February 22nd, 2018 by asjstaff

The Colt Model 1911 has a really long lifespan.
I can remember when I first qualified on the 1911 while in the military. This may sound cheesy, but it was a huge accomplishment for myself with no pistol shooting experience at the time.
What I also love was seeing those old WWII training footage back in the day. Take a look.

If you notice this footage is very similar to the FBI pistol training and utilizing Col. Rex Applegate combat shooting methods for close quarter combat.
Maybe I’m just old school but I like the tradition that these bad boys 1911 have gone through.
Hats off to History TV Facebook for posting these time capsule footage of such an iconic weapon.

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January 30th, 2018 by asjstaff

1911 pistols are some of the best handguns for competitive shooting and personal defense. Some gun folks don’t like to disassemble it, which is a small hiccup. A feature that we don’t hear much about is its incredible reliability due to other manufactures in the market blowing their horn louder.
Do you think your pistol can fire in -65°F?
Youtuber Brass Fetcher froze his Sig 45 1911 pistol for two hours prior to shooting it for the video. Here’s what it looks like in slow-motion.

As you watch the 1911 chamber a second bullet after the discharge, did you notice the frost coming off the hammer?
Very impressive!, tis the reason why 1911 are considered very reliable handgun to have.

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July 31st, 2017 by asjstaff

Aeroknox has released a new 1911 slide which they call AX // 01. The slide is not available to the public yet, its on Aeroknox website with a “coming soon” status and you can pre-order.

Even though the 1911 pistol is over a century old and design hasn’t changed much. The slide however, is off the hook and very modern and futuristic looking.

With the new slide design it looks like a blaster from a science fiction movie.

The new Aeroknox slide is machined from a 4340 steel. It is compatible with government size 1911s (5″ barreled and chambered in .45 ACP). The slide also features dovetail cuts for Novak sights. It has rather large rear serrations and similar front ones.

There are also smaller and finer serrations on the sides of the slide. According to Aeroknox, the cutouts on the slide are there to help cool the barrel. Personally, I am not a huge fan of dirt and debris windows to the moving parts, but that’s a matter of personal preference.

The gun in the picture is also equipped with Aeroknox Stealth Grip Mod2 aluminum grips. I think the slide and these grips make a really nice looking combination.

Here’s what they’re saying about this:

Sources: Daily News, AeroKnox, Hrachya H, Firearm Blog

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March 23rd, 2017 by jhines

There have been many people talking about the good stuff about owning a 1911. In this segment we want to narrow down certain attributes among all brands that manufactures 1911’s that correlates as to why 1911’s are good to have, its more than saying 1911’s are cool and that they are for EDC, personal protection, etc.

Here’s what it narrows down to why 1911’s are good:

  • Takes your marksmanship to the next level.
  • Single action trigger – short reset, lighter trigger= Speed Shooting
  • Steel guns
  • Customizable

That’s right with a good piece of machine in your hands, you can get your marksmanship better. With a single action trigger that is on a short reset – this is a lighter trigger pull. Being a steel gun, a little heavier means really good on recoil control. Last we all just love to customize our favorite 1911. What about you all, what do you like about your 1911? and tell us in the comments below.

Video Transcription
Travis: Hi I’m Travis Tomasie, national world champion and professional shooter for PARA USA. Well really to become a good shooter, you need to not only work on the fundamentals such as your grip and your stance and your trigger control, but you need to spend a lot of time dry-firing. Dry-firing is a lot like homework, where actually going to the range and spending real ammo is the test. Or going to a match, that’s the test. You need to dry-fire your techniques. And I don’t just mean by dropping the hammer on an empty chamber, I mean working on your draws, your reloads, your movement, dry fire is key.

Ryan: Today we’re here with Travis Tomasie, world champion shooter for PARA, and today Travis we want to talk about why 1911s do not suck.

Travis: Awesome. I love that topic.

Ryan: Alright, so there are all these guys out there, guys and gals, who have bought lots of polymer guns, and that’s cool, I shoot ’em and love ’em too, but I think now it’s time, if you have three or four of those guns, they’re kind of similar, it’s time to think about maybe a 1911. We’re going to talk about, why would someone want a 1911?

Travis: Yeah absolutely, uh, first of all, and we know a polymer gun is a great way to get started in any kind of shooting that you might want to do, but the 1911 really takes it, takes your marksmanship and your shooting to the next level. You know, this design has been around for 102 years, and it’s proven. It still wins in competitions, it still dominates the entire globe, so-

Ryan: And it still gets used in the military!

Travis: Exactly! it still is, that’s right, so– which proves its superiority in those types of conditions.

Ryan: So when we talk about the 1911, for those who are maybe new to it or whatever, this is a 1911. Some people call it a 45-auto, but the 1911’s the general style that John Browning designed back 102 years ago. So, a 1911, what you’re gonna notice is, most of ’em are gonna be steel guns, right?

Travis: Exactly

Ryan: So they’re gonna be a little heavier, but some of the nice, nice features are, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the trigger.

Travis: Absolutely. Single-action trigger.

Ryan: So it’s gonna bea very short takeup and a very short re-set.

Travis: That’s right. Very short takeup, very short, firm, quick re-set. Allows you to actually speed up your shooting, and also it’s a lighter trigger pull, and it really is one of the reasons why it’s really tough to beat that design. The trigger is phenomenal.

Ryan: Right, which lets you be more accurate, lets you shoot faster.

Travis: Bingo, exactly. [chuckling]

Ryan: Now, the other thing we were talking about, is how customizable the 1911 is. Now you have your competition rig, here, talk about what you’ve done to make this gun shoot for you.

Travis: Yeah, well this is actually a PARA’s new pro-custom 1640. It’s a 40-calibur double-stack, and it’s tricked-out, ready to race, but it brings a good point that the 1911 is extremely customizable. You can do things to these that you can’t do to a polymer gun. Number one is the length of the trigger. You can put shorter trigger pads, longer trigger pads in there, it’s very important for your accuracy that your finger falls on the right place on the trigger. So if your trigger is too long for you and you can’t get it to that right place, then the 1911 allows you to use either a shorter or a longer trigger. Some other things that are very nice, on the grip you have a mainspring housing that this whole part comes out. And you can put in an arch, you can put in a flat, it can be checkered, it can be flat, so it can– it’s customizable to your grip.

