FOLLOWUP: Your opportunity to help one of our own.

by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

As you know G&G Contributor and friend Robert Dunn had a fire at his property a couple of weeks ago that destroyed his firearms, gunsmithing tools, reloading equipment, ammo, and much more. An event that would test the mettle of any of us. The GoFundMe account set up to help Robert has been very successful and I would like to thank all of you who made such generous contributions. The campaign is still active, so CLICK HERE if you would still like to help a fellow gun enthusiast get back on his feet after such a devastating loss. Continue reading


Tips for Combining Current Technologies and Gunsmithing

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

The use of current technologies (such as computers and cameras) in Gunsmithing would seem to go hand in hand, however, because of fear, different methods of working and learning, generation gaps and individual special interests, these technologies are sometimes over-looked and feared instead of being embraced. Many times, it is merely laziness that is the limiting factor in learning and fear is but an excuse. If making a job faster, safer, and easier is not “your cup of tea”, you could just lop off a couple of fingers from your hand and this should balance out any ideas or concepts that could help you out in the future. Continue reading


Remington Model 1889 Shotgun

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

One day my brother came by the house and dropped off our friend Jerry’s shotgun to see if I knew anything about it. It was obvious it was an old Remington as it has Remington Arms Co. stamped onto both sides of the receiver. After a little bit of research, I determined it was an early vintage Grade 2, 12 gauge, Model 1889 side by side shotgun. Continue reading


Those Tiresome Rifle Maintenance Chores

HollandBy Darrell Holland
AGI Senior Instructor/Master Gunsmith

and Hunting Guru

How many times have we neglected our rifle maintenance over the years? Tired and wet, we return home to hibernate and replenish those vital body fluids lost during the hunt. Oftentimes we toss aside our most trusted friend in our selfish desire to seek comfort on the home front. Sound familiar? You bet it does! Continue reading


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