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10mm 1911 Troubleshooting. Jun 1, 2020 2221
Adaptive Tactical 10/22. Jun 1, 2020 1476
Iver Johnson Hawk: Here's how to work and debug the Iver Johnson Arms Hawk, a Commander-type 1911-style handgun. Mar 31, 2020 1121
Tech Sights: Mounting and using Tech Sights, an ideal aftermarket iron sight. Mar 31, 2020 1050
Maintaining Military Bolt Action Rifles: Military bolt action rifles are decades old but can continue giving many more years of service if cared for properly. Here's how. Jan 1, 2020 1488
Hunting Tactical Super Sixty: Hunting Tactical, maker of the HT60 stock, now offers an upgraded Marlin 60: The Super Sixty. Jan 1, 2020 1172
Increasing Trigger Pull: Gunsmithing usually reduces trigger pull weight but there are times when an increase is called for, especially when restoring handguns. Jan 1, 2020 1929
More on Running the 1911: Additional tips on everyone's favorite Browning design. Sep 1, 2019 1560
Dovetail Sights and Measurements: Typical dimensions for installing and working with sights dovetailed into pistol slides. Sep 1, 2019 880
1911 Grip Safety: The history and fitment of safety devices for a classic handgun. Aug 1, 2019 989
Woodworking Tool Basics: Quality tools are a must for any project, including wood working. Here are the must-know basics. Aug 1, 2019 975
Starr Revolvers: Working and repairing a Civil War-era revolver. Jul 1, 2019 1135
Rival Arms Glock Builds: Improving a Glock by fitting a Rival Arms slide and barrel. Here's what to look for and practical considerations. Jul 1, 2019 1604
Sighting In Fixed-Sight Revolvers: Fixed sights are not readily adjustable but within a gunsmith's ability. Here's how to do it. May 1, 2019 1237
Hunting Tactical: Rifles can be improved by replacing the stock. Here's how I repurposed a Marlin 60 rifle. May 1, 2019 1523
Coach Gun Smooth Up: Short barreled side-by-side shotguns are classic defense guns and still maintain popularity today. Here's how to slick them up for improved use. Apr 1, 2019 1672
Rossi M37 Revolver: A take on the classic snubnose revolvers popular for concealment for years, here's how to conduct disassembly and troubleshooting on the Rossi M37. Apr 1, 2019 1230
Re-Purposing Butchered Guns: A butchered pawn shop "Half Fitz" snubnose needed a new lease on life. Here's how I converted it to a snake gun for a reasonable sale. Apr 1, 2019 1600
Marlin 60: The Marlin 60 is a ubiquitous .22 rifle and one is likely to eventually find its way into your shop. Here's how to disassemble, maintain, functions check, and fix it. Feb 1, 2019 1314
Improved AK Trigger: Kalashnikov rifles are the most produced in history. Every firearm can benefit from an improved trigger. Here's an evaluation and installation instructions for FIME Group's FCG trigger for AK/RPK rifles. Jul 1, 2018 882
Ruger Revolver Tuning: Ruger's single-action revolvers have a deserved reputation for reliability but benefit from gunsmith attention. Here's how to tune them up. May 1, 2018 1560
The Traveling Gunsmith: Gunsmiths may be called to appraise and work on firearms away from the shop. Here are some insights and tales from having taken my skills on the road. Jan 31, 2018 1997
Aftermarket Pistol Barrels: Using and fitting aftermarket barrels for pistol projects. Nov 1, 2017 1682
New AR-15 Triggers: An overview of good trigger action, how the AR-15 does it, and how it can be improved. Nov 1, 2017 1573
Changing and Regulating Glock Sights: How to modify and set up sights for this popular service pistol. Oct 1, 2017 1570
M1 Carbine: an overview of the iconic united states military issue personal defense weapon of world war two. Sep 1, 2017 2078
The distressed finish: a different take on custom finishing customer firearms. Sep 1, 2017 1532
Ruger SR1911R upgrade: working Ruger's take on a browning classic. Aug 1, 2017 1299
Working inexpensive 1911s: 1911 parts compatibility is sometimes an issue. Here's what I've found about parts interchangeability and reliability working with 1911s from Armscor/Rock Island, High Standard, and Cimarron. Jun 1, 2017 2337
Gunsmithing the Tokarev TT-33: the Russian Tokarev TT-33 doesn't get its fair share of respect among service pistols. Here's how to work on them.. May 1, 2017 1469
