Tips From The Workbench–Soldering

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

However you pronounce it (British English speakers will know what I mean) soldering correctly is a skill that you will need when you are doing many firearms repairs and modifications. In this video Ken Brooks addresses soldering tips for a front sight and you will see that it is as much about proper preparation as much as technique.

10 Responses to Tips From The Workbench–Soldering

  1. Love these types of videos I am not a fan o soldering but it’s always good to know a little bit of everything, you never know when you are going to need it. Thanks for the video it’s always helpful watching than reading.

  2. Some of the factory sights that I have come across are silver soldered on.
    Do you use the same procedure with xtra heat?
    I find it hard to keep the ss flux on the job only.
    Does heating a barrel to a blue heat, damage the molecular structure
    of a barrel?

  3. When soldering using the tinning method the flame should never be used to melt the soldering alloy, the pieces to be soldered should be heated sufficiently for the solder to be melted onto them by contact, that way you will not get big blobs of solder forming, it is also a good idea to completely wipe any “blobs” of solder off the steel before they cool, there will be sufficient solder remaining to effect a perfect bond.

  4. Use a metal spring clamp (finger clamp) to hold the sight in place while soldering. It will tighten as the sight settles eliminating movement and the need to tighten the clamp. I use them on shotgun ribs too.

  5. I find it easier to control the paste with a paste brush. This gives me a lighter more even coat of soldering paste.

  6. How would you go about re-soldering old muzzleloader barrels and ribs, for restoration, that have become separated; and how do you know where to place the ram rod escutcheons?

    I really enjoy these tips and techniques. They are so informative and helpful.
    Kindest Regards,

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