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Close Range Steel Safety Testing

So we are working on getting the upper range finished. And one thing that has been a nagging issue up there is steel that is safe to shoot at close ranges. Why is this a thing you ask? Well…we were always trained that shooting steel with 5.56 had to be at least 100 yards distant. 308 was 200 yards. Some …

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ACR Stock for SCAR?

Someone reached out and wanted to know why I haven’t replaced the “UGG” boot on our SCAR-16? The reason is actually quite simple. Regardless of what, “They say”; I happen to really like the factory SCAR stock. It folds. It telescopes. It has an adjustable cheek riser. When closed will still allow for rifle to be fired. And it’s never …

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It Snowed on the Range Today

Washington and politics and the media are just too much some days. It’s at moments like this I appreciate the penultimate universal right of mankind: the freedom to be left alone… Marky Www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Trying To Start a Fire in The Rain

Was shooting the SCAR out in the pouring rain yesterday. Discovered something unexpected. More on that later. In the meantime, enjoy the light show. Ammo is 55g wolf steel cased. Here is a preview. SCAR-16 Truck gun project testing. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”  

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SCAR-16 Light Reconfigure

Been making some changes to the SCAR-16 since it is being moved up to Truck-Gun duty. I have replaced the Scout Light with a Surefire x200 we have laying around. But in order to have the switch ergonomically positioned, I had to remove the front sight and install an extended section of 1913 rail. More to come. Marky John1911.com “Shooting …

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Removing the SCAR Front Sight

The video below better explains the process for removing the factory SCAR front sight. The short version? Drive out the roll-pin on the right side nut. Unscrew the T25 screw holding that nut. Take a hammer and punch and drive out the sight from the gas-block dovetail. Left to right. Special note: There are some parts that fall out when …

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POTD — Long Guns Checked Into Armory

All my working long-guns are checked back in the armory. It’s rare for them all to be together. Some may be disappointed by the selections since we have so many more interesting rifles in the reference collection. But to get the job done, things aren’t that hard: Mossberg 590 / 500. SCAR-16. PTR-GI. Marky John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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FN SmartCore SCAR Rifle Shot Counter

A buddy of mine is at the IDEX Arms Show in UAE this week. Knowing I am a SCAR rifle guy, he wanted to know when I was going to get the drop-in black-box system that counts shots? Wha???? It seems FN has a product called the SmartCore shot counter than tracks rounds fired and even has the ability to …

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Video — Disassembly of SCAR 16 Piston

I get this question usually from people interested in picking up a SCAR rifle. How easy is it to clean the gas system / piston? Pretty easy. It’s faster to show it than explain it in words.   Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Video — Checking Torque on SCAR-16

After complete disassembly of the SCAR-16, we took it out to conform the screw torque settings were holding. This is just a small segment of the session since showing 5 minutes of mag dumps is probably not that interesting. Barrel screw torque settings is 62 inch pounds. BTW…one screw DID move up front. So red loctite it is.     …

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FAMAS Translation — Every Single One

There have been rumors floating around for a few weeks that the French Military had chosen the HK416 (piston AR) over the FN SCAR-16 as their next service rifle. I haven’t commented on it publicly since frankly, I have zero connections in the French Ministry of Defense. Hell! Is that what it is even actually called? See what I mean? …

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Bolt-on Side Charging Handle

OK. Let me start off with a confession: I can’t believe I like this product. And I know as I am typing this many people reading this will be rolling their eyes muttering, “C’mon, Dude!”. And since you weren’t there, I sympathize. “There is no-way this product isn’t a gimmick”, is literally what I said out loud as I eye’d …

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I don’t hand load the PTR 91

I could also title this article, “I don’t hand load the HK91” but I like to be specific. It’s a PTR 91 GI Model, that is a really good copy of the HK91 battle rifle. Many know I carry this rifle as a “truck gun”. What I lose in manual of arms and appropriateness for the CQB role, I pickup …