Diagnosing a Kimber With Issues

with Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor and Owner of Pisco Gunsmithing

This video from the Gun Club of America gives a valuable lesson to all aspiring gunsmiths. It is an excellent example of the thought process and investigation into a gun that has several problems. Ken looks at the parts that may be culprits and then develops a plan to solve those issues.

Using these techniques, any gunsmith or owner should be able to understand how to repair a faulty firearm, rather than simply throwing a bunch of new parts at it and hoping for the best. The key, of course, is to understand the function of each part and how it interacts with the others. Continue reading


Tip From The Workbench–Headspace Gauges

ZeglinThumbnailwith Fred Zeglin
AGI Instructor and Owner of 4D Reamer Rentals

In this video, Fred explains why headspace gauges are made to the sizes and specifications they are, and what that means to a gunsmith that machines or reams chambers for customers. Understanding how to use your tools can make all the difference in your firearms business and the quality of your builds. Continue reading


Tip From The Workbench–Extractors

kenBrookswith Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

When the Gun Club of America staff were range testing the Chiappa M 27, they encountered some feeding problems. So they sent the firearm to AGI Instructor Ken Brooks to analyze the gun and try to determine what went wrong and how to remedy it. What Ken found easily developed into a very teachable moment about extractors and extractor fit. Continue reading


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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