In Gun News This Week

Here are some more interesting stories found on the web this week.

Why the GCA Ad Before the Videos?

Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

By now most of you should have noticed the short piece of video I have added to the beginning of many of the new videos used here, mentioning the Gun Club of America. There are 2 versions, one about 15 seconds long and the second about 30 seconds. The written articles also now have a copyright notice at the bottom forbidding reproducing the articles without permission. Continue reading

Bug Out Bag Basics–It’s the Little Things That Count!

Howes2with Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

My mother always told me as a child that it’s the little things that count. I think she told me that so I wouldn’t be disappointed when I didn’t get that new surfboard or bicycle that I wanted for Christmas and had to settle for something small and utilitarian like a new pen and pencil set to start off the school year with. (Did I mention that I grew up in Australia where school starts in January? That always meant some sucky Christmas gifts.)

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Marketing your Gunsmith Business — Websites

Turning your passion for guns into a business may be the dream of a lot of firearms owners, but only a few have been able to accomplish it. Some people open a gun shop so they can buy and sell guns and shooting accessories, while others have taken their interest as a gun “tinkerer”, got some training as a gunsmith (many of you through our sponsor, The American Gunsmithing Institute) applied for an FFL, and opened a gunsmithing business. Some of you may have even done both and combined a firearms retail business with gunsmithing services–the best of both worlds. Continue reading

Collecting M1 Garands–Advice from Our G&G Expert!

with Paul Smeltzer
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

The M1 Garand is probably the most iconic US military rifle known. Called “the greatest battle implement ever devised” by General George S. Patton, it was the standard service issue rifle in World War II, Korea, and to a lesser extent in Vietnam. Every serious collector should have one, but finding a safe, accurate and reliable gun can be difficult.

Guns and Gunsmiths contributing author Paul Smeltzer, owner of Athens Gunsmith Service in Athens Louisiana, has been collecting, rebuilding and restoring M1s for many years. G&G recently had a chance to talk to him about these guns and how to go about adding one to a collection. Continue reading