Ruger Alaskan Revolver

DunnBy Robert Dunn 
AGI and GunTech Video Producer, 
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Charter Member

I remember back in 2005 when the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan revolver was introduced, and I have wanted one ever since. At the time, the revolver appealed to me because of its 2ó inch barrel and the radical .454 Casull chambering. I was living in an urban environment and owning an Alaskan was more of a novelty, to my mind, than a practical firearm I would actually carry for selfdefense. Thus I never purchased one. Continue reading


M1 Garand Rifle “438987”

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

I was at a gun show recently when I noticed an elderly gentleman in a wheelchair gazing at several Garands and M1 Carbines that I had on my table.  He was wearing a WWII veterans cap with a good bit of “fruit salad” on it, and a wind-breaker with additional battle ribbons.  As I watched him he reached out and put a feeble hand on the barrel of a Garand and seemed to stroke or pet it.  I walked over to him and said, “you look like you are familiar with those”.  Without looking up he said, “438987”.  Not sure I heard what he said, I said, “excuse me”, he repeated “438987”, his gaze still fixed on the rifle, still stroking the front sight; I told him that I understood. Continue reading


Workshop Tip–Military Weapons Tools

with AGI Military Arms Instructor John Bush

What do amateur and professional gunsmiths like almost as much as guns? Why, gunsmithing tools of course. Remember the old saying–“He who dies with the most tools wins!”

In this video, military arms specialist John Bush looks at just some of the specialty tools you may be able to find for working on older weapons. Even if you can’t find these tools yourself, you may get some ideas on how to make your own tools for when you need to work on someone’s (or your own) firearms. Continue reading


Ask the Gunsmith with Bob Dunlap

DunlapBob Dunlap
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

In this video a Gun Club of America member asks Bob about headspacing a Chinese remake of the Ithaca 37 in order to cure extraction/ejection problems. When Ken Brooks did the Disassembly/Reassembly Course on the Ithaca 37 he spoke of how the Chinese remake had some problems because the Chinese had only incorporated some of the changes since the early design. Continue reading


Flooded guns? Watch This Now!

In this Video, The American Gunsmithing Institute’s, (AGI) president Gene Kelly, provides immediate Flood Recovery Triage Advice for Firearms owners to prevent further damage to their guns. Please feel free to share this information with your friends in the affected areas, and with others, so that they are aware of what to do if they are ever in a situation like this. Continue reading