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Honest Wear – Wilson Protector 

Andy A. sends over a 1911 with honest wear. —Editor Here’s my  carry Wilson. Been to Gunsite numerous times. Only time it’s malfunctioned has been with factory ball with bad (spotty-nonexistent) crimp. And [it] did not like Fiocchi 200-gr. JHP.   Just keep changing springs. Andy A.

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The New Browning A5

Finally saw one of these new Browning A5’s in a shop. Figured it would be fun gun to play with. Of course it doesn’t use the original long recoil action of the original shotguns. But neat anyway. Then I saw the price. I could buy a real A5 for way less than that! Hard pass.  No… Crazy hard pass.    …

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Vibration Kills

It’s not just the recoil.  It’s the carrying.  It’s the dry-firing.  It’s the daily 20 mile trip in the trunk.  It’s the expansion – contraction of hot-cold weather.  Use firearms even moderately seriously and you’ll be checking torque and screws on the regular. Why? Because the one time you don’t check? Damn thing will have walked!  Some dude named Murphy …

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John1911 Range Drone Pics

Officer Mike was playing with a drone while out at the facility last year. Here are some still images he took. I thought they were neat. I don’t know all the particulars of how SWAT teams use drones these days, but I have noticed they have them. —Editor     Officer Mike www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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POTD — PTR-MP5

Ran into one of the new PTR MP-5’s while hitting various gun shops. Seems very interesting. My first impression is the word, “lite”. As in not heavy. Very lite.  I recall the real MP-5’s as being quite a bit heavier than this. Perhaps it was because of original lights and suppressors from HK? Dunno.  But this leaves a good first …

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My Favorite 1911 Look

It’s probably a reflection of my age and generation, but I find the dark slide and stainless frame, 2-tone look to be about the classiest thing going in guns. Especially 1911s.  Too bad this Ed Brown 1911 doesn’t actually run that well. I mean it “runs”, but you can tell it’s on the edge of not doing so. Which is …

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Dan Wesson Pistol Pack

On pod a few weeks ago, Freeze was discussing the CZ purchase of Colt firearms. On change he suggested that took all of us off-guard is the suggestion that CZ make a Colt Python Pistol Pack. Much like the Dan Wesson version.  I don’t know how feasible it is considering the need for feeler gauges and how things work with …

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POTD – Steyr GB 

Steyr GB coming into the reference collection. By the time you read this, it should already be here and on the books.  —Marky  

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M16A1 Magazines

Don’t see these everyday. At least I don’t. Looks to me like original M16A1 style magazines.  I think? Maybe? Possibly? What say you? I have no idea if these are good prices or not? But I can’t help but wonder if one day these prices will go sky-high in value like the original Vietnam era M16A1 rifles have? Back in …

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Shotguns of The World

Been trying to consolidate weapons “types” in The Armory. Here is the small shotgun section. Not against shotguns, it’s just that we are pretty picky concerning the genera. Many shotguns are duplicates of other designs. Almost exactly.  In this pic we see Russian, Italian, American Japanese and Belgian scatterguns.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Old Habits Die Hard – Shotguns

Do you have any guns designated for roles more out of habit that logic? Mine is this Mossberg 590. I have had it for over 2 decades. It’s a “home defense” gun. But in reality my CCW is the gun that fills that role. So the shotgun just lives in the closet should I need it. Additionally…and this is a …

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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 …