The Business of Gunsmithing

By Paul Smeltzer
Owner/Operator Athens Gunsmithing

So you want to start a ‘successful’ gunsmithing business?

I suspect the bulk of folks who “get into” gunsmithing do so as a hobby Gunsmith rather than as a Gunsmith business. AGI produces an excellent professional gunsmithing course that can provide you with the technical “how to” education to repair firearms. I am one of those graduates. I have been running a successful Gunsmith business for nine and a half years. Continue reading


Moving With Firearms and Ammunition

By Robert Dunn
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Charter Member

Moving can be a daunting and emotional task, even if it is just down the street. If you are moving out of state or out of the country, the experience can be even more complicated. When you add firearms and ammunition into the equation, you may be surprised at how difficult and frustrating a move can be. I have moved and lived all around the country and even overseas throughout my life- time, starting at a mere four years of age. Every move I’ve made has included both firearms and ammunition. Continue reading


Tips from the Workbench–Screw Kits

kenBrookswith Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

In this excerpt from GCA‘s Guntech Video Magazine, Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks looks at some of the kits of screws, roll pins and other small necessary items. While these may not be necessary for the gun “tinkerer” who works on just a couple of guns, the professional gunsmith shops find these a necessity.

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Project MAX — Part 2

Dan Rogersby Dan Rogers
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

If I did not put you all to sleep in Part 1 of this article, you know I managed to rechamber my .357 magnum handi-rifle to .357 maximum. I did this using nothing more than a vise and simple hand tooling. Now some ammunition would be required to test the rifle. Since .357 maximum ammo has not been widely loaded by ammunition companies in roughly 30 some odd years I would have to manufacture my own. Continue reading


To Gauge or Not to Gauge?

By Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor, Author,
Lassen College Gunsmithing Graduate and Cartridge Designer.

Liability is the question

I talk to hundreds of gunsmiths each month. It surprises me how often these “professionals” decide not to use a headspace gauge when they are available to them. They say, “No, that’s OK, I’ll just use the brass.” Continue reading