Case Head Separation

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

In this video Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks shows how to remove the case of a cartridge that has suffered from case head separation. It can be a frustrating chore if you don’t have the right technique or tools. You should also understand what can cause this in the first place so you can fix any problems your rifle may have. Continue reading


Making Dummy Rounds

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

Dummy rounds are an essential part of your gun repair toolkit if you are making adjustments or repairs to a firearm with feeding problems. Of course, you should never use live rounds in your shop for such purposes.

In this video Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks demonstrates how you can easily make your own dummy rounds for much less than they cost to purchase. Follow his advice and stay safe in your trade. Continue reading


Glass Bedding Rifles for Customers

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

In this video interview, Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks talks about rifle bedding, particularly how he questions a customer to determine the best solution for his needs.

If you are a gunsmith, you understand how important it is to make your customers happy, and at the same time make sure they understand what is safe and appropriate for their needs. Integrity, professionalism and honesty are the hallmarks of a good businessman. Continue reading


Walther PPS Bench Evaluation

with Bob Dunlap and Ken BrooksDunlapkenBrooks
AGI Instructors and Master Gunsmiths

In this video Ken and Bob take a look at the Walther PPS pistol from a gunsmith’s perspective. Most gun reviews found on other websites only include a range evaluation, but GCA members also get to see detailed bench evaluations such as this. Click the ad on the home page if you would like more information about the benefits of membership in the Gun Cub of America.

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Tips From The Workbench–Soldering

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

However you pronounce it (British English speakers will know what I mean) soldering correctly is a skill that you will need when you are doing many firearms repairs and modifications. In this video Ken Brooks addresses soldering tips for a front sight and you will see that it is as much about proper preparation as much as technique. Continue reading


Tips from the Workbench

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

Ken Brooks gives us a complete demonstration of how to make a red ramp sight conversion. He takes you through every step in great detail. When he finishes, you will know exactly how to do it yourself without making any of the common mistakes. This is a great and easy many-maker for your gunsmithing business, or just to improve the functionality of your own guns.

This is a complete 24 minute video course that you may want to view several times! Continue reading


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