Kart Barrels. Mar 1, 2017 1675
Fixing the AK: working on and improving a Century Arms Kalashnikov-type 5.56mm rifle. Here's how to fix common AK problems. Feb 1, 2017 1124
New model 1911 trigger jobs. Dec 1, 2016 1323
New 1911 grip screws: a new and much needed improvement of grip screw bushings for 1911s. Dec 1, 2016 837
Working Winchester 1892 rifles: John Browning's smaller version of the M1886 and M1873 replacement for pistol-caliber cartridges remains popular today. Nov 1, 2016 2023
Revolver repair: important and common things to check when working on revolvers. Sep 1, 2016 938
Working .22 rifles: providing good service for small, common repair jobs can help build your gunsmith business. Jun 1, 2016 1260
Colt new service: Colt's classic war-time new service revolvers may no longer be current issue but you'll probably still see them on your bench. Apr 1, 2016 1178
Headspace and gauges: an understanding of headspace and gauges is critical to gunsmithing. Apr 1, 2016 1329
Smith & Wesson Victory Model. Mar 1, 2016 1821
Stuck live rounds: how to deal with live rounds stuck in the chamber. Feb 1, 2016 1639
Glock custom barrels: fitting aftermarket barrels in popular service pistols. Jan 1, 2016 1313
Recoil pads for synthetic stocks: installing recoil pads on synthetic stocks instead of wood. Aug 1, 2015 1129
Convincing 1911 pistols to function: common reliability checks and corrections for this classic pistol. Jul 1, 2015 2372
Remington 700 triggers: trigger adjustment, improvement, and safety checks for a classic rifle. Jun 1, 2015 830
The GSG 1911.22: working a great rimfire 1911 clone. May 1, 2015 1745
The snub nose .38: standard operating procedures and selling points on these classic self defense firearms. Apr 1, 2015 1155
Choosing and fitting triggers: considered by many to be the most important feature of a firearm, a quality trigger is critical. Mar 1, 2015 2016
Checking out revolvers: maintenance tips for wheel guns. Jan 1, 2015 1749
The gunsmith as furniture repairman: gunsmiths are machinists and metalworkers also working with firearms, sort of like furniture composed of metal and wood. Dec 1, 2014 1254
1911 firing pin stops and safeties: critical components to getting any 1911 pistol right. Sep 1, 2014 1991
Ammunition and headspace: for proper function, ammunition has to fit as well as any other part. Aug 1, 2014 2907
Fixing the commodore. May 1, 2014 1132
Seeing the sights: handgun sight installation and repair can be a great part of any gunsmith's business. May 1, 2014 1237
Inexpensive 1911 safety upgrades: even the cheaper 1911s can be made more reliable with these upgrades. Oct 1, 2013 2983
Damaged screw heads: few things make an otherwise good gun look shabby more than buggered screw heads. Here's how to address them. Aug 1, 2013 1547
Convincing 1911 pistols to feed and function: here's an overview of 1911 reliability checks and needed corrections. Jul 1, 2013 2605
Working the Beretta 92: the work horse handgun of the department of defense and winning choice of production division competition champions, here's how to maintain the Beretta 92. Jun 1, 2013 1592
1911 extractors up close: humble but essential, extractors are vital to proper 1911 function. Here's how to make sure they work. Oct 1, 2012 1731
Keeping the Garand running: praised by Patton, the world's first self-loading battle rifle remains popular. Here's how to keep US Rifle, Cal. .30, M1 going. Aug 1, 2012 2222
Working the Webley MK III: the Webley MK III is among the most robust and reliable revolvers of all time. previously quite a rare, a new wave of Webleys has found their way into shooter's hands and are now more likely to cross your bench. Jul 1, 2011 2204
A hard look at 1911 magazines: magazines are a critical link to reliability in any firearm. Here's what to look for in the 1911. Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2011 2524
A primer on AR-15 problems: despite decades-old war stories, AR-15 rifles are rugged and reliable. However, not all ARs are created equal and even the best can have their moments. Mar 1, 2011 2127
Charter Arms tune up: quick tips for handling this inexpensive, but effective, revolver. Jan 1, 2011 1752