Ryan: So you can customize the trigger, the grip, the safety, obviously the sights and other things… what I’d like to do, since this is your race gun, have you shoot it on target, maybe shoot it to empty, do a mag change, and shoot it again, and just kinda show people what this kinda gun can do in a race function like this.

Travis: OK, that’d be great.

Ryan: Alright, let’s do it.

Ok, so why don’t you go ahead and load up, and we’ll do six shots and reload and six shots, and kinda show people what a 1911 can do.

Travis: Sounds great.

Ryan: Shooter ready? [buzzer] [Twelve rapid shots]

Alright! Six shots and reload and six shots, three-point-seven-one seconds.

Travis: It coulda been faster, Ryan!

Ryan: You guys always say that. But it shows what a 1911 can do, it’s- that gun is obviously customized for you, it’s your competition gun, but that’s the whole point, the 1911’s customizable, and then a greattrigger helps you shoot like that.

Travis: Absolutely. It’s really proof-positive that trigger with a light, smooth aspect, and also with that great reset, it’s tough to beat.

Ryan: So, if you’re looking for something different, you’ve bought several pistols, think about a 1911 as your next gun, I think you’re gonna like it.

Sources: Gun Talk Media Youtube, Travis Tomasie

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March 22nd, 2017 by jhines

How about one that’s actually two pistols welded together? Hickok45 does some close range shooting with this double barrel 1911 pistol.

Hickok45 got another chance to make double holes with each shot using a double-barreled 1911 pistol.

The pistol is actually two pistols in one welded together. Named the 2011 Dueller Prismatic this double barrel beast fires two .45 ACP cartridges with each pull of the trigger. Two large holes appear side by side in targets with each single pull of the trigger. Now, that is pretty slick. Remember, a single full metal jacket .45 ACP slug weighs, on average 230, grains. Imagine the power of two simultaneous hits from this hard hitter.

Video Transcription
Hickok45 Here, giving you a little close-up of the Dueller Prismatic. Pretty cool, huh? You’ve seen it in action, and we thought maybe another look up-close with some long-range targets might be fun! [chuckling] And you know what I mean when I say ‘Loong range targets’, don’t you, when we’re doing a close-up video. Just in case you didn’t get enough gun-porn.

Now we have all sorta ‘a targets here! We wanted you to see the hits, okay? One more time, like right n- [SHOT] There! So you see what happens when you shoot this thing at about, whatever, three-four-five yards. Now if you hit a bottle of water… [POW] [chuckling] That’s what happens! But if I shoot that metal… [POW] that’s what you get. Let’s put a couple right above that. [POW] and a couple more [POW] [Chuckling and more shots] Artwork! You’ll notice they’re pretty consistent, but not totally. A little different pattern there. Now that’s the double-mag that comes with it. Pretty cool. Appreciate being able to get this at Bud’s. By now it’s probably back, and one of you probably has it! Actually, maybe one of you got it on eGunner. And you might be shooting it today! You might have shot this firearm the same day I’m shooting it. Wait a minute, that ain’t- Oh I forgot. That’s kinda one of the weird idiosyncrasies of it, like a regular 1911 you just pull back the slide and it’ll go forward, but on this one when it’s locked back, in the first time there you have to hit the lock lever, slide lock. Pretty neat! Now let’s kill this bottle. I don’t wanna get wet, it’s too cold today to get wet. [POW] Argh. [Chuckling] It’s still new so sometimes I gotta punch the slide to get it on in there. [POW] Need to get a better grip, probably, too. [more shots] That is one of the most interesting things about it, honestly, is just seein’ the holes that end up in whatever you’re shooting at. I think I have two more magazines, so let’s just shoot a couple more. I want to see some more holes. So you could use individual mags of course, it’s just that you do need two of them [blows it off] Dirt in my pocket. Alright. Oop, ok, gotta remember to release that. Alright. Might just work on these three and leave that guy for another day. Alright, let’s just shoot a little bit. One, two- [rapid shots] [laughter] Shot the stick down! Oh boy.

Dueller Prismatic. Pretty interesting piece of hardware. No doubt about it. You notice it is rather thick, right? So it is a little bit like holding a 2×4, but definitely an interesting firearm, no doubt about it. And I’m pleased to be able to try it out. Life is good.

Sources: Hickok45 Youtube, Eric Nestor

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March 15th, 2017 by jhines

There has been a lot of buzz on the internet lately about the reliability of a 1911 platform as a self defense pistol.

For a quick torture test DRF (DownRange Firearms) Training took a Sig Sauer 1911 and my personal Glock 19, buried them in the dirt, actions open, cleared the dirt and debris from the guns and proceeded to fire the guns testing their reliability.

The Glock performed flawlessly, the 1911, as expected, failed miserably. Glocks shot off all 15 rounds where the Sig only came up with 2 shots fired. We had fun with this one and hope you guys enjoy it!

DRFTraining used factory fresh Remington UMC 230gr .45 and Federal 115gr 9mm, no hand loads.

For anyone who wants to know EXACTLY what happened to the 1911…To clean it we had to strip it down to the empty frame.

Dirt was located in the sear,trigger, grip safety, mag release, hammer and there was a pebble jammed under the leaf spring.

Video Transcription
Matt: What’s up guys, it’s Matt with Downrange Firearms Training, we’ve got my friend Nick today. Nick was kind enough to let us borrow his Sig 1911, I wanted to run a torture test real quick on the 1911 platform Vs the Glock platform. There’s a lot of buzz on the Internet, especially after James Yeager’s videos from Tactical Response, basically saying that the Glock pistol is the only pistol you should own. I totally agree with James, I love the philosophy on the video, and essentially if anybody knows me, they know the fact that I slam the 1911 all the time because it’s actually– while it is a great shooting target-pistol, that’s its limitations, the fact that it is a target pistol and should not be used as a defensive carry pistol, because of the fact that the gun, essentially, is built to such tight tolerances that it can’t stand up to the abuse that something like a Glock or a Smith and Wesson M&P or a Springfield XD would.

