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Bushnell TRS-25: Dot and Adjustment Issues

Freeze was on the range today zeroing some rifles. One of them was an AR-15 with a TRS-25 on it. While shooting it at 100 yards to fine-tune the dot, I noticed it didn’t seem like it was taking adjustment. Then the red dot started to blink out under recoil (1 day old new battery, BTW).  Now for the next questions …

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POTD – Two More VTAC’s Arrive

Things are moving very quickly on many fronts. On Friday, two more of the VTAC barricades arrived on property. That gives us a total of 3.  Right now, I am thinking two will go into The Pit. As for the third, I am debating placing it on the 100-500 yard shooting position. Or I might elect to keep it at …

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LAW-12 Shotgun Buffer Check

Knocking this one off the to-do list. We took in a LAW-12 a while back. But it can’t be officially put into the firing reference collection until we confirm the parts are in working order.  The first thing to check on an SPAS / LAW semi-auto type of shotgun is the receiver buffer. Over decades they tend to deteriorate and …

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Pistol Pit Erosion Control 

Ok. The grass issue on the rifle range has turned in our favor. We have successfully seeded over 900 yards. With a few minor corners, it looks great. The few areas where we have had some residual problems will likely be turned into clover plots for deer.  However…one area has completely failed to grow grass. And that is “The Pit” …

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SCAR-20 Load Testing 500y

Ok. If you are reading this description, that means you are seriously considering watching this 30 minute video. If you are interested in seeing how a SCAR-20 performs with hand-loads, you’ll likely get something out of it. If you are interested in seeing our new rifle range and how it operates so far, you might also enjoy this video. We …

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XTEK Chassis in the Wild

Reader Tony N. in Australia sent me some interesting photographs.  The Australian Defense Force (Army) use Blaser Tactical 2 rifles as one of their precision platforms. As to be expected, a local defense contractor known as XTEK was able to secure some contracts upgrading these rifles.  Principally they worked on custom magazines to increase capacity and a chassis system.  Both …

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LAW-12 Buffer Maintenance 

Not sure if we’ve ever shown this shotgun. It’s a Franchi LAW-12. Also known as the little brother to the SPAS-12 shotgun from the Jurassic Park movies.  In short, remove most of the stupid stuff off the 12, and you get a smaller, lighter, better, simpler semi-automatic shotgun known as the LAW-12.  But just like the SPAS, the LAW uses …

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22 Brass Over Steel Punch

As I type this, I anticipate 300 comments of dunking / virtue signaling. Which comes with the territory. And taking that amount of abuse is why I get paid the big bucks. So here goes… When Rob sent me this, I was both awestruck by it’s sheer genius and embarrassed by it’s simplicity. Realizing I had not figured this out …

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Parts Kit Analysis: BREN Gun

Q: This is bad, correct? —Marky — A:Correct it looks bad! The seller seems to be focused on selling everything but the receiver.  Not really any good pics of the receiver but it sounds like the receiver may be junk. If you want to get a better idea of what would be needed we could ask for better pics of …

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Fire Mitigation on Rifle Range

Spring is here. That means summer is right around the corner. And after that are the dog-days of august. Which leads to very dry conditions. Which means fire.  We don’t live in a fire prone region of the country. What I am mostly concerned about is a bullet strike on steel igniting a brush fire. Most shooters don’t think about …

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Custom MAS-36 Rifle Idlib, Syria

This was posted on Twitter by a UK based account called Calibre Obscura. And I have to say, this is amazing. This a French MAS-36 rifle originally chambered in 7.5 French. The poster theorizes this furniture is 3D printed and the barrel has been converted to 7.62 NATO.  I would buy this all day. The furniture. The barrel. All of …

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Thoughts on ARD’s and Killflash

If you want the quick answer and don’t want to watch the video, here it is. ARD’s are fine. They have their place. But if you haven’t taken some training, mastered at least one rifle, or otherwise achieved some level of accomplishment with a long gun?  I suggest you save your dollars and invest in things that will actually make …

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Blaser Barrel Blanks by Lilja

First of all, try to say that title three times fast! Now that is out of the way, let’s get down to business.  Blaser support can he hard to come by in the US. So as a Blaser owner, I am always keeping an eye out for new options. It just so happens I missed this fact: Lilja out of …

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POTD – Knocking the Stupid Off

Knocking the stupid off my gun. This has been on my CCW for a few weeks since I’ve been too busy to take it off. Did I change my mind? Nope. Still stupid. Has to be in the running as one of the dumbest products ever put on a pistol.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Seeding the Range

It’s not glamorous, sexy or fun. But we need to clean up all the dozer damage. So seeding is on order for 2019. The main rifle range: 900 yards. The pistol pit berm inside and out. Driveway around the CONEX. And all the trails cut in the woods – About 2000 yards long, 12 feet wide. Also all the area …