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Armory Chat EP11 — Ross Rifle Bayonet Drama

The best laid plans of mice and men. Canadian made, US marked Ross MKII rifle. We sourced a bayonet for it…and…I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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M1 Garand Cutaway

I love cutaways. I really, really do. But the truth is I only have so much wall space so selecting some cutaways to buy requires some planning. Up till now, I had never seen a M1 Garand cutaway. Very, very cool. I also appreciate how it’s displayed. Not only does it reside in a well made case, but it’s also …

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Building A “Ghost Gun”

A so-called 80-percent receiver is an AR-15 lower receiver that is 80-percent finished. Depending on the material and the manufacturer, you can finish them yourself using tools ranging from a mill to a Dremel tool. In addition to the satisfaction of “doing it yourself,” an 80 percent lower can be shipped straight to your door with no FFL involved because …

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Freedom Munitions AR Kaboom

I’ve been seeing reports about this KB for a few days. As I understand it, the owner fired 2 rounds out of his magazine and the 3rd kaboomed. That “generally” eliminates the dreaded 300blk in the 5.56 syndrome. Not completely but it’s a valuable data-point. That leaves us with too much powder or the incorrect powder or possibly a squib? …

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Armory Chat EP09 Mossberg 590 Upgrades

After over 10 years hanging over my heard, and 20 years after buying it; I finally get around to upgrading my Mossberg 590 12 gauge shotgun.     Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Short Video — Cleaning the 243

All the cool kids like the latest and greatest calibers 6-6.5mm calibers. But I have come to believe that .243 is a very interesting and economical round if you are looking for a accurate 6mm round. We will have more on this setup going forward.     Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Video — Sub-Gun Slamfire

This video appears to show a 9mm sub-gun with a malfunction. I am not familiar with the make and model of the weapon. Is it a closed bolt design with a firing pin floating / stuck? Or is it an open-bolt design that has it’s trigger / sear mechanism compromised? Or as some have suggested on the internet, is the …

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En-Bloc Clip Loader

This popped up recently on the internet and I just have been fascinated. An En-Bloc clip loader for M1 Garand rifle clips. If I shot Garands a lot, this might be a must. So are these devices still available? Are they being made? Is there a modern alternative used by the Camp Perry crowd? Are the originals rare or expensive? …

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German CZ k98 Mauser Rehab Update 2

Getting ready for 2016 hunting season and Freeze brought out the CZ / German Mauser he is rehabbing for our fantasy sniper project. Parts re-blued and stock repairs made. I think it looks fantastic. Freeze is very good at this kind of stuff. Here are the previous posts on the rifle: Initial rifle and condition Tear down and rehab Re-blue …

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Bolt Gun Kaboom

When I posted some images of the 300 Blackout in the 223 rifle Kaboom, one of the more common throwaway lines was, “That is why I don’t run automatics”. Ehhh…ok? So when these images crossed my desk, I figured it was time to bring this topic back to the fore. You can catastrophically kaboom any gun if you stick the …

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Armory Chat EP 07

Quick video from the armory. The day before I am to head back out on the road I discover my main CCW holster is damaged. Pistol: HK VP9. Holster: Keeper’s Concealment, “The Keeper”. UPDATE: 11-11-2016 Before shipping the holster off to the maker for evaluation, I discovered a second crack at the top of the holster. I have highlighted the …

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Video — Takedown Rifles Are Cool

A viewer asked what I thought of takedown rifles. What better way to answer that question than to show one of our takedown rifles. The Wild West Co-Pilot in 45/70 – 457WW – 410 shotgun.     Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Would You Do This to an Enfield?

This photo showed up in my inbox and it got me to thinking. Would I do this to so a 308 Indian Enfield? No. But what if I lived in a place where this was the ONLY rifle I could own? Or possibly afford? What if I needed more options and this was my only boom-stick? Admittedly I would need …

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Remington LTR Light Mount

A guy I was hunting with this past spring showed up with a neat and cost effective may to mount a light to his rifle. Instead of buying some high-dollar, heavy, dedicated rig for a hunt he does once a year. He cheaply and effectively stuck a 1913 rail through a sling swivel and mounted his handgun X300 light to …