So I want to do a real quick torture test, show you guys– I’ve got my fourth-generation glock19, the gun that I carry all the time, and Nick was nice enough to volunteer his Sig Target 1911. We do have factory-fresh ammunition, just so you guys know, we’re not using reloads or anything like that. What we’re gonna do, we’re gonna load up the rounds , load up the guns to the capacity that they have; the 1911 is limited obviously to eight rounds, then we’re gonna toss ’em in the dirt, get ’em pretty dirty, and then just see how they run from there. So Nick, if you don’t mind loading up the 1911 there, buddy, I’m gonna load up the Glock.

We’ve got a nice warm day here in massachusets, we’ve got some dried-up mud that we’re gonna toss the guns in, it’s kind of a silt-y material right now because it’s been raining the past couple days, but the sun’s out today, dried everything up. Toss ’em in the dirt, cover ’em up, take ’em out, bang ’em off, and see how they work, and we’re gonna do it with the actions open.

So here’s my gun, fifteen rounds, pop that in there so you guys can see. You all set with that one?

Nick: Yep.

Matt: Alright. Just gonna take ’em, toss ’em in the dirt, both of ’em. You wanna do the honors since it’s your gun? Get the glock covered good, so nobody can say that we gamed it. Alright. Pretty dirty, not something a lot of people would do to their guns, but for the sake of the argument today, we’re gonna do it. Wanna zoom in real quick and get inside ‘n see? There’s a ton of dirt and everything in there, so we are gonna clear that out first, make sure that there’s no obstructions in the barrel. How’s that one lookin’?

Nick: Pretty fuckin’ dirty.

Matt: Nice work. Good? Alright. I’ll put my ear protection on real quick.


Alright, let’s stop it right there real quick. Now as you guys can see– did you even get a round off?

Nick: Two.

Matt: Nick got two rounds off, to my fifteen. Again, we didn’t game it, anything like that. We took the gun, fresh from the way we carry ’em, toss ’em in the dirt, load ’em up. The hammer wouldn’t even go back on his, another reason why you shouldn’t use firearms with safeties and with hammers on ’em. A double-acton striker-fired pistol, this one looks a lot dirtier right now than the 1911 even does, and performed flawlessly. That right there, again, is why I relate back to James Yeagar’s video, he essentially said that all guns should be Glocks, all Glocks should be 9mm, and all 9mm glocks should be 19s. Big enough to shoot with, small enough to fight with, and in my opinion it’s one of the best platforms out there, and that right there just proves the reliability of the gun.

Hey guys, thanks for checking out the video, hope you enjoyed it, we had fun makin’ it, for more informative videos, check us out on the web www.DRFtraining.com, visit us on the facebook page, subscribe to the youtube page, and go over and check out James Yeager’s video on the Glock19, it’s pretty good, I think you guys would enjoy that one as well.

Nick: Remember guys, only hits count. Unless you’re carrying a 1911. Alright Matt, go clean my gun.

Matt: Thanks bud.

Sources: DRFT Training Youtube, Sig Sauer, Glocks

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December 9th, 2016 by asjstaff

1911 Poetry in Slow Motion

This slow-motion video of a Wilson Combat 1911 firing is incredibly awesome. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but video brings it to another level in astonishment.

Larry Vicker gives us an inside look at the 1911. Special thanks to Wilson Combat and their gunsmiths who made this cut-away 1911 specifically for this video.

So much happens in the blink of an eye at the moment one fires a handgun. Vicker’s Tactical shot some incredible footage of a 1911 Wilson Combat firing at around 6900 frames per second. (estimated)

Seems like we’re all fascinated with watching things that are fast go in slow motion. Guess its all about the appreciation and the beauty of it all, check it out.

Very cool handgun video, amazed to see the bullet actually leaving the gun and everything else you can’t see when you fire a gun with the naked eye. Or as another viewer puts it “the blow by at ignition before the bullet leaves the barrel. The shock wave behind the base of the bullet on exit. And the particles of un-burnt propellant after everything else has cleared the chamber”.

by J Hines

Source: Wilson Combat, Vicker’s Tactical

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November 1st, 2016 by asjstaff

DOUBLE DUTY SIG Sauer’s 1911 Max Michel BB pistol is a perfect training partner for the company’s 1911 in .45.


Although I often shoot and write about airguns, you may have noticed that my testing has focused on a few different SIG Sauer models recently. That’s because I believe SIG is on to something, making airguns modeled after their “real” guns, including the use of comparable controls and full-blowback metal slides on the handguns.

A close-up of the SIG Sauer 1911 in .45

A close-up of the SIG Sauer 1911 in .45

Not long ago, everyone suggested practicing with a .22, what with the caliber’s light recoil and lower ammo cost. That may have been sound advice, but with the astronomical jump in the price of .22 ammo, it is no longer that much of a savings, even if loads are available. I don’t know whether SIG’s plans were prompted by the higher prices or it was just lucky timing, but I’m glad they did what they did.

It is easier to practice your drawing techniques using a gun that is nearly identical to your real weapon, for example, and it’s much more fun than dry firing your real pistol. And, if you live in a suburban setting, an air gun is much quieter and there are no powerful flying projectiles.

A close-up of SIG Sauer’s Max Michel BB pistol.

A close-up of SIG Sauer’s Max Michel BB pistol.

IN THE JULY ISSUE of this magazine, I wrote a review covering the SIG Sauer 226 airgun, and the following month did a feature on their MCX AR airgun. Since each of these is a near copy of a full-caliber gun in the SIG Sauer line, it gave me an idea. For this third and final SIG airgun piece, I decided to do a combination review of the airgun and the pistol it was designed to mimic. And, since SIG’s 1911 Max Michel BB pistol is set to hit the market later this month, this will probably be one of the first published reviews of it.

As with the first two SIG airguns I tested, I was impressed by how closely these two resembled each other. In fact, if you lay them on top of each other, they are basically the same size. There are just a few small, understandable differences.

First, the sights on the air gun are not as nice on the actual .45, which makes perfect sense. Second, the airgun has a Picatinny rail, while the .45 doesn’t. Third, there is a slight difference in the butt due to the differences in the clips. And finally, although they each appear to have ambidextrous safeties, the “left-handed” safety on the airgun is nonfunctional.

I mentioned that the airgun sights are not as good as on the .45, but I should add that they are adjustable for windage and elevation with a flat-head screwdriver.

