TFB Armorer's Bench: Installing XS Sights on The Magpul MBUS

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to try something I have not done before. This article will be pretty uneventful as far as earth-shattering content BUT!!! I could not find much content out there as far as replacing Magpul MBUS sight pieces so I figured I’d share my little adventure and hopefully reveal some helpful things along the way. That being said, let’s dive right into installing XS Sights on the MBUS.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: 2023 Armorer's Bench Wishlist/Goals

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and new year! In this article, I decided to run down some goals I have for the year as well as some stuff that Santa was not able to check off my wishlist. It has been pretty rough up here in Minnesota as far as the weather goes so the workshop has not really been an option. Inside, warm and away from the snow and wind I thought I would jot down some general goals and things on my wishlist for 2023. While we run through it make sure to think to yourselves what you would like to see out of TFB Armorer’s Bench for this year. Any types of articles you would like to see more of? Any new stuff to try out? That being said, let’s dive right into my 2023 Armorer’s Bench Wishlist/Goals!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: 2022 TFB Armorer's Bench Wrap-Up

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to take a second to reminisce and look back on all that we have covered in our new series this year. TFB Armorer’s Bench started in August of 2021 so 2022 has been the first full year in its short history. 2022 has been a little more hands-on and intensive in terms of having projects to talk about so it is nice to have this break from the day-to-day and sit down at the bench and feel like progress has been made. Let us jump into all that we have covered in this 2022 TFB Armorer’s Bench Wrap-Up!

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XS Sights Introduces Two Glock Rear Sight Pusher Tools

XS Sights has been in the gun sight business for more than a quarter of a century, having been founded as Ashley Research & Development in 1996. They are best known for their modern semi-auto handgun night sights, including some tritium and photoluminescent options. In addition to these, they offer products for other firearm types as well, such as hunting rifles, shotguns, and more. Their product lineup has recently expanded further, now also offering two models of rear sight pusher tools for Glocks.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Things in My Portable Gunsmith Kit

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to take a peek into something that does not really make an appearance on my bench but is supposed to act like a bench on the go. I of course am talking about my gunsmith kit for lack of a better name. I take this with me on trips or to the range all the time. It is composed of away-from-home essentials, a mish-mash of tools and equipment that may not solve every illness guns can have but it works for a good short-term “just in case” scenario. I hate that feeling of needing something and not having it so that is why long ago I put together this kit. Please excuse its disorganization, things are stacked for fit not for looks. Let’s dive into my portable gunsmith kit!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: 3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Gunsmithing

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to roll with a more relaxed article and touch on a topic that rewinds everything quite a bit. This topic actually comes courtesy of fellow TFB writer and AllOutdoor editor Adam S. I had never really considered doing an article like this because it feels like a lifetime ago when I think back to my earliest efforts in the trade. Nonetheless, I agree it may shed some light. In no particular order, let’s dive right into 3 things I wish I knew before gunsmithing.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: 10 Random Quick Tips and Tricks

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on many home armorer and gunsmith activities. Today, I decided to do a quick tips and tricks sort of article. I have had an extensive list of article ideas and reminders on my phone and this quick tips and tricks idea has been on the list since day one. More of a fun idea to get people talking and sharing ideas in the comments. Nothing super earth-shattering but hopefully helpful to whoever may need a hand. Let’s dive into this rapid-fire style article with 10 Quick Tips and Tricks!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: It Isn't Bluing – Using Cold Blue

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to showcase a real generic scenario in which someone would be using cold blue. Cold blue looked at critically would reveal itself as a separate chemical reaction from real-deal bluing. Real true bluing is accomplished with rust as a core fundamental. With real bluing, rust gets converted to a black oxide layer (basically black rust) that acts as an added barrier to normal red rust. Cold blue typically is a chemical solution that more or less stains steel black. It is usually used for touch-ups and small parts. This time around I will be using it on a center pin for an old German 22 revolver.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Using an M1 Carbine Bolt Disassembly Tool

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to touch on a specific “specialty” tool that I covered in last week’s TFB Armorer’s Bench. This is covering the M1 Carbine bolt disassembly tool and how it works.  Let’s dive right into Using an M1 Carbine bolt disassembly tool!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Ten Odd Tools on My Bench

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to have a little fun and walk around my shop and challenge myself to find some odds and ends to talk about. Let us call them strange or “specialty” tools. I have compiled a list of ten that I came across after a few minutes of gather and debating. They are by no means all the weird stuff but it is plenty to cover a broad spectrum of jobs. Let’s dive right into the ten odd tools in my shop!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Complete AR15 Assembly - Upper Receiver

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, we’ll show how to completely assemble an AR15 upper receiver. Previously, I covered the disassembly of the lower receiverbolt carrier group, and  upper receiver. Last week I also detailed the assembly of an AR15 lower receiver. I am well aware that most of the folks who pass through these parts are into the new, cool, and tacticool. I personally love older and obsolete stuff but I also like to take things apart and put them back together. That being said, we here at TFB thought it would be nice to have a resource available for disassembling and assembling an AR15.

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TFB B-Side Podcast: Gunsmithing Advice with TFB Writer Sam S

Gunsmithing is one of those trades that often gets passed down from generation to generation. Sadly, in these times it seems like it’s almost falling out of favor. With the advent of tighter QC controls making firearms more or less maintenance-free for longer periods, and a lack of interest from the up-and-coming generations of firearms owners, gunsmithing is becoming a lost art. Thankfully, we’ve got young guys like TFB Writer Sam S. who are keeping the trade alive and today he’s here to give his advice and his take on the gunsmithing world. I was surprised to learn from Sam that there are actually a lot of great places you can either go to both online and in-person to learn these skills and along with that, the tools, reference materials, and know-how are almost all either in books or online these days. If you’ve ever wanted to be self-reliant when it comes to maintaining and modifying your firearms, have a seat, grab a drink, and listen in as our very own Sam S. gives us his best gunsmithing advice.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 18: Gunsmithing Tools and Accessories

Hello and welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 18. I’ve been having a lot of recent discussions with some gunsmiths including our very own Sam S. Like a lot of you out there, I have a litany of tools strewn about several different tool boxes, and it’s not only highly disorganized at this point, I also have tools in there I’ve only used once and forgotten about. However, if you’re just getting into gunsmithing or you’re looking for some good, basic tools to get your collection started (or set up as a nice gift for a friend), I’ve brought you some of the best suggestions for gunsmithing equipment as recommended by Sam. Let us know what you use and what tools you’d recommend down in the comments below!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Complete AR15 Assembly - Lower Receiver

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, we’ll show how to completely assemble an AR15 lower receiver. Previously, I covered the disassembly of the  lower receiver, bolt carrier group, and upper receiver. I am well aware that most of the folks who pass through these parts are into the new, cool, and tacticool. I personally love older and obsolete stuff but I also like to take things apart and put them back together. That being said, we here at TFB thought it would be nice to have a resource available for disassembling and assembling an AR15.

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WOOX Announces 100-year Support Service for Blades and Chassis

WOOX has been steadily making a larger name for themselves in both the firearms and the bladed world. From the introduction of their new full tang balanced knives to their popular Furiosa Rem700 chassis, WOOX is now fairly well known for their high quality aesthetically pleasing wood furniture. WOOX has now just announced its new 100-year Support Service program which will provide WOOX customers with 100 years of free blade sharpening for their knives and axes, as well as 100 years of service and free technical assistance for its stocks and chassis.

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