A Brief History of the Evolution of the Shotgun

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

The shotgun can be defined just as the word implies; a gun that fires shot. Shot is defined as spherical balls, varying in size, which are used as ammunition. The history of the shotgun goes back as far as that of the firearm itself. Early firearms have many traits in common with the modern shotgun and there is a sort of gray area as to what could be considered a shotgun until the features of a rifle became more individualized. The predecessors of the shotgun, such as the arquebus, blunderbuss and even the musket could be considered a shotgun of sorts, as they could all launched both single and multiple projectiles at once when the weapon was fired. These firearms all had smooth bores and were shoulder fired, just as a shotgun. Continue reading

Tip From The Workbench–Punches

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor Ken Brooks
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

This time, Ken shows you a selection of custom-made, special-purpose punches. These are punches that YOU modify for specific uses, whether that be for punching out a certain type of pin on many different guns or performing a specific task on just one gun.

This one little segment can have a significan impact on your gunsmithing. It will provide you with the knowledge to save money making your own custom tools, but it will also help you save time and frustration, an important consideration for all of us. Continue reading

Foredom Handsets and Tools

Shueywith Gene Shuey
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith

Following up from Jack Landis’ review of the flexible shaft grinders from Harbor Freight last week, this time Gene Shuey takes a look at the more expensive Foredom tools. If you are a busy gunsmith that uses your tools a lot, maybe he will convince you to go with a higher quality product. Continue reading

.22 Long Rifle Rimfire Cartridge

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

I learned to shoot using the .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridge and it is still one of my favorite and most used rounds. The rimfire’s low felt recoil and quiet report make it a good cartridge for beginning and youth shooters. It is a great small game hunting cartridge as well as being a good round for economical tactical training. While growing up, shooting up a few boxes of .22 rimfire ammo was good cheap fun. Continue reading

Tool Review: Harbor Freight Flex Shaft Grinder

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
GCA Technical Services Manager

You will often hear some of the gunsmiths here refer to a Foredom grinder, arguably one of the most used power tools by gunsmiths. Foredom tools are top quality which means they also have a top quality price.

In this review Jack looks at a cheaper alternative from Harbor Freight. If you are not a full-time professional gunsmith that uses tools every day, this may be a great and less expensive alternative for you. Continue reading