Tip From The Workbench–Extractors

kenBrookswith Ken Brooks
AGI Instructor and Master Gunsmith

When the Gun Club of America staff were range testing the Chiappa M 27, they encountered some feeding problems. So they sent the firearm to AGI Instructor Ken Brooks to analyze the gun and try to determine what went wrong and how to remedy it. What Ken found easily developed into a very teachable moment about extractors and extractor fit. Continue reading


Ballistol: an Upcoming Favorite Amongst Gunsmiths

Delesoyby Dana Delesoy
Guns and Gunsmiths Contributor

I first heard about Ballistol while watching a back-issue of GCA’s GunTech DVD magazine (issue #108). Gene Kelly (president of the American Gunsmithing Institute) interviewed a Ballistol representative at SHOT SHOW. I was really impressed what was said about it. Something claiming to be as versatile as Ballistol and also non-toxic is a combination that gets my attention. When I finished watching the interview I immediately visited the company’s website and read absolutely everything posted about the product. Continue reading


Why the GCA Ad Before the Videos?

Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths editor

By now most of you should have noticed the short piece of video I have added to the beginning of many of the new videos used here, mentioning the Gun Club of America. There are 2 versions, one about 15 seconds long and the second about 30 seconds. The written articles also now have a copyright notice at the bottom forbidding reproducing the articles without permission. Continue reading


Western Field 20 Gauge Shotgun Restoration

DunnBy Robert Dunn 
AGI and GunTech Video Producer, 
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Charter Member

When I started working on the Western Field shotgun, I already had two other “projects” laying around the house. This particular firearm was entirely covered in fuzzy rust and the bolt was fused shut from corrosion. The stock was moldy and needed some care too. The plastic trigger guard on this old guy was warped straight from screw to screw! There was a good inch of space between the top of the trigger guard and the bottom of the stock and the screws were torqued tightly in the wood. Continue reading