This is the best group that I got, but I’m sure you can do better.

This is the best group that I got, but I’m sure you can do better.

To really make this a family affair, I did some of the testing of the .45 alongside my wife, Katy. I shot my normal mediocre groups, but she obtained some good groups.

Normally, I recommend a .357 Mag for smaller shooters. That way, in town they can load up with .38s, and in the mountains they can shoot .357 magnums for bears, wolves and cougars. But although Katy is somewhat recoil-sensitive, she loved shooting the .45. Needless to say, our pace of fire was nowhere as intense as that of the handgun’s namesake, Max Michel, the captain of SIG Sauer’s shooting team and recently crowned world-speed shooting champion.

The author’s wife Katy thoroughly enjoyed shooting the 1911 Max Michel .45 pistol.

The author’s wife Katy thoroughly enjoyed shooting the 1911 Max Michel .45 pistol.

It is rare, but occasionally I hear someone dissing a 1911. How can you do that to one of the most popular pistol models for more than 100 years running? My dad, who was a B24 pilot in World War II, carried one, and I’ll bet your dad or grandfather did too at some point. If you can handle the recoil and obtain adequate reset times, the .45 is the ticket. And if my wife and my 110-pound daughters like shooting a 1911, then I think that it is safe to say that you can probably handle the SIG Sauer .45.

I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED shooting both guns. For our test we used SIG 230-grain FMJ ammo for the .45, and with the airgun we used SIG BBs. Airgun ammo can vary wildly in accuracy, but in all of my tests, SIG pellets and BBs grouped as good as any of the leading manufacturers other than JSB, which are match-grade pellets.

Like many of SIG’s airguns, the 1911 version has a detachable 16-shot clip that is released by pushing a button identical to the one on its larger and more powerful cousin. You pull down a slide knob and load the BBs into a hole. Then slide the clip back into the bottom of the grip. To load the 12gram CO2 cylinder, you remove the clip and pull out the back of the grip. Insert the gas cartridge and close the handle, and that snaps it into place. Slap in the clip and you’re good to go.

The airgun is not only great for training purposes, but also fun for shooting small varmints. It is a semiautomatic, so it would also be a great tool to run deer and other pests out of your garden. It would sting them enough to make them leave but not cause any long-lasting damage.

Carrying the name of the company’s shooting team captain and 2016 world speed-shooting champion, these two fine SIG Sauer Max Michel handguns make an excellent pair. The .45 is on the left, and the BB pistol is on the right.

Carrying the name of the company’s shooting team captain and 2016 world speed-shooting champion, these two fine SIG Sauer Max Michel handguns make an excellent pair. The .45 is on the left, and the BB pistol is on the right.

As with all SIG semiautos I have tested, the .45 is a great pistol. And once again, I think that in developing the airgun to go along with it, SIG has come up with a great training tool.

So there you have it – several really good reasons to buy two guns instead of just one. Tell your spouse that I said so, and let me know how that goes! ASJ

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June 23rd, 2016 by jhines

That’s Rubber Bands


What happens if you wrap a Ruger SR1911 pistol with Rubber Bands? How many rubber bands will it take to cause the 1911 pistol to malfunction? Is one rubber band powerful enough to stop the slide from functioning properly? Will this create an over pressure situation and kaboom the 1911 pistol? This has been suggested by viewers on multiple occasions and seemed like a fun video to do! This is a wacky function test.

Video Transcript

Alrght dudes yo this is mattv2099 here I am back in 2016 this is the first video I will create at my new compound, and this year is the year of the clipteen nineteen-eleven brand glock

We are fortunate enough to have a limited-edition vickers tactical ruger SR1911 So this video here is to commemorate Larry vickers and his firearms channel, which was without question the fastest-growing youtube firearms channel in the last year from shotshow to shotshow. Without question. (Even if I can think of three or four channels that grew faster). So we’re gonna take out Larrys vickers tactical 1911 (see that. It’s a limited edition from Ruger). Last year we did the glock rubber band video, which was an outrageous hit because of how dangerous of an operation it was. Everyone thought that I should’ve engaged the safety, that they should take my guns, it was just the most insane operation ever to be conducted, operationally. Smithsonian-level operation. So this year we’re gonna recreate that operation even more dangerous because we’re using a 1911-brand glock.

In order to commemorate this operation, I’m going to present Larry with a custom limited edition Matv2099 postcard and I sent him a letter, here. Youtube operator’s a real operator.

First thing you wanna do any time you gotta operate a firearm is you gotta lube that firearmazine. We’re gonna do that real quick. Looks like we’re put together all properly. Yep looks all good. So we’re gonna use the Vicar’s Tactical Inc favorite gun oil here. Got some of this here Crisco clean. Yep just gonna put this on here. Just liberally wipe that thing down. Crisco clean. All over the outside, that’s all that really matters, we’re tryin’ to make it shiny, look cool. Don’t care how well it operates.

I’m gonna show you a couple of the Vicar’s Tactical features: First is the uh, custom engraving ‘Vicker’s tactical’ and ‘Limited edition’ on both sides. We have mil-spec grips. The magwell has deep machining grooves in it, so if your hands are bound you can saw your way through any rope. That’s a special operator’s trick. So that’s pretty much it. Other than that it’s just a regular SR1911 Ruger. We are fully-loaded, we have mil-spec ammo, mil-spec rubber bands, and a mil-spec knife just in case the operation goes bad.

So what’s the point of this operation?
We’re gonna see how many rubber bands it takes to disable this glock. So put in a comment below to see how many you think it’s gonna take. So what I mean is, we put a rubberband on it or two or three, then we test and see if it still functions properly, like cycles. So we’ve got two rubberbands here. Oh this is dangerous. Note that I am not putting any part of my body in front of the muzzle. That would be crazy-dangeorus.

So, lookit that. We have rubber bands, two of them wrapped twice, around the muzzle of this glock-teen-11. So let’s shoot this badboy and see if it functions, and chambers a new roundazine.

Oh this is so dangerous. Let’s do this. This is a scary gun, kind of a real man’s gun. Oh it didn’t shoot! Oh it’s got one of those stupid safety things there, let’s take that off.


