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Brownell’s M16A1 Retro in the Wild 

  Had a chance to look closely at one of these recently. Like many of you, I believe The Devil is in the details. Do you want to fork over $2500 or more for a Colt? Or would one of these Brownell’s Retro guns scratch that itch? For a shooter? I think this rifle looks fantastic! But that is me. …

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VP9 +2 Magazine Problems

Right up front,I should probably warn the viewer; if you don’t run a HK VP9 or P30 Pistol, this video is not for you.  The reason I issue a warning is this video is long and tedious. It doesn’t have a lot of action or bring a lot of entertainment value.  But…if you are someone who is looking to extend …

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SHS 09: SIG Scorpion 1911

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a Sig Scorpion 1911.  I could go on and on about all the features offered on this pistol: mag well, GI Plug, Light Rail, cool guy color, Flat Trigger, G10 type grips,  Front and rear cocking serrations, external extractor, ambidextrous safety, night sights, Commander hammer, high beavertail, yada, …

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POTD — Bringing Out The Old Girl

Carried this gun for 12 years. It’s been to hell and back. Hell! I’ve even hit a few people with it. Refinished twice I think. Broke it out today to blow the dust off drawing from 3 o’clock. I rarely do that much these days. I was rusty and ugly. But ole faithful still delivered. 5” Ed Brown 1911. Blue …

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SHS 08: Dutch Maastricht-Beaumont Model 1871/88

What we have here is an old, military, black powder rifle manufactured in 1878.  The original model 1871 but was then later upgraded to the 1888 pattern. Making this a Model 1871/88. Caliber is 11.3x50r and appears to be numbers matching. At least to my untrained eye.  The action is buttery smooth and it appears to be in functioning order. …

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Whitney Lightning 

I took this pic while I was at the Cody Firearms Museum a while back. Some of you may know this pistol as the Whitney Lightning or the Whitney Wolverine. It’s a 22 caliber semi-automatic that was billed under the phrase, “more modern then tomorrow”.  It is my understanding the pistol wasn’t a good seller. And as tends to happen …

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SHS 07: Spanish Oviedo 7.62 NATO Mauser

In this episode of the Second Hand Showcase I am featuring a project gun. It appears functional but is missing a few parts and has some cracks. All of which help keep the price down for a possible project gun.  What we have here is a 1916 Spanish Oviedo small ring Mauser that has been re-barreled to 7.62 NATO.    …

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EP94 – The Balled of Pete Rose, NYPD Gun Scam, Yeti and Waffle House

On this episode of the John1911 Podcast.   Pete Rose: creeping corruption and sliding standards. Second Hand Showcase is costing me a fortune! Crazy on the street: Fire Breathing doo-doo bird. It seems the Hudson H9 is having significant issues. NYPD busted for kick-backs on gun licenses. Yeti and the NRA square off. I had no idea Waffle House was …

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American Made RPG: The PSRL-1

Texas based AirTronicUSA is now making a RPG-7 variant called the PSRL1. PSRL stands for Precision-Shoulder Fired-Rocket-Launcher. In appropriation slang, it is called the RPG-7USA.  Currently we supply these weapons to the Government of Ukraine for use against the, “Little Green Men” in the east. I also suspect we supply these to other allied governments that use “non-standard” weapons. Non-standard …

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SHS 06: Kimber K6s Revolver

I’ve been keeping an eye out for one of these new Kimber revolvers. And I have to say, I am not disappointed. The build quality seems very, very high. Seriously, if you are an old school revolver guy, I dare say you will be quite pleased to fondle a K6.   This particular example is the K6s. The “s” meaning …

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Can I use my MILSURP Sniper in a Class?

This question came in recently. I suspect it was prompted by the decision to get Freeze into a modern bolt action rifle for use out to longer ranges.  The first question that needs to be asked when something like this comes up is, “What is YOUR definition of long range?”. I point this out since invariably you will see some …

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VP9 Frames For Sale. How Does This Happen?

Since we run VP’s as daily CCW guns, staff is always on the lookout for VP9 products, parts, holsters, etc.  So when this popped up in an e-mail, I was left scratching my head. There seem to be some VP slides and frames for sale on the secondary market.  How does this happen?  My first thought is someone Kaboom’ed a …

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SHS 04: WWI 1911 Pistol

Up next in the Second Hand Showcase series is a WWI issued, Colt produced, M1911. Manufacture date is 1918. The finish appears original and has appropriate patina.  With the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering The Great War / WWI; there has been an uptick in interest in models from this era. What makes them somewhat uncommon is …

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5 Seconds is a Long Time

In the snow.  Draw concealed.  New cover garment.  5 second par time.  5-10-15-20-25-30 yards.  B/C zone IPSC target    Target note: we have this set at 35 degrees so it’s shorter on the vertical than a flat steel target.  https://sitargets.com/product/extreme-angle-rifle-pistol-target-t-post-mount/   IMO, this drill accomplishes quite a bit.  -Draw concealed. -Draw under time pressure. -Implementing Speed vs Accuracy -Distance Shooting  …