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The Old Man And The Fortee

One thing about Doc and handguns is he always shoots the same gun. The Smith & Wesson M&P in 40 S&W. I don’t know exactly when he went to 40, but it’s fair to assume it happened when 40 was, “The Thing” in law enforcement.  Time marches on. The 40 has fallen. And the 9 has risen. But why should …

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SHS-54: Smith & Wesson Model 41

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are looking at a legendary target gun. The Smith & Wesson Model 41. IMO what  greatly contributes to the accuracy of this pistol is the fixed barrel and “upper”. You will notice the sights are also mounted to that fixed structure.  Now on to this example. The previous owner was a …

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S&W 5906 Musings 

Freeze and I were playing with a LEO trade-in 5906. Obviously we need to work in that DA/SA transition. But that would come with time. The biggest kick I can give to this gun are the sharp control surfaces.  It’s not like it would rub your hands raw and blister over and extended period? I suspect it would straight up …

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SHS 50: S&W 629-1

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase (SHS), we are looking at the stainless steel version of the Dirty Harry 44 Magnum. “The most powerful handgun on earth that will take your head clean off”.  😉 Well…something like that. No accounting for Hollywood’s behavior, right? So let’s get down to the stats: Make: Smith & Wesson. Model: 629-1.  Action: …

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SHS-47: Smith & Wesson Pre-Model 10

What we are looking at on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is an oldie but a goodie. A model 10 before there were Model 10’s. This gun is calling me. I once took a revolver class with a very, very similarly spec’d out gun (borrowed). And I dominated the field.  It was at that moment when I figured …

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S&W 5906 Restoration 

Marky dropped this off at my house with no warning. His words were, “Fix this gun”. For the pics you can see at THE LINK HERE. It was pretty rough. Here is the final product. Externally the gun was very rough. But luckily…the internals were almost perfect.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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S&W 5906 Police Trade-In

I have a new project. A rough S&W 5906 police issued 9mm pistol. While it may look rough to the casual observer, we can bring it back.  Stay tuned.    Sincerely,   Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Time to Give Up The Progressive?

There is nothing wrong with progressive presses. Any problems with reloading are more often than not, “software issues”. Speaking of issues, This is the 3rd significant problem this shooter has had with progressive reloads in the past 24 months.  I can’t speak for him definitively, but I suspect he’s going to step back from the progressive setups. He’s a fine …

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M&P 2.0 Pistol FDE 40 Caliber

We’ve had a wave of new readers over these last few weeks so I feel compelled to repeat something our regulars know: We are not gear reviewers.  We don’t do T&E guns. We don’t chase new SKU’s from this year’s SHOT Show.  If a gun is in The Armory or comes through one of our ranges, we are liable to …

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Thinking About a S&W Model 10

I have a theory. I can’t prove my theory. But I have it just the same. My theory is firing a double action revolver improves a shooters ability to control a single action pistol. So the flood of S&W Model 10’s that have hit the market pique my interest. Now between you and me, I can’t ID one K-frame from …

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S&W 22 Mag J-Frame

I have been eyeing these 22 Magnum J-frames for a while. Which seems strange to my old co-workers. You see, I once…now infamously…said to industry renowned, snubby instructor Ed Lovette, “Do you know why I don’t own a J-Frame revolver?” “No” he replied. With a grin, “Because I would fucking carry it”. Yeah, yeah. I know. Kind of an asshole …

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Snowy Day Training with S&W 64-4

In this age of striker-fired handguns, it’s easy to dismiss the double action handguns. But that is a mistake. It has been my personal experience that shooting a revolver double-action-only (DAO) is easier than a DA/SA semi-auto. This should be true with DAO autos as well. While many of my fellow gun professionals are like, “Yeah! No shit, Sherlock”. I …

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S&W 547 Front Sight Paint

Pro-Tip. I like to shoot accurately. But I also like to shoot fast. As least as fast as I am capable while maintaining accuracy. To facilitate this, you will see me paint the front sight on just about every firearm I can. When you see accomplished shooters who also shoot fast, invariably you find some variation of this upgrade. Be …