Gunsmithing Project–Replacing a Bolt Handle

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

In this video project for gunsmiths, Ken demonstrates the methods used to replace a bolt handle. This can be a fairly frequent repair for some gunsmiths, especially those who do a lot of work for hunters. Here Ken demonstrate his techniques and shows you how a master gunsmith tackles this job.

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Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

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

Members of the Gun Club of America know that Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks, one of the AGI instructors, spend hours each week answering their questions and helping them become better and more successful gunsmiths. Here are a few more of his answers to their questions.

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“Gunsmithing Student Handbook Series” reviewed.

by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

Fred Zeglin is well known here on Guns and Gunsmiths. He has contributed a number of excellent articles, written books on various subjects related to gunsmithing and reloading, and has also been seen on AGI gunsmithing videos such as Reloading from A to Z and Taming Wildcats. Besides being an excellent gunsmith, reloader, author and instructor, Fred owns and operate 4D Reamer Rentals in Kalispell, MT — the go-to resource for renting chamber reamers and other gunsmithing tools. Continue reading


Tips From The Workbench

with Master Gunsmith and
AGI Instructor Ken Brooks

Recently on Guns and Gunsmiths we showed a video with John Bush talking about finding great spare gun parts in bulk. He discussed that from the retail perspective–selling off those parts to other gun owners.

In this video, Ken Brooks takes it to the next step. He discusses how a gunsmith can find and salvage old gun parts to use in his craft. You may get some ideas of what to look for next time you visit a gun show. As Ken says “Look for the rust.”

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Remington 870 Shotgun

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

I have always wanted a Remington 870 shotgun, so last year finally bought one. I knew when I was buying it that it was not manufactured like they were in the old days. There is no Walnut stock, beautiful engraving or blued finish; mine has a durable sand blasted black finish. The plastic trigger guard is the first thing I noticed that I wasn’t thrilled about. The synthetic stock certainly fits, but nothing is flush with the receiver. I found a mystery part in the butt stock during its first trip to the range, which I will tell you about in a second. Continue reading