Tips From The Workbench–Shop Safety

with Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor and Owner of Pisco Gunsmithing

This subject has been covered before, but is important enough for AGI Instructor Ken Brooks to take another look at a major safety concern for gunsmiths. What can you do to reduce the danger of customers bringing loaded weapons into your shop?

Sometime it may be necessary for a gun to come in loaded, say if it was completely jammed up and the owner was unable to remove the cartridge. But that is not the usual case. If you handle other people’s guns at all, please watch this video, use common sense, treat every unknown gun that comes into your shop as if were loaded, and stay safe.

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Nitre Blue Colt 1902

by Clint Hawkins
Hawkins LLC, Pro Course Graduate & GCA Charter Member

The Tragedies and Triumphs of a Gunsmith

“Best foot forward,” they always say, but you have to know the story! This is not a story about how great I am in doing Nitre Blue for you will quickly see that’s not true, or even how great the results can be if you use it on your projects. It is really about the things you need to watch out for to successfully complete the project. Gene Shuey shows all the right things to do and how to do them in his Rust and Nitre Bluing course. AGI courses do warn about what can happen “if” … but their time is too valuable to show anything except what is the right result. Continue reading


Enjoying the guns I already own!

by Gene Kelly
AGI/GCA President

Seems like whenever I go places where there are new or different firearms, such as the SHOT Show, visiting manufacturers or doing testing for GunTech, I come away lusting after some new gun or guns!.  I mean get real, I don’t think a mule could even begin to carry all the guns I own now, so why on earth do I need another one?!

Well, “need” as I am sure you know isn’t really the issue, but WANT certainly is and I am O.K. with that!  Hey I need that beautiful Chiappa color case hardened receiver, single shot, Baby Sharps in .30/30 caliber because, well, it would be cool for, um, hunting deer? Continue reading


Gunsmithing Project–Mauser Drop-In Trigger

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Director

In this video project, AGI’s Jack Landis shows how to add a drop-in trigger to a Mauser rifle. If you are building a sporting rifle out of one of these old war horses, you can modify the existing trigger to improve the way it feels and breaks, or you can install a drop-in replacement.In this video Jack shows you the latter process. Follow his example and you will end up with a much more “user-friendly” rifle to enjoy. Continue reading


The Magic Bullet?

Dan Rogersby Dan Rogers
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

If I were to classify this as an article on gunsmithing, shooting, or reloading I think it would be a draw on all three counts. I saw the call for articles on tips, tricks, and lessons; so I figured I would weigh in on a particular experience I had with a Remington M1903A3.

Like all good lessons they generally start with or end up making a good story. My lesson starts with a used (maybe overused) M1903A3 rifle that I came across in the used rack at my local gun store. The rifle looked quite handsome and I recognized it immediately from across the store. Continue reading


Training the Budding Gunsmith–Fire Blueing

By Justin Ledgerwood,
GCA Silver Member

We all look for ways to show our uniqueness; the way we dress, or do our hair, or for some of us, our beards. Our firearms are no different. I don’t like knowing that my rifle looks exactly like a thousand others. So we try to add our own flair, to set ourselves and our firearms apart. This can sometimes be very time consuming or costly.  Continue reading