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VP9 +2 Magazine Problems

Right up front,I should probably warn the viewer; if you don’t run a HK VP9 or P30 Pistol, this video is not for you.  The reason I issue a warning is this video is long and tedious. It doesn’t have a lot of action or bring a lot of entertainment value.  But…if you are someone who is looking to extend …

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SHS 07: Spanish Oviedo 7.62 NATO Mauser

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase I am featuring a project gun. It appears functional but is missing a few parts and has some cracks. All of which help keep the price down for a possible project gun.  What we have here is a 1916 Spanish Oviedo small ring Mauser that has been re-barreled to 7.62 NATO.    …

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VP9 Frames For Sale. How Does This Happen?

Since we run VP’s as daily CCW guns, staff is always on the lookout for VP9 products, parts, holsters, etc.  So when this popped up in an e-mail, I was left scratching my head. There seem to be some VP slides and frames for sale on the secondary market.  How does this happen?  My first thought is someone Kaboom’ed a …

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Update on the AR Pistol build. 

Today I received the LPK (Lower Parts Kit) that I ordered as well as a buffer tube assembly and a KAK Shockwave Blade arm brace. I splurged and added a “tactical” ambi sling plate since I do plan on using a sling. Next item on the list is a lower and a BCG.        Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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USSOCOM Takes a Big Step Towards 6.5 Creedmoor

I have watched this news closely. Word came out of Tampa (USSOCOM HQ) that after looking at various 6.5 sized rounds, they have decided to pursue the 6.5 Creedmoor for long term load development.  My last sentence is key. We are not discussing what things look like now. Tampa has looked at CM and decided there is more potential to …

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1911: Dropping Slide on a Empty Chamber

Is it bad to drop the slide on a empty 1911 chamber? No. Is it great for the 1911? No. Especially for a pistol with a crazy light competition trigger. I compare it to slamming the door on a Ferrari. Is it good for the car? No. But the door better not break from an occasional slamming shut either. On …

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Movie Prop Guns

When I saw the placard at the Cody Firearms Museum, I thought I would see a bunch of guns from such movies as, “Die Hard”, “Escape from New York” and “Kelly’s Hero’s”. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Turns out they were just some generic, dead rubber, examples of modern automatics. Really no different than the common, “Blue Gun” we …

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Armory Chat 38: Howa 1500 Kryptek Edition

Here’s the problem. Freeze doesn’t really have a modern, center fire rifle that he can knock around the range with. At least one that isn’t a MILSURP collectible. So while traveling, I ran across this used Howa 1500 rifle in 308. Cash out the door cost? $317. It comes with everything shown and is a solid platform for Freeze to …

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POTD – Vang Comp Porting

A few days ago, a reader asked if I would post images of the Vang Comp porting done to our Mossberg 590. So here you go! I don’t really know if the porting makes any difference to the shot pattern. Tight patterns are traditionally achieved by back-boring the shotgun. But when I sent the gun off to Vang for the …

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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”