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SHS-74: KEL TEC PMR30

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase, we are looking at a pistol from a brand that used to not get a lot of respect. But that seems to be slowly changing, however slightly.  This is a PMR30. A double stack, service pistol sized, chambered in 22 magnum with a 30 round magazine. And while I have zero experience …

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China’s Plans

CHINA IS MOVING FORWARD WITH ALL OF ITS PLANS —  BECAUSE CHINA,  UNLIKE THE WEST,  LEARNS FROM ITS HISTORY. China Learned from Japan. A country with few natural resources and facing the need to rebuild after WWII, , made a conscious choice to develop its economy based on copying US technology,  adapting it,  and building on the basis of selling …

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SHS-73: Whitney Wolverine

The Whitney Wolverine. What makes this gun so special? Or rare? Or collectible? Or Desirable?  It’s all about rose colored glasses. If you were a kid of a certain era and age, instead of everything being “tactical”, the buzz-word of the day was “space age”. And the Wolverine has that in spades.  The gun literally looks like a move prop …

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Wilson Steel Target First Shots

Getting some old business to of the way again. The Wilson Combat Scorable Steel Target is setup in the pit. Next to the falling plate rack. Not that you can tell in these photos, but I have also moved a small dueling tree over there as well.  So it’s kinda like a little fun corner, where every shot either knocks …

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SHS-72: Smith & Wesson 25-5

On this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is a very practical revolver for lands with 4 legged threats. The Smith & Wesson 25-5.  The specifics: Make: Smith & Wesson Model: 25-5 Caliber: 45 Colt.  Frame size: N-Frame, square butt.  Barrel: 4”.  Sights: Target adjustable – Black front blade.  Date of manufacturer: Early 1980’s.  Condition: Used. Turn ring. Misc: Box …

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EP-219: Ft. Apache, The Bronx

Episode 219 of the John1911 Podcast is now live: McCloskeys plead guilty. Portland Riot Squad resigns. Hakim & Rasheed crazy prices. Semi-auto STG-44. The Call Her Daddy buyout. Stuck fetish is a thing.   Danny, Marky & Freeze John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Wilson Scorable Steel Target Arrives

Getting some old business out of the way. We have been playing with a Wilson Combat Scorable Steel Target system. Since the entire thing is armored, this is how it arrives.  Seems very, very durable. And prefect for use at a high volume range or shooting school. Consumable stands are just that, consumable. We had a 2×4 human silhouette target …

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SHS-71: Winchester 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun

What we have on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is something of an anomaly these days: The lever-action shotgun.  So what is that you ask? Just what it sounds like. A lever action shotgun with a elevator, mag tube, spur hammer and shell lifter. But what makes this design even more interesting is that fact the action basically …

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556 FAL Function Test

So…we were testing the SAR-4800 / 556 FAL trying to get it ready for some projects. It was initially gassed for some old Wolf 55g ammo a few years back. Which is notoriously under powered.  Well…we are shooting different ammo now, so it needs to be function tested. Tweaked. Gas adjusted. And otherwise have all the bugs worked out.  Posted …

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EP-218: Return of The Freeze

Episode 218 is in the can. Finally. We had a major technical malfunction a few days ago trying to do this with all three of us. So this is a session with just Freeze & Marky   CA AR bans in court. ‘ Production Alien pistols on sale. Throw down on Delta flight. Big Aguila ammo theft. Bitch slapping the …

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The Gear Queer Hamster Wheel

I realize most readers of this website are more interested in smaller or CCW sized handguns. And while it seems the gravitational pull of “the industry” also leans that way; military or government groups tend to stick with the same form factors for a reason.  Smart kids of today have noticed that almost all adjustable stocks end up being set …

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Rifle Range – Why T-Posts

So you want to build a rifle range but you are not sure what configuration you should choose for rifle range targets? Let me offer some advice.  Your choices will be dictated more by the terrain and budget than the market.  You see this picture. It’s part of our rifle range. See how much roll our range has? That is …

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Remington 1875 Factory Blem?

Long story very short. We are not 100% sure what we are looking at here. Is the variation shown in these revolvers normal or a known change?  Or..perhaps this is a factory blem / parts gun that was assembled by Remington during a bankruptcy period?  Is this revolver a one off?  Is it more valuable because of the variation?  Or…are …

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POTD – SIG P220 Elite

We had a cop show up a few weeks ago carrying a SIG P227. That is a 45ACP chambered pistol. He expressed a desire to shoot on our range and maybe try out some techniques.  When I happens, I feel obligated to try and shoot the same gun that person does. Or at least shoot the same action / make.  …

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MILSURP Donkey Update

Crackerjack preening for the crowd. But don’t get it twisted, he’s still an asshole.      Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”