Tips From The Workbench–Shop Safety

with Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor and Owner of Pisco Gunsmithing

This subject has been covered before, but is important enough for AGI Instructor Ken Brooks to take another look at a major safety concern for gunsmiths. What can you do to reduce the danger of customers bringing loaded weapons into your shop?

Sometime it may be necessary for a gun to come in loaded, say if it was completely jammed up and the owner was unable to remove the cartridge. But that is not the usual case. If you handle other people’s guns at all, please watch this video, use common sense, treat every unknown gun that comes into your shop as if were loaded, and stay safe.

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In The Classroom: Headspace Part 3

Dunlapby Bob Dunlap and Ken BrookskenBrooks
AGI Instructors and Master Gunsmiths

In Parts 1 and 2 (look under the Authors tab above for Bob Dunlap if you missed them) Bob explained what headspace is, and how to accurately measure it. Now, in this video, he and his partner Ken Brooks give a great demonstration of the effects of too much headspace and why, under the right circumstances it can be an annoyance if not dangerous. Looks like they had a lot of fun making this video as well.

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Tip From the Workbench–How To Fix an Uncocked Rifle Bolt

Ken Brooks

with Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor
and owner of  PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

This may seem like a fairly simple fix, but some rifle owners get stuck when they find that they have removed the bolt from their rifle, it becomes uncocked, and they can’t reinsert the bolt.

AGI Master Gunsmith and Instructor Ken Brooks gives a quick demonstration of how to safely re-cock the bolt so it can be inserted back into the action. Sometimes these little things can be frustrating—we hope this helps. Continue reading


Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

with Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor
and owner of  PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video, Ken Brooks shows you the essential hammers that he uses in his gunsmithing shop. If you are just setting up your own shop, or are simply curious what these two use every day, this is for you. If you have any tips or tricks about hammers that you have discovered, make sure you share them with us by commenting below.

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Gunsmithing Q&A With Ken Brooks

kenBrooksKen Brooks is owner of PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.
He is also an instructor for AGI and the Gun Club of America.

Question:

I’m installing a recoil Pad on a new rifle. The stock is wood with many layers of glossy finish. Almost like plastic. What is the best saw blade (teeth per inch) to use in my cut off saw to cut a stock like this? I do not want to chip the finish. I will be using masking tape around the area to be cut. Continue reading