Gun Values or “The Value of a Gun”

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

“What’s it worth?” is a question that is common to anyone with more than a casual interest in firearms. It is certainly a common question at the gunsmith shop for many reasons. Outside of the obvious need to understand what a gun’s monetary value might be, when it comes to repairing or restoring a gun the question takes on a more practical importance. “What’s it worth?”, translates into “Is it worth fixing?”. Continue reading


Collecting M1 Garands–Advice from Our G&G Expert!

with Paul Smeltzer
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

The M1 Garand is probably the most iconic US military rifle known. Called “the greatest battle implement ever devised” by General George S. Patton, it was the standard service issue rifle in World War II, Korea, and to a lesser extent in Vietnam. Every serious collector should have one, but finding a safe, accurate and reliable gun can be difficult.

Guns and Gunsmiths contributing author Paul Smeltzer, owner of Athens Gunsmith Service in Athens Louisiana, has been collecting, rebuilding and restoring M1s for many years. G&G recently had a chance to talk to him about these guns and how to go about adding one to a collection. Continue reading


Gun Show Find?

SmeltzerBy Paul Smeltzer
Proprietor Athens Gunsmith Service, GCA Member,
AGI Professional Gunsmithing Graduate

Gun shows are a great place to generate business and get your name out there. I generally bring several of my military restorations and a few Garands to sell. That always brings a lot of attention to the table and never fails to generate new clientele. Continue reading


Restorations: Putting a Remington 11 Back to Work–Part 3

Smeltzerby Paul Smeltzer,
Athens Gunsmith Service, Athens LA.

Part 3 of Paul’s Remington 11 restoration. Look for Parts 1 and 2 by selecting Paul Smeltzer in the Authors menu above.

Now that we have the forearm repaired, butt stock re-contoured, and butt plate installed it is on to re-checkering.  Before sanding the wood the parts, I will re-cut the lines that form the borders on the checkered area.  I then apply painters’ tape over the checkered area and do whatever sanding needs to be done avoiding as much as possible the checkered area.  Even with the tape protection I want to avoid degrading the pattern any more than it already is. Continue reading