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eXperior 1911 Dominates 10-8 Test

The Wilson Combat eXperior 1911 has passed the 10-8 Function Test.  What makes this more impressive, is the gun is a single stack, chambered in 9mm, with a GI style, internal extractor.  Between you, me and the wall; I thought no way this gun gets through the test without at least some kind of bobble. But gosh-darn it did!  And …

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Firing the 1891 Rolling Block Pistol

It’s unusual to be able to actually shoot some antique firearms, but being that this is a rolling block pistol in 22 RF; and had a super solid frame and receiver, I decided to play around. Using CCI CB 22 short, sub-sonic, low velocity ammo. Although I’m sure more regular off the shelf 22 ammo would be fine, I didn’t …

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WileyX EyePro Down

I honestly don’t recall how long I have had this set of eye-protection. At least a decade. Probably closer to 13 years. It comes in a kit that allows the user to change lenses, but I always used the clear.  You can tell by looking at it’s condition that it gets used many times a week. Sometimes daily. It stays …

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Remington Rolling Block Pistol.

This is a Model 1891 Target Pistol. Although they were made in several calibers, these particular examples are chambered in .22 RF. It has a 10.5 inch, octagon barrel.  The production run on the .22 target model was very low at around 100. And these are pretty rare today. They were not a very popular pistol in the days of …

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Sonic Cleaning Tank

This has been a long time coming. But what finally pushed us over the edge was suppressed AR’s. They get filthy, fast. So we wanted a sonic cleaner that at minimum would take an entire AR upper.  Being able to put in barrels from Blaser rifles is just a bonus.      Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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P08 Luger – German Bubba?

So here’s the story with this video. We have a German P08 Luger in the reference collection. It’s a shooter grade, non-matching example. And we paid a shooter grade, non-matching price for it.  No big deal.  However…we have recently learned that the WWII German Army used a “42” code on replacement Luger parts. But it just so happens that code …

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Strap-Wrench Is a Must

If you are going to shoot threaded barrels or suppressors in any kind of volume? We highly recommend you keep a strap wrench handy.  I know. I know. It’ll never happen to you because reasons. But I can just about guarantee somebody, somewhere, in your shooting circle will end up needing one.  For those considering one,  a two-pack can be …

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Empty Chamber Slide Drop – How It Happens

1911: Empty Chamber Slide Drop – How It Happens I have noticed a sudden uptick of interest in a video we made a few years ago regarding dropping a slide on an empty 1911 pistol chamber.  That video discusses what the acton does to a 1911 and at what threshold it becomes an issue. <CLICK HERE FOR THAT VIDEO> This …

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Remington Smoot New Model Revolver

The Remington Smoot New Model line started in 1875 with the model 1 and finally ended in 1888 with the model 4. The model 1 was chambered in .30RF and only had a two year production run.  The Model 2 had a similar fate.  The Model 3 and 4 became the most popular iterations and were produced until 1888. The …

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EDC X9L – Why The Big One?

So…some have asked why choose a 5” model of 1911 as a go-to 1911? It’s mostly personal preference, but if you must:  I like how 5” models recoil.  Using a plug, they can be cycled one handed on hard surfaces.  The EDC X9L has a rail that still facilitates that move. I dislike extra-long dust-covers on 1911s in general.  This …

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Long Saturday

At 630am it was website updates. By 930am it was range time. By 2pm it was tractor service center to bring in busted range bush-hog. At 4pm it was leg day (I HATE working out that late). And now at 930pm I am finished cleaning some weapons in the armory. Who takes weekends off?     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting …

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EDC X9L Locking Lug Design

Ok. In this final installment of the advances and changes Wilson has made to the design of the EDC X9L gun.  What is it? In a word: friction. Or more specifically a lack of it.  First they have removed the radial locking lugs from the barrel and added a single locking surface at the front of the hood. Pretty much …

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EDC X9L – Magazine Design

The Wilson EDC X9L double-stack series of guns have a significantly less bulky grip and feel when compared to a traditional 2011.  How do they do this? Simple. Wilson decided to use a ground up 9mm magazine tube that not only holds 18 rounds. But also presents the 9mm round more directly into the chamber.  The benefits of this are …

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EDC X9L: Extractor Design

The EDC X9L pistol is a 1911 built for modern duty standards. And anyone who is truthful about the original 1911 designs knows changing and maintaining the extractor is as much an art as a science.  And while guys like me who are heavily invested in that skill might make the argument that it shouldn’t be changed; modern service guns …

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Shooting Baffle Stack Loose

So what do you do when you can’t get the baffle stack out of your integrally suppressed AR? Easy. Go shoot it some more, heat up the stack, and use a socket wrench to leverage it out.  In the future, I will have to make certain to use anti-seize on the threads if the rifle is going to sit long …