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POTD – MG42 7.62 Barrel

Quick project update. And something of a lesson. Since we started publishing info on various builds and projects in the armory, the number one question we get asked in messages is, “How did you guys find that?” And without fail, nobody is ever thrilled to hear the answer: “We bought it years ago”.  But what that REALLY means is we …

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We Need 3 Plate Racks

This post is going to be a little different from our normal fare. A local PD is in need of 3 falling plate pistol racks. If you, or someone you know, is able to provide this solution, and are interested in offering a 3 rack deal, please reach out to me via the contact form here, or private messages on …

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Anonymous Benefactor Steel 

So…we’ve been getting alerts from the Post Master that we needed to stop by the loading dock for a pickup. Urgently. Frankly with the end of year nonsense, limited holiday schedules and some pressing meetings, this has kinda been ignored.  So…finally we made it down to the mail center to address the issue. And when the nice woman comes back …

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ZB-26 Parts Kit UnBoxing

A little bit out of order, but by poplar request, here is a detailed list of the ZB-26 as a parts kit. You can see the de-milling cuts, the internal parts and pins. Along with such things as the op-rod, bolt, and gas-tube.  More to come.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Glock 45 In Armory

So we recently had a new Glock 45 pass through the armory. This example belongs to a non-public staff member. At this point I am not sure if we will see this pistol again on the website.  But even without firing it, I am once again confident in my original opinions of the G45. I think it’s probably the best …

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Sig Pe57 (510-4) Parts Kit Analysis

A functional 510-4 can go for 6k plus so it’s definitely worth considering. My biggest concern is that the receiver was already de-milled repaired/welded then de-milled again.  The initial repairs to the receiver look pretty robust so I’m not sure how close we can make it look with these big repaired sections.  We would want it to look like a …

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Saw Cut vs Torch Cut

We’ve had some inquiries about the ZB-26 kit. Many of our younger readers haven’t seen saw cuts, or might not be aware that used to be an option?  Long story short, there was  time when the BATFE would allow the importation of parts kits that were cut with bandsaws. But later on, they decided it was way too way to …

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SCAR 20s – An Up close View

So I finally got a chance to handle an honest-to-goodness FNH SCAR-20s rifle. And here are my initial observations: The Geiselle trigger is a significant upgrade. The rifle does seem much heaver than one would assume. The 20s stock does NOT fold, but is significantly more ergonomic than a 17s. The rifle twist is 1:12 which most US users consider …

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New Shooting Barricade

So…a friend of ours volunteered to make some shooting barricades for the range. The design is the well known Viking Tactics variant.  He sent over some photos and wanted my opinion.  Have to say, I am stunned. That has to be the prettiest barricade this side of the Continental Divide! If you’ll notice, he even painted the inside of the …

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Spray-Painting the AR Pistol

Since the AR pistol build is complete I decided it needed a paint job. Well…it didn’t need one, but I kind of wanted to put one on it. I’m a huge fan of painting my guns. Since this isn’t a hunting gun or anything with a specific purpose, I decided to play around a bit.  The first thing I did …

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Checking ZB-26 7.62×39 Barrel

Before we send the ZB-26 kit off to the FFL 07, I want to make sure this barrel is actually a 7.62×39 caliber.  When you research the subject of Chinese ZB’s, the story is often parroted that these were converted with sleeved SKS barrels. The problem with that statement is it doesn’t really tell the real story.  Why? Well…looking at …

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The Melt Your Face Drill

Ok. Confession time. This isn’t really a drill. This is what most shooting actually is: Slow, Tedious, Administrative, or Repetitive shooting.  In this case, I am zeroing fixed sights on a Glock 35 in 40S&W.  Why you may ask? Simple. One of the PD’s that we are hosting, as it unexpecidy turns out, carry Glock 22’s in 40S&W. And…they are …

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SCAR 20s Has Arrived

One of our good friends, who our readers have seen shooting his SCAR-17s many times, has sold off his 17 and replaced it with a SCAR-20s. It seems one of the SWAT snipers brought one to team training and it was the “Belle-of-the-Ball”.  I don’t have hard numbers, but it is my understanding multiple team members put in orders.  In …

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POTD – Could You Have Named This Gun?

We had an interesting, and very rare, firearm come into the armory recently. A ZB-26. For those who are not familiar with the ZB, it’s the predecessor of the UK’s BREN Gun.  Basically a slightly simplified and cheaper to manufacture version.  So? It’s a ZB-26? Who cares? Well…what makes this one special is Chinese Federalist forces bought ZB’s in 8mm. …