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SHS 09: SIG Scorpion 1911

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a Sig Scorpion 1911.  I could go on and on about all the features offered on this pistol: mag well, GI Plug, Light Rail, cool guy color, Flat Trigger, G10 type grips,  Front and rear cocking serrations, external extractor, ambidextrous safety, night sights, Commander hammer, high beavertail, yada, …

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POTD — Bringing Out The Old Girl

Carried this gun for 12 years. It’s been to hell and back. Hell! I’ve even hit a few people with it. Refinished twice I think. Broke it out today to blow the dust off drawing from 3 o’clock. I rarely do that much these days. I was rusty and ugly. But ole faithful still delivered. 5” Ed Brown 1911. Blue …

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SHS 08: Dutch Maastricht-Beaumont Model 1871/88

What we have here is an old, military, black powder rifle manufactured in 1878.  The original model 1871 but was then later upgraded to the 1888 pattern. Making this a Model 1871/88. Caliber is 11.3x50r and appears to be numbers matching. At least to my untrained eye.  The action is buttery smooth and it appears to be in functioning order. …

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SHS 07: Spanish Oviedo 7.62 NATO Mauser

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase I am featuring a project gun. It appears functional but is missing a few parts and has some cracks. All of which help keep the price down for a possible project gun.  What we have here is a 1916 Spanish Oviedo small ring Mauser that has been re-barreled to 7.62 NATO.    …

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American Made RPG: The PSRL-1

Texas based AirTronicUSA is now making a RPG-7 variant called the PSRL1. PSRL stands for Precision-Shoulder Fired-Rocket-Launcher. In appropriation slang, it is called the RPG-7USA.  Currently we supply these weapons to the Government of Ukraine for use against the, “Little Green Men” in the east. I also suspect we supply these to other allied governments that use “non-standard” weapons. Non-standard …

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SHS 06: Kimber K6s Revolver

I’ve been keeping an eye out for one of these new Kimber revolvers. And I have to say, I am not disappointed. The build quality seems very, very high. Seriously, if you are an old school revolver guy, I dare say you will be quite pleased to fondle a K6.   This particular example is the K6s. The “s” meaning …

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Can I use my MILSURP Sniper in a Class?

This question came in recently. I suspect it was prompted by the decision to get Freeze into a modern bolt action rifle for use out to longer ranges.  The first question that needs to be asked when something like this comes up is, “What is YOUR definition of long range?”. I point this out since invariably you will see some …

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SHS 04: WWI 1911 Pistol

Up next in the Second Hand Showcase series is a WWI issued, Colt produced, M1911. Manufacture date is 1918. The finish appears original and has appropriate patina.  With the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering The Great War / WWI; there has been an uptick in interest in models from this era. What makes them somewhat uncommon is …

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5 Seconds is a Long Time

In the snow.  Draw concealed.  New cover garment.  5 second par time.  5-10-15-20-25-30 yards.  B/C zone IPSC target    Target note: we have this set at 35 degrees so it’s shorter on the vertical than a flat steel target.  https://sitargets.com/product/extreme-angle-rifle-pistol-target-t-post-mount/   IMO, this drill accomplishes quite a bit.  -Draw concealed. -Draw under time pressure. -Implementing Speed vs Accuracy -Distance Shooting  …

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SHS 03: Cobray M11

SHS 03: Cobray M11 In this episode of the second hand showcase we feature a gun that was almost mythological in the 1980s: the Cobray M11.  This gun is in the used showcase at a store in southern Ohio. While this type of firearm isn’t normally respected among the cool kids in the Firemans community; the fact is weapons like …

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Buffalo Bill Museum – My Greatest Regret

It’s been quite some time since I took this video. Near the entrance of the firearms museum were a couple of “shoot-em-up” games.  At the time, my visit was “way too serious” for such child’s play. But every time I look at pics from the trip, I longingly wish I had that decision to make again. Only different.  My advice …

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Testing a New Cover Garment…Dry

It’s not high-speed low drag, but successfully drawing a pistol, from concealment, not shooting your self, and getting a first shot hit on the target; is THE skill a civilian should master.  Any change, no matter how small, should be tested and evaluated.  Here I have a new cover garment and am working out the kinks. Starts off ugly then …

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Close Range Steel Testing: 308 Caliber.

So Freeze and I needed to test the High-Angled Target with something closer to worst case scenario: 308 / 7.62 NATO at 80 and then 50 yards.  Freeze used his new Howa 1500 and I used a military surplus Israeli Mauser. The target did well.    Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 02: American Eagle Luger 

Up next in the Second Hand Showcase series is something a little more pedestrian: An American Eagle Commercial Luger.  Model of 1900. Grip Safety. Early scalloped toggles. Chambered in 30 Luger. American Eagle crest prominently displayed on top.  A unique piece of pre-WWI Firearms history. If you wish to contact this FFL about this pistol, click here: john1911.com/second-hand-showcase-inquiry/   Marky …

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SHS 01: US Army Trials Luger

This is the first in a series of videos we will do featuring actual firearms we find forsale at various mom-and-pop FFL dealers. Because while all the big retail stores have the same SKU’s and product items; it’s the local small time dealers who can wheel and deal on used and collectible firearms.  Up first: A honest to goodness US …