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My Favorite Ruger 10/22

Let me begin by saying that I’m not much of a .22 rifle guy.  Like many youngsters who grew up in the late 1950s and early 1906s my Father taught ....

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My First AR-15 (Part 2/3)

When my future wife and I started collecting martial arms, we followed a predictable progression.   First a M1 Garand.   Then a M1 Carbine.  As finances allowed, and opportunity knocked, a ....

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My First M1 Garand (Part 1/3)

“Let’s begin the meeting.  Hello, my name is Michael, and I’m addicted to collecting U.S. Martial Arms.” Let me tell you how it began, what I call “The fatal moment ....

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My Latest AR-15 (Part 3/3)

In earlier installments in this series, I told you about my first M1 Garand and first AR-15.  Now I would like to tell you about my newest AR-15. My first ....

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My First AR-15

“Write the book you’d want to read!” That was the impetus for the original AR-15 Complete Owner’s Guide.  To be honest, right through the ‘90’s I was disinterested in the ....

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The “Gas Trap” Garand

Newer M1 Garand rifle collectors may not be aware that the U.S. Rifle, Cal. .30 M1 with which we are all familiar featured a very different type of gas system ....

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Ruger Super GP100

This time Thursday Day at the Range continues the double-action revolver series with more DA action. My focus for over six decades has been single action automatic pistols, specifically M1911s. ....

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Ruger GP100

This Thursday Day at the Range included the first revolver we’ve run in some time. We’ve had a long string of autopistols, thus I think it’s time to switch things ....

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Ruger BSR9

Today’s Thursday Day at the Range was, shall we say, both interesting and a bit humbling. After posting the “Five Best” 1911 targets below, this week’s targets weren’t nearly so ....

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Ruger P91DAO

  Today’s Thursday Day at the Range is brought to you courtesy of two Thursday Days at the Range ago, a shoot saved for a day when I could not ....

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.45 ACP CDR SR1911

This week’s Thursday Day at the Range is a back-to-the-.45-SR1911 Day. Ruger’s SR1911 Series is a refreshingly direct rendition of the classic M1911. You’ll find no extraneous ornamentation – at ....

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My Favorite Garands (Part 1/2)

My Favorite Garands (Part 1 of 2) If you have followed my writings, you know that I advocate a theme to collecting.  As an example, my theme for collecting World ....

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My Favorite M1911A1 Pistol

This post is my third about my favorite World War II U.S arms.  The first was, of course, about the M1 Garand rifle.  The second was about the M1 and ....

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A 4th of July Tribute (Part 2/2)

A 4th of July Tribute Part 2 John MacIlduff My great, great, great, great, great Grandfather, John MacIlduff, fought in the American Revolution.  Not in well-known battles fought along the ....

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My Favorite M1 Carbines (Part 2/2)

This Blog post is on my Inland M1A1 carbine. The M1A1 carbine was a modification to the M1 carbine that replaced the standard stock with one that folded and was ....

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My Favorite M1 Carbines (Part 1/2)

This post is my second about my favorite World War II US arms.  The following paragraph is repeated from my earlier Blog post entitled “My Favorite M1 Garand.” As a ....

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You Can Go Home Again

In June of 1976 I bought my first handgun from Esman’s in Pitcairn, PA.  It was a new S&W Model 10 (.38 Special) with blued finish, pencil thin 4-inch barrel ....

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10/22 Deja Vu

  You’ll have to read the text to find out what this is… Here’s a question for you: what is this that is pictured above?  Take your time; I’ll wait… ....

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Ruger SP101

This week’s Thursday Day at the Range features something new to the series, a Ruger SP101 revolver. However, there’s a familiar twist; it’s chambered in “9mm Parabellum.” Yep, another 9x19mm ....

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The Ageless 10/22

It’s October of 2020, so the 22nd must be National 10/22 Day!  If you have a 10/22, be sure to bring it out and shoot it.  If you don’t have ....

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M1911 Springfield Armory, 1914 Production

M1911 Springfield Armory, 1914 Production I began collecting U.S. martial arms in 1980.  My interest was focused on M1911 and M1911A1 service pistols.  A 1983 business trip in to Holyoke, ....

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My Favorite Garands (Part 2/2)

By Scott Duff A brief examination of the Springfield Garand quickly reveals it to be a rifle that has been carried and fired.  Between the throat erosion reading, wear pattern ....

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