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9mm Federal

This is one of those cartridge screw-ups you just have to laugh at because it’s so obvious in hindsight. Back in the late 1980s, Federal decided shooters needed a revolver cartridge that duplicated the ballistics of the 9mm Luger pistol cartridge. I don’t blame them—the 9mm was a hot commodity back then. Ballistically, there really wasn’t much one could gain …

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Sporterizing Mausers

They’re bygone days now because you can buy a quality and accurate rifle like a Mossberg or Savage for a few hundred bucks, but it used to be that if you wanted a good rifle on the cheap, you would build one from a surplus Mauser. I was fortunate to catch the tail end of that era. Actions were plentiful …

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Israeli Sniper Stock Replacement

Those that are regular readers are aware that I have been looking for a decent Israeli 7.62 Mauser for quite sometime. My ultimate goal would be to convert it to a “fantasy” sniper. Something I could bang around with, shoot frequently, but also have as a semi-historical piece. One of the issues with the Israeli guns is, frankly, the IDF …

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Video — This Is a Bad M&P Shield Holster

I hate buying new gear. I really do. Because we are just too damn busy actually shooting to be dicking around with new, untested stuff. So imagine my surprise when one of my goto-holster companies sent something so egregious, it is getting sent back. The point? At the end of the day, it is the USER who is responsible if …

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How Forgings End Up As Guns

Thought this was a neat picture from the National Firearms Museum. In it you see forgings as they are shipped from the steel plant on the left. And on the right you see the completed components after they are “milled” from forgings into completed parts. What some don’t understand is firearms manufactures are not stupid. While they could mill finished …

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POTD — 408 CheyTac Bullet vs 308 Round

This photo was posted on the internet and it left an impression on me. I have never seen a 408 CheyTac in person, much less fired one. So I never appreciated just how large these bullets are. It appears the vender is shipping 408 CheyTac bullets in cases designed for loaded 308 rounds! Damn. Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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Update on Truck Gun Condition

Was doing some Spring Cleaning and figured some of you would like an update on my Truck Gun Project. Specifically condition. The PTR 91 GI (US copy of a HK 91 – G3) resides in the back of the pickup all year round. Being inside of a modern tennis bag, it gets zero notice. And I mean zero. No matter …

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How Not To Blow Up Your Blaser Rifle

Caliber change weapons seem very slick on paper. And in the right hands, they really offer some interesting options to the conscientious end user. But THAT’s the key. One of the reasons why the military and many law enforcement agencies don’t like to mess with caliber conversions is…it’s just one more damn thing that can and will go wrong. But …

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Coffee Table Made From Mosin Sniper Crate

I saw these photos on the internet and immediately thought of Freeze. This is something he would do. And as I type this, I realize this is going to cost us money since he will be spending company funds on a new “company” table. How can I say no? I can’t. Did you notice the hand grenade legs? Nice touch. …

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Rolling Papers—They’re Not Just For Pot

I have to give credit for this blackpower tip to my good friend and noted handgun guru, Charlie Petty. I was looking for a cheap and easy way to make paper cartridges like they used in the Civil War, so I called Charlie about how to nitride paper because he’s also a chemist. Nitrided paper generally burns while untreated paper …

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Walther PPQ KaBoom

Looking at these pictures, it is obvious this is ammunition related. Sources indicate the shooter was running hand-loads. At the time of this writing, it was not clear if the wrong powder was used or if it was a double charge? Regardless, results were catastrophic. The KB (Short for KaBoom) blew the barrel apart at the chamber, shattered the frame; …

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Hand Loading at the Range – Springfield Trapdoor

I saw something recently that I suspect many shooters don’t get to see. Someone who is actually loading rounds at the range to test for optimum accuracy. Ok. Let me say that again. There was a guy at the range who had setup a single stage press and was assembling live rounds to various specs and then turning around and …