Tip From the Workbench–How To Fix an Uncocked Rifle Bolt

Ken Brooks

with Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor
and owner of  PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

This may seem like a fairly simple fix, but some rifle owners get stuck when they find that they have removed the bolt from their rifle, it becomes uncocked, and they can’t reinsert the bolt.

AGI Master Gunsmith and Instructor Ken Brooks gives a quick demonstration of how to safely re-cock the bolt so it can be inserted back into the action. Sometimes these little things can be frustrating—we hope this helps. Continue reading

An Historical Extract for Gunsmiths

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

The following is an extract from “The Convicted Gunsmiths of New South Wales–A definitive history 1788 – 1850” by R. C. Solomon Self-Published 1990.

My son gave me this book for Christmas and I thought many of you would be interested in some of the content, which I will reproduce here at various times.–Gary Howes, Guns and Gunsmiths editor,

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A Man of Invention

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

Browning1When someone describes a person as being inventive, creative, prolific and a genius, certain historic men come to mind. Michelangelo, da Vinci, Newton, Mozart, Escher, Edison are all names of people that have the above qualities. Many of you will have already thought of these historic men based upon these attributes. I must add another man’s name to this list, John Moses Browning. Some folks that have never shot a gun or live in a cave may not know this name, but if you had just said Browning, even the uninitiated would recognize the name as much as Winchester, Colt, or Smith and Wesson. John Browning was not just an inventor or Gunsmith; he was an innovator and a genius.

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In Gun News This Week

I hope you are all having a great holiday. Let’s end the year with some news stories that show promise for 2017 and the protection of our gun rights and freedoms.

Sacramento County sheriff making it quicker to get concealed carry permits

Court Reminds Local Governments They Lack Authority to Restrict Guns

Eight Huge Losses for Gun Controllers in 2016

Obama Failed to Strip Americans of Their Second Amendment Right

Downstate New York Suburbs To Welcome Back Gun Shows

Savage Adjustable Headspace System Explained

Hollandwith Darrell Holland
AGI Instructor and Master Riflesmith

In this instructive video from the Gun Club of America, Master Riflesmith Darrell Holland demonstrates the adjustable headspace system used on some Savage bolt-action rifles. He shows how it is used to precisely obtain the correct headspace and how it can be used to accurately set headspace when hand loaded cartridges are used as well as for stock ammo.

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Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

with Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor
and owner of  PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video, Ken Brooks shows you the essential hammers that he uses in his gunsmithing shop. If you are just setting up your own shop, or are simply curious what these two use every day, this is for you. If you have any tips or tricks about hammers that you have discovered, make sure you share them with us by commenting below.

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Restorations: Putting a Remington 11 Back to Work–Part 2

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA. 


Part 2 of Paul’s Remington 11 restoration. Look for Part 1 by selecting Paul Smeltzer in the Authors menu above.

We left off last time with having made some repairs to the forearm that had the usual cracks seen in many semi-auto shotguns.  Once the glass bedding material or epoxy has set, the barrel channel has to be sanded to allow for the barrel and moving parts.  I prefer glass bedding material because I think it is easier to sand and shape and holds up better than epoxy.  Continue reading