Test Firing the Easy Way

SiersBy John Siers a.k.a. “Gunsmith Jack”

There will always be gunsmith jobs that require you to test fire the gun after the work is complete, and if you don’t have a suitable bullet trap or firing range near your shop, that can be a hassle. There’s also the question of ammo, especially if the gun shoots an uncommon caliber you don’t happen to have handy. You can always ask the customer to supply some ammo, but otherwise you end up buying some and adding that to the bill. Continue reading


AR-15 Issues… You Never Know What’s Going to Walk Through the Door

SiersBy John Siers a.k.a. “Gunsmith Jack”

As a gunsmith, I have to love the AR-15 just because of all the business it brings me. Probably a third of the customers that walk through my door are bringing me an AR with some silly problem or other. Of course, there are a lot of ARs out there, and a lot of unqualified people trying to assemble and/or “customize” them. That’s a little scary, but so far most everything I’ve seen has been a “fail safe” problem – in other words, no shooters were injured in any of the incidents described here. Continue reading


Gunsmithing the Phoenix HP-22/25–Part 2

Continued from Part 2SiersBy John Siers a.k.a. “Gunsmith Jack”

Continued from Part 1

So OK, now let’s spend some time with that strange and unconventional safety arrangement on the other side of the gun. This first picture below shows the safety in the “Safe” (Up) position. The top tab would have been pushed up into the recess in the slide, covering up the word “Fire” (and also preventing the slide from being moved). Note that the tail on the rear of the safety is blocking the sear. Continue reading


Gunsmithing the Phoenix HP-22/25–Part 1

SiersBy John Siers a.k.a. “Gunsmith Jack”

Just when you thought all of those cheap little pistols from the “Ring of Fire” era – the Ravens, the Lorcins, the Brycos, etc. were history… along comes the Phoenix. This pistol has been around for a couple of years but recently seems to have gotten much more popular. I’ve not only seen them on gun auction sites but also in the display cases at local gun shops. They may cost as much as $150 over the counter, but can be had online for around $100.Phoenix1 Continue reading