Working the .22 rifle: a very common task facing professionals is the repair of rimfire rifles. The ins and outs of repairing them are best learned with time and study, not a heavy hand and iron will. May 1, 2010 1853
Working the Mauser bolt: over a century old, the precedent-setting Mauser action is the basis of all turn-bolt rifle actions. Learning the details of the original will pave the way to mastering all others. Mar 1, 2010 2439
The custom M1911: fitting an aftermarket thumb safety: the GI-type safety lever is usually one of the first things to go when upgrading a 1911-type pistol. Here are a few to consider in the process. Oct 1, 2009 1395
The M1911 in 10mm: some special considerations: for most gunsmiths, building or tuning a 1911-type pistol in .45 ACP is like a walk in the park. But the path can be thorny when the 1911 is chambered for the 10mm cartridge. Sep 1, 2009 2063
The MI Garand: a troubleshooting checklist: volumes have been written on accurizing the venerable M1 Gerund. But when facing a rifle of unknown origin, first you have to ensure it's in reliable operating condition. Report Aug 1, 2009 1648
Resolving 1911 problems: failures to go into battery: usually, a failure to go into battery is a simple matter to cure, but sometimes the search for the cause can prove to be exhausting. Feb 1, 2009 1666
Can you--should you--repair a blown-up pistol? Don't compound your customer's mistake by making an error of your own. Sep 1, 2008 3037
Rebuilding the 'Battered' revolver: even with revolvers designated as "Magnum caliber," full-power loads eventually take their toll. And once a revolver starts to "shoot loose," the problems can be quickly compounded. Aug 1, 2008 1239
Slicking up the Uberti cowboy revolvers: although some are better than others in out-of-the-box condition, any of these popular price-point revolvers can be made smoother and easier to handle. Jul 1, 2008 2135
Solving common problems with .22 rimfire handguns: to a greater extent than with centerfire guns, problems with rimfire handguns are often found to be ammo-related--and usually relatively simple to repair. Jun 1, 2008 2083
'Slicking up' the Smith & Wesson Third Generation pistols: although not as "gunsmith friendly" as the M1911, the popular S&W pistols can benefit from some of the same smoothing techniques and some similar aftermarket parts. Mar 1, 2008 2287
Fine tuning magazines for reliable feeding: gunsmiths should be pleased that the ever-increasing price of replacement magazines is making repair a feasible option once again. Feb 1, 2008 2532
Solving problems with .22-caliber conversion units: owners of M1911 pistols seem to encounter problems frequently with .22-cal conversion kits. Here's what you need to know to come to the rescue. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2008 1980
Glock mods: an M1911 man branches out: the Glock is no longer the mystery it once was. Today, the modifications necessary to optimize the Glock's performance are almost as "standardized" as those of the 1911. Jun 1, 2007 3119
The 'no-machining' 1911 project: this 1911 project pistol can be put together with common shop tools, easily available aftermarket parts, a minimum of fitting--and at a reasonable price. Mar 1, 2007 1740
The H-Power: parts interchange-ability and rimfire conversions: aftermarket parts and conversion kits for the Browning Hi-Power and its clones abound. Here's a guide to what works, and what works with what. Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2007 1903
Smoothing the Taurus Model 80 revolver: trigger work on this early Taurus revolver is relatively simple and straightforward, but don't assume it's a clone of the Smith & Wesson Model 10. Jan 1, 2007 1501
M1911 safety: thoughts on triggers and firing-pin blocks: in any business, "the customer is always right." In ours, however, we must also make sure he is well informed first, and right second. Sep 1, 2006 1905
Fitted vs. 'drop-in' M1911 barrels: in many cases, there really is such a thing as a "drop-in" barrel. Nevertheless, in most cases, the fitted barrel produces superior results. Aug 1, 2006 1703

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