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SHS 06: Kimber K6s Revolver

I’ve been keeping an eye out for one of these new Kimber revolvers. And I have to say, I am not disappointed. The build quality seems very, very high. Seriously, if you are an old school revolver guy, I dare say you will be quite pleased to fondle a K6.   This particular example is the K6s. The “s” meaning …

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Can I use my MILSURP Sniper in a Class?

This question came in recently. I suspect it was prompted by the decision to get Freeze into a modern bolt action rifle for use out to longer ranges.  The first question that needs to be asked when something like this comes up is, “What is YOUR definition of long range?”. I point this out since invariably you will see some …

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SHS 04: WWI 1911 Pistol

Up next in the Second Hand Showcase series is a WWI issued, Colt produced, M1911. Manufacture date is 1918. The finish appears original and has appropriate patina.  With the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering The Great War / WWI; there has been an uptick in interest in models from this era. What makes them somewhat uncommon is …

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5 Seconds is a Long Time

In the snow.  Draw concealed.  New cover garment.  5 second par time.  5-10-15-20-25-30 yards.  B/C zone IPSC target    Target note: we have this set at 35 degrees so it’s shorter on the vertical than a flat steel target.  https://sitargets.com/product/extreme-angle-rifle-pistol-target-t-post-mount/   IMO, this drill accomplishes quite a bit.  -Draw concealed. -Draw under time pressure. -Implementing Speed vs Accuracy -Distance Shooting  …

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SHS 03: Cobray M11

SHS 03: Cobray M11 In this episode of the second hand showcase we feature a gun that was almost mythological in the 1980s: the Cobray M11.  This gun is in the used showcase at a store in southern Ohio. While this type of firearm isn’t normally respected among the cool kids in the Firemans community; the fact is weapons like …

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Buffalo Bill Museum – My Greatest Regret

It’s been quite some time since I took this video. Near the entrance of the firearms museum were a couple of “shoot-em-up” games.  At the time, my visit was “way too serious” for such child’s play. But every time I look at pics from the trip, I longingly wish I had that decision to make again. Only different.  My advice …

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Testing a New Cover Garment…Dry

It’s not high-speed low drag, but successfully drawing a pistol, from concealment, not shooting your self, and getting a first shot hit on the target; is THE skill a civilian should master.  Any change, no matter how small, should be tested and evaluated.  Here I have a new cover garment and am working out the kinks. Starts off ugly then …

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Close Range Steel Testing: 308 Caliber.

So Freeze and I needed to test the High-Angled Target with something closer to worst case scenario: 308 / 7.62 NATO at 80 and then 50 yards.  Freeze used his new Howa 1500 and I used a military surplus Israeli Mauser. The target did well.    Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 02: American Eagle Luger 

Up next in the Second Hand Showcase series is something a little more pedestrian: An American Eagle Commercial Luger.  Model of 1900. Grip Safety. Early scalloped toggles. Chambered in 30 Luger. American Eagle crest prominently displayed on top.  A unique piece of pre-WWI Firearms history. If you wish to contact this FFL about this pistol, click here: john1911.com/second-hand-showcase-inquiry/   Marky …

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SHS 01: US Army Trials Luger

This is the first in a series of videos we will do featuring actual firearms we find forsale at various mom-and-pop FFL dealers. Because while all the big retail stores have the same SKU’s and product items; it’s the local small time dealers who can wheel and deal on used and collectible firearms.  Up first: A honest to goodness US …

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Glock 21SF Giveaway

We asked. You answered. Glock 21SF Threaded Barrel is the next giveaway gun. We are still implementing the giveaway signup process and will let everyone know when it is live. Follow us on Vimeo, visit our website, or signup for our mailing list when it goes live. Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Dragging Freeze into the 21st Century

So Freeze finally is shooting a modern rifle. I’m not saying he’s never shot a modern gun. But he did ask where the ram-rod went? Howa 1500 308 Kryptek Edition. Used. $317 OTD. And it shoots lights out with military ball ammo! Even an old MILSURP guy like Freeze can’t deny that level of awesomeness. Stay tuned. More to come. …

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Howa 1500 Function Check

Now that Freeze is getting this new rifle, we need to make sure it’s safe to shoot, accurate and in overall functioning order. It shot very, very well. The 5 shot group was shot seated. 4 into one pattern. Than I noticed how good it was and tried to keep in there, and pulled it. Purely psychological on my part. …

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1911: Dropping Slide on a Empty Chamber

Is it bad to drop the slide on a empty 1911 chamber? No. Is it great for the 1911? No. Especially for a pistol with a crazy light competition trigger. I compare it to slamming the door on a Ferrari. Is it good for the car? No. But the door better not break from an occasional slamming shut either. On …

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3-Position Safety Explained

Someone asked and that made me realize I can’t take it for granted everyone knows what I am talking about. To my mind, a 3-position safety is something associated with the original Mauser Rifles as a, “flag safety”. In order to clear optics, the modern Winchester Model 70 took the 3 position safety and made it function on the horizontal. …