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Wilson’s True Zero RDS Mount

We have received some questions and inquiries about Wilson’s red dot mounting system: True Zero.  The True Zero RDS mount consists of cutting the slide for interchangeable plates. These plates correspond to different makes of pistol optics. They also have a rear fixed site that is drift-adjustable.  This system is offered as both a factory OEM option or aftermarket.  At …

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SCAR-20 Drama Queen

I wish I could say seeing the SCAR-20 get first round hits at range was a blasé thing. But frankly, the SCAR-20 has been quite the troublesome rifle.  Quite.  IMO, the biggest factor is the slow twist rate of the barrel. Something that many EU based rifle makers subscribe to. American shooters like heavy bullets for long range work.  The …

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GA Precision FBI HRT Rifle

So Officer Mike and Doc were back at the 600 yard shooting position testing it out. Not the rifles, but the grade.  Should I put a permanent bench there? Or maybe grade it flat? Perhaps leave the hill to more accurately simulate real world shooting positions?  Not sure. Still deciding. But during all this, I got a chance to see …

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Uncommon Remington Derringers

This video features a few not so common derringers that Remington Arms produced in the mid to late 1800’s.  Some may be familiar with these and some may not.  It was an unusual time in history and the “gentleman” needed a way to conceal a carry firearm. One that was capable of more than a single shot.  Something that isn’t …

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Remington M-95 & Saw Handled Derringers

The Remington 2 Shot derringer commonly known as the M-95 Derringer was originally called the Remington -Elliot Derringer. It was made between 1866 and 1935. They made approximately 150,000 in .41 caliber rimfire. They are widely reproduced today.  The Remington “Vest Pocket”, or commonly referred to as the “Saw Handled”, derringer were made between 1865 and 1888. With a production …

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M17 Pistol & Camera Test

Doc and I were out at the range getting some things done.  Nothing serious. Just for fun.  Lite range maintenance. Pistol practice. Shooting his new US Army M17 (P320). Testing a new camera.  These are some video outtakes from that testing.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Is This a 2011?

The Wilson EDC X9 series of guns, while being double-stack 1911’s, are NOT 2011s.  The gun is smaller than a 2011. The gun is designed differently than a 2011. The gun does not use 2011 magazines of any generation.    So no. If you have a 2011 and are looking to make the switch to the Wilson X-Fame guns? Your …

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Relearning Malfunctions

Switching to a red-dot on my CCW gun has brought up an interesting development I hadn’t considered: Malfunction clearance drills.  For going on 30 years I have performed pistol malfunction clearance drills in one of two ways: Slingshot from the rear of the slide. Or palm-over the rear of the side.  With a RDS, that brings up two issues as …

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The Hillbilly Drill

While on the range loading mags, I happened to notice an usual situation. At least unusual for “professional” gun ranges.  I was sitting on my truck. With all my gear. Loading mags and drinking water. Exactly 7 yards from a steel target.  Squared up too.  Which if you know anything about the famous Bill Drill? Matches its distance perfectly. Ear-pro, …

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Mundane RDS Work

Getting the hang of shooting a RDS on a pistol. The biggest change is training my mind to look where the dot is, above the gun, instead of through the irons. If you look where my eyes are relative to the irons, it might be apparent on video.  It’s going pretty well.  Make: Wilson  Model: X9L w/Rail. RDS: Trijicon SRO. …

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Retention Holster Work

The best way for me to get used to a retention holster is to practice using it while actually trying to do something else: Like work a gun for example. I don’t want to focus on beating retention. I want to focus on drawing and shooting. Big difference.  How is it going? Meh. I am having some issues with this …

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The Guns of Covid

During the initial COVID-19 shutdown, we noticed that the competition for collectable guns, at least at auction, has decreased.  So while we didn’t get any smoking deals, we were able to acquire some harder-to-buy-right guns over a very short period of time.  Also, we have tossed in a few modern guns that also have come into our possession during the, …

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VP9 17rd Magazines

HK has finally introduced 17rd magazines for their VP9 / P30 series of pistols. You can tell a 17rd mag by either the 17 witness holes on the back. Or the orange follower. Which personally I think is a nice touch.  I run a Taylor Freelance magwell on my VP, so these bases will need to be switched out for …

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EDC X9L Reloads

There is no excuse for not getting quality reps in. Don’t have a holster for that gun? Mag carrier doesn’t fit? No matter. You can still present the gun properly, get a good sight picture, good trigger press, and raw-dog the reload out of your jeans.  I got a lot out of this session with the Wilson Combat EDC X9L. …

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Boker – Sheepsfoot Blade

A little thank you from a unnamed-family for sorting through all the “barn-find” guns of their late grandfather. Figuring out makes, models and estimated value.  The gift: a Boker – Kalashnikov Sheepsfoot Auto-Knife.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”