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Pawn Shop Find — Old German Scope

One thing I make a habit of doing is to dive deep when presented with a new gun store or pawnshop. I will literally spend a few hours basically cataloging every item in the store. These days, this only happens when I travel. So while doing my thing in a pawnshop I ran across this old German manufactured scope. It …

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POTD — Long Guns Checked Into Armory

All my working long-guns are checked back in the armory. It’s rare for them all to be together. Some may be disappointed by the selections since we have so many more interesting rifles in the reference collection. But to get the job done, things aren’t that hard: Mossberg 590 / 500. SCAR-16. PTR-GI. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Arms Factory

Ok how many of you have ever entertained the fantasy of starting your own gun company? Or designing and building your own guns? Be it as a business or just being that guy? Ever wonder what it would take to make guns? Really. How about in the pre-CNC computerized days? Now think about all the cool guns that were being …

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Freeze Replaces Scope on Hunting Shotgun

The scope I used on my Hunting shotgun finally went south on me. It was a great scope for many years of deer hunting; but like it or not, scopes do bite the dust. I found myself talking to my son-in-law about picking up a new scope and he reminded me that I gave him a scope years ago to …

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Painting SA-48 FAL Front Sight and Gas Setting — Pics

We did a video on the subject, but I have received numerous requests for some hand-holding on doing this. So…in the interest of brevity, here are some still photos of the process. I use Safety-Hooker-Orange (SHO) fingernail polish for this. As for why? First it’s durable. Holds up well in high heat and wet environs. Second, it’s removable. So if …

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OCD’ing Yourself Into a Corner

Just a couple of photographs I took recently. I ran into a shooter who was, as I recall, buying Sierra Match bullets and then making them, “more match” by grinding off the OTM (Open Tip Match). I believe his term was, “squaring them up”. Frankly…I had never heard of such a thing. Thought it was kind of weird and took …

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Video — My Broken Firing Pin Face

Drive 4 hours to confirm dope out to 1000 yards and firing pin breaks on first shot. That look on my face when I know I’m done for the day. Still laughing about it! Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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M1905 Mk II Ross Rifle Refurb Complete

We picked up a Ross rifle for the armory. We needed something in British 303 and the Canadian Ross came our way. The rifle is in really great shape but had a few stock issues. Upon inspection, I found 3 cracks in the stock. One was structural, the second was iffy, and the third was cosmetic. The metal is in …

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Curing Hammer Bite Circa 1985

Back in the mid 80’s I was a young, broke guy who wanted to get into shooting competition. I had a friend who introduced me to the world of IPSC. Back then the sport was in its fledgling years; but I had the opportunity to meet a lot of guys that today are considered household names. I’m not one of …

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RPG-7 Project Complete

Finally have all the parts needed for the RPG-7 Project to be complete. RPG-7 Tube. RPG-7 Inert Rocket. RPG BiPod. RPG Sight System / PGO-7   Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Vang Comp Safety on Mossberg 500

So, the other day I’m in the armory discussing business with Marky and, “checking out” my Russian sniper rifle. While I’m gathering up things, Marky goes over to the work bench area and grabs a Mossberg for-end and spanner wrench that he borrowed who knows how long ago. While he was digging them out he pulled out a Vang Comp …

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SCAR Aftermarket Trigger: 1500 Rounds Later

A while back I did a quick post about a friends SCAR-17 rifle. In particular I discussed a aftermarket trigger he installed that wasn’t Geissele. That is of note since it seems like Geissele has become the, “Gold Standard” for high quality precision triggers. In the tactical world anyway. And..they command, “made of solid gold” prices to go with that …

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Parker Brothers Shotgun

About a year ago, I happened to come across a old Parker Brothers Shotgun. It was dirty and had years of crud on it, but was in pretty good shape. Now, I’m not an expert on Parker Bros. shotguns. And I know there is a huge following, with some examples going for big bucks. Let’s just say the price was …

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SPAS-12 Detail Strip Photos

Old business here. Earlier I had posted some videos showing the installation and assembly of the SPAS-12 after the buffer replacement. But..I have had multiple requests for detailed photos of the broken down shotgun. One was so a SPAS-12 owner could compare my parts to his parts. Why I am not sure. The second request simply said my videos were …

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A Rifle We Passed on – Ross 1905 Sporterzied

Occasionally. Not Often. But occasionally I get an email or private message that goes something like this, “I wish I could find the deals you guys do”. Or…”It must be nice to have the hook-up for all these guns”. The truth is, we don’t have any “hook-ups”. And frankly, we really don’t know that many people in the firearms business. …