“Sows Ear” Trapdoor to “Silk Purse” Officers Model

by Randy DeLung
Gun Club of America Member

This project actually had its beginnings thirty years ago. I have always wanted a trapdoor rifle. At the time I only worked weekends, so I had ample time to do whatever I wanted. I came across a stock, barrel, and lock for a Springfield muzzle-loading rifle. With nothing more than a hacksaw, file and a desire to make something with my own hands, I set to work making something that would look like a Trapdoor carbine. My biggest achievement was to fashion a breech block out of a chunk of steel with a hacksaw and files. Actually it turned out pretty well. Continue reading


AR Trigger Jobs Made A Little Easier

by GCA Member Thomas Brooks

Since the year 2008 we have had quite a surge in the sale of firearms. Whether it was a popular trend or influenced by outside forces, some of the most sought after firearms for almost ten years have been the AR platform rifles. At times we had shortages of both available guns and the ammo for them. But that has begun to change. While sales are still high, prices have come down, and availability has gone up. Now that freedom loving patriots have these marvels of engineering in their hands they want to personalize them. This can be anything from pink quad-rail foregrips to thousand dollar scopes. As firearm investments turn from initial panic purchases to increasing a firearm’s worth to its owner there is money to be made for gunsmiths. Continue reading


My exploding “.223” Pistol Build

By Bill Paradis
Gun Club of America SilverPLUS Member

With high expectations, and the anticipation of adding a new pistol to my brother’s collection, he and I set out to build an AR15 pistol from an 80% lower from Genesis CNC, and a complete pistol upper from SOTA. He was on vacation and stopped by here to build his new pistol. He knew I had the tools, the range, and, thanks to AGI, the knowledge to build out a stripped lower. He had all the parts shipped to me and brought his milled 80% lower with him. Continue reading


Gunsmith Business Tips I Would Like to Pass On

CapitalCityby Luke Patchett
Capital City Gunsmiths

This excellent article was posted on Guns and Gunsmiths a couple of years ago. It received such a great response that I thought it worth while repeating for new subscribers–editor.

I am loving this business. I do like the gunsmithing trade, but I also love the business side of it as well. The gunsmith skill is really only half of the trade, without business skills, you will have trouble growing.

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Fixing a 1 of 3000 Colt Lightweight Commander

by Joseph LaJoy
GCA Member

I spent the day getting everything wrapped up at the shop so I wouldn’t have too much hanging over my head when I got back for the 2016 NRA Show. My wife and I had been looking forward to the show for a few weeks now. We had missed the 2016 SHOT Show and we’re going to use this time to meet up with some friends and talk to some of our vendors. Continue reading


Fitting and Chambering a Custom Barrel—Part 2

By Joe Fischnaller, Owner
Moses Lake Custom Rifles, GCA Member

(continued from last week)

Cutting the Chamber

We are now ready to cut our chamber into the barrel. It is a good idea to use a drill bit to begin the chamber cut. You want to use a drill bit that is approximately three-quarters the diameter of the forward portion of the body of the chamber reamer you will be using, and you only want to drill to a depth about three-quarters the depth of the chamber you will be cutting. This will help make your chamber reamers last longer. Continue reading