In The Classroom with Bob–Metallurgy for Gunsmiths


by Bob Dunlap
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

In this video, Bob takes us to the classroom to discuss metallurgy, in particular, the types of steel used in firearms manufacture. He talks about the procedure you use to determine the type of steel you are working with as well as proper hardening techniques for each type of metal. He also discusses the difference between carbon steels and stainless steels and the benefits and drawbacks of each when they are used in guns. Continue reading

Tips From The Workbench with Ken Brooks–Polishing Chambers

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

Always willing to teach and share his experiences, this time Ken answers another AGI student’s question. He takes the time to show you the procedures and tools he uses to polish chambers. He demonstrates the procedure on a tight .22 cal chamber. As usual his methods are simple, straightforward and easy to execute. Continue reading

Tips for the Woodsman–Reloading

HollandBy Darrell Holland
AGI Senior Instructor/Master Gunsmith

Darrell Holland wants to share some inside tips that will help all of you reloaders out there. There are some reloaders who simply go “by the book” and are quite happy with the cost savings and reliability they receive. But more often that not, reloaders are power-hungry individuals who can never get enough (enough velocity, enough range, enough stopping power). The problem is that in their quest for these elusive sirens of the shooting world they push the envelope TOO far. Enter Darrell, his words of wisdom will help you know when to call-it-quits so you will be able to avoid damaging your expensive firearms and (God forbid) yourself. 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. This is 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

Repair Your Laminated Stock with Jack Landis

Jack Landisby Jack Landis
AGI Technical Director

In this complete gunsmithing project, AGI Technical Services Manager Jack Landis shows how to repair damage to a multi-colored laminated stock using simple tools and supplies that anyone can easily follow along. This is a real money-saver for those of you facing a similar problem, and maybe even a money-maker for the professional gunsmith. Continue reading

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