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SHS-52: Swiss 1906/24 Luger 

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase (SHS), we are looking at a rare gun. A Swiss Luger Model 1906/24 brought into the United States before the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA).  For the layman, that means no ugly import markings.  Also included with this pistol is a copy of the book, “Parabellum: A Technical History of Swiss Lugers” …

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Shooting, “Not a Red 9”

Somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek title. Freeze and I get the Red 9 out. This was the first time loading it with stripper clips on the range. Previously it was being hand loaded 2-3 rounds per iteration.  What I like about the gun is it’s iconic look. No other gun looks quite like a Broom-Handle Mauser. In the early days of …

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SHS-49: Swedish Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a rifle and caliber combination near and dear to my heart: An 1896 Swedish Mauser chambered in the fantastic 6.5×55 Swede.  What we call around here the “original 6.5 Creedmoor”. Which it really is.  The specs:  Make: Carl Gustaf. Model: 1896 Long Rifle.  Caliber: 6.5 Swede (6.5×55).  Date …

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SHS-47: Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 10

What we are looking at on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is an oldie but a goodie. A model 10 before there were Model 10’s. This gun is calling me. I once took a revolver class with a very, very similarly spec’d out gun (borrowed). And I dominated the field.  It was at that moment when I figured …

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SHS46: Chinese SKS 

SHS46: Chinese SKS  On this episode we are looking at a gun that is no longer being imported into the United States.  It is a Chinese made SKS. This rifle appears to be in good shape mechanically and cosmetically.  The only “ding” I can find to give it is the non-matching stock number. But all the mechanical parts do match. …

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SHS-45: Russian SKS

SHS-45: Russian SKS On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at Russian SKS. But what caught my eye about this rifle were the things that were wrong with it.  My point being, there is room to negotiate on a rifle like this since it’s not 100% original and “correct”. Maybe you don’t see it? But if …

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SHS 44 – K31 w/Diopter Sights

So on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking a pretty neat rifle. A Swiss K31. But unlike the pallets and pallets of K31’s that have come into the US the last few years, this one was brought into the US privately. Before 1968. So it doesn’t have a import mark on it.  But there is more. …

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S&W 5906 Restoration 

Marky dropped this off at my house with no warning. His words were, “Fix this gun”. For the pics you can see at THE LINK HERE. It was pretty rough. Here is the final product. Externally the gun was very rough. But luckily…the internals were almost perfect.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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EP137 – Live from The Range, S&W 5906, Fake Chinese Holsters

After last week’s somewhat tenuous server performance, we took the opportunity to record a pod live at the company range, under the new picnic shelter. In it we discuss Freeze’s 5906 rehab, the discovery of a flaw in chinese  reproduction holsters and our very positive interaction with the BATFE. Sincerely, Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com  

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A German MP40 Sold For $12k

I am posting really for my benefit and education. Not being up on all NFA market prices, I was surprised to see this transferrable, fully functional, MP40 sell for $12,000. I know I have seen them sell for much more?  So…is the fact it has a different “tube” a drag on the price? If so, was this a one-off thing …

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General Garnett’s Sword Update

I was recently reminded by a viewer that I hadn’t done a follow up on Armory Chat 41: General Garnett’s Sword (Lamp).    So…Cough…cough…let me put on my my best affected 1860’s persona: “Dear Sir, It has recently been brought to my attention that a grave injustice has been committed upon the fair and just readers of this land. And …

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Red 9 Stripper Clips Arrive

C96 – Red 9 stripper clips are in….Errr…well only 1! But What the heck! 😎🤪😬 #c96mauser #broomhandlemauser #mauser #wwi #pistol #gunsofinstagram   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser 

Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser  User question: What are the differences between the Ross straight pull and the Blaser straight pulls?  In short? Everything. Besides both being straight pull rifles, they share almost no mechanical technology or heritage.  See video for my complete explanation.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Mexican Mondragon Rifle

The Mondragon is a unicorn rifle for us. They are very rare overall and extremely rare inside of the United States. Why? Logically…how many guns does Mexico export to the US every year?  See my point?  This was made by SIG and is chambered in 7mm Mauser. I bet it would be a pussycat to shoot.      Sincerely,  Marky …

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Armory Chat 45 – C96 / Red 9 Mauser

We’ve been in the market for a shooter grade C96 for a while. But what made the quest even harder was we wanted it chambered in…you guessed it…9×19. Which is where the, “Red 9” moniker comes into play.  In summary: Used C96. Made by Mauser in Germany. Exported to China. At some point imported or brought into the US. It …