Odd Ramblings of a Gunsmith

HawkinsBy Clint Hawkins
Owner Hawkins Arms LLC,
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Member

I used to take a perverse pleasure in answering the question, “Do you specialize in any particular gun?” My answer for many years was, “If anything, I specialize in not working on Ruger pistols.” Words cannot begin to convey the hidden smiles, the grins, the suppressed laughter, the chortles, the outright glee when I watched Bob Dunlap struggle, success­fully to be sure, with the mainspring housing of one of those #*&@% wonderful creations by Bill Ruger. But, since then, I have learned a trick or two and struggle less, but sometimes still. I cope, successfully, eventually. Continue reading


Are You Getting The Most Out Of Guns and Gunsmiths?

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

Those of us that are using computers all day, every day, sometimes forget that for some people using a computer is infrequent, difficult and sometimes even intimidating.

Finding you way around the Guns and Gunsmiths website may be no exception for a lot of you, so here are some tips that may help you get more out of your G&G experience: Continue reading


Massive AGI/GCA Giveaway. Make Sure You Enter Today!

American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) and Gun Club of America (GCA) Announce the Ultimate Gun Giveaway

AGI and GCA have teamed up with industry manufacturers in a special giveaway of three prize packages with a combined value over $13,500, including a Custom Ruger® 10/22®, an Inland Manufacturing 1911A1 pistol, an Armalite M-15™ DEF15F Carbine and a Bond Arms Patriot. Continue reading


Fitting Magpul Hunter Bottom Metal to a Remington 700 BDL Stock

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

Recently, a client of my shop came in saying that he would like a more affordable box magazine system for his daughter’s pet .243 rifle. He said, “I’d like to find something that uses Magpul mags so I can get extras that are less expensive than the traditional metal-type box mag.”

He was definitely on to something. Continue reading