Gunsmithing Project–Series 80 Smoothing

Shueywith Gene Shuey
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith

The Series 80 safety system in later model 1911 pistols (introduced by Colt in 1983 if am not mistaken) can benefit from some smoothing to reduce the friction between the lever parts. But doing that requires knowledge of how the parts interact, and understanding just how much metal can be removed during that operation. Continue reading


Ask the Gunsmith with Bob Dunlap

Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

with AGI Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap.

In this video excerpt from the Gun Club of America’s Guntech video magazine, Bob answers some gunsmithing questions that will be of interest to all gunsmiths and gun “tinkerers”. He also explains how the AGI method of training, which is to understand the design and function of each gun part so you know how to repair them, is essential when dealing with guns for which there is little information or parts. Continue reading


Idiot Proof Gunsmith Workbench

Barnthouseby Kyle Barnthouse

Every gunsmith needs a strong workbench, but not everyone has the woodworking skills to build one just the way you want. In this article, Guns and Gunsmiths contributor Kyle Barnthouse shows us how to build your own workbench using Simpson Strong-Tie connectors for all the joints. So simple even I could build one–so I did (see at bottom). Continue reading