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Blaser Tactical 2 Import

This isn’t definite, but I have detected at least two dealers with NIB Blaser Tactical 2’s in stock. When reaching out to one dealer about this item, we inquired: New, Used, or New Old Stock? The dealer reported it was a newly imported rifle. And by the looks of the box, that appears to be the case.  So…has the German …

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POTD – MG42 7.62 Barrel

Quick project update. And something of a lesson. Since we started publishing info on various builds and projects in the armory, the number one question we get asked in messages is, “How did you guys find that?” And without fail, nobody is ever thrilled to hear the answer: “We bought it years ago”.  But what that REALLY means is we …

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ZB-26 Parts Kit UnBoxing

A little bit out of order, but by poplar request, here is a detailed list of the ZB-26 as a parts kit. You can see the de-milling cuts, the internal parts and pins. Along with such things as the op-rod, bolt, and gas-tube.  More to come.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 39 – Swiss K11

What we have on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is the Swiss K11. Like most K11’s, this one was converted from 7.5×53 to the more modern 7.5×55. What is more commonly known as the 7.5 Swiss or GP11.  The rundown: Model: Swiss K11 User: Switzerland. Action: Straight-Pull Caliber: 7.5×55 (GP11). Condition: Well used – Rack Grade. Sling: Original …

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Sig Pe57 (510-4) Parts Kit Analysis

A functional 510-4 can go for 6k plus so it’s definitely worth considering. My biggest concern is that the receiver was already de-milled repaired/welded then de-milled again.  The initial repairs to the receiver look pretty robust so I’m not sure how close we can make it look with these big repaired sections.  We would want it to look like a …

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SHS 37 – Colt 1903 Shooter Grade

Previously we featured a collector grade 1903 that was asking for top dollar. Now we have something a little more in my wheelhouse. A Colt 1903 that is defiantly shooter grade: Make: Colt Firearms. Model: Colt Pocket Hammerless Type 1. Caliber: 32ACP. Magazine: 1. Capacity: 7? No box or papers.  Grip panels in excellent shape.  Finish Condition: Poor.  If you …

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Checking ZB-26 7.62×39 Barrel

Before we send the ZB-26 kit off to the FFL 07, I want to make sure this barrel is actually a 7.62×39 caliber.  When you research the subject of Chinese ZB’s, the story is often parroted that these were converted with sleeved SKS barrels. The problem with that statement is it doesn’t really tell the real story.  Why? Well…looking at …

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POTD – Could You Have Named This Gun?

We had an interesting, and very rare, firearm come into the armory recently. A ZB-26. For those who are not familiar with the ZB, it’s the predecessor of the UK’s BREN Gun.  Basically a slightly simplified and cheaper to manufacture version.  So? It’s a ZB-26? Who cares? Well…what makes this one special is Chinese Federalist forces bought ZB’s in 8mm. …

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AR-180 DEWAT

I had asked Matt to give us an analysis of the viability of buying this. He waved us off. —Editor This auction is for a RARE NICE, USED DEWATTED Armalite AR-180 rifle with the side folding buttstock, chambered in 5.56mm. The rifle has been dewatted by machining a slot thru the barrel and into the bore and by drilling a …

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Limiting Com-Bloc Mags For Hunting

One of the states we hunt allow 7.62×39 as a legal rifle caliber. Unfortunately they have a maximum capacity of 10 rounds.  Those that hunt with an SKS don’t have an issue and frankly, those that use an AK don’t either since 10 round mags are easily obtained.  My goto gun happens to be a Czech VZ58. And let me …

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T91 Clone Complete

The T91 is the designation for the Taiwanese Military (ROC) service rifle.  While fundamentally based off the M16, it does have particular furniture and a piston gas system.  Wolf brought in the uppers a few years ago, so it just made sense to source the easy stuff. Those parts are from t91tactical. Final assembly was done by our 07, LMG …

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BREN Display Gun Back in Armory

As we previously reported from our 07 FFL, the BREN gun display we have is probably not the best candidate for reactivation. You can see his report by CLICKING HERE.  So…since we are treating this as a pile of metal than a gun, the decision has been made to remove it from our secured areas and to install it in …

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G45 over The G19x

Ok. So I had a chance to finally see these two pistols in person. Actually at the same time. If you want to know the answer now and not read further? Get the G45 and forget the G19x.  Now for my reasons. Some are based on general principles and some are reflective of personal taste.  For starters…irrespective of what the …

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Single Point Sling

Years ago I purchased a large box of straps, buckles and clips. If I recall correctly they were Swedish Military. Over the last decade I have used, sold and given away a lot of it; but like most things, there is always a bunch of junk laying around in boxes.  The other day I ran across a box with a …