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Minigun Shoot

Sometimes Scott Mayer just sends me random stuff that he’s doing. From the looks of it, he seems to be hanging around some Mini-Guns. His note says that this particular weapon is only firing at half-speed of 3000 rounds per minute. —Marky, Editor   Scott Mayer www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Video —My 2 o’clock Appointment

My schedule is electronic. People can add stuff to it as they see fit. I am still surprised when I occasionally move stuff back and block out a window, people will come to my office and try to steal it back. I don’t publish the content of every appointment on my calendar, but when I start blocking out time with …

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SCAR-17 Load Data 175g Sierra

A friend was shooting his SCAR-17 with a Vortex muzzle device. Some have inquired about the load data used for the pictured group. 5 shots. 100 yards. 1-inch dot. Here is the data direct from him. Note…hand loading is not for noobs. Proceed cautiously if you are not experienced at this. Any signs of problems or pressure and you need …

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Police Snipers 2016 Republican National Convention

This summer, the city of Cleveland, Ohio hosted the 2016 Republican National Convention. Most of the major party players were in attendance, as were members of the national and international media. Followed closely behind by various opposition groups. Bottom line: these kinds of events are a complete handful for the federal and state law enforcement groups. Combine these elements, with …

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The One Problem With The Glock 19

First of all, let me start off by saying that the Glock 19 is the gold-standard world wide for service and civilian pistols. As someone internet famous once said, “It’s big enough to fight with, but small enough to actually carry”. And I can’t disagree with that statement one bit. And when I was officially introduced to the Glocks by …

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No! Birdshot Does Not Work For Self Defense

This is a rumor that won’t seem to die. Why I have no idea. In today’s information age, just about anything you want to learn is just Google-fu away. But for some reason, I will still occasionally hear someone, somehow, someway has contrived some ridiculous scenario where birdshot is their choice as a self defense shotgun loading. And typically, the …

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Video — Testing New Pig Load SCAR 17

A buddy of mine has a new hunting load developed for our 2017 Texas Pig Hunt. He knew I was benching some rifles testing torque so he wished to come along and share in the cold weather misery. Also…we expect the Texas pig trip will be early enough that we might very well see near freezing temps. So he wanted …

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Marlin 45-70 Kaboom

This photo was sent to me by a reader. Looking at the photos, I am not sure what to think. All I know is if you shoot long enough, you’ll see guns come apart. If the rifle only has around 30 rounds through it, that does open up the possibility of a mechanical flaw. At least to my thinking anyway. …

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The SRM Arms Model 1216

I came across a pretty radical new shotgun while at the wholesaler show last week. The SRM Arms Model 1216 is an American-made, semi-automatic, 12-gauge shotgun that holds 16 rounds in a manually indexing, four-chamber tubular magazine. With manual indexing, you can instantly select birdshot, buckshot, slugs, bean bags, rock salt, flares, Dragon’s Breath—any kind of shotshell you have loaded—with …

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Video — Sub-Gun Slamfire

This video appears to show a 9mm sub-gun with a malfunction. I am not familiar with the make and model of the weapon. Is it a closed bolt design with a firing pin floating / stuck? Or is it an open-bolt design that has it’s trigger / sear mechanism compromised? Or as some have suggested on the internet, is the …

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Rifles Seen at 2016 Ft. Benning Sniper Challenge

A followup to the handguns seen at the Sniper Challenge, here are some pictures of the rifles and scopes at same. Some of the long guns are typical (standard TOE) while others may come as a surprise. Additionally some foreign military rifles will be of interest as well.       Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Pointed Bullets and Tubular Magazines

“Don’t use pointed bullets in tubular magazines!” We’ve all heard that warning. The reason is because the cartridges are in-line, and the point of one bullet rests against the primer of the next. The jostle and rearward force of recoil can cause the point to act as a firing pin and set off the cartridge in front of it. Even …

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Bolt Gun Kaboom

When I posted some images of the 300 Blackout in the 223 rifle Kaboom, one of the more common throwaway lines was, “That is why I don’t run automatics”. Ehhh…ok? So when these images crossed my desk, I figured it was time to bring this topic back to the fore. You can catastrophically kaboom any gun if you stick the …

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Goofy Stocks of the Past

Recently while browsing a Rock Island Auction online catalog I was reminded how far we’ve come with gun ergonomics, and how much ergonomics change to meet the need. When you look at some of the old jezails and arquebuses, you have to ask yourself how the heck they shot them. I mean “scope-eye” is one thing, but early Japanese shooters …

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Rigarmi .25 Auto

I blame my late friend Pete Dickey for my addiction to cheap auto pistols and break-open revolvers. If these are so-called “Saturday Night Specials,” then every night was Saturday night at Pete’s. He had them made into bookends, lamps and all sorts of novelty gifts. His enthusiasm for, and he fun he had with them, was contagious. As much a …