Project MAX–Part 1

Dan Rogersby Dan Rogers
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

.357 max to be exact. Yes, I said .357 max as in .357 Remington Maximum. The .357 max is not to be confused with its smaller cousin the .357 magnum. The .357 max was originally developed as the .357 super magnum by Elgin Gates. Gates had a series of “super magnum” pistol cartridges he developed through the 1970’s. This same cartridge was introduced to the commercial market by Ruger and Remington as the .357 Remington Maximum in 1983. It is essentially a .357 magnum case lengthened by .3 inches with more powder and higher operating pressure to obtain velocity gains over its smaller cousin. Continue reading

Product Review–10/22 Stock from Adaptive tactical

with AGI’s Jack Landis

You can’t deny that there are so many options available for building your own custom Ruger® 10/22® rifle, that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start.

AGI Technical Services manager Jack Landis is a fan of these rifles and has built many himself. In this video he takes a good look at one from Adaptive Tactical that he used to build a custom firearm as one of AGI’s sweepstakes prizes some time ago.

You can CLICK HERE to visit the Adaptive Tactical website to see and purchase their products. Continue reading

Everything You Wanted To Know About Gunsmithing

Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Bob Dunlap with AGI President Gene Kelly

With AGI President Gene Kelly
and Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

For those of you who have never seen or heard this interview before, it is a fascinating look into the life of Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap. I’m sure you will learn something you didnt know before about him, and gunsmithing, whether you are a professional gunsmith or just a “tinkerer”.

This is Part 1 of that interview–Part 2 will be here in next week.

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Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

kenBrooksAGI Instructor Ken Brooks
PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks loves to help other gunsmiths, especially those still building their experience and skills, by answering their questions. If you are a Gun Club of America member or an AGI Pro Course student, you also get access to this invaluable benefit.

Take a look at these three questions he has answered in the past. Many of you might be asking for the same information. Continue reading

Burn Guns–Part 1 of 3

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

Several years ago at one of the early AGI “bashes” I had a conversation with Gene (Kelly) concerning the direction of my fledgling gunsmith business. One thing that stuck with me was his advice to focus on the thing that you are most interested/good at and run with it. I took that advice and focused on military firearms, more specifically restoration of military firearms. That road led to a general reputation for restorations of all kinds. Part of that rep was developed from a willingness to work with guns that have been in a fire. From the beginning I referred to these firearms as “Burn Guns”. It is a rarity that I don’t have a couple of burn guns in the shop. Presently, taking a look around I have 27 guns from two fires in the shop. Continue reading

Ask the Gunsmith with Bob Dunlap

Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

with AGI Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap .

This time, AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap answers gunsmiths questions on a Remington 1148 20 gauge and a J. Stevens Model 39A in .410 gauge. You’ll find his answers educational and helpful, even if you don’t own or work on these particular guns, as his style of teaching is all about understanding the function of each and every part of a firearm.

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