Tip From The Workbench–Punches

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor Ken Brooks
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

This time, Ken shows you a selection of custom-made, special-purpose punches. These are punches that YOU modify for specific uses, whether that be for punching out a certain type of pin on many different guns or performing a specific task on just one gun.

This one little segment can have a significan impact on your gunsmithing. It will provide you with the knowledge to save money making your own custom tools, but it will also help you save time and frustration, an important consideration for all of us. 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

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

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

Ask the Gunsmith with Bob Dunlap

Dunlap by Bob Dunlap
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

This time Bob answers two more questions from Gun Club of America members. The first one involves a Remington 870 with an action that is feeling a “Hang up” syndrome with its extended mag tube. The second question is regarding a Remington 1100 with a feeding problem. In both cases Bob pinpoints the possible causes quickly and makes his recommendations and as usual we gain a bit more insight into how his mind works as he makes his analysis. Continue reading

Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks

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

In this video, Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks discusses the real dangers that can occur if and when a customer brings a loaded gun into your shop. This will eventually happen to every gunsmith, so be prepared to deal with it, and develop a system for checking guns as soon as they arrive at your place of business. Continue reading

Cowboy Action with Joe Alesia

JoeAlesiaby Joe Alesia
alias “Lefty Longridge”

In this video, World Champion Cowboy Action competitor and AGI instructor Lefty Longridge shows us the correct grip for single action revolvers for fast and accurate shooting. He also talks about trigger control, stance and everything else you need to know if you compete in this sport, or even if you just like to shoot single action guns.

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