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SHS-27: Excell Shotgun (Benelli clone)

So what we have here is very interesting shotgun. Especially for the price. In essence it is a clone of a very expensive Benelli semi automatic, tactical shotgun.  “So what?”, you ask.  Here’s the kicker. It’s significantly cheaper than a Benelli. As in a fraction of the price. Literally a fraction. Have your interest yet? The specs: 12 gauge,  semi …

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SHS-26: Second Chance Glock 22

So…how to even begin. It’s a Glock. Model 22. 40 caliber. Beyond that I’ll have to leave it up to the next owner.  Enjoy the video. I took some liberties. No harm, no foul. I imagine the market will dispose of this example accordingly.      If you wish to contact this FFL about this pistol, click here: john1911.com/second-hand-showcase-inquiry/   …

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CZ 452 – A Very Accurate Rifle

Sometimes the subject comes up, “What’s my favorite all around 22 rifle?” For me, it’s the CZ 452? It’s small and handy enough to teach kids on it. It’s light enough to hunt small game with. And it’s accurate enough to win any weekend grudge match.    Freeze John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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WWII 1911 Training Standards

With all the high speed, low drag training facilities and “Operator /Experts” out there. It’s good to take a step back in time and see where it all started.   Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Bernardelli P.ONE – P018 Takedown

How to Takedown and reassemble a Bernardelli P.One Pistol. And from what I can tell, a P018 pistol as well.  Points of interest. The slide-stop is the initial part that needs to be removed. Once you have the pin in the correct location to push it, it is still retained with some force. Much more than what American shooters are …

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SHS 25 – Winchester 12 Shotgun 

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, I have found what I think might be a good project gun. An old Winchester Model 12 hunting shotgun. Perhaps this might make a good project gun if we can get it for a good price? Specifically converting it to a riot-gun configuration. Translation: cut it to 18-20 inches.  Here are the …

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Mossberg 500 Hunting Setup

Our regulars know we are Mossberg fans. Some folks have key’ed in on the fact I’ve been hunting with one Mossberg or another for well over 30 years. So instead of answering the same questions over and over again via email, I thought it was time to set the record straight on video. Here are all my primary hunting shotguns. …

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SHS 24 – Ruger Redhawk 45 Colt / 45ACP

Every rule is made to be broken. And so it is with this Revolver. What we have here is a Ruger Redhawk chambered in both 45LC & 45ACP. The cylinder is recessed to accept moon clips for the ACP round.  Personally, and I know this is sacrilege, I have never been a huge fan of Ruger revolvers in general. Nothing …

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SHS 23- 1927 Tula Mosin-Nagant Rifle

We can’t feature second hand guns without eventually running across a Mosin-Nagant rifle. Why? Because they made about 37 million of them (37,000,000).  What particularly drew my attention to this example was the combination of Hex Receiver, bayonet, early date of production, and overall good condition. Although I am sure it was arsenal refinished at some point in it’s life …

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SHS 22 – Winchester 88 in Caliber 284

What we have here is a somewhat rare and desirable rifle. The Winchester Model 88 lever gun. Chambered in 284 Winchester. It is my understanding that it is the caliber that makes this variant uncommon, thus desirable.  My impressions? It is a very lightweight, quick handling, and fast cycling lever gun. I would think this thing is a beast during …

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Armory Chat 43 – Firearm’s Hidden Features 

Wanted to take a quick minute to encourage the viewer to always be curious about things you don’t know. And confident in the things you do know. If something legitimately seems “different”, take note of it. It might lead you down the path of discovery.  In today’s day and age where all firearms are functionally the same, it’s easy to …

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A Factory Squib: It Does Happen

One of the old man’s EDC guns is a Keltec 380. He pretty much carries it everyday all day long. Twice a year he shoots off the mag in the gun and reloads fresh ammo. He has been working his way thru a box of Aguila factory hollow points. The other day he goes to it and one the first …

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SHS 21: Bernardelli P.One

First off, let me inform the viewer that we have purchased this pistol before we were able to film a regular SHS episode. If we see another one out there, we will obviously let you know.  What we have here is a Bernardelli P.One Pistol. Caliber 9mm Steel frame and slide. DA/SA Action. Can be cocked and locked. Two 14/15rd …

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Trump is Right to Pressure NATO on its Spending

A big problem with President Trump is not his basic ideas, most of which are good, but the way he expresses them. So it is with NATO, only three of  whose members meet the 2% GDP spending target. That includes UK, Estonia, and Poland. Four more nations will meet that target next year, Next year the number will rise to …

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The Beretta PX4 Design Flaw

So we had a PX4 come into the armory as a police trade in. And the mere act of taking the pistol out of the box to confirm clear showed all we needed to see to explain why this design was destined to never be commercially successful. Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”