View Post

Winchester 52 First Shots

I picked up a Winchester 52c from an estate auction earlier this year. It’s a pretty attractive setup and I was very lucky to get it.  The rifle also came with Redfield Target Sights and an original Unertl optic. As best as I can tell, it hasn’t been shot since AT LEAST the early 90’s. Probably long before that. So …

View Post

Merkel RX Helix Hunting Rifle

First off let me make this clear: We are not gear reviewers. Sure, you will see stories and pictures and postulations of guns and gear here on John1911.com. But…we don’t take submissions. Why is that? Simple. Our policy is if you don’t see the item discussed here, we either can’t afford it, don’t know about it, or aren’t interested in …

View Post

Liberator STT Tactical Light

I have had this flashlight for a number of years. I used to use it at work extensively. The construction is a little bit different in that it fit over your hand like some kind of sword hilt or trench knife. But that design makes it damn hard to drop! Back in the day I used to hang out of …

View Post

Boresighting without a collimator

Bore Sighting a Rifle So you just bought a new scope, mounted it on your rifle and are ready for the range, right?  Not quite.  You need to bore sight first, or plan to shoot lots of ammo trying to get your shots on the target. And with the cost of ammo being what it is (if you can find …

View Post

POTD: My Retired 1911

POTD: Picture of the Day. It’s been a while since this old gun of mine has seen some sunlight. It’s my old 1911 I carried daily for 12 years. I know this gun. I trust this gun. And if this gun could talk, it would rat me out on all my good stories. It has been refinished. The current refinish …

View Post

Mossberg 500 12 and PDX Ammunition

We invited some close friends and family to come out with us to Mitchell’s Range. The guesst were asked to bring any home defense or CCW weapons they own as well. One thing that showed up with a Mossberg 500 12 gauge that had a pistol grip on it. Personally I’m not a fan of pistol grip shotguns.  Just as …

View Post

2015 Chainsaw Party — Winter Firewood

One of the deals at our main hunting ground is you need to pitch in to cut winter firewood. It is desperately needed to heat 3 buildings during the cold winter — Note: It’s a boiler system. Typically what we do is dead or dying trees are targeted during the year. A team with chainsaws drops the trees throughout the …

View Post

Are You Smarter Than A Professional Bodyguard?

I posted this picture earlier this year. In the Greater DC area, I was at an event that had 3 rings of security. Traffic control points.  Bomb sniffing dogs. Mandatory bag and body putdowns. Magnetometers. And Lord knows what else. Big money was spent on this dog and pony show for a VIP meet and greet. So…inside the safe-zone, what …

View Post

NEOPOD: A High Quality Plastic Bipod?

Yesterday, I took delivery of a new bipod being made by a company called Steinert Sensing Systems out of Norway. The name is Neopod Ultralight Hunting BiPod. If the Steinert name sounds vaguely familiar to you, I imagine their acoustic chronogragh might ring a bell. Here is the most interesting thing about this bipod. It’s made out of plastic! Yeah, …

View Post

The FireClean Controversy

We are getting hammered with requests about the FireClean drama. Frankly, I don’t have much of an opinion. I have never used it. And when I asked Freeze about it at our morning meeting, HE HAD NEVER HEARD OF IT! But I don’t feel like typing this response in 30 separate e-mails, so think of this as a FAQ. Neither …

View Post

1903 “Air Service” Springfield with 20 Round Magazine

At Camp Perry this year, I saw probably the weirdest 1903 I will ever lay my eyes on. Looked like a regular 1903 but someone had attached a 20 round extended magazine! At the time, I was convinced it was some kind of kitchen-table gunsmith job. I’ve seen some similar conversions in Europe involving G3 magazines. Right now I don’t …

View Post

Fitting A Gun — By Scott Mayer

You’ll shoot better and experience less perceived recoil if you’re shooting a gun that fits, and finding a gun that fits two of my kids has been particularly challenging.  My oldest daughter at the tender age of 13 is already 6-foot 4 inches tall but too willowy to hold the weight of a gun with the 16-inch stock she needs.  …