Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks

with Ken Brooks, AGI Gunsmithing Instructor
and owner of  PISCO Gunsmithing in Oregon.

In this video, Ken Brooks shows you the essential hammers that he uses in his gunsmithing shop. If you are just setting up your own shop, or are simply curious what these two use every day, this is for you. If you have any tips or tricks about hammers that you have discovered, make sure you share them with us by commenting below.


6 Responses to Tips from the Workbench with Ken Brooks

  1. Ken you helps are great for me as I am new to gun repair. I have a Savage 22 Mag . rifle and I have a problem with the ammo jamming in the clip . The clip is a 5shot clip and the 4th round will jump over the 3rd. round primer and then the fifth round will not lift and feed into the chamber. The problem I think is in the design of the clip as it is wedge shaped at the back and allows too much side movement to the shells. I can put 4 shells into the clip and it will work perfect. I had contacted Savage and they wanted me to send the gun in and I told them the problem was in the clip not the gun. You can see the shell jam in the clip. They sent me 4 clips bet anyone of them does the same thing. The 17 cal. does the same thing as I went to a dealer and loaded their clip and the same problem occurred in that clip. The Marlin my son has does not have a wedge shaped clip and it has a capacity of 7rounds.

    I also purchased a Ruger 10/22 and had problems with the 3rd.round getting a smoke stack jam and found the extractor was rough from where it had been stamped out on a punch press and had burs on it causing it to hang up and not grab the shell casing. I followed bob’s DVD on disassembling the bolt and had a time getting the extractor out of the bolt due to the burs on it. I polished the extractor with 400 emery paper till it was smooth and the gun works beautiful now .NO JAMS.

  2. The orange hammer is sold by Grizzly and is lead filled, it is sold as a dead blow hammer also. I have one exactly like it.

  3. Very close to the same inventory of hammers that I have with one exception. I have a 3 pound mallet. It has pretty much one use–to smack the action wrench to break free a stubborn barrel. I once had to whack the action wrench at least 20 times before I could move it by hand on a Ruger Super Redhawk to remove the factory barrel a few years ago.

  4. Have all the same hammers as well as several light (1 oz, 2 oz) brass and nylon hammers. All of my handles have been shortened 2 or 3 inches and have been fully rounded on the end. This allows me to use them in the palm of my hand for greater comfort and control.

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