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

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