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Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol Conversion

In 1836 Robert Johnson of Middletown Connecticut was contracted to make 3000 Pistols for the US Government. They were ordered to replace the then in use Model 1826 pistol. The contract cost of these were $9.00 each.  Typical of the US government at the time; and even now, they did not purchase cutting edge technology. The M1836 was a .54 …

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Barricade Shooting: Don’t Just Shoot Prone

Just trying to get a little practice in on the barricade. Getting used to the new chassis and suppressor. Rifle: Blaser. Caliber: 243 Chassis: GRS Ragnarok.  Ammo: Federal 243 Soft Point. Suppressor: Silencerco Harvester. Glass: Steiner. Barricade: VTAC.   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Up For Down – Down For Up

Playing with a fully adjustable stock. The general rule is to raise the butt for prone. And lower the butt for standing.  So let’s see how this goes? I do know that getting a better bipod for this configuration is a must. Something further out on the hand guard AND quick detachable.  Rifle – Blaser R8 Caliber – 243. Barrel …

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GRS Ragnarok Overview of Features

  Ok. We have had some time with and behind the GRS Ragnarok chassis and are really impressed. This system is a major upgrade for the Blaser R8 and R93 system of rifles. Especially if you are more interested in the tactical and precision styles of shooting.  Since the chassis is so feature rich, it just made more sense to …

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GRS Ragnarok Rides in a Hog Saddle

Being a Blaser guy used to mean always being behind the curve when it comes to all the cool kid gear. So much so I have a confession: Never have I ever fired a rifle from a standing tripod, or used one of these Hog Saddle type mounts.  Now that the GRS Ragnarok chassis comes with Hog Saddle cuts, I …

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This Pump Pillow is a Thing

So…a few weeks back, I had decided to up my rear bag game. For a decade, I have essentially used only the same one. But where to start? Obviously, “Officer Mike” of course! Not only is he a SWAT sniper, but he is always on the cutting edge of shooting gear. If he doesn’t own it? He knows about it.  …

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GRS Ragnarok Chassis Install

This is a step-by-step process on how to install a Blaser R8 receiver block into a GRS Ragnarok chassis.  The only special tool you will need is a torque wrench.  Special notes: Torque settings: 5.5-6 n/m = 53.10 inch pounds. Use GRS supplied washers to ensure your front action screw is sitting flush with receiver block. If you do not? …

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Man Plays With Cans

Get your mind out of the gutter! This is a first shots video with the new Silencerco Harvester 30 suppressor.  The good news is no baffles were struck. No guns were blown up. Sound was suppressed. But I only hit the target 4 out of 5 times. Looks like I need to up my position-shooting game.  Oh! For those Blaser …

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GRS Ragnarok Blaser R8 Chassis

After months of waiting we finally have the much anticipated GRS Ragnarok chassis system in our hands.  This system with its folding stock and customizable features; including 1913 rail and MLOK, enables the user to convert any Blaser hunting rifle into a full target, tactical set up.  Lights, lasers, night vision, Bi-pods, saddle mounts, etc. Wether you are setting up …

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Suppressor – Getting That First Tax Stamp

I have been around guns most of my life. Additionally I have been in the industry for quite a long time. Hell! Being around NFA items is an almost daily occurrence.  But not until today have I ever gone through the NFA process personally.  This is a SilencerCo Harvester 30. And the wait was 10 months. Have to admit, the …

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Hostage Rescue at Ice Station Zebra

Doc and I were at the Uber-private, cool-kid, LEO-only range recently. It’s a range I have heard about for at least 15 years, but had never accepted an invite to attend. Until today.  Once the SWAT Snipers were done shooting, Doc and I took some time to do some testing on targets that were just assembled an hour prior. They …

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Internal vs External Extractors on 1911s

While setting up the reset rope on our new falling plate rack, I address my personal feelings about the internal vs external 1911 debate.  I can’t promise I will be able to address e-mail question with a video, but I do promise at the very least; you will get a response from me.  If you do not, then mostly likely …

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HK 20 Round Magazine Dry Practice

So in between live-fire exercises, I took a few minutes to familiarize myself with the 20 round, factory, HK, VP9 magazine. You’d think it wouldn’t be that big of a transition. And it’s not. But it defiantly isn’t the same (for me anyway) as grabbing and stuffing a 15 round mag into the pistol.  While this isn’t cool, or sexy …

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The Old Man And The Fortee

One thing about Doc and handguns is he always shoots the same gun. The Smith & Wesson M&P in 40 S&W. I don’t know exactly when he went to 40, but it’s fair to assume it happened when 40 was, “The Thing” in law enforcement.  Time marches on. The 40 has fallen. And the 9 has risen. But why should …

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SCAR-20 155g Bullet Test

So Doc is finishing up his load testing with his new SCAR-20s. And the results with the 155g loads were eye opening.  I know FN gave the SCAR a slow twist rate, but this test seem to confirm it does like the lighter bullets very, very much.  Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”