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Painting a Stock Camo at Home

Cerakote is a great way to get a tough beautiful finish on your firearm, but many people are turned off by the cost to do so. The hassle of sending your firearm in to be done is also off putting. By the time you add up the costs to do an intricate camouflage pattern it […]

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1911 School: Series 70

Almost as soon as Colt introduced the Series 80 pistols, they began to be denigrated by the purists, and all the pre-Series 80s…whether they were built in 1912 or 1982…were to become known as “Series 70”  guns…even the pistols not made by Colt.  Now, it seems that even Colt has taken to using the term […]

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law of diminishing marginal returns

Edit, I misspoke. While you can still purchase a machine gun it had to be registered before May 19th, 1986  according to the NFA of 1934 and falls under all the NFA laws. That is the risk when doing a video unscripted I got my dates wrong. I touched on a few points in this […]

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Blowback vs Recoil Operated

There seems to be a misunderstanding of the similarities and the differences between these two basic designs. so I thought I might be able to clear up some of it. First, let’s look at what recoil is and where it comes from…what causes recoil. Recoil is the reaction side of an action-reaction event.  Newton’s 3rd […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 3 of 3.

The next critical dimension is the cartridge OAL itself. Too short or too long and you’ll have problems. The issues that so many people ascribed to the 1911’s failure to feed hollowpoints came from the old Speer 200 grain JHP “Flying ashtray” in the 80s…but it wasn’t the size of the cavity that caused the […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 2 of 3.

The 1911 style pistol with internal extractor, as originally designed. The extractor’s role in feeding is often misunderstood and underestimated. Most important is the deflection. That is, the amount of the wall behind the claw that protrudes beyond the guide block into the breech area…and this is where I’ve found problems in pistols produced in […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 1 of 3

In order to effect a better understanding of the dimensions and conditions critical to reliable feeding in the 1911 pistol, I thought this might be a good idea to go into more detail than the average magazine article. The first critical spec is feed and barrel ramp angles. The feed ramp is ideally 31-31.5 degrees […]

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