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POTD — Model 1917 Heavy Barrel Sniper 

The next time you see some WWI Bubba’ed rifle at a gun show, make sure it’s not an actual factory rifle that has been mis-identified.  I won’t give away all my best secrets with details, but I keep a running list of typical “mistakes” that can lead me to buying something well under market value.  Trust me. Knowledge is power.  …

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EP132 – IV8888 Drama, NRA Closing, GRS Ragnarok Chassis

Ep 132 is in the can: Is Joe Biden really getting the nomination? Freeze connects on the head at 300 Yards. PPU ammo is a John1911 Favorite. MSNBC admits gun control allows Maduro survival. IV8888 gets paid for gun reviews faux outrage. NRA is screwing up badly with it’s members. Blaser confirms 22lr kits for R8 hit US in July. …

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Howa 300 Yard Headshot 

So Freeze was out on the range with his version of a precision rifle: the Howa 1500 hunting rifle in 308. Not kidding. That’s a pretty modern rifle for an old MILSURP collector!  But when it’s all said and done, this Howa shoots pretty well. Actually, better than just well. I’m not saying it can run with the big dogs …

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Bayonet Lug Install PTR-91

A few weeks back, we realized that an old armory project was long overdue. Actually two projects. The first was to reconfigure the PTR-91 truck gun back to it’s factory stock. The second was to install an original G3 bayonet-lug and bayonet. In short, convert it to a standard military configuration and then place it back into the reference collection. …

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Franchi Law -12 Disassembly

This video is as much for us as it is for external use. I won’t admit how much time I have in figuring out how to take this gun apart, and then completely reassembling it. I just know two years from now, when this gun needs to be cleaned again; I don’t wanna have to re-learn it. So here it …

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Is My Lite Trigger Drop-Safe? 

Last week there was a big dust up in PRS circles over super light triggers and negligent discharges. Without getting too deep in the woods on PRS, it made me wonder? Is my trigger drop safe? Or maybe more appropriately bump safe? There is a bump-stock joke writing itself in the previous sentence. But I digress.  So after researching what …

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POTD  — Webley MK IV

Took this pic at Cody Firearms Museum. A Webley MK IV semi-auto in .455 Webley. Honestly, this has never been a gun I have had any interest in. Mostly because it is relatively unknown on the streets of the United States.  What I mean is we are unlikely to ever see one, have a need for one, have someone show …

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Vortex Scope Cut-Away

Saw this at the Vortex booth during the 2019 NRA show. And I have to tell you, it was amazing! Scott Terhall spent about 20 minutes going over the particulars of their scope construction and assembly processes with myself and our PhD Engineer.  At some point during the conversation, I’m lost! So they went down the rabbit hole as engineers …

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ZB-26 Bead Blast

These pics show cleaning the cuts and media blasting.  So I can see what is going on. Once media blasted, a mock up is done. From there I can measure filler pieces and jigs that will need to be made. I hope to have at least the rear welded up by next week.     Sincerely,  Matt www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns …

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Beretta Prop Gun

Movie prop gun checked out of The Armory for a few weeks. Just got it back in. Student movie from what I’ve seen. Hope they all become successful and famous and always remember their positive experience with the gun wranglers at John1911.   Specifics: Factory plugged. Takes 8mm blanks. The photographer only requested the prop, no blanks.  For those curious, …

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Suppressor Demo Day

Officer Mike stopped out at the range last week to demonstrate some suppressors. In particularly suppressors we could use for depredation hunting.  Here is the short version: The 22 rimfire suppressors were WAY more impressive than I expected.  The 9mm AR “Pistol” suppressor was way better than I expected.  And 300 Blackout revealed another limitation that confirms it’s just not …

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Bushnell TRS-25: Dot and Adjustment Issues

Freeze was on the range today zeroing some rifles. One of them was an AR-15 with a TRS-25 on it. While shooting it at 100 yards to fine-tune the dot, I noticed it didn’t seem like it was taking adjustment. Then the red dot started to blink out under recoil (1 day old new battery, BTW).  Now for the next questions …

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POTD – Two More VTAC’s Arrive

Things are moving very quickly on many fronts. On Friday, two more of the VTAC barricades arrived on property. That gives us a total of 3.  Right now, I am thinking two will go into The Pit. As for the third, I am debating placing it on the 100-500 yard shooting position. Or I might elect to keep it at …

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What is Wolf Gold Ammo?

We bought some 55g Wolf Gold ammo for some of our tac rifles. But it got me thinking: Does “Gold” mean match? Since I fire Wolf 55g steel in this gun, why not put the Gold to test and find out? The answer: It’s 55g military ball ammo. It’s not trash ammo. But it definitely is bulk ammo.  Sure, I …