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eXperior 1911 AIWB Diagnostics

Playing with a single stack 1911. Wanted to see how it goes drawing, shooting and reloading in my EDC format.  The eXperior seems very nice. Runs good so far. And presents well. Can’t say anything definitive yet, but it’s making a good first impression.  As for the AIWB? I always need to ensure I clear my cover garment. It’s always …

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EDC X9L – Why The Big One?

So…some have asked why choose a 5” model of 1911 as a go-to 1911? It’s mostly personal preference, but if you must:  I like how 5” models recoil.  Using a plug, they can be cycled one handed on hard surfaces.  The EDC X9L has a rail that still facilitates that move. I dislike extra-long dust-covers on 1911s in general.  This …

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EDC X9L – Magazine Design

The Wilson EDC X9L double-stack series of guns have a significantly less bulky grip and feel when compared to a traditional 2011.  How do they do this? Simple. Wilson decided to use a ground up 9mm magazine tube that not only holds 18 rounds. But also presents the 9mm round more directly into the chamber.  The benefits of this are …

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Dot Torture Victory

  5 shots. 5 yards. 1 ragged hole. Two handed. EDC X9L. Trijicon SRO. 124g 9mm.  I’ll take it.      Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Wilson’s True Zero RDS Mount

We have received some questions and inquiries about Wilson’s red dot mounting system: True Zero.  The True Zero RDS mount consists of cutting the slide for interchangeable plates. These plates correspond to different makes of pistol optics. They also have a rear fixed site that is drift-adjustable.  This system is offered as both a factory OEM option or aftermarket.  At …

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Wilson EDC X9S

  A reader who is following our EDC X9L stories has shared some photos of the sub-compact EDC version. The EDC X9S. This is a 1911 style pistol that holds 10rds, but can also use the 15 and 18rd magazines of the larger guns.  I believe he said his 15rd mag comes with a sleeve to work as a grip …

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EP177: 40k Round Recoil Springs, Armory Upgrades

Episode 177 is in the can. For those who have noticed, out publishing rate has gone down a bit. We are in the process of upgrading the armory and currently don’t have any internet or phones. Hopefully by the end of this week the fiber optic lines will be run. Wilson EDC X9L Spring change rates. Facility upgrades. Trump not …

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Relearning Malfunctions

Switching to a red-dot on my CCW gun has brought up an interesting development I hadn’t considered: Malfunction clearance drills.  For going on 30 years I have performed pistol malfunction clearance drills in one of two ways: Slingshot from the rear of the slide. Or palm-over the rear of the side.  With a RDS, that brings up two issues as …

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The Hillbilly Drill

While on the range loading mags, I happened to notice an usual situation. At least unusual for “professional” gun ranges.  I was sitting on my truck. With all my gear. Loading mags and drinking water. Exactly 7 yards from a steel target.  Squared up too.  Which if you know anything about the famous Bill Drill? Matches its distance perfectly. Ear-pro, …

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EDC X9L Holsters & Mags

The Wilson Combat EDC line of handguns gives the user two magazine options. A flush-fit 15 rounder and an extended 18 rounder.  Both magazines work flawlessly with the EDC X9 and X9L. Whether the gun has an extended magazine well or not. You can attribute this to the rather unique shape of Wilson’s mag-well. Additionally I can assure you loading …

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EDC X9L Reloads

There is no excuse for not getting quality reps in. Don’t have a holster for that gun? Mag carrier doesn’t fit? No matter. You can still present the gun properly, get a good sight picture, good trigger press, and raw-dog the reload out of your jeans.  I got a lot out of this session with the Wilson Combat EDC X9L. …

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Wilson X9L Arrives

As we stated on the last podcast, we have a Wilson Combat X9L in The Armory. Here are photos as it arrived at the FFL. Hence why I am wearing gloves and a mask. (COVID-19 pandemic for readers in the future) Why the X9L?  I am legitimately curious if a double stack 1911, chambered in 9mm, and designed to NOT …

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Ep97 – Flagging the Camera, ATF Brace Issues, Russia 1 month Gun Ban

Episode 97 of the John1911 Podcast:   Flagging the camera is internet nonsense. Wilson / LAV make a Glock GDPR privacy issues hit our gun giveaway. Rachel Dolezal welfare fraud! Youtube ban: Bloke on The Range. Quickbooks shuts down Gunsite CC processing. Russia bans ALL gun activity during World Cup. BATFE going after folding brace on some “pistols”. I suspect …

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Killing Time Installing Front Sights

Been stuck in the armory all day waiting for a delivery. I’m killing time but I can’t get too deep into something that I can’t drop last minute to run up to the loading dock. Cleaned a bunch of guns. Now I’m installing front sights on the Glock 34 & 35. Guess I’ll be shooting Glock this week to finish …