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Eat Your Heart Out 

Officer Mike sent this over after seeing Doc’s SCAR-20 Group.  —Editor       Officer Mike www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS-49: Swedish Mauser

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a rifle and caliber combination near and dear to my heart: An 1896 Swedish Mauser chambered in the fantastic 6.5×55 Swede.  What we call around here the “original 6.5 Creedmoor”. Which it really is.  The specs:  Make: Carl Gustaf. Model: 1896 Long Rifle.  Caliber: 6.5 Swede (6.5×55).  Date …

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Winchester-Hotchkiss Model 1879

So…why I am I looking at a sporting rifle? The first clue is the caliber. It’s in 45-70. So that makes we wonder if it would handle modern 45-70 loads? Figuring most commercial 45-70 loads are made to be “Trapdoor Safe”, I would think…maybe…probably? But ultimately I would defer to someone more knowledgable than me to make that final call.  …

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SHS 28 – Springfield 1903 MK1

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we have a 1903 Springfield rifle. But not just any 1903. A MK1. What is that you ask? With a little hyperbole it is as follows… Imagine The United States War Department’s super secret weapon that was so effective and revolutionary, that by the summer of 1919, allied forces were going to …

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Pedersen Device 1903 Rifle

So today I ran across something at my favorite FFL that I have never, ever, ever seen before. A 1903 Springfield that has been specifically built, and cut, to accept a Pedersen Device. The US Army called this model of rifle the 1903 MKI.  What is the Pedersen Device you ask? It was a top secret program by the US …

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The Israeli K98k Mauser

Most everyone knows that the Israeli’s were given a hodgepodge of weaponry. They were flooded with thousands of left over K98 Mauser rifles after the war, and used them to great effect. In the 1950’s when they adapted the FN-FAL as their service rifle, they had the Mausers converted to 7.62x51mm. That made sense for several reasons. First, the 8mm …

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Bolt Gun Kaboom

When I posted some images of the 300 Blackout in the 223 rifle Kaboom, one of the more common throwaway lines was, “That is why I don’t run automatics”. Ehhh…ok? So when these images crossed my desk, I figured it was time to bring this topic back to the fore. You can catastrophically kaboom any gun if you stick the …