GUNSMITHING

THE INSIDE SCOOP ON PISTOLSMITHING TECHNIQUES
Real Avid Smart-Jaws

First, you have to have the greatest general-purpose gun vise ever invented — the Real Avid Master Gun Vise. If you don’t have one, go get one. I’ll...
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Hi-Power Mods

The High Power makes a comeback. John M. Browning never got to see it completed- dying before the design work was completed in 1927 and production in 1935.
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Make It “Just Right”

“Fit” is key for the efficient use of a firearm; it’s much more important than people realize. The pistol’s dimensions and shape must match your...
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Ramping It Up

Feed ramps on a firearm are critical to proper function, “no feed no fire” they say. It’s also the first thing that the inexperienced shooter looks at...
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Revolver Know How

The trigger on your revolver is difficult to press, requiring more force than it should to complete the firing cycle. But, only on two or three of the...
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OTIS Technology New...

I’ve been an OTIS Technology cleaning system fan for as long as I can remember. The innovative breech-to-muzzle cable systems made us all reconsider the...
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Pistolsmithing:...

There is the creative and innovative part of pistolsmithing. Modifying or creating parts to fit a need, adding features that never existed, or just plain...
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The Story Behind...

Wayne Novak designed the most influential — and most copied — fixed rear sight ever put on a handgun. Named the LoMount, it has appeared on factory...
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Retro Custom...

Custom gunsmiths are working overtime to create cool retro guns. The trend has been going on for a few years. It seems that gun owners are looking more to...
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Fine Guns Are...

Branding or signing work started in the ’40s with gunsmiths like Jesse Harpe in Florida who engraved his name on the 1911-barrel bushing.
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Handgunner...

The Infante Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner impressed with its quick work of carbon on an AR bolt carrier group and in revitalizing my gummed up .22 pistol. The...
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Vantage Point:...

In this issue's Vantage Point column, we discuss the great AR pistol brace conspiracy. What's the real motivation behind Uncle Spendy's desire to ban them?...
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Gunsmithing:...

What's the “funny three-tined spring thingy” in the 1911 grip? That’s the sear spring, so hang onto your seat and here we go for a simple explanation...
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Handgun Blues:...

The process of bluing firearms may have changed a bit in the last 300 years but the appeal to shooters has not.
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Building a Colt...

Once in a while it’s good to try new things, a challenge. I usually try to work on something new with my son Nick, who was recently selected as an...
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Best Gunsmiths...

Consult this list from the American Pistolsmiths Guild to find the top 25 gunsmiths in the United States.
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The Blockbuster...

In September 2019, Springfield Armory raised the bar for micro compact carry pistols with the Hellcat.
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Workbench Cameras

Not every tool in the shop cuts, drills, or grinds. One tool I use every day is my camera.
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Mag-na-port...

Loving Ruger revolvers doesn’t mean I’m not aware of their minor shortcomings.
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Enhance Your...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington shows how easy it is to upgrade your Springfield Armory Hellcat by changing out the factory trigger for the APEX...
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Banish And...

Everyone hates a scratch. A scratch on your car, a tabletop and especially your gun.
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Don't Damage The...

It happens to everyone. A slip of the wrist and “bam!” — a buggered screw. I hate to see it when looking at the side plate of a classic S&W Registered...
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Back to the future

I tend to forget how creative gunsmiths from before I was born could be. Case in point: A client recently brought me a Colt slide and barrel.
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DIY Optic...

Drop In” should always have an asterisk* next to it. Yes, many parts are marketed as “drop in,” and many do just that.
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Lee Precision Dies

It was definitely an “I coulda’ had a V-8!” moment complete with the required hand slap to the forehead.
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Ker-Plunk Vs. Whoosh

For the custom pistolsmith it’s not always about cosmetics, the pistol has to function and be accurate.
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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.
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Have Tools —...

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.
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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,...
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Must-Haves For...

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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