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The Remington Rider Revolver

Full name: The Remington-Rider New Model Double Action Belt Pistol. Remington made this pistol between 1863 and 1873. In that 10 year run 3000 to 5000 pistols were made. Those numbers may vary as the records are not fully available.  These guns had a 6.5 inch barrel, and were offered in .36 caliber percussion. Or they had a conversion cylinder …

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eXperior Trigger Control

The trigger on the Wilson eXperior is much “crispier” than on the EDC X9L. It’s been about a decade since I ran such a trigger seriously for CCW. But it’s kinda like riding a bike. This single stack would make a good backup to the X9L main carry gun. 😇 @wilsoncombat #1911 #shootingsteel #wilsoncombat #experior1911 #9mm1911 #singlestacklife #john1911 Sincerely,  Marky …

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SHS-65 Trapdoor Carbine

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at quite a rare and collectible gun. The carbine version of the 1873 Springfield Trapdoor. What’s even more impressive is the condition. That finish is factory original.  Make: Springfield Armory (The real one). Model: 1873 Trapdoor. Variant: Cavalry Carbine. Date of Manufacture: Best guess – 1879.  Caliber: 45-70.  Finish: …

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SHS-64: CZ SP-01 Tactical

SHS-64: CZ SP-01 Tactical What we have here is a fully tricked out CZ-75 known at the SP-01 Tactical. Pretty cool gun with every option minus the kitchen sink.  Make: CZ. Model: SP-01 Tactical. Caliber: 9mm / 9×19. Action: Semi-Auto – DA/SA. Safety: None. De-cocker.  Barrel: Threaded. Sights: Suppressor Height, Night sights. Magazine: 18+1 x2 Frame: Steel. Finish: FDE / …

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SHS-63: Smith & Wesson 610

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a gun I thought was something else. Being in Ohio, I assumed it was a now-retired hunting handgun since we have allowed 45-70 for deer.  No.  This is an old bowling-pin gun. The specs: Make: Smith & Wesson Model: 610 Caliber: 10mm cylinder: Un-fluted Action: Revolver Capacity: 6 …

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SHS-62: Browning 1922

It’s been a while since we have done a Second Hand Showcase video. Mainly because Shooters Supply has been limited to the number of people allowed on premises due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we were able to setup in a different area and not interface with the public. If this works out, Shooters Supply has indicated we can start …

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Primer – So Your Student Has a Blaser

Shot this last week as a last minute request by an instructor friend of mine. Some students of his are getting ready for a big hunt and it turns out at least one Blaser R8 is being used.  My friend has seen my Blasers and is a VERY experienced hunter, tactical shooter and instructor. But…he wanted a quick primer on …

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Dry Testing 1911 Magazines

In the bad old days, it seemed like keeping 1911s running was a part-time job with all the spring changes, extractor tensioning and magazine maintenance. Today? It seems like maybe not quite so much. Sure it’s probably best to be an enthusiast if you wish to run 1911s for serious social work. But it…seems…with the advancements in design and springs, …

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Scope Ring & Base Test

Working with some accessories. Can’t really go into it too much right now, but it involves this base and scope rings combo.  The control items are: Make: Blaser. Model: R8. Chassis: GRS Ragnarok. Caliber: 7.5×55 / 7.5 Swiss / GP11 Barrel: J. Sip & Sons Range: 100 yards.  Angle: Zero. Wind: Zero.  It’s a “3-shot liar’s group”, but I wasn’t …

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eXperior 1911 Dominates 10-8 Test

The Wilson Combat eXperior 1911 has passed the 10-8 Function Test.  What makes this more impressive, is the gun is a single stack, chambered in 9mm, with a GI style, internal extractor.  Between you, me and the wall; I thought no way this gun gets through the test without at least some kind of bobble. But gosh-darn it did!  And …

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Firing the 1891 Rolling Block Pistol

It’s unusual to be able to actually shoot some antique firearms, but being that this is a rolling block pistol in 22 RF; and had a super solid frame and receiver, I decided to play around. Using CCI CB 22 short, sub-sonic, low velocity ammo. Although I’m sure more regular off the shelf 22 ammo would be fine, I didn’t …

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eXperior 1911 AIWB Diagnostics

Playing with a single stack 1911. Wanted to see how it goes drawing, shooting and reloading in my EDC format.  The eXperior seems very nice. Runs good so far. And presents well. Can’t say anything definitive yet, but it’s making a good first impression.  As for the AIWB? I always need to ensure I clear my cover garment. It’s always …

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Remington Rolling Block Pistol.

This is a Model 1891 Target Pistol. Although they were made in several calibers, these particular examples are chambered in .22 RF. It has a 10.5 inch, octagon barrel.  The production run on the .22 target model was very low at around 100. And these are pretty rare today. They were not a very popular pistol in the days of …

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Wilson eXperior First Shots

So…after the astounding success of the Wilson EDC X9L pistol, I was curious if a single-stack version of the gun was available? It was not. Seems Wilson limits the EDC9 guns to 4” which I have ZERO interest in. But they did offer an alternative. The eXperior 9mm 1911.  So what is this gun? It’s a single stack 1911 with …

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Walther P38

Per viewer request, we have pulled the Walther P38 out of The Armory and put some rounds through it.  This is a post WWII example, with 6 mags, and a holster. We paid very little for it since it’s not something the typical P38 collector considers desirable.  If you are interested in shooting firearms from WWII, consider purchasing something that …