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Norinco 213 Detail Strip

  The Norinco 213 is a 9×19 / 9mm Parabellum handgun made in China. It is a copy of the Soviet  Tokarev TT-33. Which in itself is functionally a copy of the Browning 1911 action. Yes really. Here is how it is best explained according to Wikipedia.  Norinco 213 A brief history/review of the Norinco 213 which is a Chinese …

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Shelter For Rifle Range

Next week we are hoping to start construction on a shelter for the new range. It will have a metal roof, be 14×16’ in size and be equipped with some chairs and tables all year round.  The goal is to give shooters a place to rest and recharge should the sun be baking us or the rain drowning us.  Currently …

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Xtek Magazine Construction 

Tony N. from Australia sent us some photos showing the internal workings of the Xtek aftermarket Blaser Tac 2 magazines.  These photos will be of interest to US Blaser owners who may be curious about aftermarket magazines or industrious Blaser owners who may want to copy them.  Assuming Xtek doesn’t bring any into the US. Yes, I have been asking them for …

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Bayonet Lug Install PTR-91

A few weeks back, we realized that an old armory project was long overdue. Actually two projects. The first was to reconfigure the PTR-91 truck gun back to it’s factory stock. The second was to install an original G3 bayonet-lug and bayonet. In short, convert it to a standard military configuration and then place it back into the reference collection. …

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Franchi Law -12 Disassembly

This video is as much for us as it is for external use. I won’t admit how much time I have in figuring out how to take this gun apart, and then completely reassembling it. I just know two years from now, when this gun needs to be cleaned again; I don’t wanna have to re-learn it. So here it …

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Is My Lite Trigger Drop-Safe? 

Last week there was a big dust up in PRS circles over super light triggers and negligent discharges. Without getting too deep in the woods on PRS, it made me wonder? Is my trigger drop safe? Or maybe more appropriately bump safe? There is a bump-stock joke writing itself in the previous sentence. But I digress.  So after researching what …

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Vortex Scope Cut-Away

Saw this at the Vortex booth during the 2019 NRA show. And I have to tell you, it was amazing! Scott Terhall spent about 20 minutes going over the particulars of their scope construction and assembly processes with myself and our PhD Engineer.  At some point during the conversation, I’m lost! So they went down the rabbit hole as engineers …

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ZB-26 Bead Blast

These pics show cleaning the cuts and media blasting.  So I can see what is going on. Once media blasted, a mock up is done. From there I can measure filler pieces and jigs that will need to be made. I hope to have at least the rear welded up by next week.     Sincerely,  Matt www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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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 …