Nitre Blue Colt 1902

by Clint Hawkins
Hawkins LLC, Pro Course Graduate & GCA Charter Member

The Tragedies and Triumphs of a Gunsmith

“Best foot forward,” they always say, but you have to know the story! This is not a story about how great I am in doing Nitre Blue for you will quickly see that’s not true, or even how great the results can be if you use it on your projects. It is really about the things you need to watch out for to successfully complete the project. Gene Shuey shows all the right things to do and how to do them in his Rust and Nitre Bluing course. AGI courses do warn about what can happen “if” … but their time is too valuable to show anything except what is the right result. Continue reading


Firearm Coatings–Cerakote and DuraCoat

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

 

There are many different options for putting a protective or decorative coating on firearms. Some are essentially a controlled corrosion of the metal while other are actual coatings. In this video extract from the GCA GunTech Volume 75, Jack Landis shows you some interesting and educational information about Cerakote firearms coatings. Continue reading


Product Review and Project–.22 conversion for your Mini-14

Jack Landiswith Jack Landis
AGI Technical Services Manager

Conversion kits to convert your firearm from a larger caliber to shoot inexpensive .22 LR ammo are very popular. Some work great, others need some help. In this product review and project AGI Technical Services Manager Jack Landis looks at a .22 conversion for the Mini-14 rifle and how to install it. That makes this popular rifle much less expensive to shoot–great for plinking or small game.

Jack also shows how he fixed a couple of problems with feeding. Without this knowledge a user could get very frustrated with this product. All the more reason to keep watching Guns and Gunsmiths and becoming a smarter gun owner. Continue reading


In The Classroom: Headspace Part 3

Dunlapby Bob Dunlap and Ken BrookskenBrooks
AGI Instructors and Master Gunsmiths

In Parts 1 and 2 (look under the Authors tab above for Bob Dunlap if you missed them) Bob explained what headspace is, and how to accurately measure it. Now, in this video, he and his partner Ken Brooks give a great demonstration of the effects of too much headspace and why, under the right circumstances it can be an annoyance if not dangerous. Looks like they had a lot of fun making this video as well.

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