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C96 Red 9 in The Armory

Figured I would show this. It’s a Mauser C96 chambered in 9mm Parabellum. Yes, the same caliber as your Glock 9×19 mags.  Every collection needs a C96 for three reasons:  It’s Han Solo’s gun! Yes, really.  It’s considered the first commercially successful automatic pistol.  It’s look is unique in the extreme.  Without getting into all the details, there were two …

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POTD — Model 1917 Heavy Barrel Sniper 

The next time you see some WWI Bubba’ed rifle at a gun show, make sure it’s not an actual factory rifle that has been mis-identified.  I won’t give away all my best secrets with details, but I keep a running list of typical “mistakes” that can lead me to buying something well under market value.  Trust me. Knowledge is power.  …

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Bayonet Lug Install PTR-91

A few weeks back, we realized that an old armory project was long overdue. Actually two projects. The first was to reconfigure the PTR-91 truck gun back to it’s factory stock. The second was to install an original G3 bayonet-lug and bayonet. In short, convert it to a standard military configuration and then place it back into the reference collection. …

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Franchi Law -12 Disassembly

This video is as much for us as it is for external use. I won’t admit how much time I have in figuring out how to take this gun apart, and then completely reassembling it. I just know two years from now, when this gun needs to be cleaned again; I don’t wanna have to re-learn it. So here it …

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POTD  — Webley MK IV

Took this pic at Cody Firearms Museum. A Webley MK IV semi-auto in .455 Webley. Honestly, this has never been a gun I have had any interest in. Mostly because it is relatively unknown on the streets of the United States.  What I mean is we are unlikely to ever see one, have a need for one, have someone show …

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ZB-26 Bead Blast

These pics show cleaning the cuts and media blasting.  So I can see what is going on. Once media blasted, a mock up is done. From there I can measure filler pieces and jigs that will need to be made. I hope to have at least the rear welded up by next week.     Sincerely,  Matt www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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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 …