Product Review and Project–.22 conversion for your Mini-14

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

Conversion kits to convert your firearm from a larger caliber to shoot inexpensive .22 LR ammo are very popular. Some work great, others need some help. In this product review and project AGI Technical Services Manager Jack Landis looks at a .22 conversion for the Mini-14 rifle and how to install it. That makes this popular rifle much less expensive to shoot–great for plinking or small game.

Jack also shows how he fixed a couple of problems with feeding. Without this knowledge a user could get very frustrated with this product. All the more reason to keep watching Guns and Gunsmiths and becoming a smarter gun owner. Continue reading

In The Classroom: Headspace Part 3

Dunlapby Bob Dunlap and Ken BrookskenBrooks
AGI Instructors and Master Gunsmiths

In Parts 1 and 2 (look under the Authors tab above for Bob Dunlap if you missed them) Bob explained what headspace is, and how to accurately measure it. Now, in this video, he and his partner Ken Brooks give a great demonstration of the effects of too much headspace and why, under the right circumstances it can be an annoyance if not dangerous. Looks like they had a lot of fun making this video as well.

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Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

with Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor
and owner of  PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video, Ken Brooks shows you the essential hammers that he uses in his gunsmithing shop. If you are just setting up your own shop, or are simply curious what these two use every day, this is for you. If you have any tips or tricks about hammers that you have discovered, make sure you share them with us by commenting below.

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Gunsmithing Q&A With Ken Brooks

kenBrooksKen Brooks is owner of PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.
He is also an instructor for AGI and the Gun Club of America.


I’m installing a recoil Pad on a new rifle. The stock is wood with many layers of glossy finish. Almost like plastic. What is the best saw blade (teeth per inch) to use in my cut off saw to cut a stock like this? I do not want to chip the finish. I will be using masking tape around the area to be cut. Continue reading

Jack’s Tip of the Month

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

This tip comes from our friend Dino Longueira, Gunsmith Extraordinaire and Master of Majestic Arms.

I was talking to Dino one day about another matter when I mentioned that I had launched and lost the safety detent plunger from a Ruger MKII .22 pistol. Since I was modifying three of the guns for Ruger Rimfire competition I also mentioned that I had ordered four of the shifty little buggers from Brownells. He laughed and said Ruger says they are the most often lost part in all of their guns. I hadn’t exactly felt like the Lone Ranger on this before, since most people I know who have worked on these guns have lost their share (you know who you are, enough of you have called me about them!). I also didn’t hate Dino for laughing at me (if I hated everyone who has laughed at my ineptness the list would look like the Los Angeles phone book) because he is one of those unusual people who sounds as if he’s laughing with you . . . yeah, I know, what a talent. Continue reading