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The Bernardelli is Roached

Ok. I’ve been holding these pics back for a few days. I wasn’t sure how best to present them. After some thought, I just figured a gonzo album of the madness is best. Why beat around the bush? This Bernardelli P.One Pistol is in rough, rough shape.  What we know. It was sold to Israel as a police handgun. Eventually …

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GSG MP40

I have been eyeing these from afar for a while and I finally ran across one in a retail establishment. My main interest is not in using it as a pistol, but instead SBR’ing it. But I had some reservations.  Street price? Quality? Ease of SBR’ing.  I don’t have any definitive  answers yet. But I will say that my initial …

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Bernardelli P.ONE – P018 Takedown

How to Takedown and reassemble a Bernardelli P.One Pistol. And from what I can tell, a P018 pistol as well.  Points of interest. The slide-stop is the initial part that needs to be removed. Once you have the pin in the correct location to push it, it is still retained with some force. Much more than what American shooters are …

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Blaser Tactical 2 Service Manuals 

Special thanks to “Officer Jerry” for sending over some very neat manuals for the Blaser Tactical 2. An official Armourer’s Manual and a official Blaser Service Schedule / maintenance manual.  I have decided to post them here for public download. I have also included a third manual which is the original owner’s manual that would have come with each Blaser …

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New Range Vehicle – Polaris General 1000

Quick update. We need some dedicated range vehicles. After some debate between a Kubota and a Polaris Ranger, it was decided to cut that baby in half and get a Polaris Ranger 1000.  Personally I thought a Kubota was the most practical option. But we are also allowing staff the ability to run the range on recreational vehicles. We had …

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A Factory Squib: It Does Happen

One of the old man’s EDC guns is a Keltec 380. He pretty much carries it everyday all day long. Twice a year he shoots off the mag in the gun and reloads fresh ammo. He has been working his way thru a box of Aguila factory hollow points. The other day he goes to it and one the first …

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The Beretta PX4 Design Flaw

So we had a PX4 come into the armory as a police trade in. And the mere act of taking the pistol out of the box to confirm clear showed all we needed to see to explain why this design was destined to never be commercially successful. Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”  

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Time to Give Up The Progressive?

There is nothing wrong with progressive presses. Any problems with reloading are more often than not, “software issues”. Speaking of issues, This is the 3rd significant problem this shooter has had with progressive reloads in the past 24 months.  I can’t speak for him definitively, but I suspect he’s going to step back from the progressive setups. He’s a fine …

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Armory Chat 42 – Only one 338 Lapua Mag

Well…As we get closer to finishing the new rifle range, it’s almost impossible to not think about what rifles we will be able to shakedown on a regular basis.  A perfect example is the 338 Lapua Magnum Blaser Tactical 2. But…this reminds me I only have 1 magazine for that caliber.  Perhaps I better get on the ball and find …

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Cracks in Mauser Stock

A while back Marky picked up a Yugo Mauser at an estate auction. Any new firearm that comes into the armory get’s completely taken down to check for damage, repairs, or unexpected markings.  You can see complete pics of the rifle here: Yugo K98 Mauser I took these photos a while back and forgot to publish them. When looking for …

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Armory Chat 40: Winchester 24 Surprise 

You are never too old to learn new tricks. Right?  In our quest to acquire an affordable, double trigger firearm; I discovered a feature that was new to me.  It seems on this Winchester Model 24 SxS, when the shooter presses the lever to unlock the action, the safety is automatically reengaged.  Without a doubt many of you are familiar …

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Hands-on: Hudson H9 Pistol

So while traveling recently I had the opportunity to spot a Hudson H9 pistol for sale in a FFL’s gun case. With all of the hype, and some the drama, surrounding this pistol; I was excited to actually handle one. Considering I didn’t shoot it, you can take my observations with a grain of salt: It’s an all steel gun …

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This is Not Gun Abuse 

A lot of guys will say it’s abuse but the truth is, if you carry 24/7 your gear gets wear and tear. If you want a safe queen; don’t carry it. #realmenscratchthierguns.     Freeze  www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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M&P 2.0 Pistol FDE 40 Caliber

We’ve had a wave of new readers over these last few weeks so I feel compelled to repeat something our regulars know: We are not gear reviewers.  We don’t do T&E guns. We don’t chase new SKU’s from this year’s SHOT Show.  If a gun is in The Armory or comes through one of our ranges, we are liable to …

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Vang Comp Safety Mossberg 590

We haven’t been publishing much about the shotguns since we are in the middle of a big rifle rang build. But someone wanted to know if Vang’s Mossberg safety was worth the upgrade?  I believe it is. Especially if you are engaged in high-volume training.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”