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Is This a 2011?

The Wilson EDC X9 series of guns, while being double-stack 1911’s, are NOT 2011s.  The gun is smaller than a 2011. The gun is designed differently than a 2011. The gun does not use 2011 magazines of any generation.    So no. If you have a 2011 and are looking to make the switch to the Wilson X-Fame guns? Your …

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Armory Chat 46: Kinetic QD MLOK

Talking to Officer Mike about my GRS Ragnarok bipod woes, he suggested a solution I had never heard of: Kinetic QD MLOK.  Turns out I don’t need an expensive bipod to get the QD feature. I can snap the Kinetic rail into any MLOK slot and viola! Everything is rock solid.  Additionally, with the push of two buttons, the same …

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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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Armory Chat 44: Khyber Pass Rifle & War Rug

We have this new, but faked to look old, Khyber Pass Martini Henry Rifle. You can barely call it a gun as I’m sure it would grenade on any user who might attempt to fire it. Recently we ran across a unique Afghan War Rug that is the perfect size to pair with this rifle: 1’x3’. So…we have put them …

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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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Armory Chat 42 – Only one 338 Lapua Mag

Well…As we get closer to finishing the new rifle range, it’s almost impossible to not think about what rifles we will be able to shakedown on a regular basis.  A perfect example is the 338 Lapua Magnum Blaser Tactical 2. But…this reminds me I only have 1 magazine for that caliber.  Perhaps I better get on the ball and find …

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Armory Chat 40: Winchester 24 Surprise 

You are never too old to learn new tricks. Right?  In our quest to acquire an affordable, double trigger firearm; I discovered a feature that was new to me.  It seems on this Winchester Model 24 SxS, when the shooter presses the lever to unlock the action, the safety is automatically reengaged.  Without a doubt many of you are familiar …

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Armory Chat 39: I Forgot We Had That!

So Freeze and I were talking today and the subject of 7.5 French came up. Before I could say anything, he started making plans to buy a MAS 36 Rifle. You know the reference collection is big when your partner forgets what we have!  We’ve had a MAS 36 for some time. And we’ve had a 49/56 as well.   …

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Armory Chat 38: Howa 1500 Kryptek Edition

Here’s the problem. Freeze doesn’t really have a modern, center fire rifle that he can knock around the range with. At least one that isn’t a MILSURP collectible. So while traveling, I ran across this used Howa 1500 rifle in 308. Cash out the door cost? $317. It comes with everything shown and is a solid platform for Freeze to …

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Armory Chat 37: Gwinn Rifle Repair

Episode 37 of the Armory Chat series. This time, we discuss the problems and questions with the Bushmaster model of rifle manufactured by Gwinn Firearms. We think this rife was made in the 1980’s. Not out of any factual evidence, just the feeling and style this rifle exudes. Primary issue: the folding stock design from the factory is terrible. It …

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Armory Chat 36: Custom Martini-Henry in 45-70

This rifle was made in 1887 and was originally chambered in 577-450 in use by the British Army. Sometime in the future (we suspect the 1950’s) this was converted to 45-70 GOVERNMENT. Yes, this is actually how it was labeled on the barrel. Custom action rework. Custom barrel we suspect. Custom sights. Custom wood. Modified lever to accommodate the pistol …

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Armory Chat 35: Mail Time

It’s the holiday season and things are slow around here. So it’s time to open some mail! References to items discussed: Valmet M76 Rifle Beretta AR70   Book: Small Arms Firing Manual: 1913/17 Maj General Leonard Wood, US Army Book: Illustrated History of WWII: Miller Hi-Desert Dog SCAR Parts Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”     Contact us …

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Glock Holster Giveaway.

Urban Carry sent us some holsters to look at. And while we appreciate the sentiment, they are all Glock 19 (maybe 17) holsters. And while I understand Glock is the world’s most common handgun and every holster company makes them, they present three problems for us. We run VP9 pistols as daily carry guns. And irrespective of what the internet …

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Armory Chat 34: Valmet M76 Help

So…we have a Valmet M76 in the armory. Like everyone else in the Valmet game, we need mags. So if you have any to sell, we would be keen to talk to you about it. Also…this gun has some weird characteristics: it’s cherry but obviously been shot by the looks of the bolt face. It’s crazy Clean but the barrel …