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Shooting, “Not a Red 9”

Somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek title. Freeze and I get the Red 9 out. This was the first time loading it with stripper clips on the range. Previously it was being hand loaded 2-3 rounds per iteration.  What I like about the gun is it’s iconic look. No other gun looks quite like a Broom-Handle Mauser. In the early days of …

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SHS-49: Swedish Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a rifle and caliber combination near and dear to my heart: An 1896 Swedish Mauser chambered in the fantastic 6.5×55 Swede.  What we call around here the “original 6.5 Creedmoor”. Which it really is.  The specs:  Make: Carl Gustaf. Model: 1896 Long Rifle.  Caliber: 6.5 Swede (6.5×55).  Date …

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Missed Opportunity

Did you ever have “the bag” loaded in the truck and never checked to see if it had a magazine included? Well…that seems to be the case with “Officer Mike’s” LWRC REPR.  It’s been in The Armory for a few weeks and it never occurred to me to check the bag for a mag. That is until I am trying …

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SHS48: Remington R1 Commander

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a used gun that is actually not very old. The Remington R1 Commander 1911. Now I am not saying this gun is anywhere near as nice as a full or semi-custom 1911.  But what I am saying is this gun is so spec’ed out very well. It’s got …

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SHS-47: Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 10

What we are looking at on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is an oldie but a goodie. A model 10 before there were Model 10’s. This gun is calling me. I once took a revolver class with a very, very similarly spec’d out gun (borrowed). And I dominated the field.  It was at that moment when I figured …

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Indiana State Police Qualification 

So Freeze and I needed to do a shakedown of The Pit. In particular we decided to shoot the Indiana State Police Handgun Qualification. This video is a little long, but hopefully you spot a new entertaining nuggets during your viewing.  Special note: When you shoot these types of drills, it is best to write an abbreviated outline of the parameters. Stage 1 …

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SHS46: Chinese SKS 

SHS46: Chinese SKS  On this episode we are looking at a gun that is no longer being imported into the United States.  It is a Chinese made SKS. This rifle appears to be in good shape mechanically and cosmetically.  The only “ding” I can find to give it is the non-matching stock number. But all the mechanical parts do match. …

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SHS-45: Russian SKS

SHS-45: Russian SKS On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at Russian SKS. But what caught my eye about this rifle were the things that were wrong with it.  My point being, there is room to negotiate on a rifle like this since it’s not 100% original and “correct”. Maybe you don’t see it? But if …

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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”