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Toxic Tendencies

Working on firearms at any time has its risks. We in the craft typically think of an accidental discharge or damage from a faulty cartridge or action.
Read Full Article Greg Derr
Nighthawk Custom Drop-In...

Try not to be too jealous, but I’ve had an early production model of Nighthawk Custom’s hot new honest-to-gosh drop-in trigger system for 1911s, and the...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Generating Some Patina

It’s funny, but to many people — including me — a “cowboy” gun just doesn’t look right unless it has a certain patina.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Have Tools — Will Travel

Most gunsmiths who hang a shingle tend to have very spacious workspaces, room to roam, maybe pace once in a while. Not so for the Military Gunsmith.
Read Full Article Greg Derr
Motor City Sixgun Fun Run

Heading up the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I set my sights on mi amigo, Doc Barranti’s adobe in Pittsburgh, 3.5 hours away. From there, we head north for 5...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
The .40 Story

One of the many quirks of history is the truth is often more complex and nuanced than the commonly-accepted version of events. If history is truly written...
Read Full Article Mike Wood
Fussing With A Fitz

Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone. I work on a lot of 1911’s every year. So when I got a call from Mark Mason of Downers Grove,...
Read Full Article Greg Derr
Must-Haves For The DIY Gunner

Every craftsman has his “go-to” piece of equipment or tool. That bit of “necessary” on the bench or in the toolbox, never loaned to or touched by...
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Home-Made Mortars

The Internet revolutionized the way people in developed countries live their lives. Where previously clever jokes, eccentric fetishes, and quirky hobbies...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
When You’re Hot

Ever wondered how gunmakers and gunsmiths get that beautiful, mottled coloring you’ve seen on shotgun receivers and gun parts? Want to learn the ins and...
Read Full Article Jeremy Clough
Home Build A Retro AR

How about we build a semi-auto, old school, dual aperture flip sight, pencil barrel, carry handle, Vietnam issue M16A1 look-alike that’s discretely...
Read Full Article Frank Jardim
Basic Gunsmithing:

Maybe you’ve bought a nice used gun and are trying hard to ignore the elephant in the room — a squished and otherwise bunged-up screw head. When I was...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
From the Bench: A...

Once the word gets out you can “fix guns sometimes,” people start to come out of the woodwork. I don’t mind helping out when I can, but the fact I...
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The 9mm 1911

It’s been easy for me to look at some trends in the world of handguns and decide which were just flashes in the pan, and which were going to last.
Read Full Article Ted Yost
An Oops... And A Recovery!

Not very long ago I stumbled onto a sort of “fixer” S&W Third Model Hand Ejector in .32-20. The nickel is worn, but once I cleaned her up some, tuned...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
What’s A Locked Breech

Blowback semi autos work fine with cartridges of moderate power such as .22 LR and the .25, .32 and .380 ACP. For use with more powerful cartridges,...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Polishing And Prep

Recently, we listed sources for refinishing your firearms projects. Bluing, plating, and other finish providers were listed, and their services described.
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Basic Gunsmithing:...

It seems we struck a chord when we published that Insider on how to fix buggered-up screws (Insider, May/June 2017) and you guys reached out to me wanting...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Home Gunsmithing Tips

It will happen eventually. You selected your handgun after a lot of research and study. You compared various models at the gun store, maybe even went to the...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
A Safety Solution

Some of the best ideas for discussion come from you guys. Recently, we received a good question about 1911 safeties: “Why does the 1911’s safety lock...
Read Full Article Ted Yost
Little "J"ems

One of the nicest perks of my new gig here is that the boss and I get to spend a little time talking about guns and gunsmithing. We pick each other’s...
Read Full Article Ted Yost
Silk Pursing A Sow's Ear

There are lots of what I call “targeted consumer guns” in today’s market. These are firearms and related items targeted to specific groups of shooters.
Read Full Article Alex Hamilton
Black Magic

We gun-guys are very fortunate these days to have many choices for metal finishing. We have bluing, which can be broken down into hot caustic blue, charcoal...
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Read Full Article Tom McHale
Tank's Modular Moon-Clip...

Anyone who’s ever loaded moon clips by hand knows firsthand how true those words are. Moon clips allow us to shoot rimless cartridges in revolvers by...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Selecting Finishes — And...

For a long time in gun manufacturing and ’smithing it was “blue.” Today there are more colors and finishes than in the rainbow. Spray finishes have...
Read Full Article Greg Derr
Micro Welding

Work on enough guns and eventually it will happen, a missed cut, a cutter crashes into a work piece or a client brings in an obsolete gun with a broken...
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Trigger Time

How a pistol fits the hand is just as important as a rifle or shotgun stock fits the shoulder. Trigger length and grip fit are the same for pistol shooters.
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Behind the Scenes: A...

I’ve written about my young friend, Dusty here, who has gotten his custom gunsmithing business off the ground and is doing well. He has a back-log of...
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Lessons Learned

It was originally suggested this column would address the sometimes contentious and often frustrating relationship between the gunsmith and his customers....
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Adjusting Fixed Sights

We recently heard from a gentleman who was having trouble regulating the sights on his revolver. In short, things did not go well, and he was looking for...
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Cased & Coddled

Enthusiasts, shooters, and collectors always seem to be striving to improve the quality and scope of our handgun collections. There are lots of...
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Innovation Abounds In...

As devotees of the 1911, we live in a really good time. We’re now reaping the benefits of many years of innovation and craftsmanship normally reserved for...
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Getting Your Gun Stoned

One of the most important tools in anyone’s shop isn’t a machine, vise or file. It is however, one of the most versatile tools at our disposal,...
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Throat-Choke Is No Joke

I love Ruger revolvers, especially those chambered in .45 Colt. Built tough and able to withstand pressures most other guns can’t, doesn’t mean...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Passion For The Craft:

Where are tomorrow’s gunsmiths coming from? It’s a common question, and one with a lot of different answers. There’s the gunsmithing schools, informal...
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Those Pesky Sight Dovetails

Advanced “hobby” gunsmiths frequently ask for tips on setups and machine work, and the most common questions are usually related to cutting slides for...
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Volquartsen's LLV-4...

The Volquartsens are, as a company and as people — sterling. Scott Volquartsen is young enough to have plenty of energy, but seasoned enough to read the...
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Finding The Cure

Don’t deny yourself a cure for your case of FFS. Help is but a click or call away.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover

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