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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 …

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Pistol Pit is Operational

It’s been a long summer. First it rained most of the season. Now it’s getting cold and dry. When I still need some rain for seeding to take hold.  But no matter, the Pit is operational. I haven’t measured it completely from front to back, but diagonally it’s 50 yards. That enables us to quickly hasty-zero tac rifles at 25 …

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New 100 Yard Zero Range

One thing I figured out over the past year was we didn’t have a good place to zero a rifle at 100 yards. Sure. We have 100 yard shots all over the place. But what we were really lacking was a perfectly flat 100 yard shot.  So…one of the reasons we created the 0-500 yard shooting position was it allowed …

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Beretta 92D Left Behind

How does a Beretta get a beauty picture around here? You’re cleaning guns at the Armory and realize this handgun was left in the UTV. Whoops.      Marky  www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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500 Yard First Shots Official

Ok. This part of the property is done. So a friend of ours wanted to shoot his SCAR-17 and try it out.  So while I was working on shooting benches and tables, this shooter and his SCAR-17 got it done.  He routinely takes his SCAR out to 800 yard no problem.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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The New Range 

Quick overview of the new range. We are stopping construction for the year.  We have 0-600 yards of rifle range. A 50 yard pistol / tac rifle pit.  Well over 2000 yards of trails.  And hardened on site storage.  It’s the beginning of October and winter is fast approaching. So the priority is finishing the seeding for erosion control and …

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Walther PPQ 45

Whoops.  Why you ask?  I forgot we owned this. Just this morning while working in my office I found these photos of a Walther PPQ 45. But looking at them, I’m thinking they aren’t part of the Second Hand Showcase Series (SHS). What are these? What gun shop is this? Then it hits me! I was traveling and found this …

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Gravel for Pistol – Tac Rifle Pit

So…here is what 6 dump trucks of gravel looks like before being pushed down with the small dozer. Right now, the question is, “Will 6 trucks be enough?”. Frankly, we just don’t know. It might. Or it might require a 7th. We’ve bought so much gravel, we are getting a break on the price.  Also…consider this: dump trucks hauling gravel …