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The Fox Model B

The Fox Model B Around the first of August I start to get giddy. Almost the same feeling I had as a child around the end of November knowing Santa was only a month from visiting. I don’t get that wave of anticipation about Christmas quite like I did as a kid, however there is […]

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Making Good with Range Brass

Making Good with Range Brass I often hear from other shooters or competitors that they never pick up range brass because they have had too many issues.   Being a consumer of range brass with a number of lessons learned I’ve been asked by several friends to write down my routine.  Picking up someone else’s spent […]

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The Myth of Firing Out of Battery et al

The Myth of Firing Out of Battery We occasionally hear about somebody blowing up a 1911…usually with reloads, and usually loaded on a progressive press…but sometimes on a single-stage press. Of course, nobody wants to believe that this event was caused by a double charge…because nobody wants to admit that they made a mistake or […]

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The 1911: Then and Now

The 1911: Then and Now There are two basic problems with the 1911 pistol. One is that it’s been around for so long, a lot has been lost in the translation. I hear the pundits speak of it being “finicky” or “picky about ammo” and that it requires constant attention to keep it running. One […]

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1911 Trivia

The pistol has a long and distinguished history with the US Armed Forces. Designed by John M. Browning in cooperation with Colt, it was adopted in the spring of 1911 and dubbed “Model of 1911 US Army Calibre 45.” With a few modifications to make the pistol more user-friendly, it appeared in WW2 as the […]

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AN INTRODUCTION TO 3-GUN COMPETITION

AN INTRODUCTION TO 3-GUN COMPETITION I have a couple quick questions before we dive into a conversation. Are you looking for something new, exciting, and challenging? Do you have a pistol, shotgun, and semi-auto rifle sitting in the safe or an interest in getting them? If you answered yes to these questions then you might […]

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Recoil and the 1911

Recoil and the 1911 Recoil…action and reaction…is really no more than acceleration brought about by a force applied. The force generated by burning powder and expanding gases create pressure and directional movement of the gases. A force vector. These forces provide acceleration of both bullet and breechblock…which is essentially what the slide is. Force is […]

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Colt Factory First and Second visit.

I published these years ago but wanted to share them again.  There has been a lot of changes and upgrades to the factory since my last visit so I have another trip planned soon to see. This was before any photography was allowed inside the Colt factory A Pilgrimage to Hartford, first trip. Wednesday July […]

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