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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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Close Range Steel Safety Testing

So we are working on getting the upper range finished. And one thing that has been a nagging issue up there is steel that is safe to shoot at close ranges. Why is this a thing you ask? Well…we were always trained that shooting steel with 5.56 had to be at least 100 yards distant. 308 was 200 yards. Some …

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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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Club-K Container Missile System

Someone reached out and wanted to know if this system is real? The answer is yes. Not only is the container system real, but the missile system in question is deployed and quite advanced when compared to western systems. Before we all jump off the roof in a complete panic, consider the following: Just about every modern cruise, air defense …

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It Snowed on the Range Today

Washington and politics and the media are just too much some days. It’s at moments like this I appreciate the penultimate universal right of mankind: the freedom to be left alone… Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Surefire X-Series Truck Gun Problem

In testing for the new truck gun configuration, I discovered a previously unrecognized problem with the setup. Specifically…when stored in the bag, the tail-cap levers are getting actuated and draining the batteries. Quite the surprise. And upon further thought, I’m lucky to have discovered this in testing. It is not outside the realm of possibility that this could have started …

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Blaser LRS – CISM – UIT Magazines

An interesting development in the Blaser rifle world. A small custom shop known as Morlock Customs, out of California, is starting to make aftermarket products for the Blaser Tactical 2, LRS, LRS2, UIT and CISM line of rifles. Those who have been hurting for support from Germany will find his product line very interesting. His prices are on-par with Blaser …

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Drill – Colt SP1 – VTAC 1-5

This vid is really more of a test than something standalone. We are picking out a place on the farm where we can easily shoot shorter range drills in all weather conditions. Both rifle and pistol. Rifle: Colt SP1. 20” Barrel. GI trigger. 1970’s vintage. No forward assist. Drill: Viking Tactics (VTAC) 1-5. The setup for this drill seems to …

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The 5.56 FAL Argument

Right off the bat, I have to confess this video is more for my benefit than yours. Pretty consistently we receive drive-by comments about the 5.56 FAL that seem to be rooted in myth or Hollywood movies. So every time someone dumps on the 5.56 FAL, in lieu of recreating the argument from scratch, I’m going to link this video …

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Make it a Point to Shoot in Bad Weather

Today was scheduled to be a range day. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate. But unless there is lightning, our range is operational. My point? Don’t look at inclement weather as a barrier to training; but instead, an opportunity. SCAR-16s. Two weapon mounted light configurations (WML). All the while “seasoning” some new mags for the upgraded truck gun project. Ammo was …

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Ruger 10/22 Takedown Model

A team member got his first rifle this past Christmas. A Ruger 10/22 takedown model. What a great first rifle at any age. All the credit goes to his wife who bought it. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”  

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Trying To Start a Fire in The Rain

Was shooting the SCAR out in the pouring rain yesterday. Discovered something unexpected. More on that later. In the meantime, enjoy the light show. Ammo is 55g wolf steel cased. Here is a preview. SCAR-16 Truck gun project testing. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”  

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The Truth About Valmet Magazines

Here’s the deal with 223/5.56 caliber Valmet Magazines. You have two options: factory originals. Which are good to go and function just like standard Com-Bloc AK mags. And aftermarket MCP and LIQ modified HK33 Magazines. These magazines are complete dog crap. They don’t space in correctly to the AK magwell, which can induce a slight yaw. That condition then results …

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BCM Upper Testing

A few weeks ago we showed a photo of Officer Mike’s patrol rifle. I was so impressed with it’s lightweight and handiness, we decided to make a copy ourselves. BCM lightweight Keymod Upper. 14.5 pinned barrel. LMT lower. We’ll probably change out the stock to match his and change the safety. The one on this LMT sucks. Marky John1911.com “Shooting …