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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 …

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SHS-67: Red Jacket AK-47

What we have here is a rifle out of a shop I have never handled before. An AK-47 gone over by Red Jacket Firearms out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  It is my understanding that Red Jacket had quite the reputation for quality AK work back in the day. So this piqued my interest. The stats:   Make: Red Jacket / …

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SIG P210 Cleaning

So I had a chance to get into the P210 yesterday and clean it. Without going into great detail beyond the scope of our website, I can tell you this is a very well made gun.  It still has some very early Euro-style spring designs in it. Very similar to some of the reference guns in the collection. Like the …

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New York State Contract Rifle

Remington made over 1 million Rolling Block rifles for domestic and foreign use in a number of calibers.  This particular rifle was contracted by the state of New York. In 1870 the governor of NY ordered 15,000 rifles for the state militia. These are chambered in 50-70 and were marked on the hammer spur and breach face with a checkered …

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Thoughts on SIG P210

Took these shots on Halloween. Officer Mike had already test fired the pistol off camera. But while I have your attention during a “first shots” video, let me share my thinking about this gun.  The SIG P210 is considered an iconic handgun. Especially in the history of military service pistols. Some claim it’s the greatest, most accurate service pistol in …

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Model 1816 Harpers Ferry Musket.

This particular musket is a contract example made by L. Pomeroy in 1829. Pomeroy made approximately 21,000 guns for the US Military between 1818 and 1836. It is chambered in the standard .69 caliber and was used in every engagement of the early to mid 1800’s: Seminole War, Blackhawk War (Abe Lincoln saw service here), the Texas war for independence …

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Bernardelli P. One Magazines

PSA. If you are in the market for a Bernardelli pistol and you find a seller who has a pile of them for extra? Make sure to confirm they are factory made Bernardelli Mags.  You should be able to tell by the company branded logo somewhere on the mag body.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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The Remington Rider Revolver

Full name: The Remington-Rider New Model Double Action Belt Pistol. Remington made this pistol between 1863 and 1873. In that 10 year run 3000 to 5000 pistols were made. Those numbers may vary as the records are not fully available.  These guns had a 6.5 inch barrel, and were offered in .36 caliber percussion. Or they had a conversion cylinder …

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SHS-65 Trapdoor Carbine

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at quite a rare and collectible gun. The carbine version of the 1873 Springfield Trapdoor. What’s even more impressive is the condition. That finish is factory original.  Make: Springfield Armory (The real one). Model: 1873 Trapdoor. Variant: Cavalry Carbine. Date of Manufacture: Best guess – 1879.  Caliber: 45-70.  Finish: …

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SIG P210 Target

The SigUSA P210 Target. It’s amazing they re-popped these. If you have ever wanted a P210 but couldn’t justify the price? You have to buy this.  The price is a fraction of the current collector models. People smarter than me say it’s just as good. But if you snooze you lose.  No way SIG makes this forever. NO. WAY. They …

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SHS-62: Browning 1922

It’s been a while since we have done a Second Hand Showcase video. Mainly because Shooters Supply has been limited to the number of people allowed on premises due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we were able to setup in a different area and not interface with the public. If this works out, Shooters Supply has indicated we can start …