Restoring the Winchester Model 57–Part 2 of 4

By David E. Fey
AGI Graduate, GCA Member

Firearm Disassembly

(CLICK HERE if you missed Part 1 of this article)

The reader will recall that the gun was already significantly disassembled, so most of the remaining work was on the receiver/barrel and the bolt. I had in mind Ken Brooks’ D/R video advice to sort out the parts in the order they were removed as I disassembled but because this project would (eventually) take several weeks, I dropped the parts in a large organizer whose compartments kept everything safe. Between tasks I closed the organizer lid and put the works in a drawer in my workbench. Continue reading


IDPA Training – In Your Basement?

Jeff_Cochran_Head_ShotBy Jeff Cochran
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

Training for competitions such as IDPA or SASS events can get expensive, with the cost of ammunition, range time and travel to the range adding up quickly. But it’s possible to train at home for pennies, with guns similar to the ones you use for competition, even in your garage or basement. The secret is using airsoft replica guns. Continue reading


Building a Custom 1911–Part 2

Shueyby Gene Shuey
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith

Building a custom 1911 pistol can be a very worthwhile experience. It can help a shooter maximize his abilities, produce a working pistol exactly matching his needs, create pride of ownership, or perhaps a $5,000 functional work of art. However, it can also be a time-consuming, money-draining misadventure if not done properly. I will explain the different factors that the gunsmith needs to address when planning such a project. AGI Instructor Gene Shuey explains how to do it well in Part 2 of this educational article. Click Here if you missed Part 1.

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“What’s that rifle?” – a Canadian Custom

Delesoyby Dana Delesoy
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

“What’s that??”

That’s the question I hear so many ask me when at the shooting range. I smile (and sometimes chuckle) and answer them as my shooting partner has to some that have asked him (while I was busy shooting): ” inside all of this is a Remington 700 in .308 caliber”. The next question: What is all this (platform) that the action lives in? The answer: a Cadex Defense Dual Strike 30 chassis system. Let me digress with a bit of history on this…

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Restoring the Winchester Model 57–Part 1 of 4

By David E. Fey
AGI Graduate, GCA Member

My story starts like many a good gun story: a bag o’ parts and the dream of greatness from ruin. The ruin in question was a rusty rifle; the greatness turned out to be a beautiful .22 rifle and a profound appreciation for an old school technique, hand polishing. I believe this is a lost art for one profound reason, it’s a lot of work! Way, way more effort than mechanical means, and for that, I thank Da Vinci, Fulton and their engineering and materials predecessors for making our modern lives easier. Continue reading


Tips for the Woodsman–Swivel Placement

Hollandby Darrell Holland
AGI Instructor and Master Riflesmith

In this excerpt from Guntech, the monthly video magazine for Gun Club of America members, Darrell Holland discusses the best placement and solutions for the placement of a rifles rear swivel mount so that it doesn’t interfere with a range bag or sandbag when trying to get that perfect shot.

Good advice for your own rifles, or those of your customers asking to have swivels added to their own guns.

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