Review–Gun StoreMaster™ from Blue Book of Gun Values

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

gsmlogoIf you hold a Federal Firearms License and buy, sell or repair firearms, you know that there is a responsibility to keep accurate records of all the firearms in your inventory. You also know that it is critical to make sure your paperwork is accurate and follows all legal requirements, especially when it come to completing Form 4473 for firearms sales and transfers. Any error here could result in substantial financial penalties if an audit by BATF caught any inconsistencies! Continue reading


Restorations: Putting a Remington 11 Back to Work–Part 3

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

Part 3 of Paul’s Remington 11 restoration. Look for Parts 1 and 2 by selecting Paul Smeltzer in the Authors menu above.

Now that we have the forearm repaired, butt stock re-contoured, and butt plate installed it is on to re-checkering.  Before sanding the wood the parts, I will re-cut the lines that form the borders on the checkered area.  I then apply painters’ tape over the checkered area and do whatever sanding needs to be done avoiding as much as possible the checkered area.  Even with the tape protection I want to avoid degrading the pattern any more than it already is. Continue reading


Tip From the Workbench–How To Fix an Uncocked Rifle Bolt

Ken Brooks

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

This may seem like a fairly simple fix, but some rifle owners get stuck when they find that they have removed the bolt from their rifle, it becomes uncocked, and they can’t reinsert the bolt.

AGI Master Gunsmith and Instructor Ken Brooks gives a quick demonstration of how to safely re-cock the bolt so it can be inserted back into the action. Sometimes these little things can be frustrating—we hope this helps. Continue reading


An Historical Extract for Gunsmiths

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

The following is an extract from “The Convicted Gunsmiths of New South Wales–A definitive history 1788 – 1850” by R. C. Solomon Self-Published 1990.

My son gave me this book for Christmas and I thought many of you would be interested in some of the content, which I will reproduce here at various times.–Gary Howes, Guns and Gunsmiths editor,

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A Man of Invention

DunnBy Robert Dunn
AGI and GunTech Video Producer,
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Charter Member

Browning1When someone describes a person as being inventive, creative, prolific and a genius, certain historic men come to mind. Michelangelo, da Vinci, Newton, Mozart, Escher, Edison are all names of people that have the above qualities. Many of you will have already thought of these historic men based upon these attributes. I must add another man’s name to this list, John Moses Browning. Some folks that have never shot a gun or live in a cave may not know this name, but if you had just said Browning, even the uninitiated would recognize the name as much as Winchester, Colt, or Smith and Wesson. John Browning was not just an inventor or Gunsmith; he was an innovator and a genius.

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