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Professional Photo Test 2

Here is the second gun form the photo test. The previous gun was obviously well worn. Now this example is in much better shape.  Wilson eXperior Single Stack 9mm 1911.     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Professional Photo Test 1

We had some professional photos taken of the John1911 reference collection. This was done to so what a non-pristine firearm would look like under such conditions.  My old work gun. Ed Brown Executive Elite. 45 ACP. Blued finish. Real ivory grips. Notice how the finish is worn? It’s been refinished once or twice. I can’t recall.  For you collectors out …

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The King, Heir, Spare: 2020

One thing with royalty is your position always changes. A Prince or Duke can become King. And eventually all Kings get set out to pasture. The 45 caliber gun on the far right, with real ivory grips, is my old work gun. That gun saw many years of faithful service (including two refinishes and one pistol-whipping) and is now put …

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SIG P210 Cleaning

So I had a chance to get into the P210 yesterday and clean it. Without going into great detail beyond the scope of our website, I can tell you this is a very well made gun.  It still has some very early Euro-style spring designs in it. Very similar to some of the reference guns in the collection. Like the …

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New VZ Grips

I reached out to VZ Grips a few months ago and asked them if they would make me an ivory colored X9 grip similar to the 40th anniversary Wilson Combat guns? And they said yes.     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Freeze’s Missing Gun

So while working late in the armory, I had a chance to go through some of the backlogged piles from the move. In particular I was looking for some 22 ammo. Going through a backpack I was certain had some extra rimfire in it…low and behold…I find Freeze’s 9mm RIA 1911 and my original HK VP9.  So yeah. That only …

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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 940-1

Back in the day, these were a very hot item. A J-frame revolver that can shoot 9×19. The same caliber as most service pistols.  The theory being this would be a good backup gun. Or desirable for folks who otherwise found themselves being issued / required to shoot 9mm. But there are three big short comings:  The gun is very …

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Wilson eXperior – Holes-in-Holes Drill

Got dayum! This gun shoots. Holes-in-Holes drill. 3 yards. 5 shots. Standing 2-handed. 115g mixed case head remanufactured ammo. This Wilson eXperior, single stack, 5”, steel, 9mm 1911 is probably the nicest handgun I have ever, ever shot in the practical world. This gun came to us with me thinking we’d have it 2-weeks tops. Why? I didn’t believe a …

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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 442

For many years I refused to even purchase a j-framed revolver. Why? I didn’t want to be tempted to carry it! Yes I really think that. I am of the opinion that guns like this breed laziness and bad habits.  People who think they can only carry J-fames suffer from the same mindset about lifting weights or working out. Stop …

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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 325 Thunder Ranch

The 325 is a legacy gun from my 45 ACP 1911 days. The thinking was since I am so deep into the 45 guns, it made sense to have some other guns in that caliber.  Additionally getting to practice using the revolver manual of arms without having to stock a revolver centric caliber appealed to our logistics system.  The result? …

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Fall Fashion Week: FDE Glock 35

We have a bunch of firearms in The Armory that don’t see much use or publicity. A while mess of Glocks actually. Here is a FDE Glock 35. GEN 4. With Wilson-Vickers ledge night sights.  The logic behind this gun was to have it handy should anyone show up at our ranges with 40 S&W. For the record, plenty of …