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Cracks in Mauser Stock

A while back Marky picked up a Yugo Mauser at an estate auction. Any new firearm that comes into the armory get’s completely taken down to check for damage, repairs, or unexpected markings.  You can see complete pics of the rifle here: Yugo K98 Mauser I took these photos a while back and forgot to publish them. When looking for …

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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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Hands-on: Hudson H9 Pistol

So while traveling recently I had the opportunity to spot a Hudson H9 pistol for sale in a FFL’s gun case. With all of the hype, and some the drama, surrounding this pistol; I was excited to actually handle one. Considering I didn’t shoot it, you can take my observations with a grain of salt: It’s an all steel gun …

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This is Not Gun Abuse 

A lot of guys will say it’s abuse but the truth is, if you carry 24/7 your gear gets wear and tear. If you want a safe queen; don’t carry it. #realmenscratchthierguns.     Freeze  www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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M&P 2.0 Pistol FDE 40 Caliber

We’ve had a wave of new readers over these last few weeks so I feel compelled to repeat something our regulars know: We are not gear reviewers.  We don’t do T&E guns. We don’t chase new SKU’s from this year’s SHOT Show.  If a gun is in The Armory or comes through one of our ranges, we are liable to …

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Vang Comp Safety Mossberg 590

We haven’t been publishing much about the shotguns since we are in the middle of a big rifle rang build. But someone wanted to know if Vang’s Mossberg safety was worth the upgrade?  I believe it is. Especially if you are engaged in high-volume training.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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VP9 +2 Magazine Problems

Right up front,I should probably warn the viewer; if you don’t run a HK VP9 or P30 Pistol, this video is not for you.  The reason I issue a warning is this video is long and tedious. It doesn’t have a lot of action or bring a lot of entertainment value.  But…if you are someone who is looking to extend …

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SHS 07: Spanish Oviedo 7.62 NATO Mauser

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase I am featuring a project gun. It appears functional but is missing a few parts and has some cracks. All of which help keep the price down for a possible project gun.  What we have here is a 1916 Spanish Oviedo small ring Mauser that has been re-barreled to 7.62 NATO.    …

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VP9 Frames For Sale. How Does This Happen?

Since we run VP’s as daily CCW guns, staff is always on the lookout for VP9 products, parts, holsters, etc.  So when this popped up in an e-mail, I was left scratching my head. There seem to be some VP slides and frames for sale on the secondary market.  How does this happen?  My first thought is someone Kaboom’ed a …

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Update on the AR Pistol build. 

Today I received the LPK (Lower Parts Kit) that I ordered as well as a buffer tube assembly and a KAK Shockwave Blade arm brace. I splurged and added a “tactical” ambi sling plate since I do plan on using a sling. Next item on the list is a lower and a BCG.        Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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USSOCOM Takes a Big Step Towards 6.5 Creedmoor

I have watched this news closely. Word came out of Tampa (USSOCOM HQ) that after looking at various 6.5 sized rounds, they have decided to pursue the 6.5 Creedmoor for long term load development.  My last sentence is key. We are not discussing what things look like now. Tampa has looked at CM and decided there is more potential to …

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1911: Dropping Slide on a Empty Chamber

Is it bad to drop the slide on a empty 1911 chamber? No. Is it great for the 1911? No. Especially for a pistol with a crazy light competition trigger. I compare it to slamming the door on a Ferrari. Is it good for the car? No. But the door better not break from an occasional slamming shut either. On …

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Movie Prop Guns

When I saw the placard at the Cody Firearms Museum, I thought I would see a bunch of guns from such movies as, “Die Hard”, “Escape from New York” and “Kelly’s Hero’s”. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Turns out they were just some generic, dead rubber, examples of modern automatics. Really no different than the common, “Blue Gun” we …

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Armory Chat 38: Howa 1500 Kryptek Edition

Here’s the problem. Freeze doesn’t really have a modern, center fire rifle that he can knock around the range with. At least one that isn’t a MILSURP collectible. So while traveling, I ran across this used Howa 1500 rifle in 308. Cash out the door cost? $317. It comes with everything shown and is a solid platform for Freeze to …

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POTD – Vang Comp Porting

A few days ago, a reader asked if I would post images of the Vang Comp porting done to our Mossberg 590. So here you go! I don’t really know if the porting makes any difference to the shot pattern. Tight patterns are traditionally achieved by back-boring the shotgun. But when I sent the gun off to Vang for the …