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The Old Man And The Fortee

One thing about Doc and handguns is he always shoots the same gun. The Smith & Wesson M&P in 40 S&W. I don’t know exactly when he went to 40, but it’s fair to assume it happened when 40 was, “The Thing” in law enforcement.  Time marches on. The 40 has fallen. And the 9 has risen. But why should …

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SCAR-20 155g Bullet Test

So Doc is finishing up his load testing with his new SCAR-20s. And the results with the 155g loads were eye opening.  I know FN gave the SCAR a slow twist rate, but this test seem to confirm it does like the lighter bullets very, very much.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SCAR-20s 518 Yards Load Testing

“Doc” and I were out on the range testing some of his hand loads. Here he is shooting some 175g TMK’s in his SCAR-20s.  One of the general concerns that has been floating around our circles for a bit, is the twist rate on Doc’s SCAR-20. You see, European gun makers tend to go with slower twists for lighter bullets.  …

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T91 Clone Needs NARCAN

It’s been a busy year as you are aware. So just now getting around to test firing the T91 clone. The first thing I noticed when operating the action is how heavy the recoil buffer is. It’s crazy heavy. But that is what T91 tactical recommended for mitigating bolt carrier tilt.  In hindsight it’s obvious this spring weight is too …

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Hans Shot Ze Timer

Freeze and I were just getting some plate rack time in and I noticed a never before seen issue. The PACT timer gave a false reading.  Maybe it was the “report” of the plate falling that set it off? Or maybe Hans got some glass in the PACT? Whatever it is, we will have to watch it closely. Does the …

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Walker’s In-Ear Pro Initial Test

For years I have put off getting some in-ear electronic plugs. Mostly because it was a “nice to have”, but my current ear-pro muffs are pretty good.  But…I saw some for sale on-line and thought it was time. My justification for these? Frankly it was price. They were the most expensive and…I had heard of the brand. Is that a …

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S&W 5906 Musings 

Freeze and I were playing with a LEO trade-in 5906. Obviously we need to work in that DA/SA transition. But that would come with time. The biggest kick I can give to this gun are the sharp control surfaces.  It’s not like it would rub your hands raw and blister over and extended period? I suspect it would straight up …

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Shooting, “Not a Red 9”

Somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek title. Freeze and I get the Red 9 out. This was the first time loading it with stripper clips on the range. Previously it was being hand loaded 2-3 rounds per iteration.  What I like about the gun is it’s iconic look. No other gun looks quite like a Broom-Handle Mauser. In the early days of …

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Missed Opportunity

Did you ever have “the bag” loaded in the truck and never checked to see if it had a magazine included? Well…that seems to be the case with “Officer Mike’s” LWRC REPR.  It’s been in The Armory for a few weeks and it never occurred to me to check the bag for a mag. That is until I am trying …

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HK 20 Round Magazines 

After some causal searching for extended VP9 magazines, I have settled on OEM HK 20 rounders.  Super reliable. Well made. And 100% dependable.  Now if only I could convince them to make a 17 round version for street carry.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SCAR-20 Load Data

As promised, we have some load data to share from, “Doc’s” rifle. See below.  —Marky I  think I found a new powder—CFE-223.  **** suggested it. The load with 43 grains gave me 2550 ft/sec.  And the other gave me almost 2600 ft/sec. The target with one hole is 4 shots.  That last shot was a “flyer”. Both targets are good. 175 grain TMK—tipped …

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The Road To 100

“Officer Mike” was at a fundraiser for the kids. Kind of a high-dollar event.  Checked the Browning O/U out of The Armory and proceeds to break 76 out of 100! Dude doesn’t even own a sporting shotgun!  Good show, “Officer Mike” and congratulations on making Detective.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Glock 45 vs HK VP9 Trash Talk

“Officer Mike” and I were at the range testing out the falling plate rack.  What started off as spall and bullet deflection testing, slowly turned the gun range equivalent of a Mono A Mono, WWE grudge match!  It doesn’t all have to be about work. Sometimes we can get stuff done and…have some fun!    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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Zeiss Dialyt 18-45×65 Spotter

I have a confession. I have never purchased a “quality” spotting scope. And the reason is quite simple. I have always felt that most spotters spend too much time not being used.  The spotter / field scope option has some appeal. At least in theory. So I enjoyed finding this model of Zeiss field scope on display at NRA 2019.  …