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Ransom Rest Inserts

Through the years, we have slowly built a collection of Ransom Rest inserts. Each one is from a particular project.  Thought maybe some of you might like to see it. Many have heard of Ransom Rests, but most never get time with them. We actually have two.  That is a long story in itself.      Regards,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting …

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Schmeisser Mag

A while back I saw an article on a 60 round mag for the AR that was not the typical snail drum BS. I was interested in it for several reasons.  First off, it’s only 2 inches longer than a standard PMAG. The mag body is just slightly fatter than the standard AR receiver making it less bulky than a …

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EDC X9L Holsters & Mags

The Wilson Combat EDC line of handguns gives the user two magazine options. A flush-fit 15 rounder and an extended 18 rounder.  Both magazines work flawlessly with the EDC X9 and X9L. Whether the gun has an extended magazine well or not. You can attribute this to the rather unique shape of Wilson’s mag-well. Additionally I can assure you loading …

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Derringers Are Coming

Estate: “Hey, can you evaluate a couple derringers for us?” Freeze: “Sure. Send them over. How many you got?” Estate texts image of guns in question. Freeze: “Holy crap!”      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Getting The Hard A

A habit I got into many, many years ago was to document my range sessions or any shooting. The primary reason was to get accurate data for service and failures.  Suffer a parts breakage? Instead of guessing the round counts? Just pull the data.  But it gets better. Two unforeseen benefits of documenting rounds and sessions were:  One: My estimated …

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Painting Target Backer

Range setup lesson. Paint the pistol pit target backers black. I print A LOT of 8.5×11 targets. This helps with transitions and all that kind of thing. I call it, “That printer paper life”.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Rolex Takes a Dive

OK. Why am I writing about watches? The reality is guns, cars and watches tend to be very “guy heavy” interests. And some years ago, the subject of, “Wearing your Rolex While Shooting” was a popular topic.  We still get people checking in on the Rolex periodically. I’ve had it for, I think, 23 years and wear it everyday. That …

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Wilson X9L Arrives

As we stated on the last podcast, we have a Wilson Combat X9L in The Armory. Here are photos as it arrived at the FFL. Hence why I am wearing gloves and a mask. (COVID-19 pandemic for readers in the future) Why the X9L?  I am legitimately curious if a double stack 1911, chambered in 9mm, and designed to NOT …

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AP Rounds & Steel Targets

Editor’s note: Sometimes Officer Mike rolls onto the range like a stray cat who has been out all night. I don’t know where he’s been or what he’s been up to. And am usually left with more questions than answers. This is one of those times.  Officer Mike: “Hey. Do you want an old steel target?” Marky: “Sure!” OM: “It’ll …

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POTD – Bush-Hog Killer 

It’s time to start cutting the John1911 range. Which means bush-hog FOD walks. Look what I found today: Old barbed wire fence.  Yowza! And here’s the scary part. It was located just out of sight of most pistol videos. I found about 10 inches sticking out of the ground. And pulled this large section up and out!  Why didn’t you …

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Storm Damage

I have spent most of the last two weeks cutting up trees that have blocked trails on the backside of our range. It’s a lot of work. Primarily because some years ago our area was hit with the Emerald Ash Borer from Asia.  And that nasty little bug has killed just about every ash tree for hundreds of miles. Unfortunately …

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Suppressed 7.5×55

Where has the R8 been you ask? The answer is: I was having multiple barrels threaded for suppressors.  Having never shot a non-factory threaded barrel, I was somewhat worried about baffle strikes.  But my fears were for naught. The machine shop that did the work is run by a very accomplished rifle shooter. The 5/8 x 24 threading is perfect.  …

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Tuning Ed Brown Extractor

I kinda knew the Ed Brown was going to flame-out on the 10-8 performance function test. Because I have been shooting it for a few months and have see tell-tale signs of a weak extractor.  Now that I have confirmed it, let’s fix it. Which is one of he advantages of the old-1911 extractor design. It is very user serviceable.  …

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HK VP9 17rd Magazines

HK is now shipping 17 round mags direct to customers. They seem just as well made as the 15rd models. Other than the round count on the back, the only obvious difference is the bright red follower.  And for me, that’s an upgrade. I’m liking the “new” H&K.  Sincerely,      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”