In The Classroom with Bob–Metallurgy for Gunsmiths


by Bob Dunlap
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

In this video, Bob takes us to the classroom to discuss metallurgy, in particular, the types of steel used in firearms manufacture. He talks about the procedure you use to determine the type of steel you are working with as well as proper hardening techniques for each type of metal. He also discusses the difference between carbon steels and stainless steels and the benefits and drawbacks of each when they are used in guns. Continue reading

Our New Low-Cost FAST-Start Program for Gunsmiths!

Gene Kelly head Shotby Gene Kelly
President AGI and GCA

If money is the only thing that has been keeping you from enrolling in the AGI Professional Gunsmithing Course, then we are really excited to be able to offer you a low-cost entry option to get the same high level of instruction that is in the American Gunsmithing Institute Professional Gunsmithing Course – And learn complete Pistolsmithing! Continue reading

Take Stock in Stocks

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

Sometimes getting a new T-shirt or pair of Carhartts just makes you feel better. A new change of clothes and scenery can be good for the soul. Well, I have to be honest, I hate change and wish that stuff would never wear out and that we wouldn’t get old… not the case. Bear with me, I’m getting to my point. My friend Jack Landis sent me a gift for Christmas this year. In typical Jack fashion, he called around the Holiday and asked me gruffly, “You got an 870, right?” (He knew I did), and then asked whether I wanted a beautiful Boyds Stock and Forend for it? Of course I said yes, picturing what the wood and shape of the stock would be etc. and then the thought of change occurred in my brain… “My angry black tactical shotgun in a fashionable wardrobe?” Continue reading

In Gun News This Week

Here are just a few of the firearms stories from around the web this week. If you see anything interesting in your own local news sources, let us know in the comments below.

Big changes coming to Mississippi concealed carry laws, M855 protected

Survey Reveals Who Hunters Trust Most

Gun Rights, Ownership Unite GOP 2016 Hopefuls

Why Is Enforcement Of Colorado Gun Control “Light”?

Las Vegas Gun Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

Free Gunsmithing Mini-Lessons

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

How would you like to get a free gunsmithing lessons sent right to your email? Who wouldn’t! The American Gunsmithing Institute, dedicated to preserving the gunsmithing arts with their comprehensive range of videos, professional courses, and hands-on workshops, will send you these valuable and interesting text and video lessons for free just by clicking this link.

As an extra bonus, the number of free lessons you will receive has been increased from the original 21 text mini-lessons to include video lessons as well! Even if you are a working gunsmith, I’m sure you will find something here you didn’t know before.

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Tips From The Workbench with Ken Brooks–Polishing Chambers

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

Always willing to teach and share his experiences, this time Ken answers another AGI student’s question. He takes the time to show you the procedures and tools he uses to polish chambers. He demonstrates the procedure on a tight .22 cal chamber. As usual his methods are simple, straightforward and easy to execute. Continue reading

Custom Sights — Part 1 of 2

ZeglinBy Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor, Author,
Lassen College Gunsmithing Graduate and Cartridge Designer.

When I graduated from gunsmithing school, I went to work in a shop that exposed me to many custom features and services that could be offered to our clients.  High on that list were custom scope mounts and sights.  Such work is really not difficult and because many shops neglect to offer such work, it’s profitable and attracts new clients once the word gets out that you offer the services. Continue reading

Tips for the Woodsman–Reloading

HollandBy Darrell Holland
AGI Senior Instructor/Master Gunsmith

Darrell Holland wants to share some inside tips that will help all of you reloaders out there. There are some reloaders who simply go “by the book” and are quite happy with the cost savings and reliability they receive. But more often that not, reloaders are power-hungry individuals who can never get enough (enough velocity, enough range, enough stopping power). The problem is that in their quest for these elusive sirens of the shooting world they push the envelope TOO far. Enter Darrell, his words of wisdom will help you know when to call-it-quits so you will be able to avoid damaging your expensive firearms and (God forbid) yourself. Continue reading