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POTD – MG42 7.62 Barrel

Quick project update. And something of a lesson. Since we started publishing info on various builds and projects in the armory, the number one question we get asked in messages is, “How did you guys find that?” And without fail, nobody is ever thrilled to hear the answer: “We bought it years ago”.  But what that REALLY means is we …

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We Need 3 Plate Racks

This post is going to be a little different from our normal fare. A local PD is in need of 3 falling plate pistol racks. If you, or someone you know, is able to provide this solution, and are interested in offering a 3 rack deal, please reach out to me via the contact form here, or private messages on …

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EP120 – Commie Tiger’s Blood, Old Man PED bust, Why no Gear Reviews

On this episode of the John1911 Podcast we bring 2019 in with a bang.   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is DC’s Charlie Sheen. Freeze’s end of year agony continues. 90 y/o busted for PEDS! Why we are NOT a gear review channel. Elizabeth Warren is so white. In the market for 3 plate racks!     Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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SHS 40 – HK VP9 SK Pistol

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we find a gun that I didn’t expect to see in a used case for a very long time: The compact version of the popular HK striker pistol: VP9 SK.  I speak English, so all I can say about the SK designation is that it means sub-compact / pocket-rocket in German. If …

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Anonymous Benefactor Steel 

So…we’ve been getting alerts from the Post Master that we needed to stop by the loading dock for a pickup. Urgently. Frankly with the end of year nonsense, limited holiday schedules and some pressing meetings, this has kinda been ignored.  So…finally we made it down to the mail center to address the issue. And when the nice woman comes back …

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ZB-26 Parts Kit UnBoxing

A little bit out of order, but by poplar request, here is a detailed list of the ZB-26 as a parts kit. You can see the de-milling cuts, the internal parts and pins. Along with such things as the op-rod, bolt, and gas-tube.  More to come.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 39 – Swiss K11

What we have on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is the Swiss K11. Like most K11’s, this one was converted from 7.5×53 to the more modern 7.5×55. What is more commonly known as the 7.5 Swiss or GP11.  The rundown: Model: Swiss K11 User: Switzerland. Action: Straight-Pull Caliber: 7.5×55 (GP11). Condition: Well used – Rack Grade. Sling: Original …

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Glock 45 In Armory

So we recently had a new Glock 45 pass through the armory. This example belongs to a non-public staff member. At this point I am not sure if we will see this pistol again on the website.  But even without firing it, I am once again confident in my original opinions of the G45. I think it’s probably the best …

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SHS 38 – Colt M2012 Bolt Action Rifle

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a rifle I have never seen before. It’s a Colt branded bolt action rifle built by Cooper Firearms of Montana. if you don’t know Cooper, they are a high-end rifle shop know for their extremely accurate hunting rings. And Wooo-Boy! This one is a doozie! Check out the …

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EP119 – 2018 Year in Review

Episode 119 is in the can. In this episode, we take a moment to look back at the last 12 months. Reflect on where we’ve been. And where we are going. And ass-hurt some people with a MEME! Sincerely, Marky & Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Sig Pe57 (510-4) Parts Kit Analysis

A functional 510-4 can go for 6k plus so it’s definitely worth considering. My biggest concern is that the receiver was already de-milled repaired/welded then de-milled again.  The initial repairs to the receiver look pretty robust so I’m not sure how close we can make it look with these big repaired sections.  We would want it to look like a …

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SHS 37 – Colt 1903 Shooter Grade

Previously we featured a collector grade 1903 that was asking for top dollar. Now we have something a little more in my wheelhouse. A Colt 1903 that is defiantly shooter grade: Make: Colt Firearms. Model: Colt Pocket Hammerless Type 1. Caliber: 32ACP. Magazine: 1. Capacity: 7? No box or papers.  Grip panels in excellent shape.  Finish Condition: Poor.  If you …

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SHS 36 – Hi-Standard Model B

  What we have here is a Pre-WWII sporting handgun chambered in 22LR. The Hi-Standard Model B. Production was shutdown during the war to make room for defense related items.  Make: Hi-Standard. Model: Model B Caliber: 22LR. Action: Semi-Auto – Blow-back. Date of manufacture: 1940-41. Magazine: One. Magazine Capacity: 10? Magazine Release: Heel Type.  Finish: Fair. Appropriate with age.    …

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Saw Cut vs Torch Cut

We’ve had some inquiries about the ZB-26 kit. Many of our younger readers haven’t seen saw cuts, or might not be aware that used to be an option?  Long story short, there was  time when the BATFE would allow the importation of parts kits that were cut with bandsaws. But later on, they decided it was way too way to …