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Armory Chat 45 – C96 / Red 9 Mauser

We’ve been in the market for a shooter grade C96 for a while. But what made the quest even harder was we wanted it chambered in…you guessed it…9×19. Which is where the, “Red 9” moniker comes into play.  In summary: Used C96. Made by Mauser in Germany. Exported to China. At some point imported or brought into the US. It …

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Glock 45 vs HK VP9 Trash Talk

“Officer Mike” and I were at the range testing out the falling plate rack.  What started off as spall and bullet deflection testing, slowly turned the gun range equivalent of a Mono A Mono, WWE grudge match!  It doesn’t all have to be about work. Sometimes we can get stuff done and…have some fun!    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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Norinco 213 First Shots

Officer Mike and I took some time off to goof off a little bit. This Norinco 213 came into The Armory a few months ago and had yet to be function tested.  Of course the first round FTE’d causing a double feed. But once it got a few rounds through it, things settled down. Probably hasn’t been first in 40 …

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Colt M16A2 – Work Gun Function Test

M16A2 Government Lower Aero upper Brownells Ultra-lite BCG Faxon barrel 10.5”  Geissele Super Select Fire Trigger Geissele charging handle SLR Rifle Works adjustable gas glock.    Sincerely,  Officer Mike www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Gucci Ammo

Officer Mike: “You wanna see some Gucci ammo?” Marky: Not knowing what that means, “Uhhh…sure?” Officer Mike: “I got a bunch of this with a knife and suppressor. Sold the knife and it paid for both the suppressor and the ammo.” Marky: “What in the hell is that? Chrome? No wait! That’s black nickel! What in the hell!?” Officer Mike: …

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Never Waste a Miss

I get a lot of e-mails.  How to do this? How to do that? And sometimes when I dig down into the basis of the question, I am shocked to discover some crazy mistake, screw-up, or mis-learned habit or thing.  So if you are someone who always gets a scope zeroed, you can skip this video. And while we are …

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KA-BAR Training Knife

The black knife is my daily carry knife. I have carried this or a boot version since sometime in the early 2000’s.  The red knife is a factory “trainer” of the black knife. They are hard to come by since they didn’t sell well. An old colleague let me know he found a few and wanted to make sure some …

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Falling Plate Rack Installed

Yesterday, Freeze assembled our new falling plate rack. Personally, it’s one of my favorite pistol shooting drills.  I haven’t had daily access to a rack since the Summer of 2012. It’s been a long time coming.  And thanks to Freeze for the extra help that day.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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When The Wind Doesn’t Blow

We are still trying to get used to the particulars of the new rifle range. And one of the most interesting aspects is it’s unique wind characteristics.  The rifle range sits very high relative to most of the area. As such, we don’t get a lot of protection from the west to east winds that tend to cross the country. …

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Franchi Law -12 Disassembly

This video is as much for us as it is for external use. I won’t admit how much time I have in figuring out how to take this gun apart, and then completely reassembling it. I just know two years from now, when this gun needs to be cleaned again; I don’t wanna have to re-learn it. So here it …

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Is My Lite Trigger Drop-Safe? 

Last week there was a big dust up in PRS circles over super light triggers and negligent discharges. Without getting too deep in the woods on PRS, it made me wonder? Is my trigger drop safe? Or maybe more appropriately bump safe? There is a bump-stock joke writing itself in the previous sentence. But I digress.  So after researching what …

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Vortex Scope Cut-Away

Saw this at the Vortex booth during the 2019 NRA show. And I have to tell you, it was amazing! Scott Terhall spent about 20 minutes going over the particulars of their scope construction and assembly processes with myself and our PhD Engineer.  At some point during the conversation, I’m lost! So they went down the rabbit hole as engineers …

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Suppressor Demo Day

Officer Mike stopped out at the range last week to demonstrate some suppressors. In particularly suppressors we could use for depredation hunting.  Here is the short version: The 22 rimfire suppressors were WAY more impressive than I expected.  The 9mm AR “Pistol” suppressor was way better than I expected.  And 300 Blackout revealed another limitation that confirms it’s just not …

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What is Wolf Gold Ammo?

We bought some 55g Wolf Gold ammo for some of our tac rifles. But it got me thinking: Does “Gold” mean match? Since I fire Wolf 55g steel in this gun, why not put the Gold to test and find out? The answer: It’s 55g military ball ammo. It’s not trash ammo. But it definitely is bulk ammo.  Sure, I …

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LAW-12 Shotgun Buffer Check

Knocking this one off the to-do list. We took in a LAW-12 a while back. But it can’t be officially put into the firing reference collection until we confirm the parts are in working order.  The first thing to check on an SPAS / LAW semi-auto type of shotgun is the receiver buffer. Over decades they tend to deteriorate and …