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Armory Chat 37: Gwinn Rifle Repair

Episode 37 of the Armory Chat series. This time, we discuss the problems and questions with the Bushmaster model of rifle manufactured by Gwinn Firearms. We think this rife was made in the 1980’s. Not out of any factual evidence, just the feeling and style this rifle exudes. Primary issue: the folding stock design from the factory is terrible. It …

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POTD — 347,000 Round Gen 1 Glock

This image is one I took a few years ago while passing through the Cody Firearms museum during a hunting trip. I knew I had it, just didn’t quite remember where. My motivation to digging it out today? I was recently asked by a young man if he should buy a first generation Glock from his local dealer? His principle …

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Armory Chat 36: Custom Martini-Henry in 45-70

This rifle was made in 1887 and was originally chambered in 577-450 in use by the British Army. Sometime in the future (we suspect the 1950’s) this was converted to 45-70 GOVERNMENT. Yes, this is actually how it was labeled on the barrel. Custom action rework. Custom barrel we suspect. Custom sights. Custom wood. Modified lever to accommodate the pistol …

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Surefire X-Series Truck Gun Problem

In testing for the new truck gun configuration, I discovered a previously unrecognized problem with the setup. Specifically…when stored in the bag, the tail-cap levers are getting actuated and draining the batteries. Quite the surprise. And upon further thought, I’m lucky to have discovered this in testing. It is not outside the realm of possibility that this could have started …

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Blaser LRS – CISM – UIT Magazines

An interesting development in the Blaser rifle world. A small custom shop known as Morlock Customs, out of California, is starting to make aftermarket products for the Blaser Tactical 2, LRS, LRS2, UIT and CISM line of rifles. Those who have been hurting for support from Germany will find his product line very interesting. His prices are on-par with Blaser …

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POTD – AR-15 Pistol Project

Been thinking about putting an inexpensive AR pistol build together. Finally ran across an upper I couldn’t pass for the price.   B.King Firearms Upper. 10.5 inch barrel. KAK Industries Flash can. Hand-guard is made by Parallax Tactical. Freeze john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SCAR-16 Light Reconfigure

Been making some changes to the SCAR-16 since it is being moved up to Truck-Gun duty. I have replaced the Scout Light with a Surefire x200 we have laying around. But in order to have the switch ergonomically positioned, I had to remove the front sight and install an extended section of 1913 rail. More to come. Marky John1911.com “Shooting …

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Surefire X200 Keeps on Keeping On

I honestly don’t know how old this X200 is. All I can say for certain is that I have had it a long, long time. When changing the batteries I noticed one of he contacts has cracked. But in typical Surefire fashion, the light hasn’t missed a beat. Not going to kid you or myself. I have never liked the …

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The Truth About Valmet Magazines

Here’s the deal with 223/5.56 caliber Valmet Magazines. You have two options: factory originals. Which are good to go and function just like standard Com-Bloc AK mags. And aftermarket MCP and LIQ modified HK33 Magazines. These magazines are complete dog crap. They don’t space in correctly to the AK magwell, which can induce a slight yaw. That condition then results …

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BCM Upper Testing

A few weeks ago we showed a photo of Officer Mike’s patrol rifle. I was so impressed with it’s lightweight and handiness, we decided to make a copy ourselves. BCM lightweight Keymod Upper. 14.5 pinned barrel. LMT lower. We’ll probably change out the stock to match his and change the safety. The one on this LMT sucks. Marky John1911.com “Shooting …

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Now That’s a Dirty Barrel

Previously we shared some testing I did with the 1905 Ross rifle. (CLICK HERE) Well, when I went to clean the barrel, this is what I saw: the bluest blue foam I have ever taken out of a barrel with GunSlick Foaming Bore Cleaner. This product goes in white. You let it sit for a time and then push it …

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Help With African Spear

This has been on my to-do list for a couple of years. A while back we came into possession of a spear head. Ok. Let me list what we think we know: African Spear Head. Seems hand made. Very thin. Almost too thin. But I don’t throw spears. We believe it is old. It is quite large. Well over 1 …

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POTD — 5 Gold Bricks AKA 223 Valmet Mags

Thought I would share something from the armory. Of all the AK’s in the US, it is generally believed that the “best” AK’s are Finnish Valmet AK’s. Personally I am not prepared to hang my hat on that assumption. I recognize they are well made. Especially when you look at them from a historical prospective. But I suspect many US …

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1905 Ross Rifle Function Test

It’s New Years weekend and the armory is slow. So it’s a perfect time to get something off my to-do list. Today I am function testing the US marked 1905 Ross Rifle. Caliber 303. When we initially purchased this gun, Freeze had to tear the weapon down and repair multiple cracks inside and out. He used a very strong epoxy …

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Gifts from Finland: Sourced a Valmet 5.56 Magazine

The M76 5.56 AK made by Valmet came with only a 15 round magazine. The 30’s are hard as hell to find. But thanks to a friend, we sourced a 40. You can’t tell by my sedate mood on the video, but inside I feel like doing the PeeWee Herman dance! Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”