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

Tool Review–Epoxy for Plastics

Jack Landisby Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

If you have a firearm with a polymer frame or stock, you know how they can be damaged or cut during handling or even accidentally. How do you repair it? Here is one solution from Jack Landis, AGI Technical Services Manager–a super hard epoxy especially designed for plastics. Inexpensive, effective and so simple even I can use it. I like that! Continue reading

Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

kenBrooksOne of the best benefits of being a Silver Member of the Gun Club of America, is the “Ask The Pros” forum on the GCA website. Ken Brooks, AGI Instructor and owner of Pisco Gunsmithing visits there everyday to help gunsmiths with particular problems they are experiencing. Here are his answers to some recent questions that may help you as well.

One day you may be stuck with a similar problem as these guys, so listen well, Grasshopper.
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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