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Cartridges Before There Were Cartridges

One of the early attempts at self-contained cartridges for repeating firearms was the Volcanic cartridge. The Volcanic cartridge is a conical lead bullet much...

Gas Rings Seal Test

There are three gas rings as part of your AR bolt and they function a lot like the piston rings in your car’s engine....

Suppressor Alignment

Through its S.I.D. kiosks, Silencer Shop has made buying a suppressor as easy as ordering a hamburger at a fast food restaurant. Once you...

Minigun Shoot

Sometimes Scott Mayer just sends me random stuff that he's doing. From the looks of it, he seems to be hanging around some Mini-Guns....

John1911’s Scott Mayer Named Zeiss Outdoor Writer of the Year

We’re pleased to announce that one of John1911’s regular contributors, Scott Mayer, is the 2016 Carl Zeiss Outdoor Writer of the Year. Mayer started his...

Building A “Ghost Gun”

A so-called 80-percent receiver is an AR-15 lower receiver that is 80-percent finished. Depending on the material and the manufacturer, you can finish them...

Art and War

This really does look like some kind of modern art or maybe something your neighbor welded together in his backyard to make a little...

The SRM Arms Model 1216

I came across a pretty radical new shotgun while at the wholesaler show last week. The SRM Arms Model 1216 is an American-made, semi-automatic,...

Goofy Stocks of the Past

Recently while browsing a Rock Island Auction online catalog I was reminded how far we’ve come with gun ergonomics, and how much ergonomics change...

Rigarmi .25 Auto

I blame my late friend Pete Dickey for my addiction to cheap auto pistols and break-open revolvers. If these are so-called “Saturday Night Specials,”...

Barrett 98B LW

When most shooters think of Barrett, the first thing that comes to mind is their .50-caliber rifle and that makes sense considering all the...

Can Cannon Update

Earlier this year John1911 previewed a new product seen at SHOT Show called the Can Cannon-- a launching device set up for launching full...

Ruger’s Incredible Single Six Convertible Revolver

Ruger's Single Six Convertible revolver comes with two interchangeable cylinders so you can shoot either .22 Long Rifle or .22 WMR cartridges in it....

Howa Mini Grendel

I've spent the past few days in beautiful Casper, Wyoming shooting prairie dogs. I have nothing against prairie dogs--I actually find them kind of...

Cleaning and Whitening Skulls

Not everyone has a colony of dermestid beetles to clean a skull, and many who do quickly realize that they still have to feed...