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The Hillbilly Drill

While on the range loading mags, I happened to notice an usual situation. At least unusual for “professional” gun ranges.  I was sitting on my truck. With all my gear. Loading mags and drinking water. Exactly 7 yards from a steel target.  Squared up too.  Which if you know anything about the famous Bill Drill? Matches its distance perfectly. Ear-pro, …

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Mundane RDS Work

Getting the hang of shooting a RDS on a pistol. The biggest change is training my mind to look where the dot is, above the gun, instead of through the irons. If you look where my eyes are relative to the irons, it might be apparent on video.  It’s going pretty well.  Make: Wilson  Model: X9L w/Rail. RDS: Trijicon SRO. …

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Retention Holster Work

The best way for me to get used to a retention holster is to practice using it while actually trying to do something else: Like work a gun for example. I don’t want to focus on beating retention. I want to focus on drawing and shooting. Big difference.  How is it going? Meh. I am having some issues with this …

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The Guns of Covid

During the initial COVID-19 shutdown, we noticed that the competition for collectable guns, at least at auction, has decreased.  So while we didn’t get any smoking deals, we were able to acquire some harder-to-buy-right guns over a very short period of time.  Also, we have tossed in a few modern guns that also have come into our possession during the, …

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VP9 17rd Magazines

HK has finally introduced 17rd magazines for their VP9 / P30 series of pistols. You can tell a 17rd mag by either the 17 witness holes on the back. Or the orange follower. Which personally I think is a nice touch.  I run a Taylor Freelance magwell on my VP, so these bases will need to be switched out for …

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EDC X9L Reloads

There is no excuse for not getting quality reps in. Don’t have a holster for that gun? Mag carrier doesn’t fit? No matter. You can still present the gun properly, get a good sight picture, good trigger press, and raw-dog the reload out of your jeans.  I got a lot out of this session with the Wilson Combat EDC X9L. …

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Boker – Sheepsfoot Blade

A little thank you from a unnamed-family for sorting through all the “barn-find” guns of their late grandfather. Figuring out makes, models and estimated value.  The gift: a Boker – Kalashnikov Sheepsfoot Auto-Knife.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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HK P9S Police Surplus

Centerfire Systems was blowing out some foreign police surplus pistols. The HK P9S.  Don’t know much about these, but the price was too good to pass up. We would NEVER pay HK market prices for discontinued P9S rack-grade guns. Glad to see it worked. Now we’ll need to figure out how to take it down and clean it for long-term …

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EDC X9L First Shots

One needs to crawl before they walk. At least us mere mortals. So here I am literally shooting the X9L for the first time…on video.  Since I don’t have a lot of time with RDS equipped pistols, I am defaulting to irons. But…I have to admit something. Under extensive dry fire presentations, I am seeing my speeds increase with the …

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SHS 61: S&W 25-14

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a N-framed, Smith & Wesson revolver. Chambered in 45ACP. These were a limited run for Lew Horton distributing which is since gone out of business.  It is my understanding that 250 blued and 250 nickel examples were produced. Obviously this one is nickel.  Make: Smith & Wesson. Model: …

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Rock Island First Shots

Freeze picked up a used RIA 1911 just as the COVID-19 thing was beginning to take hold. Being deemed an essential worker, he has been busier than a one-armed paper hanger.  So per his request, I am putting the first shots through his gun.  Make: RIA Model: 1911 of some kind.  Caliber: 9mm. Finish: Parkerized.  Capacity: Single stack.  magazines: 3.  …

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Red Dots on a Plate Rack

Still playing with Officer Mike’s STI DVC-P 2011. As previously stated, this is the first time I have ever put any appreciable time behind a pistol mounted red dot.  By no means have I developed the skill to run one on a social gun. However…today was the first day I ever thought, “This thing is easy to shoot. I could …

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Suppressed 7.5×55

Where has the R8 been you ask? The answer is: I was having multiple barrels threaded for suppressors.  Having never shot a non-factory threaded barrel, I was somewhat worried about baffle strikes.  But my fears were for naught. The machine shop that did the work is run by a very accomplished rifle shooter. The 5/8 x 24 threading is perfect.  …

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3 Second Par Time

Blowing the dust off the VP9 and playing with a 3 second par time. And the video tells the tale: I need to work on one handed shooting in general. Throwing stuff left and right.  Ugh.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Ed Brown Extractor Testing

Ok. Have to check the logs, but there are somewhere around 1000 rounds through this gun. I have seen some indications the extractor wasn’t tuned and knew a 10-8 Test was in order.  The result: Basically this extractor has zero tension on it. But the good news is, by the time you watch this, I have already fixed it.    …