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Blaming Your Rifle Barrel

If you buy a Ruger RPR rifle and decide to put a new barrel in it without shooting out the original, you need to be punched in the mouth. Seriously. WTF is wrong with you people? The whole point of the RPR is to have an affordable, quality, precision rifle that is ready to go out of the box. The …

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Interesting Shotgun Kaboom

Well…it may not be interesting for you, but it is for me. I have seen just about every kind of weapon come apart. Just. One thing I have never personally witnessed or experienced is a shotgun kaboom. The reports are this was NOT a 12/20 syndrome. But rather the use of old ammunition. Perhaps very, very, very old ammunition that …

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Gas Rings Seal Test

There are three gas rings as part of your AR bolt and they function a lot like the piston rings in your car’s engine. If the rings do not create a good seal, your rifle may not function properly, so it’s important to make sure they provide a good seal. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to check this. Remove the …

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Blaser Tactical 2 Barrel Installed

Blaser tactical 2 556 barrel is ready to go. Scope installed. Eye relieve set. Having a 223 caliber precision rifle is always very handy for inexpensive position practice. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Suppressor Alignment

Through its S.I.D. kiosks, Silencer Shop has made buying a suppressor as easy as ordering a hamburger at a fast food restaurant. Once you have your suppressor, one thing you want to make sure of when you mount it is that it’s properly aligned.  If not, you can have a bullet/baffle strike. Fortunately, checking alignment is simple. Remove the bolt …

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Killing Time Installing Front Sights

Been stuck in the armory all day waiting for a delivery. I’m killing time but I can’t get too deep into something that I can’t drop last minute to run up to the loading dock. Cleaned a bunch of guns. Now I’m installing front sights on the Glock 34 & 35. Guess I’ll be shooting Glock this week to finish …

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Damn. I Need to Buy Scope Rings

Was hoping to be able to mount this scope with rings we have in the armory. Turns out, the Badger 1.125 high rings are just a hair too short. I mean just a hair. The bell just barely contacts the base. I could shim it, but just learned we have a standing credit with a vendor, so we’ll just cash …

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Behind the scenes: Remington 244 vs Winchester 243

This was recorded by accident during a cease fire. Turns out, the conversation was pretty interesting. Here’s why: Today, we see a big push in the PRS series for “better & better” 6mm rounds. 6×47, 6mmBR, 6CR. Turns out everything old is new again. Now I’m not saying these rounds don’t deliver. They do. But for my applications, 243/6mm is …

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Ross Rifle Stock Cracks

We talked about the Ross Rifle project in Episode 57 of the John1911 Podcast. Here is a teaser pic of one of the cracks. If you want to know more give it a listen.   Freeze john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SPAS-12 Reproduction Sling

The final item in the SPAS-12 “project” (Nod to the actual SPAS-12 Project — SPAS-12.com) is a reproduction “correct” sling. The good news is it’s very affordable. We had it delivered for just around $20.00.   Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Replacing Buffer on SPAS-12 Shotgun

Here is a time-lapse video showing how to install a replacement buffer in a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun. It took me 12 minutes and this was my first time EVER detail stripping or putting one together. I made few mistakes, but those are noted in the video so you don’t. Special thanks to the SPAS-12 Project for the support on getting …

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Armory Chat EP22 — Bolting Stuff to Your Rifle

Armory Chat EP22. It seems there are some people who might need some explanation on how to bolt stuff to your rifle. It’s not as simple as screwing down a nut or throwing a lever. You need to consider the recoil impulse of the rifle and how that can knock stuff loose.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Video — Smith Enterprises Vortex Flash Hider

A friend of ours switched from his factory FN muzzle break to a Smith Enterprises Vortex. And it was like a whole new gun. The blast and noise were noticeably less, and it even appears that possibly the harmonics tightened up the 175g groups.       Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”