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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 …

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SHS 15: 1822 St. Etienne Pistol

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have something that is almost 200 years old. And by my estimates, probably still safe to fire.  This pistol was manufactured at the St. Etienne (MAS) arsenal in 1822 as a flint-lock action.  In 1854 it was converted to percussion cap.  Is 68 caliber.  Has a custom flat-faced trigger (I couldn’t …

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Trying to Beat the Rain – Russian Sniper 

So…how do you spend time waiting for a bulldozer to show up for backstop work? Well for me, it’s getting stuff off my to do list. In this case I am zeroing a Russian Sniper and need to confirm with a group. Then…the rain started coming in. And as a general rule, we don’t like to swamp WWII reference collection …

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SHS 14: STI Trojan 9mm

On this episode of the 1911 I found something that I don’t normally see. A used race-gun that isn’t shot half-to-death.  It’s a single stack 1911 in 9mm, made by STI out of Texas. It seems very, very well made and hand assembled. Particularly the slide to frame fit. It’s so smooth, I liken it to gliding on greased whale …

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Range Building – Shipping Containers

So…the new range needs some storage and what better excuse to buy your own shipping container! So…we have been shopping.  I have learned a few things: Most containers are 8’6”.  A High Cube or HC is 9’6”. Which is handy.  The tops of shipping containers are not very sturdy.  So I anticipate building a platform on top of one.  Most …

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SHS 13: Colt Official Police 

What we have here is a somewhat large revolver chambered in 38SPL. I do not know the date of manufacture for this handgun, but Wikipedia states it was produced from 1908-1969. So at minimum it is almost 50 years old.  Since it doesn’t seem to have a turn-ring on the finish, I decided to not even dry-fire the action. So …

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SHS 12: E. Whitney Revolver 

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are featuring a very neat and historically significant black powder revolver. And while this 36 caliber Navy Model of handgun might not be significant in its own right; the name Eli Whitney certainly is!  The inventor of the Cotton Gin. A mechanical contraption that was used, in lieu of human labor, …

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Armory Chat 40: Winchester 24 Surprise 

You are never too old to learn new tricks. Right?  In our quest to acquire an affordable, double trigger firearm; I discovered a feature that was new to me.  It seems on this Winchester Model 24 SxS, when the shooter presses the lever to unlock the action, the safety is automatically reengaged.  Without a doubt many of you are familiar …

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Armory Chat 39: I Forgot We Had That!

So Freeze and I were talking today and the subject of 7.5 French came up. Before I could say anything, he started making plans to buy a MAS 36 Rifle. You know the reference collection is big when your partner forgets what we have!  We’ve had a MAS 36 for some time. And we’ve had a 49/56 as well.   …

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SHS 11 – Colt Army Special

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a revolver that was made by Colt in the hopes of getting a government contract: The Colt Army Special 38 Specs: Made in 1910 Chambered in 38 Colt. 6-Shot Square grip frame.  Rounded blade front sight.  Trench rear sight.  Firing pin integral with hammer.  Colt style cylinder latch. Colt bake-a-lite …

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Hayabusa Motorcycle 

Hayabusa Motorcycle  It’s not something we discuss much, but Freeze and I are both motorcycle guys.  He spent his youth riding Harley’s and I rode Honda’s. A CBR600 and then a 1500cc Valkyrie. One of our employees has been trying to get me back into the bullet-bike game. So today he was tempting me with his Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc sport …

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SHS 10: Last Ditch Arisaka Rifle

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we have a late war Arisaka Type 39 Rifle. Also known as a, “Last Ditch Rifle”. Mechanically the rifle is the same as early production examples. But it lacks a lot of finishing touches. Caliber 7.7x58mm  Model nomenclature: some explanation is due here. You will see these rifles commonly known as Type …