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SHS 44 – K31 w/Diopter Sights

So on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking a pretty neat rifle. A Swiss K31. But unlike the pallets and pallets of K31’s that have come into the US the last few years, this one was brought into the US privately. Before 1968. So it doesn’t have a import mark on it.  But there is more. …

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SHS-43: Winchester 88 caliber 308

On this episode we are looking at the Winchester 88 that I would want to buy: 308. A caliber we already support. Here are the stats: Make: Winchester Model: 88 Date of manufacture: 1955 – first year of production. Optic: Tasco Pronghorn  Iron sights w:bead.  1 magazine. Capacity 3+1 Caliber: 308. Sling swivels. Butt Plate and pistol cap in very …

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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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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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Why I Don’t Like Bobtailed 1911s

This isn’t a decision I came to lightly. Or very quickly. It took me a few years and lots of shooting experience with a timer to figure this out.   I’ve verified it visually and objectively on the clock.  Your individual experience may vary.  But when given the choice, I will take a full-size 1911 grip over anything that’s been …

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Red 9 Stripper Clips Arrive

C96 – Red 9 stripper clips are in….Errr…well only 1! But What the heck! 😎🤪😬 #c96mauser #broomhandlemauser #mauser #wwi #pistol #gunsofinstagram   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser 

Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser  User question: What are the differences between the Ross straight pull and the Blaser straight pulls?  In short? Everything. Besides both being straight pull rifles, they share almost no mechanical technology or heritage.  See video for my complete explanation.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Armory Chat 45 – C96 / Red 9 Mauser

We’ve been in the market for a shooter grade C96 for a while. But what made the quest even harder was we wanted it chambered in…you guessed it…9×19. Which is where the, “Red 9” moniker comes into play.  In summary: Used C96. Made by Mauser in Germany. Exported to China. At some point imported or brought into the US. It …

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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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Norinco 213 First Shots

Officer Mike and I took some time off to goof off a little bit. This Norinco 213 came into The Armory a few months ago and had yet to be function tested.  Of course the first round FTE’d causing a double feed. But once it got a few rounds through it, things settled down. Probably hasn’t been first in 40 …

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Colt M16A2 – Work Gun Function Test

M16A2 Government Lower Aero upper Brownells Ultra-lite BCG Faxon barrel 10.5”  Geissele Super Select Fire Trigger Geissele charging handle SLR Rifle Works adjustable gas glock.    Sincerely,  Officer Mike www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Gucci Ammo

Officer Mike: “You wanna see some Gucci ammo?” Marky: Not knowing what that means, “Uhhh…sure?” Officer Mike: “I got a bunch of this with a knife and suppressor. Sold the knife and it paid for both the suppressor and the ammo.” Marky: “What in the hell is that? Chrome? No wait! That’s black nickel! What in the hell!?” Officer Mike: …

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Never Waste a Miss

I get a lot of e-mails.  How to do this? How to do that? And sometimes when I dig down into the basis of the question, I am shocked to discover some crazy mistake, screw-up, or mis-learned habit or thing.  So if you are someone who always gets a scope zeroed, you can skip this video. And while we are …

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KA-BAR Training Knife

The black knife is my daily carry knife. I have carried this or a boot version since sometime in the early 2000’s.  The red knife is a factory “trainer” of the black knife. They are hard to come by since they didn’t sell well. An old colleague let me know he found a few and wanted to make sure some …

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Falling Plate Rack Installed

Yesterday, Freeze assembled our new falling plate rack. Personally, it’s one of my favorite pistol shooting drills.  I haven’t had daily access to a rack since the Summer of 2012. It’s been a long time coming.  And thanks to Freeze for the extra help that day.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”