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Glock 45 In Armory

So we recently had a new Glock 45 pass through the armory. This example belongs to a non-public staff member. At this point I am not sure if we will see this pistol again on the website.  But even without firing it, I am once again confident in my original opinions of the G45. I think it’s probably the best …

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SHS 36 – Hi-Standard Model B

  What we have here is a Pre-WWII sporting handgun chambered in 22LR. The Hi-Standard Model B. Production was shutdown during the war to make room for defense related items.  Make: Hi-Standard. Model: Model B Caliber: 22LR. Action: Semi-Auto – Blow-back. Date of manufacture: 1940-41. Magazine: One. Magazine Capacity: 10? Magazine Release: Heel Type.  Finish: Fair. Appropriate with age.    …

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SCAR 20s – An Up close View

So I finally got a chance to handle an honest-to-goodness FNH SCAR-20s rifle. And here are my initial observations: The Geiselle trigger is a significant upgrade. The rifle does seem much heaver than one would assume. The 20s stock does NOT fold, but is significantly more ergonomic than a 17s. The rifle twist is 1:12 which most US users consider …

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Rayner’s Range

So earlier in 2018, a couple of us went up to Rayner’s to check out the facilities. Some members of a local SWAT team were looking for an alternate place for some rifle training.  A hunter was zero’ing for a hunt out west. I think this range went to 700 yards. We didn’t shoot. But it was good to see …

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The Melt Your Face Drill

Ok. Confession time. This isn’t really a drill. This is what most shooting actually is: Slow, Tedious, Administrative, or Repetitive shooting.  In this case, I am zeroing fixed sights on a Glock 35 in 40S&W.  Why you may ask? Simple. One of the PD’s that we are hosting, as it unexpecidy turns out, carry Glock 22’s in 40S&W. And…they are …

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SCAR 20s Has Arrived

One of our good friends, who our readers have seen shooting his SCAR-17s many times, has sold off his 17 and replaced it with a SCAR-20s. It seems one of the SWAT snipers brought one to team training and it was the “Belle-of-the-Ball”.  I don’t have hard numbers, but it is my understanding multiple team members put in orders.  In …

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Wild West Co-Pilot on Range

So…it’s time to introduce big-bore to the new facility. As in 45-70.  Our regulars have seen the Wild West Guns Alaskan Co-Pilot before. Not a whole lot to add. But if it’s no clear in the video, the action is super-slick and all the edges de-horned around and on the receiver.  It is truly a pleasure to shoot.      …

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BCM Upper – New Truck Gun

Trying to get used to running an AR. Get used to running a skinny AR. Get used to this 45 degree safety. And hasty zero the Aimpoint Micro. All the while in a light, very cold rain. Sound like a bad day to you? Frankly it was the best day yet on the new range.  Nobody to bother me. No …

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Ghetto Dot Torture Drill

So…a few weeks back we had a new LE friend of ours stop by the range and want to work pistols. It turned out he had a qual coming up and wanted to up his game.  A cop wants to train on his own time? With his own ammo? At my convenience?  Great! I’m there. And guess what? I provided …

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Second Score of S&W 547 Speed-loaders

Outside of DC I found these NOS HKS 547 speed-loaders! Stunning. The 547 is a rare 9mm revolver. And these HKS loaders will never be made again. I bet these have been sitting on this rack 25 years.  While not Singer 1911 rare, I looked pretty hard over 3 years ago for some HKS 547’s. Haven’t seen any since. Now …

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Function Test – AR Pistol Build

So Freeze and I decided to take out his AR pistol and do a function check on it.  All he needed was a BCG and we had a space living in a Colt SP1.  No worries, that BCG was not correct for a SP1. Anyway, his “pistol” shows promise and I am looking forward to seeing how fast we can …

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POTD – Wild West Co-Pilot in The Pit

Been a while since we have had the Co-Pilot out. And it was a good chance to test some of the  new targets with a 45-70 impact.  Actually knocked one over. Video soon.        Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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T-Post Target Hangers

So…on the 100, 200, 300 yard targets, I have decided to go with larger silhouette type steel. That means they are heavy. I am not entirely comfortable standing those targets on a single T-post. Which means I need to chain them from the sides.  I have seen various iterations on these types of t-post hangers before. Maybe these will work? …

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POTD – 600 Yard Rifle Range in Rain

Contrary to what your DI may have told you, it’s rain that makes the grass grow. And for the last 3 days, we have been blessed with a slow, steady, soaking rain that is perfect for seeding.  I have never been to happy to see rainy days.  Image taken from the 600 yard shooting position.        Sincerely,  Marky …

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Found: Two Full Size IDPA Steel Targets

So…while I was digging around Mitchell’s range, I knew we had a round gong target that would come in handy on the new rifle range.  Well…dig in the barn, unopened package from 3 years ago, and discover a full sized IDPA Steel Target. 3/8th inch thick. 18” wide by 30” tall.  Very nice. But damn, this package is heavy. Only …