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SPAS-12 Broken Buffer Confirmed

As we reported earlier, the SPAS-12 shotgun starting falling apart as soon as we racked it. As suspect, the original rubber buffer system has dried out and disintegrated with age. As you will notice with the hard, translucent yellow pieces seen here. A replacement part will be ordered ASAP.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Building Gun Racks

We have a fair amount of racks here in the armory. In the very beginning, we purchased pre-fabricated shelving. But over time, it became apparent that it was just easier, and more economical, to custom build racks as we needed them. The main cost savings comes from the customization we can do. Depending on where the rack is going or …

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Replacement Keepers Concealment Holster Issue

It has displayed a bad tendency that I will need to clean up. When the holster is under compression, it ejects the pistol magazine during insertion. Not great. Luckily, it appears to be an easy fix. As I type, I am currently out of town on business. I filmed this the day before I left. More to come when I …

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Bore Cleaning

Would you believe me if I told you that there’s a good chance you’ve been cleaning your rifle’s bore wrong? “Wrong” might be too harsh a word considering there are so many ways people successfully clean rifle bores. While I won’t argue with anyone’s technique or preferred products, I’d wager that most shooters jump right in and start attacking the …

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Video — Disassembly of SCAR 16 Piston

I get this question usually from people interested in picking up a SCAR rifle. How easy is it to clean the gas system / piston? Pretty easy. It’s faster to show it than explain it in words.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Video Adjusting 223 FAL Gas for Wolf Ammo

As promised, we have pulled the 223 FAL (SAR 4800) out of the armory and are working it up for some future drills. Here you see me function checking, stress testing, and adjusting the gas system to cycle notoriously under-powered Wolf 55g steel cased ammo. Why Wolf? Simple, we shoot a lot, as do many of you. Budget priced 55g …

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Armory Chat EP16 — Trench Gun Project

Quick video about an old project that is going to be moved to the front burner. A faux trench gun / trench shotgun project using an aftermarket Taylor Made LLC heat shield.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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How Do You Determine Level?

I will admit that the title of this post may seem a little odd. These photos originated out of the UK. When I saw the pics at first, it was confusing. Initially it was relayed that the owner was, “leveling his scope”. But after looking at this contraption for a bit, I have come to think he was…maybe…trying to mount …

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Ross Rifle Bayonet Fixed

Marky came across a smoking deal on a Ross Rifle Bayonet. We needed one for the Ross Rifle in the armory. And when we received it, there were a lot a good things about it, and one bad. First, I will say that it’s a Model 1905/1910 Mark I bayonet. This particular one was made in February 1910 as shown …

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The One Problem With The Glock 19

First of all, let me start off by saying that the Glock 19 is the gold-standard world wide for service and civilian pistols. As someone internet famous once said, “It’s big enough to fight with, but small enough to actually carry”. And I can’t disagree with that statement one bit. And when I was officially introduced to the Glocks by …

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SIG MCX Recoil Replacement — Mandatory

Seems that SIG USA has issued a mandatory recall for the recoil / carriage assembly of for their MCX line of rifles. For those not initiated, the MCX uses a AR-18 style recoil system. The benefit of that system is no buffer tube in the stock. Meaning…folding stock. Realizing this post will be up forever, inevitably we will get questions …

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Christmas Holster Project

I’m sure many of you suffer from the same affliction I do: restless project syndrome. I spent two decades working every holiday and never taking vacations. As such, I have never been a big “holiday person”. This Christmas I decided to take some time and fiddle with a cheap gun-show holster that recently made an appearance on this very website. …

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Wearing Out Your Reloading Equipment

This fall a friend and I went out to test some loads for a new rifle of his. A Weatherby in 257WBY. What does this mean to the layman? Simple. You look up some load data for the round and figure out a range of powder grains you want to shoot. Take the most desirable of the results and cross …