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Gary Howes—editor and administrator

Gary Howes—Guns and Gunsmiths editor

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  • Bob Dunlap shows us how to modify your ball pein hammers.
  • Part 1 of Ken Brooks’ article on customizing Mausers.
  • New Edition of Blue Book of Gun Values is here!
  • and more!

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Building A Custom Mauser Rifle–Part 1

Ken Brooks

by Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor and
partner of Bob Dunlap at PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

There are many reasons for “sporterizing” a military Mauser, but the belief that the result will be less costly than a new rifle at Walmart is not one of them.

A custom Mauser rifle can bring great pride of ownership. Owners appreciate, and have a passion for, the history of Mauser rifles. They also enjoy having one built to their specifications, whether for practical purposes, such as hunting, or simply to enjoy owning a beautiful rifle. I will explain the steps needed in such a project. Continue reading

The Value of Investing in Coaches & Trainers

Gene Kelly head Shot

Gene Kelly, President AGI and GCA.

Whether you own a gun shop, a gunsmithing business, or any other type of venture, you can learn a lot by listening to the advise and experiences of others who have been successful in their own ways. Here AGI and GCA President Gene Kelly tells us that coaches and trainers aren’t just for the sporting fields, but can also take your business to heights you thought impossible. Continue reading

Ask the Gunsmith with Jack Landis

Jack LandisAGI Technical Services Manager, Jack Landis, answers a question
from an AGI customer that many of you will find educational.

Correcting the Barrel/Cylinder Gap on Smith & Wesson Revolvers

Our customer Craig wrote to ask; “I have a S&W Model 29 revolver that has a cylinder to barrel gap of 0.010. Is there an economical way to reduce this gap to about 0.002 to 0.003?” Continue reading

AGI Deal of the Month–April 2014


Here is a fantastic deal just for Guns and Gunsmiths subscribers for this month–the Ruger® 10/22® gunsmithing bundle from the American Gunsmithing Institute. One of the most popular rifles around, the Ruger 10/22 is fun to shoot and can be made to be very accurate. This bundle of DVDs from AGI includes:

  • Building the Custom Ruger® 10/22® Rifle
  • Disassembly/Reassembly of the Ruger® 10/22®
  • Armorer’s Course Ruger® 10/22® Rifles
  • “How-To” Ruger® 10/22® Trigger Job Continue reading