most used ones are …

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Don’t Tell Me This Isn’t a Service Rifle

A few months back, I had gotten into a little snit with a guy working the counter at Bud’s Guns in Lexington, Ky. I have mentioned the conversation on our podcast, but I haven’t really had a chance to discuss it here. I traveled down to Buds to take a look at the FN Military Collector M-16A4 copy. You can …

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POTD — VZ58 on Mitchell Range

I am in The District for a few days so Freeze took it upon himself to break out his truck gun and warm it up on Mitchell Range. His VZ58 is on the left. I believe that is Grandpa Freeze’s S&W in the middle and a Ruger AR on the right. It is my understanding the owner of the Ruger …

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POTD — Korean Era 1903 with Unertl Scope

This photo was presented to me as being taken during the Korean War. I have not looked too deeply to verify that info because for my purposes that isn’t necessary. On my long-term “fantasy sniper” list is to get a 1903 reproduction and drop a Unertl style scope on it. Why? Because it’s cool, that’s why.   Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com …

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POTD — German Sniper with Russian Rifle

History is a funny thing. Here is a photo of some German snipers dated 25th April, 1945. Germany officially surrendered on May 7th. When most modern gun collectors look at this image, they focus on the German G43 semi-automatic rifles. Or…are they G41’s? The earlier version? I don’t know as I am not an expert on that type of rifle. …

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Glock is Already the Military Service Pistol

The fix is in. I thought maybe with the rumors about the SIG P320 being the FBI favorite, things would change? But the FBI just choose a Glock. And IMO it will be a standard Glock. Not some crazy custom, new Glock. Why? Because the 9mm Glock is already in the FBI’s Table of Equipment (TOE). You see, the FBI …