Oh lookit that, it worked. It chambered a new roundazine. We’re gonna engage our safety. When you engage a safety on your gun, it effectivly means you can stop using your brain. It enders your gun into toy status. (That’s not true, don’t believe that. Always shoot your firearm like it’s crazy dangerous). Ok, let’s put more rubberbandazines on there. Oh this is crazy dangerous, Don’t ever do this. You gotta be a trained Youtube operator to do that. You need at least a hundred videos on Youtube, maybe two hundred before you can do this. Disingage our safety. See how powerful that last bullet was, it knocked the target down.
Woah, see that flinch? That’s how scared I am. Hardcore flinching.
[click] Oh dude it didn’t work.
Oh it didn’t eject! Two rubberbands,failure! vickers Tactical, it never ejected the spent casing! So you know what that means! I’m gonna try one rubberband, you’re kiddin’ me. The glock was able to function with a whole ton of ’em! Ok let’s try one rubberband on the vicar’s tactical glock 1911. The glock-brand-glock was able to withstand at least eleven-eleventeen of ’em.

Ok, one rubberband! Safety off.
[bang] Oop! It chambered the next one!

I cannot begin to remind you how dangerous this is. THe gun could literally explode because the pressures can’t escape properly because of the rubberband. Could cause this gun to totally explode, send shrapnel everywhere.
And we’re back to two rubberbands, maybe that was a total fluke.
Total flukazine.
[Bang] Ok, it worked that time.
Idunno what happened last time, I think that was just Y’know, when you have a brand-new glock, and you need ‘ta break it in. So you need to at least shoot it once.
Or maybe we need more crisco. That’s our favorite lube-brand lube.

Ok we have three rubberbands. On our Ruger vickers Tactical. Ok we are fully chambered, we are cocked and locked. Maybe if we break ourself it’ll work. “Break yoself fool!”

Ok, I saw it eject the round.

This gun could literally just go off and hit me. Gotta be real careful, don’t even try this at home. This is the most insane operation there ever was. Ok so, if you limpwrist it won’t work. Don’t limpwrist.
[bang] I didn’t hear a spent roundazine come out!
Oh it did work!
It totally worked, ok! There was a new one in. Give it two more rubberbands. We are cocked and locked. I don’t even know what that means, but 1911 people say that. I don’t know what the locked part means. This is the most dangerous part, this is a loaded firearm. I’m puttin’ rubberbands over the muzzle.

Alright dudes, let’s do this. You’re gonna break yoself fool? Consider it broken.
[Bang] I saw it! I saw a spent roundazine. Dropped the clipazine. Put a fresh clip in. Two more rubberbandazines in. This is the most expensive video I’ve ever made, I think I’ve used eleven bullets? And the longest. I usually try to keep my videos at one bullet and two minutes long. Let’s do this.

Break yoself fool! [Bang] This is like Steve Irwin versus a stingray at this point. I’m lucky to survive.
Ok two more.
Clinical proof that this is the best firearm. Alright dudes, one more round.
[bang] Wow look at all those rubberbands. Let’s try four more.
I think the .45 has all the stopping power. All the stopping power.
This is the most dangerous part. I have that glock knife on standby just in case.
Good thing for that serrated clipwell. Machining marks are really nice.
[Bang] This is like, the most tactical thing in the world. Ok, four more? Or six more. Let’s do six more. Oh my goodness. Kay. I think it’s the mil-spec ammo.
Breakyoself, fool!
[Bang] Wow, We need to step up our game. No firearm has ever functioned with this many rubberbands on it. It must be the .45 with the stopping power of such a brutal round. Supersonic deadly power. [bang] I saw the spent shellcasing myself.
We have six more.
This is the crazy dangerous part.
I dunno how many rubberbands that is, but it shouldn’t function at this point.
[bang] Still workin’
I don’t get it, I’m gonna run outta ammo trying to disable this glock.

Alright here’s six more rubberbands. I think this is clinical proof that the 1911 does NOT effin’ suck, and is the best glock-brand-glock there ever was. The most tactical firearm ever invented. The most dangerous operation you’ve ever witnessed.
[Bang] I’m not sure that it ejected it. There we go. We finally disabled the vickers Tactical Ruger 1911. Failure to extract due to Rubberband Overload. Too much rubberbandage, too much torque, I dunno how many rubberbands that is, should we count ’em? Yeah I think we should count ’em. This is how many rubberbands we put on ’em, now we’re gonna take ’em apart and count ’em.

Ok I counted thirty-three rubberbands, which is impossible, I always put an even number on. Currently the 1911 is the Rubberband world champion. The glock didn’t even handle half that many before it was disabled. Starting to believe that the 1911 guys are true, this gun truly has stopping power, is the best gun of all time, best concealed-carry gun, it’s the best gun possible. Be sure to subscribe to Larry Vickers, I’ll put a link in the description, put a link in the cards, all that stuff, go check out his channel, he’s got some pretty sweet-ass videos, uh operations the likes of which I couldn’t even imagine. Thanks! MattV Out.

Source: Vickers Tactical Youtube, MattV2099

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May 25th, 2016 by asjstaff

Evaluating Guncrafter Industries’ Model No. 4 50 GI

Story and photographs by Oleg Volk

Handguns are almost always inferior to rifles in terms of accuracy and stopping power. Since defensive fighting usually happens up close, those qualities are important, but casual carrying of long guns is not socially acceptable in much of the world. The solution is to use the most powerful handgun that’s still practical for unsupported firing. Guncrafter Industries Model No. 4 Hunting pistol attempts to create exactly that kind of weapon by combining 6 inches of barrel with a .50-caliber bore, the largest legally possible without National Firearms Act paperwork. That way, the projectile already has an impressive frontal area, 23 percent wider than .45 ACP, and 15 percent higher velocity for the same 230-grain bullet weight. For hog hunting use, slower but much denser 300-grain bullets are available. While less energetic than a hot 10mm auto load, the 50 GI is more efficient by not having to use as much of the kinetic energy to expand the projectile.

Guncrafter Industries Model No. 4 50 GI packs a powerful punch, whether you’re carrying for self-defense or hunting hogs

Guncrafter Industries Model No. 4 50 GI packs a powerful punch, whether you’re carrying for self-defense or hunting hogs.

