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FBI Glock 17PM

So…have you ever seen a factory original Glock pistol that is worth $4000? How about one that is not even a functioning firearm? Well that is what we have here.  For those who are not aware, Glock offers a series of training Glocks to LE agencies. These are not prohibited from being owned by the public, it’s just they are …

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Inspecting Firing Pins: Jeweler’s Lupe

Most won’t do this. And admittedly, I don’t do it with most firearms. But guns I shoot a lot, or dry fire a lot, get their firing pins inspected every so often.  Why? Over the course of my shooting career, I have popped up more than once with a broken firing pin. Never when it really counted, but it has …

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Tripod Proof of Concept

Been working on this for a few weeks. A tripod solution that doesn’t break the bank. Since I won’t be climbing mountains or The Rose Bowl with this setup (SWAT Sniper reference, BTW), I can handle “some” weight, right? It’s a range tripod for training purposes. Nothing more.  Having never really used one of these, this is a learning process. …

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Replacement Luger Grips 

So…those replacement Luger grips from SARCO are done. FYI…”minor fitting” probably didn’t mean what you think it means. But it’s a good product and is easy to fit once you understand the collision points.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Rhodesian Shotgun Breakdown

Per multiple requests, this video is a breakdown and analysis of the Rhodesian A-5 Shotgun we have in The Armory. It’s long. It’s tedious. And probably not of much interest to most viewers. As such, I don’t recommend watching it.  However…for those of you who seem interested in the gun. And more specifically are inclined to attempt a clone project, …

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Cleaning The PTR-91 

I like the G3 pattern of rifles. They are robust and reliable. But cleaning them kinda sucks. One day I should invest in some long handle brushes to reach into the receiver better.  Logic tells me there must be some kind of German Army surplus cleaning tools for this thing, right? Yes, this was my old truck gun. You haven’t …

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Small Diamond Steel Targets

Special thanks to Superior Ideas Targets for making us some small diamond, precision rifle targets. Money well spent as always.        Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Attention X9 Owners

I made this video on Thursday before the word came down from the White House on gun control. Looks like the timing is spot on.  The Wilson EDC X9 guns are relatively new for us. And one thing we specifically like about the model is the 18+1 option. Well…I can’t count on that option being available if I don’t have …

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Blaser R8 Weight

Question asked: How much does my rifle weigh with all the changes I made? Looks like over 14lbs. But understand a few things. The bipod is heavy. The scope is not lite. Scope base is steel. Rings are large sized, custom aluminum. The bolt knob is larger than factory.  But the biggest factor in weight on a Blaser rifle is …

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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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Painting Blaser R8

As promised earlier, you will be seeing more precision rifle content in 2021. A long term project that I had put off last year was the overwhelming need to paint the Blaser R8.  Why? Simple. Very few things stick out in nature more than black. It’s actually a terrible color, target indicator wise. Look into a tree line or field, …

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Greenworks 80v Chainsaw

Having a gun range isn’t all about shooting guns. There’s lots of admin and upkeep. Especially on a rifle range. Even more so on a long rifle range.  I can’t even guess how many dead ash trees we have on property. 60? 100? 200? And every time the wind blows, down they fall. It’s been a huge time suck.  Office …

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30MOA Scope Base

As stated in December, I will be focusing more on precision rifle shooting in 2021. The only thing not normal about this is I haven’t shot much precision rifle in 2020. COVID schedules and all that kind of thing.  So…Blaser R8. Steiner Military Scope. 30MOA base. Why? Simple. The Blasers are switch calibers so the scope won’t always be sitting …

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White Wilson Grips

Some of you have noticed the white Wilson grips on the eXperior 1911. And even a few have asked how did we got those? The answer is simple, and possibly disappointing: I painted them. Since this has a good chance of turning into a large arts and crafts post, let me just hit the logical highlights and then post pics: …