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New Range Vehicle – Polaris General 1000

Quick update. We need some dedicated range vehicles. After some debate between a Kubota and a Polaris Ranger, it was decided to cut that baby in half and get a Polaris Ranger 1000.  Personally I thought a Kubota was the most practical option. But we are also allowing staff the ability to run the range on recreational vehicles. We had …

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Time to Give Up The Progressive?

There is nothing wrong with progressive presses. Any problems with reloading are more often than not, “software issues”. Speaking of issues, This is the 3rd significant problem this shooter has had with progressive reloads in the past 24 months.  I can’t speak for him definitively, but I suspect he’s going to step back from the progressive setups. He’s a fine …

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HK P7 is not a Service Pistol

Now before the HK fan-boy’s get butt-hurt and start dropping in photos, pictures and links of various departments and agencies that have issued the HK P7, read this to the end. I have a real life, personal story I can share about that.  The Good Now…what is there to like about the HK P7 (and all variants of the squeeze-cocker …

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SHS 16: Sporterized Mauser BYF(43)

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at something that, while today is not popular, was very common from the 1940’s up until the late 1980’s: taking a very common military surplus rifle and using it as a donor rifle to sporterize.  These days, “Sporterize” is a loaded term. So perhaps we should replace it with …

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Trying to Beat the Rain – Russian Sniper 

So…how do you spend time waiting for a bulldozer to show up for backstop work? Well for me, it’s getting stuff off my to do list. In this case I am zeroing a Russian Sniper and need to confirm with a group. Then…the rain started coming in. And as a general rule, we don’t like to swamp WWII reference collection …

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Rifle Range Maintenance 

Well…the wettest Spring (2018) I have seen in over a decade has passed and now it’s time to play catch-up on range maintenance. Everybody is way behind: tenet farmer can’t bale hay if it’s wet. Dozer guy can’t push up new backstops if it’s slop. Dump trucks can’t deliver gravel since we don’t have gravel roads in yet. And the …

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VP9 +2 Magazine Problems

Right up front,I should probably warn the viewer; if you don’t run a HK VP9 or P30 Pistol, this video is not for you.  The reason I issue a warning is this video is long and tedious. It doesn’t have a lot of action or bring a lot of entertainment value.  But…if you are someone who is looking to extend …

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POTD — Bringing Out The Old Girl

Carried this gun for 12 years. It’s been to hell and back. Hell! I’ve even hit a few people with it. Refinished twice I think. Broke it out today to blow the dust off drawing from 3 o’clock. I rarely do that much these days. I was rusty and ugly. But ole faithful still delivered. 5” Ed Brown 1911. Blue …

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Can I use my MILSURP Sniper in a Class?

This question came in recently. I suspect it was prompted by the decision to get Freeze into a modern bolt action rifle for use out to longer ranges.  The first question that needs to be asked when something like this comes up is, “What is YOUR definition of long range?”. I point this out since invariably you will see some …

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5 Seconds is a Long Time

In the snow.  Draw concealed.  New cover garment.  5 second par time.  5-10-15-20-25-30 yards.  B/C zone IPSC target    Target note: we have this set at 35 degrees so it’s shorter on the vertical than a flat steel target.  https://sitargets.com/product/extreme-angle-rifle-pistol-target-t-post-mount/   IMO, this drill accomplishes quite a bit.  -Draw concealed. -Draw under time pressure. -Implementing Speed vs Accuracy -Distance Shooting  …

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Testing a New Cover Garment…Dry

It’s not high-speed low drag, but successfully drawing a pistol, from concealment, not shooting your self, and getting a first shot hit on the target; is THE skill a civilian should master.  Any change, no matter how small, should be tested and evaluated.  Here I have a new cover garment and am working out the kinks. Starts off ugly then …

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Quiet Time on the Range

Had the CZ 452 out at the range today. I was popping steel at 100 yards. Sometimes you just need to shoot for fun and not worry about groups.     Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Close Range Steel Testing: 308 Caliber.

So Freeze and I needed to test the High-Angled Target with something closer to worst case scenario: 308 / 7.62 NATO at 80 and then 50 yards.  Freeze used his new Howa 1500 and I used a military surplus Israeli Mauser. The target did well.    Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Dragging Freeze into the 21st Century

So Freeze finally is shooting a modern rifle. I’m not saying he’s never shot a modern gun. But he did ask where the ram-rod went? Howa 1500 308 Kryptek Edition. Used. $317 OTD. And it shoots lights out with military ball ammo! Even an old MILSURP guy like Freeze can’t deny that level of awesomeness. Stay tuned. More to come. …

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Thinking About a S&W Model 10

I have a theory. I can’t prove my theory. But I have it just the same. My theory is firing a double action revolver improves a shooters ability to control a single action pistol. So the flood of S&W Model 10’s that have hit the market pique my interest. Now between you and me, I can’t ID one K-frame from …