LaserLyte Laser Training Cartridge–Review and Use

Shueywith Gene Shuey
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith

AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith Gene Shuey demonstrates how he uses the .45 laser training cartridge from LaserLyte to adjust the point of aim when he is working on the sights of a 1911 pistol.

Simple tips like this can speed up your gunsmithing jobs, making them more profitable and with less frustration. Continue reading


Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks–replacing a firing pin tip

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor and Master Gunsmith
Ken Brooks operates
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

This is much more than one of Ken’s usual Workbench Tips–this is a complete lesson on replacing a firing pin tip. There are actually a whole set of different procedures involving many different skills, from soldering to machining to filing. When Ken is through you will understand the proper way to perform this job and to know that your new tip will operate correctly Continue reading


Installing Pistol Sights: How-to and Some Considerations

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

My shop prides itself on taking on most any project we can. When someone asks, “Can you….?” we always like to be able to say, “Yes!”

When a client brought us a Browning BDA 380 that he wanted new night-sights on, I was worried that there either wasn’t enough meat on the front part of the slide or there weren’t sights available that fit. After some research I found I was wrong on the first count and right on the second. Continue reading


Measuring Shotgun Bores and Chokes

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

“What choke is in this shotgun?” may be a question a gunsmith is asked often. There are choke gauges that can be inserted to tell you, but that is only accurate if the bore of the barrel is within the tolerances designed by the manufacturer, which many aren’t.

The choke type (modified, full, skeet etc.) is determined by the relative difference between the choke inside diameter and the barrel bore diameter. If the bore is over or undersized, it will therefore change the choke characteristics. Make sense? Continue reading


In The Classroom with Bob–Firing Pins Part 1

Dunlapby Bob Dunlap
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

This 3-part video has been seen here on Guns and Gunsmiths in the past, but it is such a great lesson, it bears repeating for those that missed it before.

In Part 1 of this valuable and informative lesson, Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap explains how primers work and therefore why the fit of the firing pin is important. Incorrect firing pin fitting not only leads to reliability issues, but can also be dangerous under some circumstances. This “primer on primers” is essential to understand before you can begin the process of repairing and fitting firing pins correctly. Continue reading


In the Classroom with Bob and Ken

DunlapkenBrooksby Bob Dunlap and Ken Brooks
AGI Instructors and Master Gunsmiths

In this video (first seen here a couple of years ago), Ken Brooks and Bob Dunlap explain the problem of loose breech in semi-auto pistols. They show you how to diagnose it, and the myriad of problems it can create if not fixed. This is a great full lesson, of interest to anyone who owns a semi-auto pistol. Watch the whole thing before you run off and check all your own guns! Continue reading