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1897 Winchester Cowboy Action Conversion

Going through some old content I realize that I never posted these images! Whoops! Here is a brief synopsis: This 1897 Winchester probably started life as a standard 30-ish-inch length barrel hunting shotgun. At some point over the last decade, a SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) member had it chopped, barrel threaded for screw in chokes, installed a new brass …

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HK VP9 Wear Update

Someone wanted to see a video of the VP9 Wear instead of photos. So…here you go. I haven’t checked my record, but I “think” we are on 3 years of carry and use? Or damn near? But I could be wildly off on that estimate. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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EP70 — Glock Build Project Cancelled

After some discussions and education, my plan to “manipulate” Freeze into getting a Glock pistol, by building it, has been scrapped. The plan was to purchase one of the Polymer 80 style kits and build from there. But research has shown the builds are not economically sound. This is doubly true when you look at the police trade-in market. If …

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Pawn Shop Find — Old German Scope

One thing I make a habit of doing is to dive deep when presented with a new gun store or pawnshop. I will literally spend a few hours basically cataloging every item in the store. These days, this only happens when I travel. So while doing my thing in a pawnshop I ran across this old German manufactured scope. It …

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K31 – The Karabiner Model 1931

The Swiss made rifle commonly referred to as the K31 is a straight pulled action rifle that uses a 6 round detachable box magazine. The calibre is 7.5×55 Swiss and has pretty much the same ballistic qualities as the 7.62×51 NATO round. These rifles are very well built and are considered to be some of the most accurate Milsurp rifle …

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Submit your Questions

It’s become a travel tradition. Q&A time. Leave your questions below, in e-mail, Instagram or Facebook. Questions asked via private message and e-mail will be assumed to be anonymous unless otherwise noted.   Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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POTD — Long Guns Checked Into Armory

All my working long-guns are checked back in the armory. It’s rare for them all to be together. Some may be disappointed by the selections since we have so many more interesting rifles in the reference collection. But to get the job done, things aren’t that hard: Mossberg 590 / 500. SCAR-16. PTR-GI. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Getting Ready for a Meeting

So…maybe I had to cobble together some Glock mag pouches to make this work? Who’s gonna know? Not the guys at security…. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Bushnell ConX 1 Mile Laser Range Finder

Since we have a website some readers may get things twisted. The fact is, even for us, money is always an issue. I don’t like to overpay for stuff, and my hand to heaven, I think paying too much actually makes Freeze’s blood pressure rise! Our regulars know I am not even remotely kidding. So…when last week Bushnell had a …

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The Taliban SCAR-17 is Back

Photos and video have been making the rounds of Taliban fighters spotted with US Military equipment. Specifically a FDE SCAR-17 variant. Citing open source intel, the US Military has acknowledged the loss of one SCAR-17 / SCAR-Heavy rifle. As I recall, that rifle first made it’s Taliban propaganda debut in 2015. At least that is what I think I remember. …

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Shooting the VEPR-12 w/Friends

With all the hoopla going around over the VEPR sanctions, I have noticed increased traffic on our VEPR based content. Specifically, Freeze’s VEPR-12 shotgun. And then it occurred to me, I never posted these photos from a friendly range session with some very good friends. Neither one of them being experienced gun people actually turned out to be a net …

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British Paratrooper Motorcycle

Ran across this bike a while back. A big time milsurp guy had it on display. It is what is known as a Welbike and was made by the Excelsior Bike Company from 1942 through 1945. Immediately I made an offer on it, which the owner promptly refused. Not because my number was low. Actually according to Freeze, I was …

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My First Experience with the Scatt Trainer

While visiting Camp Perry this week, I ran across a setup that I had only seen on the internet. The Scatt Shooter Training System. A guy had it setup outside one of the buildings on vendor’s row. To my recollection, this setup is usually used by Olympic level shooters to not only record their shot, the entire sight-picture process, and …

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Episode 69 of the John1911 Podcast

On this episode of the John1911 Podcast:   88 Pounds of heroin in Detroit. Bushnell CONX LRF seems impressive. Carrying Swords in Texas. Sheriff Dick Jones drops Narcan. The DPRK can hit the North East with new ICBM KN-20. Woman lights boyfriend on fire, douses with urine. The UK’s new Super-Carrier runs off non-super Windows XP. Mayweather vs McGregor fight …

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Jim Clark Bullseye 1911 – 38 Special

Camp Perry was a success for one incredible reason: I got to handle a personal firearm of one of the greatest pistol shooters to ever live: Jim Clark, Sr. But what is even more interesting is this talisman wasn’t hanging on a wall or under glass waiting to be fondled by a cotton-gloved, Gun-Jesus. Actually…it wasn’t even out for the …