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Tuning Ed Brown Extractor

I kinda knew the Ed Brown was going to flame-out on the 10-8 performance function test. Because I have been shooting it for a few months and have see tell-tale signs of a weak extractor.  Now that I have confirmed it, let’s fix it. Which is one of he advantages of the old-1911 extractor design. It is very user serviceable.  …

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Ed Brown Extractor Testing

Ok. Have to check the logs, but there are somewhere around 1000 rounds through this gun. I have seen some indications the extractor wasn’t tuned and knew a 10-8 Test was in order.  The result: Basically this extractor has zero tension on it. But the good news is, by the time you watch this, I have already fixed it.    …

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Blued Gun Wear

I took these photos a little while back. You see the wear on the magwell and mainspring housing? That is from just over a week’s worth of dry-fire and manipulation practice. It’s way more wear now.  Granted I tend to practice more than the average cat, but I’m not the T-1000 Terminator either. Just a guy.  My point? This is …

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One-Reload-One 9mm 1911

Trying to shake down the Ed Brown 9mm AND get back up to speed on running a 1911 safety. So while this drill isn’t record setting by any stretch, it is putting in the work.  The target turned out to be a little farther than 5 yards. Closer to 7. But no big deal. Still got my hits on that …

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Surefire MR07 Light Rail

Back in the bad ole days, we didn’t have all the rail options you do now. As a matter of fact, most gun owners were against hanging lights off guns!   This was doubly so when it came to the traditional 1911 pistol customer.  But that wasn’t going to stop Surefire from figuring out a way to sell them weapon …

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Fine Tuning Zero

One thing I have always liked about nice 1911s is how consistently one can shoot itty-bitty groups of the desire or need arises.  I have some doubt as to the utility of the feature, but it is there on some guns. Note, the VP9 shoots about the same.  Note I am using the corner of the index card and center …

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9mm 1911 In The Snow

So after installing the new magwell and sear spring, it was time to function test the gun. And the Good Lord blessed me with a snowy day. Which keeps the masses away.  Quiet day on the range.  Make: Ed Brown. Model: Executive Target. Caliber: 9mm. Barrel length: 5”.  Capacity: 8-10 depending on mag.  Overall everything went well. One failure to …

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All Steel 9mm Handguns

So it seems the latest trend at the last few SHOT Shows is to take traditionally polymer framed guns and make them in all steel.  If the motive isn’t obvious? It’s reducing perceived recoil felt by the shooter. Usually manifested as muzzle-flip. Super cool. Glad to see it happening.  But…it got me thinking, “Hey! We have an all steel 9mm …

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Video: My 1911 Triggers Skills Have Lapsed

I was proving a point about not needing a huge facility to get quality training. Which I did with another video. But what I also proved was that getting out of practice with something means degraded skill. I ran a 1911 professionally for 12 years and was the master of the finely tuned trigger. But over the past 4-5 years, …