In the Classroom with Bob

Dunlapby Bob Dunlap
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

This month Bob talks about the pros and cons of a popular finish for firearms. We all know that just because everyone is doing something doesn’t make it the BEST idea and also, just because something LOOKS great doesn’t mean it IS great. Bob explains not only the process used to apply the finish, he also explains the science behind its weakness which explains why he doesn’t recommend this type of finish for many applications. Continue reading


Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

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

Members of the Gun Club of America know that Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks, one of the AGI instructors, spend hours each week answering their questions and helping them become better and more successful gunsmiths. Here are a few more of his answers to their questions.

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Tips from the Workbench

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

Ken Brooks gives us a complete demonstration of how to make a red ramp sight conversion. He takes you through every step in great detail. When he finishes, you will know exactly how to do it yourself without making any of the common mistakes. This is a great and easy many-maker for your gunsmithing business, or just to improve the functionality of your own guns.

This is a complete 24 minute video course that you may want to view several times! Continue reading


Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

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

Members of the Gun Club of America know that Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks, one of the AGI instructors, spend hours each week answering their questions and helping them become better and more successful gunsmiths. Here are a few more of his answers to their questions.

Continue reading


Tips From The Workbench with Ken Brooks

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

In this video Ken demonstrates how to remove and replace the pin holding the trigger nose to the trigger on S&W revolvers. You will see him use both the factory tool, and also simple hand tools to do the same job.

These pins are mushroomed at both ends, so it is not as intuitive to do this job as with other pins. Ken’s technique is both fast and effective. Continue reading


In The Classroom with Bob–Firing Pins Part 1

Dunlapby Bob Dunlap
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

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.

Parts 2 and 3 of this lesson will be posted here in coming weeks, so stay tuned. Continue reading