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


Fitting Magpul Hunter Bottom Metal to a Remington 700 BDL Stock

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

Recently, a client of my shop came in saying that he would like a more affordable box magazine system for his daughter’s pet .243 rifle. He said, “I’d like to find something that uses Magpul mags so I can get extras that are less expensive than the traditional metal-type box mag.”

He was definitely on to something. Continue reading


Getting an Intratec Tec-22 to Run

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

How do you get a Tec-22 to run? You chase it! Ahem….

All bad jokes aside, it can be very frustrating getting these plastic wonders to actually cycle. First, let me say that I don’t think any .22 automatic is going to be 100% unless it is custom-built with precision components. When someone brings a stock .22 auto into my shop because it isn’t cycling, I usually have 3 prescriptions – clean it, don’t dry fire it and try different ammo. The stock Tec-22 is much worse than this, though. Continue reading


Shop Made Stamping Guide

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

I have tried to build my business by being someone who loves taking on unique projects. In that vein, I had a client call me up a last year and told me he was interested in having me convert a Sharps replica for him. He had apparently gotten hold of a biography of one of the last buffalo hunters living in the late 1950’s and was interested in a rifle that, while not an exact replica, would stay faithful to the original in terms of finish and, most especially, caliber. This was somewhat challenging as the caliber he wanted to convert the rifle to was the obscure .40-90 Sharps Bottleneck (SBN). Continue reading


How the Italians Won the West

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

Since the 1960’s, modern replicas of historic 19th century firearms have been pouring into the hands of American gun owners. These owners range from collectors to reenactors and movie prop houses to competition cowboy action shooters and beyond. Having run a shop that is responsible for most of the warranty repairs, action work and customization for one of the biggest importers of these weapons, I have become intimately familiar with the ins and outs of these firearms. What I would like to do is try to explain, from my point of view, the pros and cons of these interesting guns, some common problems encountered and some easy solutions to bring these Italian guns up to our American standards. Continue reading


How to Make a Mauser Bolt Turning Fixture

Hooverby Ryan Hoover
RH Custom Guns, Fredericksburg, TX

In most gunsmithing shops thrift is key. We all know our tools (at least the good ones) are expensive and our profession doesn’t always provide the means to purchase the myriad specialty tools we need. Sometimes it feels that you need a specialty tool for almost every model of gun that comes through the shop! There is a constant balancing act between new tools needed and whether or not they will pay for themselves. With that attitude in mind, I approached a specific need in my shop for a certain fixture. Continue reading