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Shrapnel Damaged 1911 from Battle of The Bulge

Some very interesting photographs have been circulating around the internet today. They purport to show a US Government issued Colt M1911 that was recovered from the, “Battle of the Bulge” area during WWII. Looking at the damage, two things immediately come to mind. The first being just how powerful large artillery really is. You can actually see the individual places …

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Knee Mortar — One man’s Trash is another man’s Treasure

Working at a garbage processing facility has it’s ups and downs. If you’re a mechanic like me, then it’s mostly downs. Working there is a test of patience every day. Everything is always broken. But there are perks to working in such places! You often find items that some people believed were useless pieces of garbage, and while most times …

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Boresize Guide

On a return trip from a recent range session, I was dropping Freeze off and unloading his gear from the truck. While we were standing around, I noticed a small tool on the end of some keys in his garage. He eye’d me knowingly and stated, “You don’t know what that is do you?” It’s easier not to lie in …

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Scope Trick: Zip Tie Your Power Adjustment

Do you have issues turning your power-adjustment ring on your scope at speed? Do you have a power setting you prefer and need a way to reference it without breaking away from the eye-box? One trick that has been around for a while is to put a large zip tie on the scope. Typically the best ones are larger in …

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Hornady Critical Duty Ammo with M&P 40 & Smith & Wesson Shield

A good friend of our was wanting to test out his carry ammunition on a S&W Shield 40. It’s the same ammo he uses in his full sized M&P 40. But like anything, one needs to test carry ammo in carry guns before use. I have never carried a Shield or used the Hornady Critical Defense Ammunition. But I can …

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Has a Dog Ever Chewed Your Gun?

A member posted an image on our Facebook page showing a polymer pistol that has been chewed on by a dog. The damage was pretty significant. When I was growing up, we had guns laying around everywhere. But I don’t recall any instances where a dog (puppy?) chewed on a firearm. But we didn’t have polymer framed guns back then …

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Cleaning the Rhodesian A5 Shotgun

I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for a while. Many of you are aware of the special run of A5 shotguns that FNH did for the Rhodesian Military and police forces. I have heard some debate that…possibly…these guns were actually ordered by the South African Government and then smuggled into Rhodesia. Thus bypassing an international arms embargo at the …

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The John1911 Podcast is Live.

The John1911 Podcast is an outgrowth of the Tacticaltshirts.com morning meetings that Freeze and I have. Once we get the t-shirt business stuff out of the way we wonder into all kinds of discussions: Guns. Gun projects. Second Amendment news. Guns we own. Guns we wished we owned. Guns we’ve sold. Broken guns. Buying guns at auction. Stupid stuff we see and hear on the ranges. Pro-American politics Hunting …

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Vepr 12 with Bushnell Red-dot Sight

One of the issues many people have with the modern gold-standard of red-dot sights (AimPoint IMO) is the price. The latest iterations of the Micro can be well north of $500! But just like how Surefire used to be the only game in town concerning weapon lights, Bushnell has stepped up with a red-dot line called the TRS. It’s basically …

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Mounting DOA Scope on H&R 20 Gauge

Do you live in rifle state? Do you hunt in a rifle state? Don’t know what I am talking about? Count your blessings because some of the places that Freeze and I hunt are shotgun only for deer season. I know. I know. Kinda sucks. But…here’s the good news. You take a 20 gauge H&R single shot with a rifled …

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Liberator STT Tactical Light

I have had this flashlight for a number of years. I used to use it at work extensively. The construction is a little bit different in that it fit over your hand like some kind of sword hilt or trench knife. But that design makes it damn hard to drop! Back in the day I used to hang out of …

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Boresighting without a collimator

Bore Sighting a Rifle So you just bought a new scope, mounted it on your rifle and are ready for the range, right?  Not quite.  You need to bore sight first, or plan to shoot lots of ammo trying to get your shots on the target. And with the cost of ammo being what it is (if you can find …