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About bigjohnk99

I've been an active shooter, reloader and gunsmith for 30+ years. I hold a Bachelor's degree from Montana State University and a Master's degree from the University of Oregon. I enjoy studying, collecting and shooting just about every type and kind of firearm.

Revolver for Carry

For people who follow this blog you know I favor the revolver.  With that being said you could probably guess that when I carry its a revolver. I have always liked the Smith and Wesson 686.  I can remember when … Continue reading

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Ruger Single Six for plinking and practice

The Ruger Single Six is a nice little single-action revolver.  Its not a handgun I’d use for hunting or home defense, but it is a good tool to practice handling the single-action without the expense of firing large caliber center-fire … Continue reading

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My Ruger Old Model Three Screw

In 1955 Sturm, Ruger and Company came out with a single action revolver they called the Blackhawk.  The Blackhawk was designed to be an improvement of the old Colt Single Action Army; it had better steel, better springs, and a … Continue reading

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Modified Ruger Revolver

I really enjoy shooting single action revolvers.  I know they are slow to load and slower to reload but I love the powerful cartridges you can shoot from a strong single action revolver.  That power comes at a cost, however.  … Continue reading

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New Grips=New Life for an Old Gun

If you have been following this blog for any length of time, you have seen my long barreled Smith & Wesson 686.  It had that cool long stainless steel barrel and those horrible black rubber grips.  The grips were too … Continue reading

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M1 Garand Accessories

One of the fun parts about having military surplus rifles is all the military surplus accessories that go with them.  Having accessories adds to the enjoyment of collecting, provides tools and cleaning items to help maintain the rifles, and gives … Continue reading

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Surplus Ammo for the M1 Garand

Let’s start off by saying I have no problems shooting new, modern ammo.  Its just that when I shoot the M1 Garand, I like to shoot the stuff that was made specifically for it.  That means shooting old surplus .30-06 … Continue reading

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