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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Cold Bluing–A Money Maker Tip from AGI

with Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

Included in the Professional Gunsmithing Course from the American Gunsmithing Institute’s course is a section called The Money Makers. These are simple and fast gunsmithing jobs that can easily bring you extra income into your business. If you are not a professional gunsmith, they are also handy skills to know when working on your own guns. Continue reading


Ask the Gunsmith with Bob Dunlap

Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

with AGI Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap

Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap answers more gunsmithing questions. The first concerns a Remington 742 whose bolt seems to lock up. He then moves on to several other questions, and provides the answers in his own inimitable style. Whether you agree with him or not, I’m sure you’ll find his answers entertaining and educational.

Members of the Gun Club of America see great videos and other helpful gunsmithing material every month. If you are a serious gunsmith or gun owner interested in learning more from the best experts, consider joining.

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Tip From The Workbench–Trigger Jobs

Shueyby Gene Shuey
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith

AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith Gene Shuey shares his tip for the art and skill of performing a custom trigger job. Gene shares a tool that he finds invaluable for getting the best results possible, and he tells us how he and other gunsmiths went about doing trigger jobs before this handy tool came along. Continue reading


Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks–Adhesives

kenBrooksAGI Gunsmithing Instructor Ken Brooks
owns
 PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video, Ken talks about the adhesives that he and Bob Dunlap use regularly in their own workshop. Of course, new and improved products are coming to the marketplace every day, so your mileage may vary. I particularly like the “Gorilla” brand products. So please use the comment section below, and tell us not only what you use in your gunsmithing work, but equally importantly what you do NOT use for any particular reason. We’re all here to learn from one another!

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Refinishing guns with DuraCoat

SiersBy John Siers
FFL and AGI Certified Gunsmith

Time was when a customer wanted a gun “refinished” a gunsmith had only a few choices – blue or parkerize for the metal, and if the stock needed some work it was time for sanding, steaming, and maybe some Tru-Oil.

Nowadays, there are still a lot of black guns out there, but many of them are not parkerized, and blued finishes are getting harder to find. More often than not, you have to turn to the “Used Guns” section of your local gun shop to find one with wood furniture, and in case you haven’t noticed, guns are now appearing on the market in some pretty strange colors. Continue reading


Ask The Gunsmith with Bob Dunlap

Dunlapby Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Bob Dunlap

In this video, Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap answers two questions from readers. In his own style, Bob talks about removing a Cutts compensator on a Browning A-5, and then goes on to explain how to make a starter punch for those really stubborn pins. Is there anything about gunsmithing Bob doesn’t know about? I doubt it! Continue reading