As a gunsmith, I have to love the AR-15 just because of all the business it brings me. Probably a third of the customers that walk through my door are bringing me an AR with some silly problem or other. Of course, there are a lot of ARs out there, and a lot of unqualified people trying to assemble and/or “customize” them. That’s a little scary, but so far most everything I’ve seen has been a “fail safe” problem – in other words, no shooters were injured in any of the incidents described here. Continue reading
In this video AGI Instructor Jack Landis shows us an invaluable tool from Brownells for repairing bent trigger stirrups on 1911 pistols. Come on–admit it. We’ve all bent one at some time!
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In this short extract from AGI’s Certified Master Gunsmithing Program, instructor Bob Dunlap discusses the thought process and techniques used to adjust the point of impact on a double action revolver for a client. Continue reading
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith Gene Shuey demonstrates how he uses the .45 laser training cartridge from LaserLyte to adjust the point of aim when he is working on the sights of a 1911 pistol.
Simple tips like this can speed up your gunsmithing jobs, making them more profitable and with less frustration. Continue reading
One of my childhood vacation spots was Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. My Parents met one another in Virginia when they were in college after WWII had ended. My Dad went to V.P.I. and my Mom was going to William and Mary College (right next to Colonial Williamsburg). Virginia is my birthplace and I enjoy visiting there. It was easy to find my Dad and I in Colonial Williamsburg, just go to the Gunsmith’s Shop! Why would you go anywhere else, you might miss something cool happening at the forge! Continue reading
AGI Gunsmithing Instructor and Master Gunsmith
Ken Brooks operates PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.
This is much more than one of Ken’s usual Workbench Tips–this is a complete lesson on replacing a firing pin tip. There are actually a whole set of different procedures involving many different skills, from soldering to machining to filing. When Ken is through you will understand the proper way to perform this job and to know that your new tip will operate correctly Continue reading
My shop prides itself on taking on most any project we can. When someone asks, “Can you….?” we always like to be able to say, “Yes!”
When a client brought us a Browning BDA 380 that he wanted new night-sights on, I was worried that there either wasn’t enough meat on the front part of the slide or there weren’t sights available that fit. After some research I found I was wrong on the first count and right on the second. Continue reading