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New York State Contract Rifle

Remington made over 1 million Rolling Block rifles for domestic and foreign use in a number of calibers.  This particular rifle was contracted by the state of New York. In 1870 the governor of NY ordered 15,000 rifles for the state militia. These are chambered in 50-70 and were marked on the hammer spur and breach face with a checkered …

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Tailgate Lubing a 1911

Everyone understands a traditional 1911 takes a little more maintenance and upkeep to keep in running shape. Especially when compared to modern striker guns. So instead of trying to type all of this out, it is just easier to demonstrate it in a video.  How I keep 1911s running in high round count training cycles. Aka, “Tailgate lubing”.  Here is …

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Thoughts on SIG P210

Took these shots on Halloween. Officer Mike had already test fired the pistol off camera. But while I have your attention during a “first shots” video, let me share my thinking about this gun.  The SIG P210 is considered an iconic handgun. Especially in the history of military service pistols. Some claim it’s the greatest, most accurate service pistol in …

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Model 1816 Harpers Ferry Musket.

This particular musket is a contract example made by L. Pomeroy in 1829. Pomeroy made approximately 21,000 guns for the US Military between 1818 and 1836. It is chambered in the standard .69 caliber and was used in every engagement of the early to mid 1800’s: Seminole War, Blackhawk War (Abe Lincoln saw service here), the Texas war for independence …

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Target Transitions – Geissele SD-3G Trigger

Freeze and I were out putting in some work. Nothing spectacular by social media standards. But we wanted to get a feel for the Geissele SD-3G trigger with 4.5lb spring.  So what better way to shakedown a trigger, and the user’s chance of having an ND, than shooting target transitions!  3-Targets. Left. Right. Then center steel as a stop plate.  …

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Wilson eXperior – Holes-in-Holes Drill

Got dayum! This gun shoots. Holes-in-Holes drill. 3 yards. 5 shots. Standing 2-handed. 115g mixed case head remanufactured ammo. This Wilson eXperior, single stack, 5”, steel, 9mm 1911 is probably the nicest handgun I have ever, ever shot in the practical world. This gun came to us with me thinking we’d have it 2-weeks tops. Why? I didn’t believe a …

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Blackhawk T-Series & EDC X9L

So…Officer Mike stopped by and checked if the new Blackhawk 2011 Holster (T-Series) would accept my Wilson EDC X9L? It appears it might.  The hangup, literally, is the Trijicon SRO. Specifically how far forward the objective rides on the gun. Our working theory is to remove some material from the RDS cover section and the gun should lock in place.  …

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Steel 9mm 1911 Recoil

Some of you have seen my recent MEMEs calling for all 1911s to be in 9mm. And while I understand that is a very provocative idea amongst the traditional 1911 crowd, I really think it has some merit.  Hear me out.  Everybody should have a 45 1911. Let’s assume we all do.  9mm single-stack 1911s are a large percentage firepower …

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Dropping Guns

It’s been a while since I actually dropped a gun. Or been dropped / fallen / fistfight in a stairwell. It happens. This instance happened while doing sprint exercises.  I figured it was a good time to talk about it. Legit gun wear. And real world perceptions of gun finishes vs online stupid, enthusiast’s collector standards.  Look at the finish …

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Fat Boi

It’s starting to get cold and I need to get used to drawing from sweatshirts. Fortunately I carry the same gun all year round. So I have that going for me.  #fatboi   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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The Remington Rider Revolver

Full name: The Remington-Rider New Model Double Action Belt Pistol. Remington made this pistol between 1863 and 1873. In that 10 year run 3000 to 5000 pistols were made. Those numbers may vary as the records are not fully available.  These guns had a 6.5 inch barrel, and were offered in .36 caliber percussion. Or they had a conversion cylinder …

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eXperior Trigger Control

The trigger on the Wilson eXperior is much “crispier” than on the EDC X9L. It’s been about a decade since I ran such a trigger seriously for CCW. But it’s kinda like riding a bike. This single stack would make a good backup to the X9L main carry gun. 😇 @wilsoncombat #1911 #shootingsteel #wilsoncombat #experior1911 #9mm1911 #singlestacklife #john1911 Sincerely,  Marky …

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SHS-65 Trapdoor Carbine

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at quite a rare and collectible gun. The carbine version of the 1873 Springfield Trapdoor. What’s even more impressive is the condition. That finish is factory original.  Make: Springfield Armory (The real one). Model: 1873 Trapdoor. Variant: Cavalry Carbine. Date of Manufacture: Best guess – 1879.  Caliber: 45-70.  Finish: …

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SHS-64: CZ SP-01 Tactical

SHS-64: CZ SP-01 Tactical What we have here is a fully tricked out CZ-75 known at the SP-01 Tactical. Pretty cool gun with every option minus the kitchen sink.  Make: CZ. Model: SP-01 Tactical. Caliber: 9mm / 9×19. Action: Semi-Auto – DA/SA. Safety: None. De-cocker.  Barrel: Threaded. Sights: Suppressor Height, Night sights. Magazine: 18+1 x2 Frame: Steel. Finish: FDE / …

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SHS-63: Smith & Wesson 610

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a gun I thought was something else. Being in Ohio, I assumed it was a now-retired hunting handgun since we have allowed 45-70 for deer.  No.  This is an old bowling-pin gun. The specs: Make: Smith & Wesson Model: 610 Caliber: 10mm cylinder: Un-fluted Action: Revolver Capacity: 6 …