Tips from the Workbench–Screw Kits

kenBrookswith Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

In this excerpt from GCA‘s Guntech Video Magazine, Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks looks at some of the kits of screws, roll pins and other small necessary items. While these may not be necessary for the gun “tinkerer” who works on just a couple of guns, the professional gunsmith shops find these a necessity.

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Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks, PISCO Gunsmithing

with Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor, Owner Pisco Gunsmithing

AGI students and Gun Club of America members get access to several methods of contact with the instructors, including a special forum on the Gun Club of America members-only website. Here are a few of their questions to Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks. His answers may also help some of you improve your gunsmithing skills.
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Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

kenBrooksAGI Instructor Ken Brooks
owns 
PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks loves to help other gunsmiths, especially those still building their experience and skills, by answering their questions. If you are a Gun Club of America member or an AGI Pro Course student, you also get access to this invaluable benefit.

Take a look at these three questions he has answered in the past. Many of you might be asking for the same information. Continue reading


Bench Evaluation–Henry Repeating Rifle

with Master Gunsmith and
AGI Instructor Ken Brooks

AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks take a look at one of Henry’s lever action guns. Unlike most other firearms reviews, these bench evaluations are made from the gunsmith’s point of view, giving you valuable insights into the construction and materials used in these guns, not normally seen elsewhere.

Several years ago I was looking for such a rifle and settled on a Henry because of their motto “Made in the USA, or not made at all.” This style of rifle is an iconic firearm of the old west so I wanted a USA made rifle–not one made in Japan or elsewhere! What about you? Continue reading


Gunsmithing Project–Replacing a Bolt Handle

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor and Master Gunsmith
Ken Brooks operates
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video project for gunsmiths, Ken demonstrates the methods used to replace a bolt handle. This can be a fairly frequent repair for some gunsmiths, especially those who do a lot of work for hunters. Here Ken demonstrate his techniques and shows you how a master gunsmith tackles this job.

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Gunsmithing Q&A with Ken Brooks

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor and Master Gunsmith
Ken Brooks operates
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

Members of the Gun Club of America know that Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks, one of the AGI instructors, spend hours each week answering their questions and helping them become better and more successful gunsmiths. Here are a few more of his answers to their questions.

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Tips From The Workbench

with Master Gunsmith and
AGI Instructor Ken Brooks

Recently on Guns and Gunsmiths we showed a video with John Bush talking about finding great spare gun parts in bulk. He discussed that from the retail perspective–selling off those parts to other gun owners.

In this video, Ken Brooks takes it to the next step. He discusses how a gunsmith can find and salvage old gun parts to use in his craft. You may get some ideas of what to look for next time you visit a gun show. As Ken says “Look for the rust.”

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