Firearms Guide 13th Edition – The World's Largest & Fastest Gun Reference Guide

If you’re a gunsmith, armorer, historian, designer, or just a regular gun nerd that likes hi-res firearms photos, blueprints and schematics then you’ll be interested to hear that the digital version of the Firearms Guide 13th Edition is now available. Firearms Guide 13th Edition claims to be the world’s largest, and fastest computer searchable guns & ammunition reference guide featuring well over 65,000 high-res images and containing reference material for over 80,000 firearms spanning from antiques to more modern designs.

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Midwest Industries Releases AK Receiver Maintenance Block

AK-specific maintenance tools aren’t all that common. Usually to prop your Kalashnikov upright in a vice one has to sacrifice a magazine or put the receiver itself inside the jaws. With the rising popularity of the AK, Midwest Industries has released their AK Receiver Maintenance Block to provide some much-needed help to this growing community. This maintenance block can not only hold your AK upright while you do things like installing fire control groups, replacing furniture, cleaning the rifle/pistol, field stripping and reassembling, but also has a spot that acts as a bench block and secures your bolt at the same time. This of course beats holding the bolt still with the side of your hand while you hold a punch and try to keep everything steady on a universal bench block.

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TFB B-Side Podcast: Gunsmithing with TFB Writers Rusty S and Sam S

Gunsmithing is one of those professions that has kind of fallen to the wayside but is still very essential in this country. Your average gun owner probably doesn’t know much about their firearm beyond its basic operating principles and to a certain extent, you really don’t need to know every single tiny detail about your firearm in order to use it effectively. However, sometimes when things go wrong or you’re looking for a certain level of polish or customization, gunsmiths can swoop in to save your bacon with their knowledge and experience. Today I’ve brought on fellow TFB writers Rusty S and Sam S (no relation) to talk all about their gunsmithing experiences, tips, and stories for all of you to enjoy. For more gunsmithing content, be sure to check out Sam S’s ongoing series the TFB Armorer’s Bench.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Understanding Auto-5 Friction Ring Orientation

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, I happened to do a little maintenance on an old Browning Auto-5 that I own and while disassembling and reassembling, I thought to myself that it may be beneficial if I did an Armorer’s Bench on how the friction rings work and the proper way of setting them up in accordance with whatever load you intend to use. When I say “friction rings” I may be referring to the recoil assembly as a whole purely for simplification. All that being said, let’s dive right into proper Auto-5 friction ring orientation!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Complete AR15 Disassembly – 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 disassemble 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. Smith & Wesson was gracious and kind enough to help us out and sent us one of their Sport II models. I asked for a very simple and frequented offering to demonstrate common upgrades and general assembly when we get to that point but for now, let’s rundown a complete AR15 disassembly!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Closer Look – Wheeler Trigger Gauges

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, I decided to take a closer look at the two trigger gauges that Wheeler Engineering currently offers. Wheeler is one of a few companies out there that offer affordable examples of gunsmith technology. One example is a trigger gauge which measures the number of pounds it takes to bring a trigger to the breaking point. Let’s jump into the Wheeler Trigger Gauges!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Quick Tip – Importance of Polishing Hammer Faces

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, I wanted to go over the importance of polishing hammer faces for the at-home armorer/gunsmith. Part of working with tools in order to accomplish a task involves doing the proper maintenance on the tools themselves in hopes of better doing said task. Let’s jump into the importance of polishing hammer faces!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: 10 Essential Home Armorer/Gunsmith Tools

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, I list off my picks for the 10 essential tools for the at-home armorer/gunsmith. Let’s dive right in!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: So, You Like Taking Guns Apart?

Welcome, all to the very first article of the new series 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 first article of the series sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I decided to introduce myself and some of my gunsmithing background. Aside from introductions, I also wanted to list off some preparation sort of steps before even considering taking on tasks similar to what I will go over in the future. Let’s dive right in!

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Real Avid Introduces MASTER-FIT Armorer's Wrench Kits

If you’re a DIY type in the firearms space, odds are strong that you’re already familiar with Real Avid. These Minnesota-based toolsmiths have been putting out helpful gun cleaning and gunsmithing products for years. Their offerings are relied upon by a vast number of firearms tinkerers, of both the professional and home-based amateur varieties. Now there are yet more of these tools you may want to consider adding to your workbench. Real Avid has just announced a new line of torque wrench kits, dubbed the MASTER-FIT series.

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TFB Review: Ghost Gunner 3 – Harder, Better, Faster Gun Making Robot

An opportunity arose to review the new Ghost Gunner 3 from Defense Distributed and I swooped on it like a boomer on a 1911. The Ghost Gunner 3 is a completely new machine from its predecessors. Like the Daft Punk song, the GG3 is Harder, Better, Faster. Besides completing AR-15 lowers, the Ghost Gunner can help make a bunch of other guns and with some third party support you can open up the Ghost Gunner to perform other tasks like engraving your lowers. You can also mill other lowers like a Polymer 80, AR-10 and 1911. They are working on codes and jigs for an AK but that has yet to come out.

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Real Avid Releases New Smart Torq Precision Driver

Real Avid, some of the firearms industry’s top tool-masters, produce a host of excellent products to help home gunsmiths. These DIY gurus offer tools like the Master Sight Pusher, the Level-Right Pro precision reticle level, a comprehensive AR-15 armorer’s kit, and many more.

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Real Avid Announces New Master Sight Pusher Tool

The gunsmithing gurus at Real Avid offer an expansive line of tools for your firearms-fixing needs. From their build tools, optics mounting equipment, cleaning gear, and more, if you work on your guns at home chances are they have a product that can help you. Now with an August 4th press release, Real Avid has introduced a new addition for you pistol smiths: the Master Sight Pusher tool.

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New Level-Right Pro Precision Reticle Level from Real Avid

Minnesota-based Real Avid has been hailed in the past for offering useful products like cleaning tools and armorer’s kits. From wrenches and informational cleaning mats to magazine disassembly tools and punch sets, if you’re a firearms DIY-er chances are they make something you could use. One task for home gunsmiths about which much has been discussed is scope leveling. With the recent release of their Level-Right Pro, the folks at Real Avid aim to make this job easier to do properly.

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Crafting With Corona: AR-15 Geissele Trigger Upgrade In 12 Easy Steps

With restaurants, bars, theaters and a whole host of other entertainment establishments closed due to Corona 2020, some of you may be starting to feel the effects of extreme boredom. If you’ve organized the garage, inventoried the ammunition and cleaned the armory, it might be time to start working on some simple firearm enhancements. An AR-15 Geissele trigger upgrade is an easy way to step up performance on an otherwise average performing rifle. Let’s walk you through a trigger install in twelve easy steps.

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