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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 …

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Time to Give Up The Progressive?

There is nothing wrong with progressive presses. Any problems with reloading are more often than not, “software issues”. Speaking of issues, This is the 3rd significant problem this shooter has had with progressive reloads in the past 24 months.  I can’t speak for him definitively, but I suspect he’s going to step back from the progressive setups. He’s a fine …

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HK P7 is not a Service Pistol

Now before the HK fan-boy’s get butt-hurt and start dropping in photos, pictures and links of various departments and agencies that have issued the HK P7, read this to the end. I have a real life, personal story I can share about that.  The Good Now…what is there to like about the HK P7 (and all variants of the squeeze-cocker …

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SHS 16: Sporterized Mauser BYF(43)

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at something that, while today is not popular, was very common from the 1940’s up until the late 1980’s: taking a very common military surplus rifle and using it as a donor rifle to sporterize.  These days, “Sporterize” is a loaded term. So perhaps we should replace it with …

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Trying to Beat the Rain – Russian Sniper 

So…how do you spend time waiting for a bulldozer to show up for backstop work? Well for me, it’s getting stuff off my to do list. In this case I am zeroing a Russian Sniper and need to confirm with a group. Then…the rain started coming in. And as a general rule, we don’t like to swamp WWII reference collection …

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Rifle Range Maintenance 

Well…the wettest Spring (2018) I have seen in over a decade has passed and now it’s time to play catch-up on range maintenance. Everybody is way behind: tenet farmer can’t bale hay if it’s wet. Dozer guy can’t push up new backstops if it’s slop. Dump trucks can’t deliver gravel since we don’t have gravel roads in yet. And the …

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VP9 +2 Magazine Problems

Right up front,I should probably warn the viewer; if you don’t run a HK VP9 or P30 Pistol, this video is not for you.  The reason I issue a warning is this video is long and tedious. It doesn’t have a lot of action or bring a lot of entertainment value.  But…if you are someone who is looking to extend …