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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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Cowboy Drifters

At 5pm it is seventeen degrees outside of the Sunset Grill, a biker favorite in Alcova,WY. that overlooks the North Platte River. A greybearded barfly offers that it will be colder tomorrow. The proprietor’s expression makes it clear she doesn’t want to be there. Jimmy’s sister is on the phone thinking she is having a […]

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THOUGHTS ON MR. BROWNINGS PISTOL

Thoughts on Mr. Browning’s Pistol “An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.” Col. Jeff Cooper I happen to like guns, and I am certainly not ashamed of it. Now some of you who read this column are thinking, “Yeah, that is readily apparent,” but in […]

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Old 1911s and old springs

In the spring of 1991, when I lived in Rural Hall, NC I got a call from my stepfather. His aunt had died at the ripe, old age of 96, and her children had discovered one of his uncle’s pistols in her attic, wrapped in a diaper and stashed in a hat box. He said […]

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The 9 lives of the 10mm

A little history in the 10mm Auto. Early in the 1970s Whit Collins (who was on staff with Guns and Ammo magazine) was interested in rechambering the 9mm Browning Hi-Power into a more powerful cartridge. He initially looked at the Super .38 (which came about in 1929 using the.38 Automatic but increasing the propellant to […]

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