The Mother of All Rifles–Built by an AGI Student!

AGI Graduate Nathan Allan

Gene Kelly, President of the American Gunsmithing Institute, received an email from a graduate of the American Gunsmithing Institute recently. It is not only an endorsement of the skills taught in their professional gunsmithing courses, but also an amazing demonstration of what is possible to achieve with the right training. Here is that email from Nathan Allan: Continue reading


Product Review: 10/22 80% receiver

Jack Landisby Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

There are a lot of you who like to build your own guns rather than simply go out and buy one. Or you want to just replace a damaged receiver and like the challenge of completing an 80 percent blank. In this video AGI’s Jack Landis takes a look at one for the Ruger 10/22 which is a great platform for customizing, modifying and personalizing a cool rimfire for target shooting or varmint control. Continue reading


Re-Barreling M1 Garands

By Ryan M. Davis
Cross Saber Custom Gunsmithing LLC
Kouts, In

Over the last couple years I have worked on several of the local Veteran organization’s M1 Garand rifles. Not too long ago I had five of these rifles brought into the shop by a local American Legion. These rifles were actually having issues with the BFA’s (Blank Firing Adapters) flying off of the muzzle during ceremonies. The last one was shot into a crowd, luckily with no injuries. Continue reading


Gun Values or “The Value of a Gun”

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

“What’s it worth?” is a question that is common to anyone with more than a casual interest in firearms. It is certainly a common question at the gunsmith shop for many reasons. Outside of the obvious need to understand what a gun’s monetary value might be, when it comes to repairing or restoring a gun the question takes on a more practical importance. “What’s it worth?”, translates into “Is it worth fixing?”. Continue reading


In Gun News This Week

Here are a few more interesting firearms news stories from the web…


Case Head Separation

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor and Master Gunsmith
Ken Brooks operates
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks shows how to remove the case of a cartridge that has suffered from case head separation. It can be a frustrating chore if you don’t have the right technique or tools. You should also understand what can cause this in the first place so you can fix any problems your rifle may have. Continue reading


Bolt Extractor Reassembly Tool

by GCA Member Neil Raskin

While working on the reassembly of a bolt (left handed in this case) for a Ruger Scout Rifle, caliber: .223 Remington, I found that I needed a third hand to hold the extractor band together to allow for the reassembly of the extractor to the bolt.  I know that I could have used a vise, but I thought that I may need to do this sometime when I did not have a vise available. Continue reading


The Winchester Mystery House & Firearms Museum

DunnBy Robert Dunn 
AGI and GunTech Video Producer, 
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Charter Member

For the gun enthusiast, no trip to California would be complete without a visit to the Winchester Mystery House. In this article, G&G contributor Robert Dunn describes his visit to this famous landmark. Make sure to add this incredible house to your itinerary when you next visit California. Continue reading