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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 …

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The 100 Yard Shooting Position

This spot was picked so we could zero 100 yards at a zero degree angle. In reality, this position is a ZERO to 500 yard shooting position.  So think about that. We could functionally shoot every tac rifle, battle rifle, hunting rifle and black powder rifle from right here and get 80% of our work done. Things are coming along …

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Range Construction- 600 Yard Test

Update on the range construction. What I’m doing here is testing line of sight and theoretical shooting positions for shots from 600 and 700 yards.  I placed the target down the hill at 550 to give me some breathing room Incase there was an issue. Or out this way: DON’T SHOT OVER THE TARGET. All went well. We will tell …

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The Keeper Wedge Replacement

One thing that came up recently in regards to AIWB carry was the concept that some holster designs are consumable. At least parts of them are. Instead of trying to explain this concept, it’s just easier to show it in pictures.  The triangular “wedge” you see works as a lever against your holster. The belt is the pivot point. And …

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CZ 452 – A Very Accurate Rifle

Sometimes the subject comes up, “What’s my favorite all around 22 rifle?” For me, it’s the CZ 452? It’s small and handy enough to teach kids on it. It’s light enough to hunt small game with. And it’s accurate enough to win any weekend grudge match.    Freeze John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Sig P320 X-Carry

Like many of you, I am curious about the P320s since they were picked up as the service pistol by the US Military. Beyond that, I haven’t payed them too much mind. Haven’t even shot a 320 as of this writing. As for why? There are so many variants, I haven’t really found the time to deep dive on a …

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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 …