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HK P9S Police Surplus

Centerfire Systems was blowing out some foreign police surplus pistols. The HK P9S.  Don’t know much about these, but the price was too good to pass up. We would NEVER pay HK market prices for discontinued P9S rack-grade guns. Glad to see it worked. Now we’ll need to figure out how to take it down and clean it for long-term …

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EDC X9L First Shots

One needs to crawl before they walk. At least us mere mortals. So here I am literally shooting the X9L for the first time…on video.  Since I don’t have a lot of time with RDS equipped pistols, I am defaulting to irons. But…I have to admit something. Under extensive dry fire presentations, I am seeing my speeds increase with the …

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SHS 61: S&W 25-14

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a N-framed, Smith & Wesson revolver. Chambered in 45ACP. These were a limited run for Lew Horton distributing which is since gone out of business.  It is my understanding that 250 blued and 250 nickel examples were produced. Obviously this one is nickel.  Make: Smith & Wesson. Model: …

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Rock Island First Shots

Freeze picked up a used RIA 1911 just as the COVID-19 thing was beginning to take hold. Being deemed an essential worker, he has been busier than a one-armed paper hanger.  So per his request, I am putting the first shots through his gun.  Make: RIA Model: 1911 of some kind.  Caliber: 9mm. Finish: Parkerized.  Capacity: Single stack.  magazines: 3.  …

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Red Dots on a Plate Rack

Still playing with Officer Mike’s STI DVC-P 2011. As previously stated, this is the first time I have ever put any appreciable time behind a pistol mounted red dot.  By no means have I developed the skill to run one on a social gun. However…today was the first day I ever thought, “This thing is easy to shoot. I could …

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Suppressed 7.5×55

Where has the R8 been you ask? The answer is: I was having multiple barrels threaded for suppressors.  Having never shot a non-factory threaded barrel, I was somewhat worried about baffle strikes.  But my fears were for naught. The machine shop that did the work is run by a very accomplished rifle shooter. The 5/8 x 24 threading is perfect.  …

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3 Second Par Time

Blowing the dust off the VP9 and playing with a 3 second par time. And the video tells the tale: I need to work on one handed shooting in general. Throwing stuff left and right.  Ugh.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Ed Brown Extractor Testing

Ok. Have to check the logs, but there are somewhere around 1000 rounds through this gun. I have seen some indications the extractor wasn’t tuned and knew a 10-8 Test was in order.  The result: Basically this extractor has zero tension on it. But the good news is, by the time you watch this, I have already fixed it.    …

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STI DVC-P 10-8 Function Test

“Officer Mike”, has let us borrow this STI 2011 pistol. This is a double stack 9mm with a huge muzzle break on it.  Frankly, not sure what I think about this gun. But it’s growing on me. 9mm 1911s are already weakly sprung. One with a big muzzle break on it, even less so. With that in mind, working the …

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Ross MKII Bolt

Had a reader reach out asking some questions about his Ross MK II bolt. So this video is more directed at him personally.  But perhaps some of you MILSURP guys want a 5 minute gander at an honest to goodness Canadian made, Ross MKII that is marked as US Army Property?    Sincerely, Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Armory Chat 47: Nobody Cares About Your HP Ammo

This video was recorded during the morning of Sunday, March 15th. I had received MULTIPLE messages asking about HP ammo. At that time, being on the range, I was not even remotely aware that there was panic buying over the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Rather than type multiple responses via e-mail, I just setup the camera and recorded an Armory Chat on …

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That Was Ugly

Just shooting a modified head-shot standard since that is the target I had in the truck.  Frankly it could have gone better. Going to have to tighten it up.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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STI DVC-P Break-In

Officer Mike is letting me play with his STI DVC-P. He needs it broken in, and we are just the folks to do that!  Note: It’s his pistol, RDS, and X300 light. This configuration is how he gave it to us. Additionally, I believe this pistol needs 1000 rounds for break-in according to the manufacturer.  More to come.  Sincerely,    …

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Ed Brown Shooting Dots

Still trying to get back up to speed on running, shooting and driving 1911’s. Some good here. Some, “meh”.  Also…I will have another video on the, “extractor issue”.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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One-Reload-One 9mm 1911

Trying to shake down the Ed Brown 9mm AND get back up to speed on running a 1911 safety. So while this drill isn’t record setting by any stretch, it is putting in the work.  The target turned out to be a little farther than 5 yards. Closer to 7. But no big deal. Still got my hits on that …