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The Truth About Valmet Magazines

Here’s the deal with 223/5.56 caliber Valmet Magazines. You have two options: factory originals. Which are good to go and function just like standard Com-Bloc AK mags. And aftermarket MCP and LIQ modified HK33 Magazines. These magazines are complete dog crap. They don’t space in correctly to the AK magwell, which can induce a slight yaw. That condition then results …

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BCM Upper Testing

A few weeks ago we showed a photo of Officer Mike’s patrol rifle. I was so impressed with it’s lightweight and handiness, we decided to make a copy ourselves. BCM lightweight Keymod Upper. 14.5 pinned barrel. LMT lower. We’ll probably change out the stock to match his and change the safety. The one on this LMT sucks. Marky John1911.com “Shooting …

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Now That’s a Dirty Barrel

Previously we shared some testing I did with the 1905 Ross rifle. (CLICK HERE) Well, when I went to clean the barrel, this is what I saw: the bluest blue foam I have ever taken out of a barrel with GunSlick Foaming Bore Cleaner. This product goes in white. You let it sit for a time and then push it …

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Help With African Spear

This has been on my to-do list for a couple of years. A while back we came into possession of a spear head. Ok. Let me list what we think we know: African Spear Head. Seems hand made. Very thin. Almost too thin. But I don’t throw spears. We believe it is old. It is quite large. Well over 1 …

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POTD — 5 Gold Bricks AKA 223 Valmet Mags

Thought I would share something from the armory. Of all the AK’s in the US, it is generally believed that the “best” AK’s are Finnish Valmet AK’s. Personally I am not prepared to hang my hat on that assumption. I recognize they are well made. Especially when you look at them from a historical prospective. But I suspect many US …

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1905 Ross Rifle Function Test

It’s New Years weekend and the armory is slow. So it’s a perfect time to get something off my to-do list. Today I am function testing the US marked 1905 Ross Rifle. Caliber 303. When we initially purchased this gun, Freeze had to tear the weapon down and repair multiple cracks inside and out. He used a very strong epoxy …

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Gifts from Finland: Sourced a Valmet 5.56 Magazine

The M76 5.56 AK made by Valmet came with only a 15 round magazine. The 30’s are hard as hell to find. But thanks to a friend, we sourced a 40. You can’t tell by my sedate mood on the video, but inside I feel like doing the PeeWee Herman dance! Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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AR70 Magazine Fix

It’s been a while since I discussed the Beretta AR70 (AR-70 — AR/70 — AR70) rifle. It’s a pretty cool gun from a different time. All stamped metal and not too dissimilar from the SIG550. And just like the SIG, it takes it’s own proprietary rocker-lock magazines. When we acquired the rifle it came with one factory magazine that has …

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Replacing The Keeper Foam Wedge

Well it’s that time again. The need to replace the foam wedge on my Keeper AIWB holster. For those who don’t understand the mechanics of the wedge, it works as a lever to push the butt of your pistol inboard towards your body. However, that foam wedge is soft and pliable. So over time, it degrades and looses it’s shape. …

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Removing the SCAR Front Sight

The video below better explains the process for removing the factory SCAR front sight. The short version? Drive out the roll-pin on the right side nut. Unscrew the T25 screw holding that nut. Take a hammer and punch and drive out the sight from the gas-block dovetail. Left to right. Special note: There are some parts that fall out when …

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Officer Mike’s Light Weight AR

As shocking as this may sound to some of our readers, my experience with AR’s is somewhat limited. Sure. I have been around AR’s most of my adult life. But looking back, almost all of them were military variants spec’d out in standard ways. The only exceptions to those are a few personally owned rifles back in the 1990’s. Principally …

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Truck Gun RDS Replacement

Fate smiled on me this week. I needed a new RDS for the PTR-91 truck gun. And it just so happens we are in the Thanksgiving Christmas sale trend. So when I received word these Bushnell TRS-25 red dot optics were $50. I jumped on it. Are they good? Are they bad? Dunno. We’re not really gear reviewers. The Aimpoint …

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Blaser LRS2 – TAC2 Magazine Repair Update

Thanks to some research and help from our viewers, I have a quick and easy solution to solve the Blaser LRS – TAC magazine feed lip issue. It appears it is user induced. Either myself or the previous owner of the magazine depressed (read bent) a tab that is used to hold the lips in place. Luckily, the solution is …

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Cutting RDS off of Truck Gun

A few weeks ago I posted a quick video (CLICK LINK HERE) demonstrating that a dead parallax free scope tube can be used as a hasty ghost-ring sight. Or put another way, if your red-dot dies; the bullets will still go the center of the lens. Electronic dot or not. No, this isn’t ideal and not a substitute for having …

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Range Update: Steel Target on T-Post

We had an issue with one of the steel target designs I have selected for the new rifle range. Bottom line, the stand sold by the manufacturer isn’t really permanent enough or hill side friendly. The latter being a very big deal. When choosing our new range, the roll of the land was critical in keeping costs down. A series …