Gunsmithing Tip–Kahr CW45 Slide Stop Retainer Fix

By William O. Milne
Gun Club of America SilverPLUS Member
AGI Professional Gunsmithing Graduate
DBI William Oliver Gunsmith

A customer showed up at my shop with a Kahr CW45 all locked up, slide stop pin in hand, and a spent cartridge in the chamber. After tapping on it with a wooden mallet while working the slide, I managed to get the pin back in and eject the cartridge. During take-down, the problem was shown to me by the customer. The slide stop spring retaining screw was loose, although he had tightened it several times when the pin kept working out. On further examination, the plastic hole that the #2-56 machine thread screw was supposed to thread into was stripped out. Continue reading

Shop Made Stamping Guide

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

I have tried to build my business by being someone who loves taking on unique projects. In that vein, I had a client call me up a last year and told me he was interested in having me convert a Sharps replica for him. He had apparently gotten hold of a biography of one of the last buffalo hunters living in the late 1950’s and was interested in a rifle that, while not an exact replica, would stay faithful to the original in terms of finish and, most especially, caliber. This was somewhat challenging as the caliber he wanted to convert the rifle to was the obscure .40-90 Sharps Bottleneck (SBN). Continue reading

In The War Room–Vickers Rifles

with AGI Military Arms Instructor John Bush

In this video, John Bush shows a couple of neat rifles–the Vickers Martini! That’s right, Vickers not only made an effective machine gun that many of us are familiar with, but also these small caliber rifles. Wouldn’t you just love to spend a day or two poking through John’s military weapons collection? Continue reading

Tip From the Workbench–How To Fix an Uncocked Rifle Bolt

Ken Brooks

with Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor
and owner of  PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

This may seem like a fairly simple fix, but some rifle owners get stuck when they find that they have removed the bolt from their rifle, it becomes uncocked, and they can’t reinsert the bolt.

AGI Master Gunsmith and Instructor Ken Brooks gives a quick demonstration of how to safely re-cock the bolt so it can be inserted back into the action. Sometimes these little things can be frustrating—we hope this helps. Continue reading

Cowboy Action with Joe Alesia

JoeAlesiaby Joe Alesia
alias “Lefty Longridge”

In this video, World Champion Cowboy Action competitor and AGI instructor Lefty Longridge shows us the correct grip for single action revolvers for fast and accurate shooting. He also talks about trigger control, stance and everything else you need to know if you compete in this sport, or even if you just like to shoot single action guns.

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M1 Carbine

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

If you want a rifle that has a great history, low recoil and good accuracy, the M1 .30 caliber carbine is an excellent choice. This carbine was issued in 1942 as an alternative to the larger M1 Garand. The military wanted a weapon that was not cumbersome yet had better long-range accuracy than a pistol.M1-1 Continue reading

From the Dunn Armory—The Model 1780 Girardoni Air Rifle

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

In 1803, the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, had just completed the Louisiana Purchase which entailed purchasing 828,000 square miles of land from the French for a mere 15 million dollars. This investment made necessary one of the most important expeditions in our history, the Corps of Discovery Expedition, circa1804-1806, more commonly known as the Lewis and Clark expedition. Continue reading

Cold Bluing–A Money Maker Tip from AGI

with Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

Included in the Professional Gunsmithing Course from the American Gunsmithing Institute’s course is a section called The Money Makers. These are simple and fast gunsmithing jobs that can easily bring you extra income into your business. If you are not a professional gunsmith, they are also handy skills to know when working on your own guns. Continue reading