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XTECH – The 17rd Mag That Ain’t 

First of all let me just start by saying that I am not a gear reviewer. I am a shooter. Most gear reviewers that I have seen can’t actually shoot well.  It’s tedious and a low rent space occupied click-bait writers and wanna-be Fudd’s. But somehow…here we are. Why? Because I want more than 15+1 in the HK VP9 pistol. …

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Rhodesian A5 Shotgun

Some folks on Facebook saw we have a Rhodesian Army, Browning A5 shotgun and inquired about it.  These were ordered through FN in Belgium. Shipped to South Africa. And then smuggled into Rhodesia. Violating international sanctions.  Which is how they came to be serialized with electric pencil instead of traditional stamping. Or you could split hairs and call these marks …

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Custom 7.5×55 Barrel

Testing a new barrel we had made by J. Sip & Sons out of Utah. It’s chambered in the 7.5 Swiss round (7.5×55).  Most shooters in the United States will know this ammo as GP11  made for the K31 Swiss, straight pull, service rifle.  We have all heard the trope that GP11 is as close to “match” ammo as one …

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Staying in Position

One skill I like to own. And one habit I like to reenforce is the tendency to stay behind the rifle and looking through the glass. It sounds simple and the benefits are obvious. But if you are always coming out the glass for small admin tasks in training? You’ll come out of the glass for small admin tasks when …

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Manurhin MR-88 First Shots

So…today was the day to take out the Manurhin MR88 revolver. It’s a French police model that was brought into the US as surplus.  For the revolver minded folks, you can see the obvious Ruger GP100 heritage. That can be attributed to the fact Ruger and Manurhin did work jointly on the handgun.  As for the specifics about who made …

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Rock Jams Gun

Practicing mag changes with the truck gun and picked up a small rock. It worked its way though the system and lodged in the trigger mech. Jamming up both the safety and trigger.  It was a cold and wet day. That in combination with the “sticky-crud” that sometimes builds on magazines? I did myself in.  Ultimately this is user error. …

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Slow Motion Short Stroke

Doc shooting the Integra while I document the short-stroke officially.  American made MILSPEC ammo functions fine in the upper. Hell! Even low power steel cased Wolf functions in the 90% range. Which is just enough to keep a shooter in tip-top shape clearing stoppages. So that’s a silver lining, right? But here’s the $64,000 question: Isn’t Wolf Gold supposed to …

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Is Wolf Gold Loaded to MILSPEC

So something funny happened with the Gemtech Integra. Wolf steel cased ammo runs, basically, perfectly. Wolf Gold, brass cased ammo, chokes. The Gemtech Integra is purpose built to be suppressed. As such it has a smaller gas-port so as not to be over gassed. However it “should” work with factory military spec ammo. Especially when clean.  Additionally it is not …

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One Day At a Time

New gear is new. New skills aren’t skills. They’re aspirations. The only way to overcome these limitations is to dive in and just work your way through the suck.  Incase you don’t listen to the podcast, I am primarily a pistol shooter first. And a precision rifle shooter second. The other stuff I have certainly done, but those skills have …

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Good Day, Bad Day, Same Day

So a few days ago, Freeze and I were discussing something he has been forced to wrap his head around: Bad video.  When you shoot video, there will be bad video. Hell! Someone out there probably thinks all my video is bad video. And that’s fair.  But don’t get it twisted…we don’t speed up or fluff stuff to make us …

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AR-47 Function Test

I’ve put together a 7.62×39 AR.  These are the first shots and a function test.  Shots done with military ball ammo and soft-point hunting ammo.  Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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AimPoint 6x Magnifier

Those who have followed the podcast have heard about me getting my ass kicked, rank wise, in a Sheriff of Baghdad carbine class.  I knew halfway through, I was going to have to mount a magnifier on my truck gun. After looking at some of the LPVO’s, I decided to just go with a AimPoint 6x flip-over mag.  My thinking …

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Freeze’s Upgraded K31

After getting some work done on property, I decided to break out my K31 to ring some steel.  Freeze john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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4” Steel at Range

So…your gun shoots 1/2 MOA all day long? Good. Now hit these 4” steel plates with one shot. At 450 yards. 500 yards. And 600 yards.  1 shot.  Now after the shot is over. Whether you hit it or missed it? Was it because of you? The gun’s accuracy? Or did your shot fall inside or outside the margin of …