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


Peters Stahl 1911 Field Evaluation

With AGI’s Jack Landis, Gene Shuey and Gene KellyJack Landis

Last week we showed the bench evaluation of this unique 1911 pistol. Able to be changed to a number of different calibers simply by swapping out the barrel and magazine, this is a hard-to-find, but enviable firearm.

This week the AGI team take it to the range and put it through its paces. How will it do? Will Gene ever get it back? Watch and learn. Continue reading


Protect Your Gunsmithing Rights

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President, American Gunsmithing Institute

Help Protect America’s Gunsmiths

Here’s How: As you may have heard the Obama Administration pulled a fast one and came out with some “Guidance” requiring Gunsmiths to Register and Pay an Outrageous fee of $2,250 with the State Department of Export controls known at the D.D.T.C. – Now our Friends in Congress have sponsored a bill to remove this burden on the industry, but we have to act fast to make sure it happens.

CALL Your Congressman today and ask them to Support H.R. 6176, the Export Control Reform Act of 2016.

Then Call your Senator and tell them to Support the Senate Version which is S. 3405.

Tell them both that it isn’t fair to hurt the small business person, like Gunsmiths, and that this will affect your freedoms. Do it today. We need to smoke their phones right now BEFORE the Election. Then follow up with an email to them and if you can, a printed letter. But at least start with a phone call.

Thanks for defending ALL of our freedoms by Supporting Gunsmiths in this unfair regulatory struggle.

To Our Freedoms!,

Gene Kelly
President American Gunsmithing Institute
Gun Club of America


Everything You Wanted To Know About Gunsmithing–Part 2

Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Bob Dunlap with AGI President Gene Kelly

Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Bob Dunlap with AGI President Gene Kelly

The conclusion of the interview with Gene Kelly, President of the American Gunsmithing institute, and Robert Dunlap, Master Gunsmith and Senior Instructor.

For those of you who have never seen or heard this interview before, it is a fascinating look into the life of Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap. I’m sure you will learn something you didnt know before about him, and gunsmithing, whether you are a professional gunsmith or just a “tinkerer”. Continue reading


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Everything You Wanted To Know About Gunsmithing

Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Bob Dunlap with AGI President Gene Kelly

Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Bob Dunlap with AGI President Gene Kelly

An interview with Gene Kelly, President of the American Gunsmithing institute, and Robert Dunlap, Master Gunsmith and Senior Instructor.

For those of you who have never seen or heard this interview before, it is a fascinating look into the life of Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap. I’m sure you will learn something you didnt know before about him, and gunsmithing, whether you are a professional gunsmith or just a “tinkerer”.

This is Part 1 of that interview–Part 2 will be here in next week.

Continue reading


Ready, Aim, Fire?

Gene Kelly head ShotWith Gene Kelly
AGI and GCA President

The last couple of years we have had some devastating fires here in Northern California. Unlike a tornado or earthquake, they are usually totally destructive to a house or outbuilding, leaving nothing but a pile of ashes. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a fire in your workshop, garage or storage locker where you keep all your ammo?  Continue reading


SPECIAL OPINION from AGI President Gene Kelly on Recent White House Executive Order!

Gene Kelly head Shotby AGI/GCA President Gene Kelly

Does the Recent Obama “Executive Order” Really affect your ability to do your own Gunsmithing or Be a Professional Gunsmith?!

If you listen to the wagging tongues, Supposedly all Gunsmiths are going to have to register with the State Department DDTC and pay big fees…. Well NOT So Much…. Continue reading


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