Product Review and Project–.22 conversion for your Mini-14

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

Conversion kits to convert your firearm from a larger caliber to shoot inexpensive .22 LR ammo are very popular. Some work great, others need some help. In this product review and project AGI Technical Services Manager Jack Landis looks at a .22 conversion for the Mini-14 rifle and how to install it. That makes this popular rifle much less expensive to shoot–great for plinking or small game.

Jack also shows how he fixed a couple of problems with feeding. Without this knowledge a user could get very frustrated with this product. All the more reason to keep watching Guns and Gunsmiths and becoming a smarter gun owner. Continue reading


So You Want To Be A Gun Writer?

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

We are always on the search for interesting stories and other articles to share with you here on Guns and Gunsmiths. Most of the articles come from the staff of instructors at the American Gunsmithing Institute, but occasionally we have featured articles from subscribers such as yourself. Excellent examples are “What’s that rifle?” – a Canadian Custom by Dana Delesoy and Fitting Magpul Hunter Bottom Metal to a Remington 700 BDL Stock by Ryan Hoover.

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In The Classroom: Headspace Part 3

Dunlapby Bob Dunlap and Ken BrookskenBrooks
AGI Instructors and Master Gunsmiths

In Parts 1 and 2 (look under the Authors tab above for Bob Dunlap if you missed them) Bob explained what headspace is, and how to accurately measure it. Now, in this video, he and his partner Ken Brooks give a great demonstration of the effects of too much headspace and why, under the right circumstances it can be an annoyance if not dangerous. Looks like they had a lot of fun making this video as well.

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Tolerance Stacking, or, Which Came First the Reamer or the Barrel?

ZeglinThumbnailwith Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor and Owner of 4D Reamer Rentals

My résumé has exposed me to some issues that most gunsmiths only experience from a very limited point of view. First, I rent reamers and headspace gauges to the gunsmithing fraternity. Naturally I hear everyone’s theory of what works and what matters, and I hear very clearly what clients want. Second, I am approaching thirty years in the gunsmithing business full time. Finally, I spent a little more than a year and a half as production manager for a large barrel making company. Continue reading


Camping For Seniors (or, Too Old To Squat!)

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

I have loved camping since I was a small child. And I’m talking about rough camping with a tent or tarp for shelter and the barest minimum of luxuries. I am not referring to “camping” in a large motorhome equipped with a full bathroom, squishy full-size bed and a full kitchen. That is what my wife considers camping, bless her heart, and I have to admit I do enjoy it as well, especially on longer vacations. Continue reading