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Would You Buy a F-111?

Everybody who is anybody knows if you are in the MILSURP game, amateur collectors own tanks. But serious collectors own their own fighter-bombers. What you see here is an honest to goodness F-111 Aardvark fighter-bomber. Not a mockup. And yes, it is in a private collection. Talking to the man who owns it, it seems this particular airframe never flew. …

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Scoped Enfield

When I see images like this, it inevitably begets the question: What is your definition of sporterized? Is it a weapon that has been modified from it’s original configuration? Is it a weapon that was modified from a defined military configuration? Can a military weapon be considered sporterized if there is no formal adaptation by the military for that weapon? …

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Minigun Shoot

Sometimes Scott Mayer just sends me random stuff that he’s doing. From the looks of it, he seems to be hanging around some Mini-Guns. His note says that this particular weapon is only firing at half-speed of 3000 rounds per minute. —Marky, Editor   Scott Mayer www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Saudi Made HK G3 Rifle

This is perhaps the fanciest HK G3 style rifle I have ever seen. According to the display placards, it is a licensed Saudi copy of the venerable HK G3 rifle. Produced at the Al-Khardi Arsenal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a “diplomatic” gift from Saudi General Mohammad Selah Hama, Chief of the General Staff to our Chairman of the …

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M202A1 FLASH— The Commando Bazooka

I have only seen this weapon twice in my life. The first was in a movie called The Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as retired Army Colonel John Matrix. The second time was in the Spring of 2016 while viewing the private museum of a very prominent MILSURP collector. At the time, I only recognized it as, “The Commando Bazooka”. And …

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Two Cool Webley Revolvers

While visiting one of my regular FFL’s on other business, I happened to notice a man who was taking possession of two very interesting Webley Revolvers. Being that I don’t know much about Webley’s I took the chance to ask him about his pending purchases. As I understand it, these two revolvers are very unique. One is somewhat of a …

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Ross Rifle Stock Cracks

We talked about the Ross Rifle project in Episode 57 of the John1911 Podcast. Here is a teaser pic of one of the cracks. If you want to know more give it a listen.   Freeze john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SPAS-12 Reproduction Sling

The final item in the SPAS-12 “project” (Nod to the actual SPAS-12 Project — SPAS-12.com) is a reproduction “correct” sling. The good news is it’s very affordable. We had it delivered for just around $20.00.   Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Kalashnikov at UAE Arms Show

The 2017 IDEX show just recently came and went. This year it was held in he UAE. On the international arms circuit, it is considered one of the majors. While most of vendors and deals done wouldn’t be of interest to readers on this blog (Freeze warns not to get too wonky) one thing did strike me as something you …

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Replacing Buffer on SPAS-12 Shotgun

Here is a time-lapse video showing how to install a replacement buffer in a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun. It took me 12 minutes and this was my first time EVER detail stripping or putting one together. I made few mistakes, but those are noted in the video so you don’t. Special thanks to the SPAS-12 Project for the support on getting …

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Factory Colt 1911 Cutaway for Winchester

These images have a lot going for them. One, it’s a cool Colt 1911. Two, the cutaway was done by Colt for Winchester. Three, it is interesting to see what Colt wanted to show the engineers at Winchester to help them make 1911’s for the government. Four, we are talking about a WWI era contract, not much more common WWII …

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Mannlicher 1905 Pistol

I took this photo at the Buffalo Bill Firearms Museum. It’s a Mannlicher model of 1905 chambered in 7.65 Mannlicher. I always thought it was a neat pistol. If it was chambered in a more common round, I would be more incentivized to pick one up. If anyone has one, where do you get ammo for it? Hand-load or source …

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Bill Weaver Scope Display

What we have here is a collection of scope and scope designs attributed to Bill Weaver and his Weaver Scope Company that so many of our readers are obviously familiar. But…I have to admit something that may not translate in the photos. But I certainly hope it does. I had never, never, ever considered taking some optics and framing them …

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Semi-Auto M-60 “Machine Gun”

Freeze got me started on looking at these a few years ago. He makes the argument that these semi-auto, belt-feds, conversions are fun, collectable and desirable. I never really paid them much mind until the past year. So while on a recent work trip, I spied this M-60 semi-auto conversion and figured I would take a look. The maker’s tag …

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FEG Hi-Power Copy

I have always been a fan of the Browning Hi-Power and over the years have owned several. Most of them were pretty beat up and were used hard. But they always were damn good handguns. Back in the 1980’s the Hi-Power was easy to come by at an affordable price; but with todays market and the collectability, they are commanding …