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SHS 04: WWI 1911 Pistol

Up next in the Second Hand Showcase series is a WWI issued, Colt produced, M1911. Manufacture date is 1918. The finish appears original and has appropriate patina.  With the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering The Great War / WWI; there has been an uptick in interest in models from this era. What makes them somewhat uncommon is …

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Buffalo Bill Museum – My Greatest Regret

It’s been quite some time since I took this video. Near the entrance of the firearms museum were a couple of “shoot-em-up” games.  At the time, my visit was “way too serious” for such child’s play. But every time I look at pics from the trip, I longingly wish I had that decision to make again. Only different.  My advice …

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Close Range Steel Testing: 308 Caliber.

So Freeze and I needed to test the High-Angled Target with something closer to worst case scenario: 308 / 7.62 NATO at 80 and then 50 yards.  Freeze used his new Howa 1500 and I used a military surplus Israeli Mauser. The target did well.    Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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POTD – Russian Sniper Rifle Testing

POTD – Russian Sniper Rifle Testing Some quick pictures from the range today. We were filming the answer to a question a viewer asked. So this is just a preview.  Rifle fired 8 times. Functioned flawlessly 8 times.  Up next, confirmed zero and DOPE building.       Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 02: American Eagle Luger 

Up next in the Second Hand Showcase series is something a little more pedestrian: An American Eagle Commercial Luger.  Model of 1900. Grip Safety. Early scalloped toggles. Chambered in 30 Luger. American Eagle crest prominently displayed on top.  A unique piece of pre-WWI Firearms history. If you wish to contact this FFL about this pistol, click here: john1911.com/second-hand-showcase-inquiry/   Marky …

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Rant – USMC Goes to 300WM for Sniper Rifles

Word came out this week that the USMC is going to phase out their M40a6 7.62 caliber rifles and replace them with a US Navy MK13. The MK13 is a 300WM Long action, Remington 700, in a AI chassis. 300WM is a good move for the USMC. The current chassis systems negate the cheek weld issues of long actions. 300 …

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SHS 01: US Army Trials Luger

This is the first in a series of videos we will do featuring actual firearms we find forsale at various mom-and-pop FFL dealers. Because while all the big retail stores have the same SKU’s and product items; it’s the local small time dealers who can wheel and deal on used and collectible firearms.  Up first: A honest to goodness US …

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Movie Prop Guns

When I saw the placard at the Cody Firearms Museum, I thought I would see a bunch of guns from such movies as, “Die Hard”, “Escape from New York” and “Kelly’s Hero’s”. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Turns out they were just some generic, dead rubber, examples of modern automatics. Really no different than the common, “Blue Gun” we …

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Thinking About a S&W Model 10

I have a theory. I can’t prove my theory. But I have it just the same. My theory is firing a double action revolver improves a shooters ability to control a single action pistol. So the flood of S&W Model 10’s that have hit the market pique my interest. Now between you and me, I can’t ID one K-frame from …

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Armory Chat 36: Custom Martini-Henry in 45-70

This rifle was made in 1887 and was originally chambered in 577-450 in use by the British Army. Sometime in the future (we suspect the 1950’s) this was converted to 45-70 GOVERNMENT. Yes, this is actually how it was labeled on the barrel. Custom action rework. Custom barrel we suspect. Custom sights. Custom wood. Modified lever to accommodate the pistol …

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Blaser LRS – CISM – UIT Magazines

An interesting development in the Blaser rifle world. A small custom shop known as Morlock Customs, out of California, is starting to make aftermarket products for the Blaser Tactical 2, LRS, LRS2, UIT and CISM line of rifles. Those who have been hurting for support from Germany will find his product line very interesting. His prices are on-par with Blaser …

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BSA Martini International MKII

This rifle popped up on our Facebook page this week and I wanted to share some backstory. As our regulars know, I have been a fan of biathlon for a while now. And this week, we all get a chance to watch biathlon on network TV at the Olympics. While the modern competitors use a 22 caliber rifle action called, …

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The 5.56 FAL Argument

Right off the bat, I have to confess this video is more for my benefit than yours. Pretty consistently we receive drive-by comments about the 5.56 FAL that seem to be rooted in myth or Hollywood movies. So every time someone dumps on the 5.56 FAL, in lieu of recreating the argument from scratch, I’m going to link this video …

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Fascists vs Communists — American Made Mosin

Editor’s note: We recently had a reader inquire if we could authenticate a Spanish Civil War Mosin Nagant rifle. Also knowns as a “Mexicanski”. Here is Freeze’s communication, printed with permission from the owner. —editor. J.B from Indiana: Freeze, I recently acquired a Spanish Civil War Mosin Nagant, a New England Westinghouse. Upon closer inspection, it has 6 US Surcharge …

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The Truth About Valmet Magazines

Here’s the deal with 223/5.56 caliber Valmet Magazines. You have two options: factory originals. Which are good to go and function just like standard Com-Bloc AK mags. And aftermarket MCP and LIQ modified HK33 Magazines. These magazines are complete dog crap. They don’t space in correctly to the AK magwell, which can induce a slight yaw. That condition then results …