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A.W. Spies .36 Caliber Percussion Pistol.

A.W. Spies was a retailer from 1820 thru 1851. His name appears on firearms, swords, and even buttons.  This .36 caliber single shot pistol carries his name on the lock plate. The names Rodgers and Remington are marked on the barrel.  Not a lot of information is available on this firearm. But from the fancy engraving, and German silver plates, …

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EDC X9L Holes-in-Holes Drill

Some have asked if I shot the EDC X9L for the Holes-in-Holes drill. I did. Here is the best group. The goal is to shoot 5 shots through the same sized hole as the first bullet. So for 9mm, that would be a .355 hole.  Didn’t pull that off here. But it’s the journey, not the destination with such drills. …

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EP-192: The John Wayne Walk

Episode 192 of the John1911 Podcast: We all like The Bird Cage movie. Holes-in-Holes hate. Do 70 million people think 2020 was stolen? Why ACB & Nikki Haley are the biggest 2020 losers. AR-47’s don’t sell well for a reason. PA – Vote your way in, shoot your way out? Calls for unity & an enemies list? Foreign GOV’s list …

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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 940-1

Back in the day, these were a very hot item. A J-frame revolver that can shoot 9×19. The same caliber as most service pistols.  The theory being this would be a good backup gun. Or desirable for folks who otherwise found themselves being issued / required to shoot 9mm. But there are three big short comings:  The gun is very …

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Wilson eXperior – Holes-in-Holes Drill

Got dayum! This gun shoots. Holes-in-Holes drill. 3 yards. 5 shots. Standing 2-handed. 115g mixed case head remanufactured ammo. This Wilson eXperior, single stack, 5”, steel, 9mm 1911 is probably the nicest handgun I have ever, ever shot in the practical world. This gun came to us with me thinking we’d have it 2-weeks tops. Why? I didn’t believe a …

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Blackhawk T-Series & EDC X9L

So…Officer Mike stopped by and checked if the new Blackhawk 2011 Holster (T-Series) would accept my Wilson EDC X9L? It appears it might.  The hangup, literally, is the Trijicon SRO. Specifically how far forward the objective rides on the gun. Our working theory is to remove some material from the RDS cover section and the gun should lock in place.  …

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Steel 9mm 1911 Recoil

Some of you have seen my recent MEMEs calling for all 1911s to be in 9mm. And while I understand that is a very provocative idea amongst the traditional 1911 crowd, I really think it has some merit.  Hear me out.  Everybody should have a 45 1911. Let’s assume we all do.  9mm single-stack 1911s are a large percentage firepower …

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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 442

For many years I refused to even purchase a j-framed revolver. Why? I didn’t want to be tempted to carry it! Yes I really think that. I am of the opinion that guns like this breed laziness and bad habits.  People who think they can only carry J-fames suffer from the same mindset about lifting weights or working out. Stop …

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EP-191: 2020 Thunder Dome

EP-191 of the John1911 Podcast is now live: Kimber HQ escapes from New York. SHOT Show 2021 Cancelled. What the 40 S&W won’t really go  away. Jesus of Methlehem. 2-Tooth Charlie. Giving Marky crap about dropping his gun. Are the 2020 polls wrong? Our election predictions.     Danny, Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Dropping Guns

It’s been a while since I actually dropped a gun. Or been dropped / fallen / fistfight in a stairwell. It happens. This instance happened while doing sprint exercises.  I figured it was a good time to talk about it. Legit gun wear. And real world perceptions of gun finishes vs online stupid, enthusiast’s collector standards.  Look at the finish …

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Fall Fashion Week: S&W 325 Thunder Ranch

The 325 is a legacy gun from my 45 ACP 1911 days. The thinking was since I am so deep into the 45 guns, it made sense to have some other guns in that caliber.  Additionally getting to practice using the revolver manual of arms without having to stock a revolver centric caliber appealed to our logistics system.  The result? …

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Fat Boi

It’s starting to get cold and I need to get used to drawing from sweatshirts. Fortunately I carry the same gun all year round. So I have that going for me.  #fatboi   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Fall Fashion Week: FDE Glock 35

We have a bunch of firearms in The Armory that don’t see much use or publicity. A while mess of Glocks actually. Here is a FDE Glock 35. GEN 4. With Wilson-Vickers ledge night sights.  The logic behind this gun was to have it handy should anyone show up at our ranges with 40 S&W. For the record, plenty of …