The 50 GI accomplishes all that with the pressure of only 15,000 pounds per square inch. With the 6-inch barrel, especially, it gives much-reduced muzzle blast compared to other powerful defensive chamberings intended to supplant .45 ACP. While the case has a rebated rim like .50 AE, it’s straight rather than tapered. Seven cartridges fit a regular 1911 magazine.

Gun reviewer Oleg Volk reports that the plain rear sight combined with a tritium front sight works well in moderate light, and it’s easy for the eye to pick up the chartreuse vial.

Recoil was the same as with a standard .45 ACP Government model, and the pistol showed impressive practical accuracy. Fired at the rate of about a shot per second, Model 4 gave one inch dispersion at 10 yards with all four loads. The sights as supplied were regulated for 230-grain HP and 300-grain JFP ammunition, with 185-grain HP hitting slightly lower and a 275-grainer an inch higher. At 25 yards, the groups predictably scaled to 2.5 inches, which is quite good for a fighting pistol with iron sights. The combination of plain rear sights and tritium front worked well in moderate light, with the eye focusing on the vial with ease. With the long slide providing a nice forward balance, the sights returned on target readily. Overall weight is only a couple of ounces more than a regular M1911. The pistol is available in a wide variety of finishes and with various sight options.

Unlike the texturing on some high-powered handguns’ grips, the 50 GI comes with enough to hold onto it while it kicks, but isn’t so rough that it’ll chew up your hands at the range. The reviewer reports that while it shoots like any 1911 out there, the difference is in how much impact it delivers downrange.

Magazines required a good smack to seat on a closed slide when full, and dropped free when empty. The textured slide release worked well, so that I didn’t even bother with dropping the slide with the weak hand. The degree of texturing was sufficient for retention, not enough to abrade the hands. Unlike .357 Coonan, the Model 4 in 50 GI didn’t require conscious wrestling back out of recoil. It shot like any other 1911, with the sole difference of delivering a greater impact downrange. The report was not noticeably different. The muzzle flash was not visible in daylight.

So for the cost of dropping the full capacity from 8+1 to 7+1, it is possible to get a well behaved but more powerful weapon with the familiar form factor. The only down side I found has been the price: the pistol lists for a bit over $4,100, magazines are $50 each, and the ammunition runs $30 to $50 per 20-round box. I plan on talking to a couple of manufacturers to see if cheaper target ammunition may be developed for practice. ASJ

A close-up of the wheelhouse of the 50 GI.

A close-up of the wheelhouse of the 50 GI.

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February 8th, 2016 by Danielle Breteau

Gunsmith In ‘Right Sport, Right Time’ for PRS Growth

Interview by Steve Joseph • Photographs courtesy of Liberty Arms

The Precision Rifle Series is exploding, and along with it are the shooters and industry professionals who provide only the best in products and services. The PRS has extremely low tolerances for anything outside of perfect.

imagejpeg_1Meet Bob Goettel, owner and founder of Liberty Arms LLC, a full-service gunsmith capable of repairs on all makes and models of firearms. However, their specialty lies in custom-built precision rifles. Take a look at what inspired Goettel to get involved in the PRS, and what keeps his company growing.

American Shooting Journal How did Liberty Arms get its start?

Bob Goettel It started with a family friend who was a custom smith and machinist. The old story of sweeping the floors when I was 9 years old got me into their shop, and they helped me build my first .22 magnum. From that point on it was an addiction. I started building all of my own rifles for match shooting, and that started things in motion. Soon, friends would ask me to build rifles for them, and interest in my work kept building. Eventually the demand pushed me to start the business.

Liberty Arms

Liberty Arms is a strong supporter of the Precision Rifle Series, and is known for creating some of this competition’s best long-range systems. This custom .308 tactical rifle – built on a Stiller action with a Bartlein spiral-fluted barrel, McMillan A3 stock with Liberty Arms cheek rests, custom multicam cerakote finish, Magpul FDE barreled action, US Optics 3.2-17 scope and a Armament Systems arbiter suppressor – just might be your next favorite gun.

ASJ What services do you offer?

BG We offer all of the common gun-related gunsmithing services. However, we focus mainly on custom-rifle builds. We are set up for gunsmithing, cerakote and blueing services,and offer a full line of custom 1911s. Due to the growing popularity of long-range shooting and the growth of the PRS competition, 85 percent of our work has been focused on that portion of the industry. We also do lot of work for the local police department.

LIberty Arms

Bob Goettel’s personal competition rifle – 6.5x47L with  Stiller TAC 30 short action, Bartlein 1-in-8 twist 26-inch barrel, McMillan A3 stock with Liberty Arms cheek rest, PTG bottom metal, US Optics 5.5-25 optic and a SAS TOMB brake suppressor.


Liberty Arms

An executive cased 1911, completely hand fit with Caspian slide/frame, case color, and bluing by Doug Turnbull. The ostrich-clad case and African Burlwood grips were designed and created by Liberty Arms. 

ASJ You mentioned having a line of 1911s. What other firearms do you offer?

BG We also have our Trident AR-15 and -10, as well as bolt rifles, which are built using our lines and customer specs. The great thing for shooters today is the abundance of parts and accessories that are available. Just about anything is possible.


ASJ How did you get involved with the PRS?

BG The PRS and long-range shooting in general has exploded in the past few years. From that explosion most shooters have found me. Just being into the right sport at the right time has helped set things in motion, and the PRS is a great event that keeps the rifle population alive. It’s great to be a small part of it.


ASJ Thank you for talking to us, Bob.

BG Thank you ASJ

Liberty Arms

This Remington 700 chambered in .300 H&H Magnum with an engraved action, Douglas barrel, Libery Arms custom three-panel checked bolt knob, Bastogne walnut stock, Obendorf bottom metal and three-position safety with Swarovski optics is almost too sweet to shoot.

Liberty Arms

This .308 tactical/marksman rifle features a Remington 700 action, Kreiger fluted barrel, AICS AX chassis, S&B optics with a laser rangefinder and a Surefire suppressor.

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December 21st, 2015 by asjstaff

The never ending debate

The never ending debate of which is better for every day carry and personal protection continues. Here are some threads expressing their sentiments on Glocks and 1911 forums.

