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

Fitting and Chambering a Custom Barrel—Part 1

By Joe Fischnaller
Owner – Moses Lake Custom Rifles
GCA SilverPLUS Member


About a year ago, in an article I wrote for GunTech, I discussed my method of blueprinting a Remington 700 action to wring the greatest possible accuracy from it. We made a number of cuts on both the action itself and the bolt; each time removing as little metal as possible, but enough to assure the bolt and action were as true as possible in all areas that matter for accuracy. Continue reading

Two 70 Year Olds Still On Target

By Dennis Sandoz
Pro Course Graduate, Charter GCA SilverPLUS Member

It all started almost 70 years ago when my father first introduced me to his love of hunting and a .22 bore rifle. Growing up on a farm, we had a rifle in the corner of the porch that was handy for hunting small game or target practice. My father encouraged me to participate in the high school rifle club where I learned about competitive shooting and became familiar with the Mossberg Model 44US, World War II, training rifles. Continue reading

A Gun Club of America Member Restores an Arisaka Rifle

by Bill Paradis
Owner, Paradis Gunsmithing

While I was minding my own business, OK, maybe I was reloading, I had a customer pull up to my shop and he says “I have this gun you might be interested in” while pulling out a very old looking rifle. When I first saw it I thought it was a Mauser, it sort of looked like one, and I believed he was correct. I was interested; after all I am interested in most guns, so there wasn’t much of a chance he could have pulled out a firearm I wasn’t interested in seeing and handling. Continue reading

Long Term Firearm Storage

by Gun Club of America Member Thomas Brooks

Over the years I have received numerous firearms from customers, plus some of my own collection,  that require some long term storage solutions. The length of time for storage varies from item to item of course, but the quality of preparation work must always be above and beyond professional grade. As a gun owner and gun enthusiast I recognize the investment, no matter how costly, that people put into their Second Amendment treasures. Continue reading


by Gun Club of America Member
Robert Garr

In the 35 years I worked in power stations, it was pounded into our heads that “there’s no such thing as an accident,  just failures to adhere to safety protocols “. I always took exception to that and thought of it as a way to always put the blame on the employees but never being the fault of the employer, or an equipment manufacturer. There’s always a scenario where an accident can occur.  Always! Continue reading

A Luger Safety Catch Problem Fixed

By Ryan M. Davis
GCA Member

Cross Saber Custom Gunsmithing
Kouts, IN

Shortly after I opened my shop about four years ago, a customer brought me a Mauser/Byf Luger where the safety catch would fall down when the pistol was fired. On the Luger the safety catch is engaged when the lever is in the down, position preventing the firearm from firing the next round, and fires in the up position. The detent in the nose of the safety catch was worn away and would not engage the dimples in the frame. When the pistol was fired the surge caused the worn safety catch drop out of the fire position just about every time it was discharged. Not a super dangerous situation for a plinker/collector, but my customer was very annoyed by it.

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