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Storm Damage

I have spent most of the last two weeks cutting up trees that have blocked trails on the backside of our range. It’s a lot of work. Primarily because some years ago our area was hit with the Emerald Ash Borer from Asia.  And that nasty little bug has killed just about every ash tree for hundreds of miles. Unfortunately …

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Suppressed 7.5×55

Where has the R8 been you ask? The answer is: I was having multiple barrels threaded for suppressors.  Having never shot a non-factory threaded barrel, I was somewhat worried about baffle strikes.  But my fears were for naught. The machine shop that did the work is run by a very accomplished rifle shooter. The 5/8 x 24 threading is perfect.  …

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Tuning Ed Brown Extractor

I kinda knew the Ed Brown was going to flame-out on the 10-8 performance function test. Because I have been shooting it for a few months and have see tell-tale signs of a weak extractor.  Now that I have confirmed it, let’s fix it. Which is one of he advantages of the old-1911 extractor design. It is very user serviceable.  …

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HK VP9 17rd Magazines

HK is now shipping 17 round mags direct to customers. They seem just as well made as the 15rd models. Other than the round count on the back, the only obvious difference is the bright red follower.  And for me, that’s an upgrade. I’m liking the “new” H&K.  Sincerely,      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Rifle Position Retaining Wall

We have mostly been shooting precision rifles from under the shelter. And with that, I have neglected to admin a problem at the main Rifle Shooting Position: Mud.  You see, from this location, we get two specific conditions which are useful for rifles.  The 100.00 yard target stand sits horizontal from this location.  The 200, 300, 450 and 500 targets …

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Ed Brown Extractor Testing

Ok. Have to check the logs, but there are somewhere around 1000 rounds through this gun. I have seen some indications the extractor wasn’t tuned and knew a 10-8 Test was in order.  The result: Basically this extractor has zero tension on it. But the good news is, by the time you watch this, I have already fixed it.    …

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Breaking-in Leather Mag Carrier

So while digging through The Armory’s holster collection, I ran into something I haven’t seen in probably 15 years. A Milt Sparks leather magazine carrier.  Unused.  Needing a mag pouch for the 9mm project, I figured this would be fine. Much like Glocks, accessories for 1911s tend to work across many models and makes. That does not happen for the …

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STI DVC-P 10-8 Function Test

“Officer Mike”, has let us borrow this STI 2011 pistol. This is a double stack 9mm with a huge muzzle break on it.  Frankly, not sure what I think about this gun. But it’s growing on me. 9mm 1911s are already weakly sprung. One with a big muzzle break on it, even less so. With that in mind, working the …

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Ross MKII Bolt

Had a reader reach out asking some questions about his Ross MK II bolt. So this video is more directed at him personally.  But perhaps some of you MILSURP guys want a 5 minute gander at an honest to goodness Canadian made, Ross MKII that is marked as US Army Property?    Sincerely, Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Police Range Bench Upgrades

Officer Mike has been doing some upgrades to his police range. I need to copy these. —Editor  Officer Mike www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Blued Gun Wear

I took these photos a little while back. You see the wear on the magwell and mainspring housing? That is from just over a week’s worth of dry-fire and manipulation practice. It’s way more wear now.  Granted I tend to practice more than the average cat, but I’m not the T-1000 Terminator either. Just a guy.  My point? This is …

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Epoxy Grip Flake-Off

One of the downsides to using the epoxy solution on the VP9 is that is seems to be susceptible to falling off.  Not sure “exactly” when this happened, but I do know the day it happened. And I believe it came off due to recoil while shooting.  NBD as long as it ALL doesn’t fall off.      Sincerely,  Marky …

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Wilson 9mm Magazine Test

So…while shaking down the Ed Brown, I have decided that I want to use the 10 round magazines that Wilson Combat has come up with.  So far, so good.    I did have a malfunction which you will clearly see on video. But speaking from experience as someone who “used” to run 1911’s exclusively? That looks like extractor tension.  And…spoiler …

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Surefire MR07 Light Rail

Back in the bad ole days, we didn’t have all the rail options you do now. As a matter of fact, most gun owners were against hanging lights off guns!   This was doubly so when it came to the traditional 1911 pistol customer.  But that wasn’t going to stop Surefire from figuring out a way to sell them weapon …

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PSA 16″ Upper

I ran across a pretty good deal on an AR15 complete parts kit. Palmetto State Arsenal was running a sale and I jumped on it. I figure that a 16″ in 5.56 wouldn’t be bad to have.   Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”