Gunsmithing Project–Replacing a Bolt Handle

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

In this video project for gunsmiths, Ken demonstrates the methods used to replace a bolt handle. This can be a fairly frequent repair for some gunsmiths, especially those who do a lot of work for hunters. Here Ken demonstrate his techniques and shows you how a master gunsmith tackles this job.


5 Responses to Gunsmithing Project–Replacing a Bolt Handle

  1. Nice information Ken.
    One change i would like to include on you welding. After your initial tack and after you check for fit function, I would recomend to start your welding on the oposite side of your first tack. This would reduce the chance of heat shrink while cooling. If one was to weld one side first , that weld acts like a hinge and will draw causing a expansion joint on the oposite side, in this set up lifting the bolt towards the scope,

  2. What type amp setting are you using, like if the handle 1/4 do you set the welder for that recomended seting on the welder or are you using much less with that tiny mig wire your tiging with? Thanks Steve Garroutte i can mig but i just got a tig and am still not quite as cofadent with it.

  3. Silver Solder was used for years without I’ll effect. It’s still used by some of the top smith’s. Any thoughts on demonstrating this method for the folks who don’t or don’t habe acess to any sort of wire welding equipment

  4. Hi Ken,
    As usual, a well done and informative video. Does Gene sell his fixture? If not can I get a picture so I can make one. Brownells sells a heat stop that I use and like. Thanks, Don