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Suppressor Strikes

When your gun shoots tight groups and then starts to wander. If there is a suppressor involved, best to pull it and check for baffle strikes.  Doesn’t matter how it was working. Doesn’t matter the suppressor passed an alignment rod check earlier.  Be objective.  Collect your data. From scope mounting up top, action screws below, internal ballistics inside, to the …

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Plate Rack Maintenance 

While shooting some drills on the plate rack, I noticed a plate wasn’t falling that I thought should have. And instead of being target focused, my mind happened to see all the plates relative to each other.  And what do ya know!? The plates aren’t even!  Best I can figure is the heat-cold cycle, along with vibration from impacts, caused …

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Fiber-Optic Front Sight Replacement 

Happy New Year from the John1911 Armory. It’s Friday AM and I am knocking this off the to-do list. Replacing the FO insert on the Wilson Experior 9mm 1911.  Super easy. All you need is a lighter and something to clip the rod with. Actually you could do this on the range if needed. So we keep FO rods in …

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Thoughts: Suppressed 22 AR’s

Thoughts: Suppressed 22 AR’s Recently there has been a surge of interest in suppressed 22 AR rifles. I believe this is because a dedicated 22 upper has been released by Gemtech.  Well…I think many of you will be disappointed by the results and I don’t recommend buying one. Let me explain.  We recently did some testing with a 22 conversion …

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3090 Round Shok-Buff

Back in the old days, it was the consensus to not run Shok-Buffs in working guns. The logic being should the buff come apart, it could lock up the gun at a most unfortunate time. These days it appears Wilson Combat ships their guns with Shok-Buffs from the factory. Since that is OEM, that is what we will run.  Wilson …

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Wilton Shop King Vise

This is a vice that is used primarily for cleaning and light disassembly. So the forces exerted on it are minimal.  Which is probably a good thing since it has seen some very hard use during it’s life. You can tell that by looking at how the jaws don’t close perfectly and the cracks in the lower-half.  But that’s OK. …

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No DIY Trigger Jobs!

You’ll have to watch the video to get the full message and back stories. But in brief, if you don’t know or have the ability to measure metal surface and interior hardness?  If you don’t have the ability to re-harden or re-coat that metal with surface treatments to replicate that hardness?  You have ZERO business engaging in DIY trigger jobs. …

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SIG P210 Cleaning

So I had a chance to get into the P210 yesterday and clean it. Without going into great detail beyond the scope of our website, I can tell you this is a very well made gun.  It still has some very early Euro-style spring designs in it. Very similar to some of the reference guns in the collection. Like the …

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New VZ Grips

I reached out to VZ Grips a few months ago and asked them if they would make me an ivory colored X9 grip similar to the 40th anniversary Wilson Combat guns? And they said yes.     Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Doc Re-Barrels PSS 700

[Editor’s note]    Doc shoots quite a bit. His 300WM needed a new barrel. Second barrel he’s changed on this rifle. These are his groups working up new loads. —Editor    The Loads The Rifle Rifle configuration   Doc www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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RDS / Scope Battery Change

Last year I started to put the change date on optic batteries. The Aimpoint shown here hasn’t died, but it is dim. So that was a clue I needed to change it.  I have started doing this on all precision rifle scopes with illuminated reticles. I also keep the info in the service logs for the rifle in question. That …

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Tailgate Lubing a 1911

Everyone understands a traditional 1911 takes a little more maintenance and upkeep to keep in running shape. Especially when compared to modern striker guns. So instead of trying to type all of this out, it is just easier to demonstrate it in a video.  How I keep 1911s running in high round count training cycles. Aka, “Tailgate lubing”.  Here is …

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Tenicor Holster

Editor’s note: Officer Mike is trying out a Tenicor holster system. Seems like a decent design. The clips used are VERY tough to remove. A good thing. Shown is his duty 2011 and my EDC X9L. The X9L doesn’t completely seat in this example since it’s a 5” gun. But it’s obvious a 5” Tenicor holster system would receive the …

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Fiberoptic Sight – What Happens If?

Long story short: What happens if your fiberoptic front sight falls out?  Nothing.  Long story long: The sight is still useable as I have tried to show in these pics. But I have a confession. This was really user error. Yup. My fault.  A day or two earlier, I had noticed the front sight was getting loose and moving back …

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Wilson Combat Gun Lube

Wilson sent over a pistol earlier in 2020 and inside the package came some gun lube. Since I kept the kit together, the lube always happened to be around when shooting.  Eventually we started using it at the range and have been pleased ever since.  The example we have is their thin / cold-weather version. Which we ran all summer …