Dave Manson Precision Reamers

    When I saw Dave Mason Precision Reamers on my list of vendors to visit, I was like “Wha?!?”. Not being a gunsmith, I wasn’t really sure how to approach them. I’ve got some basic tools to do maintenance on my firearms, but no real experience at this level.

    What ended up happening was a pleasant conversation with Dave Manson himself. He took a decent amount of time describing his business and the tools he sells and how they are used. Suffice to say there was a bit more material than I could reasonably absorb. One of the biggest services he offers is providing information to the gunsmithing community, operating as a clearinghouse for info and maintaining a knowledge base of things like tooling specs for a variety of processes.

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    Tool for holding 1911 in a vise and allowing rotation of frame

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    A few tools he suggested highlighting were his Muzzle Crown Refacing Tool Kit and Military Rifle Muzzle Re-Crowning Tool Kit. The first is a professional kit that allows for the cutting or re-cutting of a precision crown without removing the barreled action from the stock, and can be completed in five minutes by hand. The Military Rifle kit is a more of a basic kit and only includes one pilot assembly (you specify the caliber).

    Another interesting product they have (though not a tool) is a set of Safety Barrels for Glocks. The aluminum barrels, in a number of sizes, replace the stock barrel and are red anodized. You can cycle and dry fire the weapon normally.

    I assume that a number of you readers have experience with gunsmithing. Have you used their tools?

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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