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POTD — Freeze’s Cleaning Table

Just after deer season finished up, I had stopped by Freeze’s home to drop off some gear. And as luck would have it, he had just finished cleaning some recently used long guns. I thought it would be interesting for some of you to see his personal guns out in the wild. Top to bottom: Vepr 12, Mosin Sniper, CZ-58, …

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Lightening The AR Trigger Pull

When I started on the NRA Technical Staff, AR-type rifles were just starting to show up at Camp Perry. It wasn’t easy for the AR because you had old school military armorers who were skilled at and more comfortable accurizing M14s, and really no one had much confidence in the little .223-caliber bullets of the time grouping tightly at 1,000 …

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POTD – Cleaning The Executive Elite

Like many of you, my first love was the 1911. And while I have since related the 1911 to second line work, I do enjoyed getting it out from time to time. So while mostly you will see me shooting a “plastic-fantastic”, I am a 1911 guy at heart. Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Magic Marker Rear Sight Blackout

I have a schizophrenic mind when it comes to night sights on handguns. I like my pistols to have tritium inserts for both front and rear sights. But I paint the front sight post bright orange and the take a black, permanent magic marker and blackout the rears. It’s weird. But let me explain. One, I believe the front sight …

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Adjustable Gas Blocks Are Awesome

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I never gave an adjustable gas block on an AR-15 much thought until I was forced to use one recently while evaluating an ArmaLite M-15 VSR Versatile Sporting Rifle. I’m not talking about the three-position blocks like on a Ruger. I’m talking about the ones that you fully close and then slowly …

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Yugo K98 Mauser ReHab

A while back we picked up a Yugoslavian K98 Mauser. It’s been collecting dust in the armory for awhile. Well since the weather is clearing up and shooting season is upon us, I thought I would drag it out and clean it up.   In this article are pictures of the rifle as we received it as well as the initial …

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NRA Prunes?

A while back I helped clean out the shed of an elderly friend who had passed away and came across a wooden box readers might find interesting. The box is pine and measures 15 1/2 inches x 9 7/8 inches x 6 inches. It has “Linda Vista Brand Santa Clara Prunes” printed on one end, “Santa Clara Prunes” in script …

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FDE vs Grey Glocks

Henry Ford famously said when talking about one of his mass-produced cars, “You can have any color you want as long as it’s black”. If there is a gun maker that has inherited the legacy of mass-production, no frills selection it’s Glock. I am the first to admit that I am tired of black guns. It would seem so are …

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Traveling in the US with a Rifle

It seems the latest rage in the gun-community is low-profile rifle bags. While I completely agree with the concept, I have never seen one successfully executed. Sure, on the floor of SHOT show it may look “low profile” when sitting next to “level 47” body armor, but out on the street it’s a joke. Doubt me? Toss a rife in …

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WWI Colt Detail Strip

This is a belated followup to a post from last year. We rescued a WWI Colt 1911…literally a pre-WWI manufactured gun…from the “wanna-be armorer practice pile” and moved it into emeritus status. How’s that for a $0.25 word?! Ok. We retired it, and hung it on the wall. You can see photos from the shadow-box story by CLICKING HERE. I …