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MAS-38 Parts Kit Analysis 

So…I have been looking for a MAS-38 for sometime. Every once in a while I think about just building one. Here is Matt and I corresponding on the numbers. —Marky Marky: I know this looks bad. But I’ve seen a semi-auto conversion done. Do-able?  Matt H.: Torch cuts are pretty rough! I’m sure I could make it work but it would take …

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Rant – First Reports Almost Always Wrong

Quick podcast rant. The media has been apoplectic over the Indian versus the high school kid story. Instead of really talking about that, I think this is a good time to re-iterate a lesson that I learned many many years ago. First reports or almost always wrong. Our regulars have heard the story before. But I think it bears repeating …

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Ep 122- Galils Return, Hudson Dies, Winchester 350 Legend

Episode 122 of the John1911 Podcast is now live. Hudson MFG has imploded. Steyr M9 Pistol. Freeze see’s a crazy AR-15 mistake. ATI is bringing back the original Galil. Winchester 350 Legend Straight Wall cartridge. Franklin Armory bans InRange at SHOT Show. Stoeger STR-9 Pistol. Faxon Firearms FX-19 Pistol. Nest cameras warn of DPRK nuclear attack.     Marky & …

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Killing a US Carrier

Aircraft carriers are nowhere near as vulnerable as popularly believed and are essentially unsinkable except by nuclear-weapons. Modern US carrier can absorb a dozen torpedo hits and remain underway. Naval expert Norman Polmar once told me the only way to finish off a US carrier is to send a missile or two through an open elevator and hope they explode …

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Homemade Monopod Blaser Tac2 – LRS2

Someone reached out and wanted to know if I could get them a Blaser monopod or one of these reproductions? Unfortunately I don’t have any to provide. And while we are on the subject, I didn’t even make this product.  But…I don’t believe it would be all that hard to make yourself. So if you want some data on where …

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Upside Down Gas Block

I had an AR build come across the workbench. The owner bought it from the guy who built it. I’m not sure when it was built but apparently it didn’t run.  Upon first inspection I easily found that the buffer retention pin was missing. The first fix on this rifle is installing the missing pin. After installing the buffer retention …

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Restoration – Bernardelli P.One

Follow up video on a gun we first talked about in 2018. A Bernardelli P.One pistol.  This pistol originally started its life in Italy. Then went to Israel as a police gun. After which it was surplussed out and eventually made its way to the United States. That is where we come in. Initially the condition of the pistol was …

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CMMG 22 Conversion 

SHOT show is next week. And for another year, I am relieved to not be in attendance. Back in the day, I used to work the event. On the LE side. It made for a long week.  And yes it was a week. Because setup and teardown always added more days on both ends of the show.  The Kit But …

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AR Kaboom – What Happened?

This video was recently brought to my attention. I don’t know how long ago it happened or where?  I have seen many rifles ka-Boom. AR’s even. Usually what I see is a “blow-out” down the magwell and out the ejection port.  That is not what happened here. The upper completely blew apart. Up to and including separation near the rear …

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EP 121 – Hudson MFG failing? – Classic Firearms PM-63 Disaster, FAB Defense

On this episode of the John1911 Podcast:   Is Hudson MFG in trouble? Classic Firearms & Forgotten Weapons Argue. A crazy user induced AR malfunction. FAB Defense SKS Chassis. Rifle Range finally gets snow! Henry makes a 6.5CM Lever gun. Drinking wine from Pringles Can. CNN employee’s White Privilege screwup. Nobody cares about Gillette. County lockup: Syringe up the butt. …

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Chasing Function: Weasel Whacker

New project rolled onto the workbench. Right now its a “Jam-O-Matic”. I’m sure I can get things worked out.       Freeze. www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 41 – IWI Tavor Bullpup

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are featuring a “somewhat” new design for the used gun counter: A IWI Tavor rifle.  What makes this bullpup design interesting when compared to most other bullpup’s is the fact it is very modern in construction, design and features.  IMO all bullpups are locked in a vicious development cycle: It’s never …

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Blaser Tactical 2 Import

This isn’t definite, but I have detected at least two dealers with NIB Blaser Tactical 2’s in stock. When reaching out to one dealer about this item, we inquired: New, Used, or New Old Stock? The dealer reported it was a newly imported rifle. And by the looks of the box, that appears to be the case.  So…has the German …

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Eye Relief Before Ring Height

First off before we get started. This video is long. And somewhat repetitive in that it approaches the same problem from two different directions. If the subject is not something that you need to hear right now, watching this will be like watching paint dry. Just skip it.  Yes. I really said that. Why? Because it’s true. And I don’t …