Retro CAR-bine

Dan Rogersby Dan Rogers
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

A few months back I wrote an article on a retro AR project where I set out to replicate the M16A1 rifle my dad carried in the Army. In doing so I seem to have opened a can of worms. The project made me debate a retro carbine project. My dad occasionally carried a CAR15, hence the spelling of my title. CAR15 was a catch all term that applied to carbines the military carried before the M4 existed. Since my dad’s carbine was a 10.5-inch barreled carbine, I shelved the project not wanting to obtain the tax stamp needed for the SBR. However; about three months ago my wife brought home a shiny new gunzine for me. I suppose I had been well behaved enough for her to bring me a treat from her outing to the bookstore. On the cover was at what first glance seemed to be an M4 carbine. Closer inspection of the photo revealed something a bit more unique than your standard M4. It seemed eerily familiar with its A1 lower, C7 receiver, XM style stock, and M4 contoured barrel. Continue reading

Ask the Gunsmith with Jack Landis

Jack LandisAGI Technical Services Manager, Jack Landis, answers a question
from an AGI customer that many of you will find educational.

Correcting the Barrel/Cylinder Gap on Smith & Wesson Revolvers

Our customer Craig wrote to ask; “I have a S&W Model 29 revolver that has a cylinder to barrel gap of 0.010. Is there an economical way to reduce this gap to about 0.002 to 0.003?” Continue reading

Product Review–Beretta 92 Carry Compensator

with Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

One of AGI’s Pro Course graduates has a business called Moonlight Firearms Technologies. Recently they sent a sample of their barrel compensator for the Beretta 92/M9 for Jack to evaluate. For those of you that carry such a firearm, this compensator is considerable shorter to those you often see on race guns, so it is suitable for everyday carry. Continue reading

Two 70 Year Olds Still On Target

By Dennis Sandoz
Pro Course Graduate, Charter GCA SilverPLUS Member

It all started almost 70 years ago when my father first introduced me to his love of hunting and a .22 bore rifle. Growing up on a farm, we had a rifle in the corner of the porch that was handy for hunting small game or target practice. My father encouraged me to participate in the high school rifle club where I learned about competitive shooting and became familiar with the Mossberg Model 44US, World War II, training rifles. Continue reading

A Gun Club of America Member Restores an Arisaka Rifle

by Bill Paradis
Owner, Paradis Gunsmithing

While I was minding my own business, OK, maybe I was reloading, I had a customer pull up to my shop and he says “I have this gun you might be interested in” while pulling out a very old looking rifle. When I first saw it I thought it was a Mauser, it sort of looked like one, and I believed he was correct. I was interested; after all I am interested in most guns, so there wasn’t much of a chance he could have pulled out a firearm I wasn’t interested in seeing and handling. Continue reading

Barrel Turning Lathe Fixture

with Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

If you ever need to set back a revolver barrel, or turn a barrel for any other reason, this handy fixture shown by Jack Landis will make the job easy and accurate. Jack made this fixture when he was a student at Lassen College. It is a simple tool (all the best ones are) that any of you with a lathe and a few tools could make for yourself. Continue reading