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Detail Strip EDC X9 & X9L

First of all, let me just say the quality of this video is not up to our normal standards. I was working late and decided at the last minute to pull out the camera phone and show the detail strip procedure for the EDC X9L pistol.  I would imagine this also applies to the EDC X9, The EDC X9S, and …

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SHOK-Buff Change – 4000 Rds

Taking care of some old business.  I changed the SHOK-Buff in the EDC X9L at 4000 rounds.  Here are some up-close pics of the buff should you be interested.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Vibration Kills

It’s not just the recoil.  It’s the carrying.  It’s the dry-firing.  It’s the daily 20 mile trip in the trunk.  It’s the expansion – contraction of hot-cold weather.  Use firearms even moderately seriously and you’ll be checking torque and screws on the regular. Why? Because the one time you don’t check? Damn thing will have walked!  Some dude named Murphy …

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Full Report — M17-M18 Safety Failures

There is a bulletin floating around various US Military commands about problems being seen with the new service pistol. In particular, they are seeing failures of the thumb safety mechanism.  If I read the report correctly, it appears the external thumb safety still functions, but an internal firing pin block is being sheared off somewhere around 5000 to 6000 rounds. …

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My Favorite 1911 Look

It’s probably a reflection of my age and generation, but I find the dark slide and stainless frame, 2-tone look to be about the classiest thing going in guns. Especially 1911s.  Too bad this Ed Brown 1911 doesn’t actually run that well. I mean it “runs”, but you can tell it’s on the edge of not doing so. Which is …

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Glock Red Trainers

A few weeks ago we discussed a FBI marked Glock red trainer that sold on the civilian market for $4000. Needless to say that got my attention! While Glock red trainers do cost more than functional Glocks, it’s only by about 20% or so.  Well…that story brought up a lot of questions about the Glock red guns in general, and …

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19 Pieces of Steel

New for 2021, is our upgraded rifle range. 19 pieces of permanently installed steel. Where? More challenging targets (read smaller) in the open, and some partially obscured targets in tree lines and brush piles. These will get more difficult to see once spring fully sets in.  Why? Last year it became obvious we didn’t have enough challenging steel for the …

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Beretta 92X Performance Overview

So yes we finally scored one. The new cocked-n-locked Beretta 92 that was all the rage at SHOT a while back.  Lots of really neat touches on this example. The maturity of the 92 design shows through here. If you are a Beretta guy, I suspect you will love it. If you are a 1911 guy, I suspect you will …

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FBI Glock 17PM

So…have you ever seen a factory original Glock pistol that is worth $4000? How about one that is not even a functioning firearm? Well that is what we have here.  For those who are not aware, Glock offers a series of training Glocks to LE agencies. These are not prohibited from being owned by the public, it’s just they are …

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Inspecting Firing Pins: Jeweler’s Lupe

Most won’t do this. And admittedly, I don’t do it with most firearms. But guns I shoot a lot, or dry fire a lot, get their firing pins inspected every so often.  Why? Over the course of my shooting career, I have popped up more than once with a broken firing pin. Never when it really counted, but it has …

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Tripod Proof of Concept

Been working on this for a few weeks. A tripod solution that doesn’t break the bank. Since I won’t be climbing mountains or The Rose Bowl with this setup (SWAT Sniper reference, BTW), I can handle “some” weight, right? It’s a range tripod for training purposes. Nothing more.  Having never really used one of these, this is a learning process. …

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Replacement Luger Grips 

So…those replacement Luger grips from SARCO are done. FYI…”minor fitting” probably didn’t mean what you think it means. But it’s a good product and is easy to fit once you understand the collision points.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Rhodesian Shotgun Breakdown

Per multiple requests, this video is a breakdown and analysis of the Rhodesian A-5 Shotgun we have in The Armory. It’s long. It’s tedious. And probably not of much interest to most viewers. As such, I don’t recommend watching it.  However…for those of you who seem interested in the gun. And more specifically are inclined to attempt a clone project, …

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Cleaning The PTR-91 

I like the G3 pattern of rifles. They are robust and reliable. But cleaning them kinda sucks. One day I should invest in some long handle brushes to reach into the receiver better.  Logic tells me there must be some kind of German Army surplus cleaning tools for this thing, right? Yes, this was my old truck gun. You haven’t …

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Small Diamond Steel Targets

Special thanks to Superior Ideas Targets for making us some small diamond, precision rifle targets. Money well spent as always.        Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”