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Internal vs External Extractors on 1911s

While setting up the reset rope on our new falling plate rack, I address my personal feelings about the internal vs external 1911 debate.  I can’t promise I will be able to address e-mail question with a video, but I do promise at the very least; you will get a response from me.  If you do not, then mostly likely …

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HK 20 Round Magazine Dry Practice

So in between live-fire exercises, I took a few minutes to familiarize myself with the 20 round, factory, HK, VP9 magazine. You’d think it wouldn’t be that big of a transition. And it’s not. But it defiantly isn’t the same (for me anyway) as grabbing and stuffing a 15 round mag into the pistol.  While this isn’t cool, or sexy …

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The Old Man And The Fortee

One thing about Doc and handguns is he always shoots the same gun. The Smith & Wesson M&P in 40 S&W. I don’t know exactly when he went to 40, but it’s fair to assume it happened when 40 was, “The Thing” in law enforcement.  Time marches on. The 40 has fallen. And the 9 has risen. But why should …

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SCAR-20 155g Bullet Test

So Doc is finishing up his load testing with his new SCAR-20s. And the results with the 155g loads were eye opening.  I know FN gave the SCAR a slow twist rate, but this test seem to confirm it does like the lighter bullets very, very much.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Background Checks on What?

How to solve America’s gun problem. Re-institute the nationwide, involuntary, community control, mental health system.  Bring back mental health adjudication in the courts. And build mental health hospitals to administer or  house these people. Stop letting obviously crazy people walk the streets. Or live under bridges. Or sleep in parks. Or continually be the subjects of the same 911 calls …

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SCAR-20s 518 Yards Load Testing

“Doc” and I were out on the range testing some of his hand loads. Here he is shooting some 175g TMK’s in his SCAR-20s.  One of the general concerns that has been floating around our circles for a bit, is the twist rate on Doc’s SCAR-20. You see, European gun makers tend to go with slower twists for lighter bullets.  …

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Hans Shot Ze Timer

Freeze and I were just getting some plate rack time in and I noticed a never before seen issue. The PACT timer gave a false reading.  Maybe it was the “report” of the plate falling that set it off? Or maybe Hans got some glass in the PACT? Whatever it is, we will have to watch it closely. Does the …

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SHS-54: Smith & Wesson Model 41

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a legendary target gun. The Smith & Wesson Model 41. IMO what  greatly contributes to the accuracy of this pistol is the fixed barrel and “upper”. You will notice the sights are also mounted to that fixed structure.  Now on to this example. The previous owner was a …

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Walker’s In-Ear Pro Initial Test

For years I have put off getting some in-ear electronic plugs. Mostly because it was a “nice to have”, but my current ear-pro muffs are pretty good.  But…I saw some for sale on-line and thought it was time. My justification for these? Frankly it was price. They were the most expensive and…I had heard of the brand. Is that a …

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SHS 53: Colt Trooper MK III Unfired

What we have here is a pretty unique gun. For two reasons. The first being it originates from a time when the go-to handgun for Law Enforcement Officers was a 6 shot revolver. The second reason is this example is NIB, unfired with all the corresponding box and paperwork that an avid revolver collector might desire.  The specs: Make: Colt …

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Is Your Rocket Launcher Legal to Own?

This video is the product of a series of questions one reader was asking. He was attending gun shows and expressed an interest in buying some bazooka tubes as wall hangers. But his fear was inadvertently buying something that is a controlled or restricted item.  While rare, it is certainly possible somebody could try to sell you something illegal. As …

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SHS-52: Swiss 1906/24 Luger 

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase (SHS), we are looking at a rare gun. A Swiss Luger Model 1906/24 brought into the United States before the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA).  For the layman, that means no ugly import markings.  Also included with this pistol is a copy of the book, “Parabellum: A Technical History of Swiss Lugers” …

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SHS-51: Winchester 1894 30-30

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a Pre-64 Winchester Lever Gun. Since this gun is located in Ohio, I suspect that is why it is in such great condition. This is because 30-30 is not a legal deer caliber in the Buckeye State.  Go figure.  But this state’s loss could be your gain! A …

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S&W 5906 Musings 

Freeze and I were playing with a LEO trade-in 5906. Obviously we need to work in that DA/SA transition. But that would come with time. The biggest kick I can give to this gun are the sharp control surfaces.  It’s not like it would rub your hands raw and blister over and extended period? I suspect it would straight up …

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SHS 50: S&W 629-1

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase (SHS), we are looking at the stainless steel version of the Dirty Harry 44 Magnum. “The most powerful handgun on earth that will take your head clean off”.  😉 Well…something like that. No accounting for Hollywood’s behavior, right? So let’s get down to the stats: Make: Smith & Wesson. Model: 629-1.  Action: …