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Browning Automatic Rifle Model D

Took these photos while visiting the Cody Firearms Museum a while back. How often does one get to eye an uncommon BAR variant? The Model D.  Bipod? Check. Weird fore-end? Check.  Pistol Grip? Check. Weirdly shaped stock? Check.  Super expensive cooling fins? Check.  Battle Rifle Caliber? Check. (8mm Mauser).  So what else is different or weird about this flavor of …

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Beals-Remington 1858 Army Model Revolver

The Beals-Remington Revolver was produced between 1861 and 1862. They made approximately 1900 in the Army configuration of 8 inch barrel and .44 caliber.  The large frame revolver pictured has a serial number of 166 and is in very good condition. I would say it’s an early model; but since the Beals model was only produced for about a year …

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Remington Model 1875 Single Action 

Also known as the “Improved Model Army Revolver” & the “Frontier Army”.   The 1875 Remington Improved Model Army was Remington’s first cartridge handgun designated to compete with Colt’s 1873 Revolver. Although they did not manage to get a military contract, the New Model or Improved Army did gain a lot of popularity with the public. They were a rugged …

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Rhodesian A5 Shotgun

Some folks on Facebook saw we have a Rhodesian Army, Browning A5 shotgun and inquired about it.  These were ordered through FN in Belgium. Shipped to South Africa. And then smuggled into Rhodesia. Violating international sanctions.  Which is how they came to be serialized with electric pencil instead of traditional stamping. Or you could split hairs and call these marks …

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Custom 7.5×55 Barrel

Testing a new barrel we had made by J. Sip & Sons out of Utah. It’s chambered in the 7.5 Swiss round (7.5×55).  Most shooters in the United States will know this ammo as GP11  made for the K31 Swiss, straight pull, service rifle.  We have all heard the trope that GP11 is as close to “match” ammo as one …

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Remington 1890 New Model Army

The Model 1890 was produced from 1891 until 1896. And only had a production run of 2020 guns. Most were made in 7 3/4″ barrel length. While a small batch were made with 5 3/4” barrels. The pictured revolver with the 7 3/4” barrel, numbers 1970 and has almost no finish left. The gun is in full working condition. And …

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Manurhin MR-88 First Shots

So…today was the day to take out the Manurhin MR88 revolver. It’s a French police model that was brought into the US as surplus.  For the revolver minded folks, you can see the obvious Ruger GP100 heritage. That can be attributed to the fact Ruger and Manurhin did work jointly on the handgun.  As for the specifics about who made …

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The Teller Mine

My local FFL has this in the showroom. A WWII Teller Mine. The Teller is an anti-tank / vehicle mine employed by the Germans. Supposedly it needs 200lbs of pressure to detonate. Additionally, some of the Teller Mines had anti-tampering devices which would set off the explosive should someone try to disarm or move it. Which are the two small …

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T91 New Buffer Spring

Update to an older video from earlier this summer. We purchased a T91 lower parts kit and furniture to build a clone-correct T91 service rifle.  Looking at the T91 vendor’s website, they recommended a heavier buffer system to counter bolt-carrier tilt. So I obliged.  However, the spring was too heavy for reliable function. Even the FFL 07 said as much …

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Sig P210a Target vs 210 Standard

Like many MILSURP collectors, I have been in the hunt for the  reissue of the Sig Sauer P210.  Supposedly they will shoot just as good as the original 210’s; but with some small changes to the controls. This to better reflect modern pistol tastes. Changes I happen to agree with!  Without getting into all of the models and variants, there …

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Freeze’s Upgraded K31

After getting some work done on property, I decided to break out my K31 to ring some steel.  Freeze john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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S&W Model 10-8 

So has anyone else picked up one of the model 10’s that have been flowing back into the country? Personally I have been keeping an eye on Model 10’s for quite some time.  In particular I wanted:  Used. Heavy Barrel. Bobbed Hammer. 4” Barrel. AIM Surplus was blowing some out and the price was just too good to not give …

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SHS 56 – Mauser 98 Action

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at something that will soon go as extinct as the Dinosaur: The WWII Mauser Action.  After The Big One, the world was awash in war-time surplus. Doubly so with the loser’s equipment. Most today don’t recognize the effect this had on the firearms industry for multiple decades.  When a …

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SHS 55 – P38 Pistol by Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a German P38 pistol made by Mauser. WWII production. While not in like new condition, it is in very good condition. Especially the finish. Which is original.  Also included is one original magazine in same condition. And a WWII era manufactured leather holster. To my thinking this gun has spend …

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POTD – Manurhin MR88

Centerfire Systems in Kentucky sent out an e-mail this week blowing out their Manurhin MR88 revolvers. For those not familiar, the MR88 is a French 38 Special, 6-shot DA/SA handgun. As I understand, it was developed in conjunction with Ruger.  I’m not really certain about the particulars, but at some point the frames were made by Ruger and the barrels …