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SHS 23- 1927 Tula Mosin-Nagant Rifle

We can’t feature second hand guns without eventually running across a Mosin-Nagant rifle. Why? Because they made about 37 million of them (37,000,000).  What particularly drew my attention to this example was the combination of Hex Receiver, bayonet, early date of production, and overall good condition. Although I am sure it was arsenal refinished at some point in it’s life …

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SHS 22 – Winchester 88 in Caliber 284

What we have here is a somewhat rare and desirable rifle. The Winchester Model 88 lever gun. Chambered in 284 Winchester. It is my understanding that it is the caliber that makes this variant uncommon, thus desirable.  My impressions? It is a very lightweight, quick handling, and fast cycling lever gun. I would think this thing is a beast during …

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Armory Chat 43 – Firearm’s Hidden Features 

Wanted to take a quick minute to encourage the viewer to always be curious about things you don’t know. And confident in the things you do know. If something legitimately seems “different”, take note of it. It might lead you down the path of discovery.  In today’s day and age where all firearms are functionally the same, it’s easy to …

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A Factory Squib: It Does Happen

One of the old man’s EDC guns is a Keltec 380. He pretty much carries it everyday all day long. Twice a year he shoots off the mag in the gun and reloads fresh ammo. He has been working his way thru a box of Aguila factory hollow points. The other day he goes to it and one the first …

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SHS 21: Bernardelli P.One

First off, let me inform the viewer that we have purchased this pistol before we were able to film a regular SHS episode. If we see another one out there, we will obviously let you know.  What we have here is a Bernardelli P.One Pistol. Caliber 9mm Steel frame and slide. DA/SA Action. Can be cocked and locked. Two 14/15rd …

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Trump is Right to Pressure NATO on its Spending

A big problem with President Trump is not his basic ideas, most of which are good, but the way he expresses them. So it is with NATO, only three of  whose members meet the 2% GDP spending target. That includes UK, Estonia, and Poland. Four more nations will meet that target next year, Next year the number will rise to …

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The Beretta PX4 Design Flaw

So we had a PX4 come into the armory as a police trade in. And the mere act of taking the pistol out of the box to confirm clear showed all we needed to see to explain why this design was destined to never be commercially successful. Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”  

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SHS 20: CZ-75 Compact

On this episode of the second hand showcase we have a design that’s fairly famous worldwide: this CZ pattern of handgun. This particular example is a compact model. Stats: 9mm / 9×19 Steel slide & frame. Traditional DA/SA action. Can be carried Cocked-&-Locked. Extended beaver tail for higher grip. 2-14 round mags. G10 Type grips   If you wish to …

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SHS 19: SIG P320 Compact Medium

I’ve been keeping my eye out for a used SigP320. Ideally I would prefer something with a full-sized frame so I’m going to pass on this example. But I know many of you would prefer a Glock 19 sized frame of handgun. This may be right up your alley. Stats: Carry sized gun. 9mm / 9×19 4 15 round mags …

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SHS 18 – Daewoo DP-51 Pistol

I found this today in my dealer’s case: A South Korean Daewoo DP-51 Pistol chambered in 9mm (9×19). It’s an interesting pistol with a few quirks. On its face, it appears to be very similar to the S&W 39/59 series of pistol. A DA/SA service pistol. But the quirk? This pistol after cocking the action is capable of having the …

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Time to Give Up The Progressive?

There is nothing wrong with progressive presses. Any problems with reloading are more often than not, “software issues”. Speaking of issues, This is the 3rd significant problem this shooter has had with progressive reloads in the past 24 months.  I can’t speak for him definitively, but I suspect he’s going to step back from the progressive setups. He’s a fine …

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Armory Chat 42 – Only one 338 Lapua Mag

Well…As we get closer to finishing the new rifle range, it’s almost impossible to not think about what rifles we will be able to shakedown on a regular basis.  A perfect example is the 338 Lapua Magnum Blaser Tactical 2. But…this reminds me I only have 1 magazine for that caliber.  Perhaps I better get on the ball and find …

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SHS 17: Beretta 92a1

  What we have here is a pistol I have kept an eye out for quite a few years. The upgraded M9 pistol known as the Beretta 92a1. This particular example: Factory 1913 light rail.  Wilson G10 grips.  It still retains it’s factory grips.  3 – 17 round factory magazines.  3-dot drift adjustable sights.  Caliber – 9×19  Action – Traditional …

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SHS 16: Sporterized Mauser BYF(43)

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at something that, while today is not popular, was very common from the 1940’s up until the late 1980’s: taking a very common military surplus rifle and using it as a donor rifle to sporterize.  These days, “Sporterize” is a loaded term. So perhaps we should replace it with …