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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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


Review–Gun StoreMaster™ from Blue Book of Gun Values

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

gsmlogoIf you hold a Federal Firearms License and buy, sell or repair firearms, you know that there is a responsibility to keep accurate records of all the firearms in your inventory. You also know that it is critical to make sure your paperwork is accurate and follows all legal requirements, especially when it come to completing Form 4473 for firearms sales and transfers. Any error here could result in substantial financial penalties if an audit by BATF caught any inconsistencies! Continue reading


An Historical Extract for Gunsmiths

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

The following is an extract from “The Convicted Gunsmiths of New South Wales–A definitive history 1788 – 1850” by R. C. Solomon Self-Published 1990.

My son gave me this book for Christmas and I thought many of you would be interested in some of the content, which I will reproduce here at various times.–Gary Howes, Guns and Gunsmiths editor,

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Swab-Its® Bore-Sticks™ Review. And A Special Discount Just For You!

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

I don’t think I know anybody who actually enjoys having to clean their firearms after a day of shooting!. The chemicals, the countless dirty patches, having to find the right size brushes and jags–it’s nothing but a hassle.

That’s why I have been using the products from Swab-Its for the last few years. You still need the solvents and oils, but their variety of special foam cleaning tips means no more searching for all the “stuff” you need, including trying to figure out and then cut the right size from a bag of bulk patch material. Continue reading


How Not to Starve While Camping! A Survival Book Review.

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

Camping and hunting are both activities that many of us love. The great outdoors, the leaky tents, the uncomfortable sleeping pads–and the bad food.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. It is easy to throw in a few bags of freeze dried food that is simple to prepare, relatively healthy and tasty, doesn’t require refrigeration, and is light enough to pack. And a packet of Slim Jim’s for the really adventurous. Continue reading