Test Firing the Easy Way

SiersBy John Siers a.k.a. “Gunsmith Jack”

There will always be gunsmith jobs that require you to test fire the gun after the work is complete, and if you don’t have a suitable bullet trap or firing range near your shop, that can be a hassle. There’s also the question of ammo, especially if the gun shoots an uncommon caliber you don’t happen to have handy. You can always ask the customer to supply some ammo, but otherwise you end up buying some and adding that to the bill. 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

In Gun News This Week

Some more interesting firearms news stories found this week on the internet…

CCW Weekend: Why You Should Never Fire Warning Shots

Firearms and firearms accessory makers increasingly consider women buyers

Hoppe’s Black Designed to get the Most Out of Modern Firearms


SIG SAUER, Inc. Thanks Partners for U.S. Army Modular Handgun System

In The Classroom–1911 Magazines

Shueywith Gene Shuey
AGI Instructor and Master Pistolsmith

If you have ever had issues with feeding on your 1911 pistol, there is a good chance the problem is not with the gun, but with the magazine and the type of ammo used.

In this excellent lesson from AGI’s Gene Shuey, you will learn about the different designs and geometry of 1911 magazines. With this knowledge you will be able to fill your range bag with the right type so you can enjoy shooting your .45 without problems. And of course, if you use a 1911 for self-defense, a reliable handgun is critical! Continue reading

Gun Show Find?

SmeltzerBy Paul Smeltzer
Proprietor Athens Gunsmith Service, GCA Member,
AGI Professional Gunsmithing Graduate

Gun shows are a great place to generate business and get your name out there. I generally bring several of my military restorations and a few Garands to sell. That always brings a lot of attention to the table and never fails to generate new clientele. Continue reading

Peters Stahl 1911 Field Evaluation

With AGI’s Jack Landis, Gene Shuey and Gene KellyJack Landis

Last week we showed the bench evaluation of this unique 1911 pistol. Able to be changed to a number of different calibers simply by swapping out the barrel and magazine, this is a hard-to-find, but enviable firearm.

This week the AGI team take it to the range and put it through its paces. How will it do? Will Gene ever get it back? Watch and learn. Continue reading

Umm… Hey Buddy

by Gerry McKownMcKown

(You may recall a couple of weeks ago I asked if anyone wanted to contribute articles for Guns and Gunsmiths. I received this great story very quickly, as well as a couple of others. Thanks guys! If anyone else want to do the same please send me an email–Gary Howes, editor).

Umm… hey buddy, can I give you a hand?

You see some amazing things at the gun range. I am lucky enough to be a member of a nice little 100 yard gun club not 15 minutes from my home in Southeastern PA. I like to rebuild military surplus rifles, accurize bolt action rifles, but my favorite thing to do is take inexpensive firearms and make them shoot great. Continue reading