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General Garnett’s Sword Update

I was recently reminded by a viewer that I hadn’t done a follow up on Armory Chat 41: General Garnett’s Sword (Lamp).    So…Cough…cough…let me put on my my best affected 1860’s persona: “Dear Sir, It has recently been brought to my attention that a grave injustice has been committed upon the fair and just readers of this land. And …

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Blaser R8 Pro-Tips

This is a general list of “how to” for the Blaser R8 rifles. Actually for all the Blaser straight-pull rifles: R8, R93, LRS, LRS2, Tactical 2.  Some of the things on this list are reflective of my views on the mechanics of the R8. Others are gleaned from experience in field conditions. From balmy summer days to sub-zero winter shooting.  …

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Pit Target Install

We have started the permeant install of the pistol pit steel targets and paper stands. Also combining this with cleaning up the erosion from all the heavy rain from the last 12 months.  Not as easy as it sounds. But…once done, should be impervious to future rain. No matter how much.        Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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Why I Don’t Like Bobtailed 1911s

This isn’t a decision I came to lightly. Or very quickly. It took me a few years and lots of shooting experience with a timer to figure this out.   I’ve verified it visually and objectively on the clock.  Your individual experience may vary.  But when given the choice, I will take a full-size 1911 grip over anything that’s been …

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Red 9 Stripper Clips Arrive

C96 – Red 9 stripper clips are in….Errr…well only 1! But What the heck! 😎🤪😬 #c96mauser #broomhandlemauser #mauser #wwi #pistol #gunsofinstagram   Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Shelter Construction Update

As I write this, it’s 5am. And later today, I will be hitting the range to review the final phase of the new shelter construction.  Initially it was spec’d out to be 14’x16’. But after some of the footprint was laid out, we decided to expand it to 14’x24’. That should give us enough space to allow a reasonable amount …

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Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser 

Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser  User question: What are the differences between the Ross straight pull and the Blaser straight pulls?  In short? Everything. Besides both being straight pull rifles, they share almost no mechanical technology or heritage.  See video for my complete explanation.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Mexican Mondragon Rifle

The Mondragon is a unicorn rifle for us. They are very rare overall and extremely rare inside of the United States. Why? Logically…how many guns does Mexico export to the US every year?  See my point?  This was made by SIG and is chambered in 7mm Mauser. I bet it would be a pussycat to shoot.      Sincerely,  Marky …

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EP135 – Ghost Glock, C96 Pistol Debut, Every Town USA Arrest

On this episode of the John1911 Podcast:   Freeze is tempted by Centerfire Systems to build a Glock. Was a suppressor used in VA shooting attack? 505 Gibbs vs 460 Weatherby. NY Homeowner arrested for inherited gun. The C96 Broom Handle debut. Every Town USA lobbyist knocks his wife around. Hillary keynotes cyber-security conference. DPRK’s Kim just needs a Red …

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Armory Chat 45 – C96 / Red 9 Mauser

We’ve been in the market for a shooter grade C96 for a while. But what made the quest even harder was we wanted it chambered in…you guessed it…9×19. Which is where the, “Red 9” moniker comes into play.  In summary: Used C96. Made by Mauser in Germany. Exported to China. At some point imported or brought into the US. It …

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Winchester-Hotchkiss Model 1879

So…why I am I looking at a sporting rifle? The first clue is the caliber. It’s in 45-70. So that makes we wonder if it would handle modern 45-70 loads? Figuring most commercial 45-70 loads are made to be “Trapdoor Safe”, I would think…maybe…probably? But ultimately I would defer to someone more knowledgable than me to make that final call.  …

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TSA Gun Check Update

I travel quite a bit. Have been for years. Almost always with firearms. Been doing it well before 9-11. So I’ve seen it all: agents who love me. Agents who hate me. Agents who want to talk guns because they are gun guys. And agents who don’t understand their own rules and think they are going to give me the …

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Yugo M53 Parts Kit Analysis

Marky:  One more thing. How does this kit look to you?  I don’t know if I told you, but we did purchase a brand new 7.62 NATO MG 42 barrel. I don’t know how easy it is to convert these things? But I’m under the impression it’s not hard. Famous last words the customer says to his 07. 😎🤪🤷🏼‍♂️ —- …

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Model 1917 with BAR Magazine

We’ve all seen the ’03 Springfield’s that have been modified to take the larger magazines. Some are done after the fact since it’s a historically correct modification, while others seem to have been done during the war.  So…imagine if you were walking past the table at your local gun-show and you saw a US Model 1917 rifle modified to accept …

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Glock 45 vs HK VP9 Trash Talk

“Officer Mike” and I were at the range testing out the falling plate rack.  What started off as spall and bullet deflection testing, slowly turned the gun range equivalent of a Mono A Mono, WWE grudge match!  It doesn’t all have to be about work. Sometimes we can get stuff done and…have some fun!    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …