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Boker – Sheepsfoot Blade

A little thank you from a unnamed-family for sorting through all the “barn-find” guns of their late grandfather. Figuring out makes, models and estimated value.  The gift: a Boker – Kalashnikov Sheepsfoot Auto-Knife.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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HK P9S Police Surplus

Centerfire Systems was blowing out some foreign police surplus pistols. The HK P9S.  Don’t know much about these, but the price was too good to pass up. We would NEVER pay HK market prices for discontinued P9S rack-grade guns. Glad to see it worked. Now we’ll need to figure out how to take it down and clean it for long-term …

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AP Rounds & Steel Targets

Editor’s note: Sometimes Officer Mike rolls onto the range like a stray cat who has been out all night. I don’t know where he’s been or what he’s been up to. And am usually left with more questions than answers. This is one of those times.  Officer Mike: “Hey. Do you want an old steel target?” Marky: “Sure!” OM: “It’ll …

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POTD – Mauser HSc

While at The Cody Firearms Museum, I took this picture of a Mauser HSc.  I can only assume this was a WWII German gun that ended up in the Winchester Reference Collection. I also believe Mauser made these after the war as well.  Not something we would realistically pick up for the reference collection since nobody ever really runs into …

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Ross MKII Bolt

Had a reader reach out asking some questions about his Ross MK II bolt. So this video is more directed at him personally.  But perhaps some of you MILSURP guys want a 5 minute gander at an honest to goodness Canadian made, Ross MKII that is marked as US Army Property?    Sincerely, Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Russian Sniper in The Open

This title is a little pushy. I’m sure some of you thought this was going to be a photo from Syria or Ukraine. Or perhaps the Eastern Front during WWII.  Nope. I took this photo at a small diner inside the US.  Do you see it? Most folks there did not. I also figure most who did, assume it’s a …

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Remington 1858 Cartridge Conversion

Remington started converting the 1858 revolver to cartridge conversions in 1868. Due to patents held by Smith & Wesson on the bore thru cylinder; they had to make an agreement, and pay a fee to them for each gun converted.  Although private gunsmiths did convert Remington New Model Army revolvers to shoot cartridges, most were done by the Remington factory …

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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 …