Tips From The Workbench with Ken Brooks–Polishing Chambers

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

Always willing to teach and share his experiences, this time Ken answers another AGI student’s question. He takes the time to show you the procedures and tools he uses to polish chambers. He demonstrates the procedure on a tight .22 cal chamber. As usual his methods are simple, straightforward and easy to execute. Continue reading


Tip From The Workbench–Extractor Cuts

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AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

In this video AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks answers a question from a Gun Club of America member about extractor cuts in barrels. Ken shows you a messed up extractor cut and then takes you through the procedure to clean it up and restore it one step at a time. Before it’s over you will gain more insight into these cuts and know the tools and techniques you can use to restore them. Continue reading


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

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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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