Product Review–Vent Rib Straightening Tool

with Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

If you own and hunt with shotguns, or if you are a professional gunsmith, this is one tool that can save you a lot of time. Straightening a bent shotgun vent rib is difficult to do by hand without doing further damage, but this tool from Brownells makes short work of it.

A professional gunsmith who sees a lot of shotguns come into their shop, will have this tool pay for itself the first time you use it. You can find it on Brownells website HERE. Continue reading

Gunsmithing Project–Recoil Pad Installation Part 2

with Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

In this full-length workshop demonstration, AGI’s Jack Landis goes though the complete process of replacing and shaping a recoil pad. Doing it wrong can ruin the appearance and value of a rifle, so it is important to understand the correct process as shown here. If you missed Part 1 of this lesson, CLICK HERE. Continue reading

Gunsmithing Project–Mauser Drop-In Trigger

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Director

In this video project, AGI’s Jack Landis shows how to add a drop-in trigger to a Mauser rifle. If you are building a sporting rifle out of one of these old war horses, you can modify the existing trigger to improve the way it feels and breaks, or you can install a drop-in replacement.In this video Jack shows you the latter process. Follow his example and you will end up with a much more “user-friendly” rifle to enjoy. Continue reading

Firearm Coatings–Cerakote and DuraCoat

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager


There are many different options for putting a protective or decorative coating on firearms. Some are essentially a controlled corrosion of the metal while other are actual coatings. In this video extract from the GCA GunTech Volume 75, Jack Landis shows you some interesting and educational information about Cerakote firearms coatings. 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

Pelican Rifle Case Review

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

AGI’s Jack Landis loves tools, gadgets and other firearms paraphernalia more than anyone I know. In this video he takes a look at the Pelican Rifle Case and compares it to the heavy metal case I have seen him drag back and forth to various shows like SHOT and the Annual NRA meetings. How will it stand up? Make sure to watch this before you spend your hard earned cash on a new heavy duty gun case. Continue reading

Product Review and Project–.22 conversion for your Mini-14

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

Conversion kits to convert your firearm from a larger caliber to shoot inexpensive .22 LR ammo are very popular. Some work great, others need some help. In this product review and project AGI Technical Services Manager Jack Landis looks at a .22 conversion for the Mini-14 rifle and how to install it. That makes this popular rifle much less expensive to shoot–great for plinking or small game.

Jack also shows how he fixed a couple of problems with feeding. Without this knowledge a user could get very frustrated with this product. All the more reason to keep watching Guns and Gunsmiths and becoming a smarter gun owner. Continue reading