First off its really a never ending battle that isn’t comparably fair, but I’ll say a few things.
The best firearm, in this case a Glock or 1911 is the one you’re most proficient shooting.
I’d say the pure fact that a gun made within the last 30 years that can even come up in conversation to rival a 100+ year old respected firearm has certainly accomplished something, Glocks aren’t made to show off, but the reliability has made it a beauty to those that own them.
1911, well.. Holding a piece of history that fits your hand perfect just gives you a well rounded feeling and although more recent firearms allow for larger mag capacity and such, it isn’t going away anytime soon. Personally I’m a true Glock fan, but I don’t have anything bad to say about either. Excellent firearms. I’ll take both:)

I like the glock because it’s more fun to say. “I’MMA GLOCK YOU IN DA FACE!”

1911 is a much nicer platform. Glocks are notoriously hard to get sighted in correctly due to the lack of a true iron sight, and instead just the dots on the slide. Try shooting both at your local gun club/range, I would be willing to bet you prefer the 1911.

I don’t think anyone would say the Glock is a bad pistol because it’s not. They’re incredibly reliable, if ugly, tools. I think most people, at least on a 1911 forum, will say that that the feel of a 1911 in the hand and the trigger will beat the snot out of a Glock any day of the week.

Consistent training with both. I can now grab the Glock and with eyes closed, come to a Natural Point of Aim. Sights dead on. But that’s also thousands of draws from different positions. Can do the same with a 1911. Think based on the grip feel, I recognize it and based on muscle memory of the grip, the NPA is easy to differentiate between.

Vintage, I completely agree that the 1911 grip angle and trigger cant be beat.

Really, there’s a debate? They’re both great weapons. They both go bang. One is pretty, one isn’t. One’s expensive, one isn’t. One has ergonomics, one doesn’t. What’s the debate?

Why does is have to be either/or? Why the debate and drama?
If you like both the universe will not implode.
I buy the guns I like. End of story.

Maybe Glocks are like a Honda Civic with a big wing on the trunk, a four speed automatic, some go fast stickers and a bottle of nitrous.
1911s are like a finely turned sports car with rear wheel drive a manual transmission.
Yeah, you can make the Honda work, it’ll get you around town, the 16 year olds at 7-11 will be impressed and you can tell yourself it is just as good as the finely turned sports car, but well…..

So to summarize, either pistol will work just fine as long as you take care of it and train with it often. Yes, the drama of comparing the two is a bit unnecessary. To paraphrase one forumgoer: “Whichever you go with, if you practice it enough you’ll be ahead of most.”

Story by Sam Morstan

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November 21st, 2015 by asjstaff

Jerry Miculek demonstrates rapid firing a pair of quad double barrel 1911 .45 ACP by Arsenal Firearms. Jerry fires off 20 rounds in less than 1.5 seconds.

Video transcript

Jerry Miculek: Hey Guys I’m Jerry Miculek I’m out here on the range today, s’a beautiful day, I’ve got some really trick stuff today, somethin’ totally different that I’ve never fired this before in my life.

Jerry Miculek: It’s the original– Twiceshooter guys. 45ACP or it might be a 90ACP 2 of ’em both together, uh, maybe not. [chuckles] It’s the original double-stack, as you can see, you put two single-stack mags in it, uh, the trigger works both hammers, so either side that you grab it it’s gonna shoot, so; you’ve got a lotta horsepower here, you’ve got 45 ACP, what can you say guys, stainless steel it looks pretty slick, got adjustable sights. Check in stock, it’s a beautifully-made gun, it’s out of Arsenal, and they’re made out of Italy. They were nice enough to send me one to play with, but I also told them y’know I had trouble shooting enough ammunition in a short period of time, so they were really nice– and they sent two of ’em guys! I got two of these things! I got four barrels! They said 90 caliber, might be a 180 Caliber, quad-mounted 45 caliber pistol!

Jerry Miculek: So here we go, we’re gonna make a lotta noise, short period of time, waste a lotta ammo, have a good time. Let’s go ahead ‘n Load ’em up!

Jerry Miculek: Alright! Here we go guys, Ten bucks worth of ammo, fast as we can make it happen! READY!


Jerry Miculek: Woaaoooh! Haha! Wooh! Woah. Wow. That’s a lotta fun right there, guys. Let’s take a look at it!

[Gunfire in slow-motion]

Jerry Miculek: Eheheh, I know what’yer thinkin’ guys, ten bucks worth ‘a ammo, knocked the target down, had a buncha- a buncha lead there (“A bunch that landed there”?) at the same time, give you an idea what we did: First shot was .28 one-hundredths, and the last shot was 1.77 one-hundredths. So if I do the math right I think that’s a 1.49 one-hundredths of a second.
Let’s see how many we got, we should have 20.

Jerry Miculek:Let’s see what we got here. Aaaaagh! Two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen, I think we’ve got them on here guys! Think that’s– That’s a double, that’s a double, two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen. Think I got eighteen on there, guys! Whooh. In a second and a half! My wrists say that was a lotta fun. Maybe we could do somethin’ different.

Jerry Miculek: As it is tradition with our ‘Shoot-Fast’ videos, we take these guns right out on our range and shoot ’em. I didn’t sight it in, I just went out there, oiled ’em up, and started shooting. Uh, the experience is quite different. I do have to say, s’a lotta horsepower, you’re shooting two uh 45 ACP 230 round ball ammunitions at one time at one trigger pull, so you’re getting 460 grains of lead downrange, so the thump that you feel is close to a –like a 500 Magnum, maybe a little bit less. You gotta lotta slide comin’ back, you got two barrels reciprocating, it’s uh, it’s quite a different feeling, it’s a real long push, more than a jab, so uh… I think if I spent some time on the range and actually, uh, played with it a little bit and do a trigger job on it I could probably get some nice splits with it, so… s’kind of an interesting gun, all-in-all, but uh, now that I’ve got the ball-bearings rolling, we’re gonna come up with some very unique situations and do some testing with this. So I want you guys to keep posting, guys, we got some really trick stuff comin’!

