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SCAR-20 155g Load Data

Here is Doc’s load data for the 155g TMKs. The groups are 10 rounds each. 100 yards.  CCI primers.  Federal brass.  155g TMK bullet.  Powder is IMR 4064. Group 1 is 44 grains.  Group 2 is 45 grains.  For those new, Doc is having issues getting his SCAR-20 to stabilize the heavier bullets since the barrel twist is 1:12”.  WARNING: …

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SCAR-20 Drama Queen

I wish I could say seeing the SCAR-20 get first round hits at range was a blasé thing. But frankly, the SCAR-20 has been quite the troublesome rifle.  Quite.  IMO, the biggest factor is the slow twist rate of the barrel. Something that many EU based rifle makers subscribe to. American shooters like heavy bullets for long range work.  The …

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GA Precision FBI HRT Rifle

So Officer Mike and Doc were back at the 600 yard shooting position testing it out. Not the rifles, but the grade.  Should I put a permanent bench there? Or maybe grade it flat? Perhaps leave the hill to more accurately simulate real world shooting positions?  Not sure. Still deciding. But during all this, I got a chance to see …

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COVID-19 / SCAR-20

Doc came out to play during the tail end of the Covid shutdown. Brought his SCAR along and banged steel from 200 yards to 518.    I think it was the first time he’d been out of his house in months.     

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M17 Pistol & Camera Test

Doc and I were out at the range getting some things done.  Nothing serious. Just for fun.  Lite range maintenance. Pistol practice. Shooting his new US Army M17 (P320). Testing a new camera.  These are some video outtakes from that testing.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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The Hillbilly Drill

While on the range loading mags, I happened to notice an usual situation. At least unusual for “professional” gun ranges.  I was sitting on my truck. With all my gear. Loading mags and drinking water. Exactly 7 yards from a steel target.  Squared up too.  Which if you know anything about the famous Bill Drill? Matches its distance perfectly. Ear-pro, …

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Mundane RDS Work

Getting the hang of shooting a RDS on a pistol. The biggest change is training my mind to look where the dot is, above the gun, instead of through the irons. If you look where my eyes are relative to the irons, it might be apparent on video.  It’s going pretty well.  Make: Wilson  Model: X9L w/Rail. RDS: Trijicon SRO. …

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Retention Holster Work

The best way for me to get used to a retention holster is to practice using it while actually trying to do something else: Like work a gun for example. I don’t want to focus on beating retention. I want to focus on drawing and shooting. Big difference.  How is it going? Meh. I am having some issues with this …

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VP9 17rd Magazines

HK has finally introduced 17rd magazines for their VP9 / P30 series of pistols. You can tell a 17rd mag by either the 17 witness holes on the back. Or the orange follower. Which personally I think is a nice touch.  I run a Taylor Freelance magwell on my VP, so these bases will need to be switched out for …

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EDC X9L Reloads

There is no excuse for not getting quality reps in. Don’t have a holster for that gun? Mag carrier doesn’t fit? No matter. You can still present the gun properly, get a good sight picture, good trigger press, and raw-dog the reload out of your jeans.  I got a lot out of this session with the Wilson Combat EDC X9L. …

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HK P9S Police Surplus

Centerfire Systems was blowing out some foreign police surplus pistols. The HK P9S.  Don’t know much about these, but the price was too good to pass up. We would NEVER pay HK market prices for discontinued P9S rack-grade guns. Glad to see it worked. Now we’ll need to figure out how to take it down and clean it for long-term …

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EDC X9L First Shots

One needs to crawl before they walk. At least us mere mortals. So here I am literally shooting the X9L for the first time…on video.  Since I don’t have a lot of time with RDS equipped pistols, I am defaulting to irons. But…I have to admit something. Under extensive dry fire presentations, I am seeing my speeds increase with the …

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Wilson X9L Arrives

As we stated on the last podcast, we have a Wilson Combat X9L in The Armory. Here are photos as it arrived at the FFL. Hence why I am wearing gloves and a mask. (COVID-19 pandemic for readers in the future) Why the X9L?  I am legitimately curious if a double stack 1911, chambered in 9mm, and designed to NOT …

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AP Rounds & Steel Targets

Editor’s note: Sometimes Officer Mike rolls onto the range like a stray cat who has been out all night. I don’t know where he’s been or what he’s been up to. And am usually left with more questions than answers. This is one of those times.  Officer Mike: “Hey. Do you want an old steel target?” Marky: “Sure!” OM: “It’ll …

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Rock Island First Shots

Freeze picked up a used RIA 1911 just as the COVID-19 thing was beginning to take hold. Being deemed an essential worker, he has been busier than a one-armed paper hanger.  So per his request, I am putting the first shots through his gun.  Make: RIA Model: 1911 of some kind.  Caliber: 9mm. Finish: Parkerized.  Capacity: Single stack.  magazines: 3.  …