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Luger Grip Question

Very short version: We have this old WWII German Luger. It’s in rough shape. The grips even more so. Do you think the grips, as they sit here, are original to the gun? Or more specifically, are they worthless?  If of value? Do you have any suggestions for a replacement grip on a shooter-grade, reference gun? That will be shot. …

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FN FAL in Iraq

A reader from Iraq reached out and wanted some advice. His personal weapon is an honest to goodness FN made FAL. But he wishes to have a more modern version. In particular, he found DSA’s website and was looking at their FALs with 1913 rails and folding stock options. Specifically I think he wanted a shorter barrel and a red …

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POTD – Wilson M17 Grip Module

Doc stopped by The Armory one day for some business and brought his Sig M17 outfitted with the Wilson Combat Grip module.  —Editor  https://shopwilsoncombat.com/Modules/products/1269/    

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Didn’t Buy Browning M2

Took these photos a while back at CFM. Never published them since the glare from the display cases played havoc on the image quality. So we keep stuff like this for internal use.  But I had a conversation with someone recently about why they are selling their M2’s and I can’t say I blame them. So as it stands, the …

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EP-201: The Major O

Episode 201 is in the can. We let this one good a little long since we are behind a bit episode wise: Old men discuss pants. Box Car T-shirt Design. Conway gets the Sheehan treatment. Gold plated Saddam mags. Joe Exotic isn’t gay enough. Estonian service rifle for civilians. Shelby Cobra sells – $5.49 Million. Challenge Coin creds. Exploding vagina …

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WCC Tracer Ammo

1968 manufacture 5.56 tracer ammo. We got it for a project.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Books: Colt & Astra

We occasionally pick up academic literature to support The John1911 Armory’s reference collection. And these two books are an example of that. Book One: A History of The Colt Revolver: 1836-1940.  Book Two: Astra: Automatic Pistols. So why these two books? Simple really. They help fill holes in our knowledge base. We know quite a bit about 1911s. Ditto Soviet …

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SHS-69: Colt 1861 Musket

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase we are featuring a firearm I never would have believed existed. A full on reproduction 1861 Colt Musket. Brand-new manufacture, nice wood, and stainless steel metal!  I believe this is a firearm people on the internet say they would buy, but when the SKU is ready to hit your credit card? Crickets.  …

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SHS-68: Romanian TT-33 Tokarev

With the pandemic and subsequent ammunition shortage, I have noticed a greater interest in “non-standard” military surplus firearms. The TT-33 Tokarev is one such choice.  Maker: Cugir Model: TT-33 Tokarev Caliber: 7.62×25 External safety: Yes. Magazine: 1 included. Capacity: 8 rounds, single stack. Ammunition included: 88rds original MILSURP. Condition: Excellent Holster: Reproduction military flap holster w/cleaning rod.    If you …

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SHS-67: Red Jacket AK-47

What we have here is a rifle out of a shop I have never handled before. An AK-47 gone over by Red Jacket Firearms out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  It is my understanding that Red Jacket had quite the reputation for quality AK work back in the day. So this piqued my interest. The stats:   Make: Red Jacket / …

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SIG P210 Cleaning

So I had a chance to get into the P210 yesterday and clean it. Without going into great detail beyond the scope of our website, I can tell you this is a very well made gun.  It still has some very early Euro-style spring designs in it. Very similar to some of the reference guns in the collection. Like the …

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New York State Contract Rifle

Remington made over 1 million Rolling Block rifles for domestic and foreign use in a number of calibers.  This particular rifle was contracted by the state of New York. In 1870 the governor of NY ordered 15,000 rifles for the state militia. These are chambered in 50-70 and were marked on the hammer spur and breach face with a checkered …

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Thoughts on SIG P210

Took these shots on Halloween. Officer Mike had already test fired the pistol off camera. But while I have your attention during a “first shots” video, let me share my thinking about this gun.  The SIG P210 is considered an iconic handgun. Especially in the history of military service pistols. Some claim it’s the greatest, most accurate service pistol in …

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Model 1816 Harpers Ferry Musket.

This particular musket is a contract example made by L. Pomeroy in 1829. Pomeroy made approximately 21,000 guns for the US Military between 1818 and 1836. It is chambered in the standard .69 caliber and was used in every engagement of the early to mid 1800’s: Seminole War, Blackhawk War (Abe Lincoln saw service here), the Texas war for independence …