Transcribed by Sam Morstan

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June 15th, 2015 by Danielle Breteau

John Johnston (4)

Story by Danielle Breteau • Photographs by John Johnston

When I first heard about something called Ballistic Radio, which doesn’t sound like two words that go together, I did what anyone would do: I Googled it! One of the first websites I landed on was for the Ballistic Radio Youtube Channel. The description? “A channel that is dedicated to making the Internet cry by destroying popular gun and shooting myths.” I immediately needed to know more.

“I don’t want there to be any stupid gun owners.”

PHOTO 1 John Johnston (3)John M. Johnston is the owner and host of Ballistic Radio. Johnston may not be what you would think when you visualize a guy in a radio station, sitting behind a DJ’s microphone. Johnston is a 6-foot, 2-inch, 250-pound man, with lots of tattoos and a shaggy beard that conjure up images of a cave man crossed with an ornate Aztec warrior. Maybe that is what he is going for, but my interview with him proved to be something more than a discussion with only grunts and sign language. Johnston is actually quite brilliant and has a diverse background in psychology, real estate office management and fashion photography, to name a few. Ballistic Radio seems to allow Johnston to express his deep-seated passion for bringing gun-industry news, tactics and concepts to the world in a very intelligent and sometimes humorous manner.

PHOTO 3 John Johnston (1)Ballistic Radio is a syndicated weekly radio show that covers topics about self-defense, firearms and training without politicizing it. “Stereotypes of gun owners have nothing to do with politics, and how you feel about guns is not a point to be made when someone is kicking down your door,” Johnston threw out during our conversation, making a very poignant point. After listening to multiple podcasts of the show to get a feel of the conversations, subject matter and demeanor, I found that they refreshingly incorporate industry experts with intelligent conversation and a good dose of humor to top off the content. I think this is great, since the average age of his audience is younger than you might expect, around 32 years old. It seems to be doing well so far, and as of this issue’s press deadline, they are on their 101st episode, with plenty more content yet to cover.

PHOTO 6 John at the radio

While dodging occasional death threats, which Johnston honestly gets from time to time, he tries to be a mediator between the folks who speak “gun” and those who may only attempt to understand the attraction.

I asked Johnston what he was trying to do with his radio show. He said, “I don’t want there to be any stupid gun owners. I would like to see people understand that there is more to self defense than just having the gun. It is not a magic talisman that wards off evil just by existing. You’ve got to have the knowledge of how, when and why to use it, as well as familiarity with local laws, which can make a huge difference in how a gun owner can react in a bad situation. I feel like there are lots of different sides to this vast topic, and I am able to help breach the language barrier between them. I love being able to talk to people from all walks of life, and have even received an email from a couple who fall into at least six minority/specialty groups combined and are professed liberals. They own guns and said they felt like I wasn’t alienating them by talking about things outside of the self-defense topic, and that is why they love the show.” Johnston went on to say that he felt that we as a community are fighting against the Dunning-Kruger effect, a psychological phenomenon where people without knowledge, experience or expertise pass along bad information as fact, while ignoring and arguing against accurate information. He feels he runs into this quite often, and almost seemed defeated when he said it.

“I do product torture tests, not dumb ones like shoving a ham sandwich into the action and seeing if it will fire, but realistic ones”

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John Johnston welcomes conversations from all facets of the gun industry.

The start of this radio show was a combination of luck and good timing. After a rough divorce, Johnston found himself working in a gun store. Johnston said he often heard gun store clerks say things around him that he simply couldn’t believe. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a clerk at a store suggest something like a Smith and Wesson J-frame .357 magnum (subcompact revolver) as the perfect self-defense gun for a woman because it’s small. The problem, of course, being that they’re incredibly uncomfortable to shoot and almost impossible for a new shooter to shoot well. Can you imagine trying to train with that if you have never shot before?” Johnston went on to explain that there are everyday questions that inspire him to want to help the industry. “I’m probably strange for enjoying this, but I like having conversations with people who say things like, ‘I don’t need to have a flashlight handy because I have night sights on my gun.’ Having to explain the importance of knowing what you are shooting at before you shoot pushes me to try and help educate gun owners.”

The gun store where Johnston was working was given an opportunity to have a radio show on a local station. He ended up running it and tailored it with his personal ideas and topics. That show subsequently became very popular locally and online, according to Johnston. “After some time I offered to buy the show from my boss and he agreed to sell it,” Johnston said, and that is how Ballistic Radio started.

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Wilson Combat 9mm 1911 put to the torture test.

Among Johnston’s hobbies, and much to the entertainment of many, he spends a great deal of time destroying guns through hard use, then  documents his efforts. “I do product torture tests, not dumb ones like shoving a ham sandwich into the action and seeing if it will fire, but realistic ones,” he emphatically states. As an example of what he calls a test, he took a Salient Arms International MK25 Tier 1 Prototype and shot 25,000 rounds through it in 18 days in the middle of winter, a test which he himself barely survived physically.

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Salient Arms International MK25 Tier 1 Prototype suffering from abuse.

Another of Johnston’s gun-torture tests involved practically submerging a Wilson Combat 9mm 1911 in the mud, and immediately after rescuing
it, demonstrating a successful firing sequence. You can see videos of some of his torture tests like this at  ballisticradio.com. His next victim will be the LWRC Tricon MK6 with a SilencerCo suppressor. Johnston says this will be the first public high-roundcount test of a suppressor ever done.


You can find Ballistic Radio on multiple radio stations to include: 1100 KFNX in Phoenix, 55KRC in Cincinnati, 820 WWBA in Tampa, among several others, with 20 to 30 more on the way. If you are more of a podcast person or mobile-app type, there is a Ballistic Radio podcast and you can listen via iTunes, or you can catch the live stream Sundays at 7 p.m. EST on iHeart Radio (55KRC channel). You can also check out Ballistic Radio at ballisticradio.com to keep up with all the latest action in the gun industry, as well as gun and shooting experiments, AKA “torture tests,” that are quite entertaining. ASJ

Editor’s note: When I explained to Ballistic Radio show host John Johnston that I would need some photos to share with our readers, even though he is a former fashion photographer, he couldn’t imagine what I wanted. I flippantly suggested a photo of him geared up in camouflage, covered in mud, holding a gun and radio microphone would be a good start. Well, you get what you asked for, and this is just another glimpse into Johnston’s level of effort and humor, which we applaud.

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