Ask The Gunsmith with Bob Dunlap

Dunlapby Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Bob Dunlap

In this video, Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap answers three questions from Gun Club of America members. Listen carefully to his answer to the first question in particular and learn the real difference between a gunsmith and a “parts-swapper.” This is the type of advice that can only enhance your reputation as a competent gunsmith! Continue reading


Gunsmithing and 3D Printers

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

We have all heard the news and misinformed rants by some journalists on the “evils” of 3D printers and how they can be used by anyone to make a gun in their basement. Well, those of us in the business know that this is so highly illogical that it makes us crazy. After all, if you did have the time, money, and skill to make a gun with a 3D printer, is that any different than making one with a lathe and mill? Heck–given enough time and patience, we could all make a functioning gun with a file and a drill! Continue reading


Ready, Aim, Fire?

Gene Kelly head ShotBy Gene Kelly
AGI and GCA President

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a fire in your workshop, garage or storage locker where you keep all your ammo? I certainly have! I usually keep around 10,000 rounds of mixed ammo at any time, and have often thought about what level of danger that would create in case of a fire. Continue reading


Can You Help Your Fellow Readers?

I have noticed that there are quite a number of unanswered questions still in the Forums here on Guns and Gunsmiths. One of the objectives we have here is to provide an opportunity for those with more experience to help others with their gunsmithing or maintenance problems.

Please share your knowledge with others and help preserve the growth of the gunsmithing arts by visiting the forums regularly and seeing if there are any questions asked that you can help with.


2015 SHOT Show Report

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

Tuesday January 20, 2015.

Well, the first day of the SHOT Show is over and my feet are killing me. There were lots of traffic to the AGI/GCA booth and we all had a great time visiting with old friends, past AGI students, and Guns and Gunsmiths readers.

If you are attending the show and didn’t stop by today, please do so tomorrow–we are at booth #2110. Continue reading


Yet Another Headspace Lesson!

by Bob Dunlap and Ken BrooksDunlapkenBrooks
AGI Instructors and Master Gunsmiths
at PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon

Some time ago here on Guns and Gunsmiths I posted a video about loose breech in pistols. However, given all the interest in the recent video lesson about headspace, I think you all will like this expanded video where Ken and Bob discuss loose breech and its effect on headspace in pistols. Enjoy. Continue reading


Mauser C96 Broomhandle

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

The Mauser C96 is a wonderfully engineered pistol. It only has one screw in the entire gun, which holds the wooden grips together. The shape of the pistol grip is where the gun gets its nickname, as it really does look like a “broom handle”.  Continue reading