Two Glock Projects

by GCA Member Thomas Brooks

As a fan of Glocks I wanted to take my G22 and do a little upgrading with factory original parts.

I started with a trigger job that greatly improved the function of the gun. I had previously installed a Cominolli safety (yea, I know, not original) so I kept it in. This may change as I really don’t care much for the safety kit; more than likely I will go back to the factory trigger housing and patch the safety cut. Continue reading

How Becoming A Gunsmith Makes You A Better Husband

Or, How To Convince Your Wife That Buying More Tools And Firearms Is Better Than A Vacation!

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

In today’s firearms industry, the professional must contend with rising costs for brass and raw materials, frightened or disgusted looks from neighbors as you go to work or the range to test fire, political witch hunts, let alone personal safety and Murphy’s Law. Continue reading

Training Tip for Hunters and Shooters

HollandWith Darrell Holland
AGI Senior Instructor/Master Gunsmith

The fall hunting season is upon us and it’s time to make sure your shooting skills have not gone sour over the summer. AGI’s Darrell Holland offers a great tip for practicing your rifle technique when you can’t get to the range, or even out of the house.

Air rifles are not just your daddy’s BB gun anymore, and can provide that much-needed practice, and even just some plain old fun. They are affordable (well, mostly) and cheap to shoot as well. I (your editor) usually take mine camping with me so I can have a little fun target shooting with making too much noise and annoying the “neighbors”. Continue reading

The Mother of All Rifles–Built by an AGI Student!

AGI Graduate Nathan Allan

Gene Kelly, President of the American Gunsmithing Institute, received an email from a graduate of the American Gunsmithing Institute recently. It is not only an endorsement of the skills taught in their professional gunsmithing courses, but also an amazing demonstration of what is possible to achieve with the right training. Here is that email from Nathan Allan: Continue reading

Product Review: 10/22 80% receiver

Jack Landisby Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

There are a lot of you who like to build your own guns rather than simply go out and buy one. Or you want to just replace a damaged receiver and like the challenge of completing an 80 percent blank. In this video AGI’s Jack Landis takes a look at one for the Ruger 10/22 which is a great platform for customizing, modifying and personalizing a cool rimfire for target shooting or varmint control. Continue reading

Re-Barreling M1 Garands

By Ryan M. Davis
Cross Saber Custom Gunsmithing LLC
Kouts, In

Over the last couple years I have worked on several of the local Veteran organization’s M1 Garand rifles. Not too long ago I had five of these rifles brought into the shop by a local American Legion. These rifles were actually having issues with the BFA’s (Blank Firing Adapters) flying off of the muzzle during ceremonies. The last one was shot into a crowd, luckily with no injuries. Continue reading

Gun Values or “The Value of a Gun”

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

“What’s it worth?” is a question that is common to anyone with more than a casual interest in firearms. It is certainly a common question at the gunsmith shop for many reasons. Outside of the obvious need to understand what a gun’s monetary value might be, when it comes to repairing or restoring a gun the question takes on a more practical importance. “What’s it worth?”, translates into “Is it worth fixing?”. Continue reading

Case Head Separation

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

In this video Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks shows how to remove the case of a cartridge that has suffered from case head separation. It can be a frustrating chore if you don’t have the right technique or tools. You should also understand what can cause this in the first place so you can fix any problems your rifle may have. Continue reading