GUNSMITHING

THE INSIDE SCOOP ON PISTOLSMITHING TECHNIQUES
Stories From the Bench

All guns have some sort of pin. Roll pins, taper pins, polished pins etc. And at one time or another, the pins need to come out. It’s how they come out...
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A variety of Ballistol products in their notable green packaging.
The Joys of Ballistol

You experienced shooters and professional tinkerers out there likely already know many of the uses for this stuff, but for those youngsters reading this,...
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Life As A Lead Scrounger

A personal talent that goes hand in hand with bullet casting is being a first-class scrounger — of shootable lead alloys. I know because I’ve been a...
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up-close of stippling polymer pistol frames
How to Stipple the Grip On...

Texturing or stippling polymer pistol frames or grips is not new. It’s a great DIY project with very little expense. You can be as creative with texturing...
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Inside A Pistolsmith’s Brain

What's in a pistolsmith's brain? Greg Derr shares some thoughts on the importance of quality files and maintenance, work from the masters of yesteryear and...
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It’s The Small Things

Some of the best things in life are small. Take the Colt “Vest Pocket” 1908 auto. A very small pocket pistol built at the turn of the last century...
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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...

“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...

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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Brownells...

I’ve got lots of “gunsmith” screwdriver sets. If you piled them up, I’m confident they’d generate their own gravitational field. But 98 percent of...
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Making A...

A Tacticool Gold Cup. The thirst for tactical guns can never be quenched these days. I got a project in from Jess Hancock of Wichita Guns for a custom...
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Muzzle Crowns:...

I wrote about some experimenting I did with a S&W Model 10. I fired groups with the stock muzzle chamfer, then put an accurate 11-degree chamfer and fired...
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Pistolsmithing...

Let’s just focus on iron sights, no pun intended. Included in this category are night sights, fiber optics and gold beads etc.
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Pistolsmithing:...

Jigs are my life. Like many gunsmiths, jigs are a must-have, particularly for repetitive work. They save time and build consistency. Not every process has a...
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Pistolsmithing...

One of the best methods of metalworking is grinding. Not with a Dremel or bench grinder but with a surface grinder. A surface grinder removes precise...
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Gunnysack:...

I wanna be a gunsmith. No, not professionally; I have plenty to do here, and my work will be on my guns for my use. But how? I work full-time and have a...
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Pistolsmithing:...

I spend a lot of time smoothing and polishing each part and spring to reduce friction before even considering the obvious sear and hammer or sear and...
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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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