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Field Expedient ECQC Knife

When I travel in non-permissive environments, always on the lookout for readily accessible makeshift weapons. Not being a high end knife guy, maybe I missed the obvious similarities to the item discussed. Do you agree? Or am I way off base? Either way, it’s still a viable expedient weapon.     Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Bushnell ConX 1-Mile LRF

Brownell’s was blowing out the ConX LRF. At $700, I was not a buyer. But at $299? I jumped on it. Looking for a new range, it was clear our current LRF wasn’t getting the job done. So far, I am impressed with the ranging in daylight. As for all the fancy bluetooth and ballistics stuff? Frankly, I didn’t even …

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Ross 1905 Bolt Install

We had to make this for our own reference collection and figured many of you would also benefit from the video. How to install, or actually reinstall, the bolt on a Ross 1905 straight-pull rifle. There is a little trick to it! Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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HK VP9 Wear Update

Someone wanted to see a video of the VP9 Wear instead of photos. So…here you go. I haven’t checked my record, but I “think” we are on 3 years of carry and use? Or damn near? But I could be wildly off on that estimate. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Submit your Questions

It’s become a travel tradition. Q&A time. Leave your questions below, in e-mail, Instagram or Facebook. Questions asked via private message and e-mail will be assumed to be anonymous unless otherwise noted.   Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Getting Ready for a Meeting

So…maybe I had to cobble together some Glock mag pouches to make this work? Who’s gonna know? Not the guys at security…. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Video — Full Speed – Slow Speed Video Test

Full Speed – Slow Speed video test. It is interesting to see your own hands under recoil to pick out every little nuance. Also we were testing how much resolution we would lose in editing. Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Armory Chat 30: Why I’m not a HK Fan-Boy

In short? I think HK is a poorly run company. Somebody brought up the HK 416 and 417. What did that take to hit the US commercial market? 10 years? Fair enough. What do you think the chances are HK will bring over the HK433? 10 years? Ever? Meanwhile everyone else saturates the market first. To paraphrase the President, “Sad”. …

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Re-Thinking the F-35

About 2 years ago, I had a conversation with a flag officer who was involved with the F-35 program. We discussed the negative reputation it has with the public. I have alluded to this conversation over the years and warned that the piling on hate over the F-35 has gone way off into insanity. What the flag told me, and …

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Video — One Handed Shooting HK VP9

I am a big proponent of one handed and weak hand shooting. Without getting into all the reasons, the next time you see video footage of a gunfight, notice how many people shoot one handed. Yes, an argument can be made that it is poor training. Half the time. But the other half of them might be due to your …

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Video — My Broken Firing Pin Face

Drive 4 hours to confirm dope out to 1000 yards and firing pin breaks on first shot. That look on my face when I know I’m done for the day. Still laughing about it! Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Armory Chat 28: Viewer Q&A

Episode 28 of the Armory Chat. Some of the viewer questions with some extra FB live questions tossed in at the end.   What do I think will happen with the M4 and 5.56? Will a new caliber be adopted? I know you prefer Blaser actions. But what do you think is better? Remington 700 or Winchester model 70? The …

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Unexpected Visitor — Black Bear

While confirming some dope on the way back down from 1000 yards, I had something happen that has never happened before. A 200 pound male Black Bear (Spotter said it was a bull. I have no idea) walked right into my field of view and in front of my 600 yard steel target. Truthfully, for about a millisecond I about …