Building A Custom Mauser Rifle–Part 1

Ken Brooks

by Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor and
owner of  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


Are You Using the G&G Forums?

forumsThose of you who are GCA Silver members already know and appreciate how great the “Ask The Pros” forum is on the Gun Club of America website. It is the most popular places on the site, and one member recently stated on the GCA Facebook page “Ken and few others have helped me out on the forum more times than I can count. The search feature alone is worth the price of the entire membership cost. Don’t tell Gene, but it’s actually priced cheap for what you get in return.”

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Gunsmithing Project–Series 80 Smoothing

Shueywith Gene Shuey
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith

The Series 80 safety system in later model 1911 pistols (introduced by Colt in 1983 if am not mistaken) can benefit from some smoothing to reduce the friction between the lever parts. But doing that requires knowledge of how the parts interact, and understanding just how much metal can be removed during that operation. Continue reading


Restorations: Interview and Inspection

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer
 Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

The place to begin a restoration of any kind is to figure out where you are going and where you are starting from.  You need those two pieces of information before you can begin the trip.  You figure out where the trip ends by talking to the owner, an interview if you will.  The interview is an informal question and answer period to determine what the customers’ expectations are.  Most of the time the scene starts with a customer bringing in the Savage single shot that has been sitting in the corner of a garage for several years.  Usually the owner knows one or two things for sure, number one is that presently the gun does not look so great, and that he/she would like it look better.  In addition there maybe obvious parts missing, like the front sight is gone, or that there is something broke because the trigger just kind of dangles. Continue reading


In Gun News This Week… Guns on Campus Edition

The debate continues as to whether concealed carry should be allowed in schools (by those properly allowed of course!). Here are some recent articles about this subject. What do you think?

South Carolina Pushes to Arm Teachers After Tragic School Shooting

Women On The Frontlines Of Campus Carry

Experts worry campus concealed carry won’t mix with UW drinking culture

CA School District Allows Concealed Carry Guns on Campuses

Wisconsin lawmaker to push bill allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry on private school grounds


Swab-Its® Bore-Sticks™ Review. And A Special Discount Just For You!

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

I don’t think I know anybody who actually enjoys having to clean their firearms after a day of shooting!. The chemicals, the countless dirty patches, having to find the right size brushes and jags–it’s nothing but a hassle.

That’s why I have been using the products from Swab-Its for the last few years. You still need the solvents and oils, but their variety of special foam cleaning tips means no more searching for all the “stuff” you need, including trying to figure out and then cut the right size from a bag of bulk patch material. Continue reading