Ghost Gunning like it's 1889

Nicely documented below are some photos of the building process behind making a .22 copy of a Webley break-top revolver. This firearm was made entirely from scratch using some basic machine tools.

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Police seize homemade semi-automatic handgun

One mans humble dream of becoming a master craftsman at Taurus was cut short after Police in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil seized this entirely homemade .380 semi-automatic pistol (excluding the magazine) which was made in his backyard, presumably from melted down Coca-Cola cans.

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EPT Precision Technologies: A 300 Year Old Gunmaker

We traveled to Austria to see how Ritter & Stark is making some of the most advanced factory rifles on the market, but to totally understand the thought process behind what they do we were invited to tour EPT Precision Technologies. I have been told that EPT has been in the gun making game for over 300 years and some of the machines on site date back to just after the First World War.

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Stack 'Em Up: Catastrophic KRISS Kaboom (For The Second Time)

God bless competent gunsmiths. Not only do they have to deal with a broad spectrum of weapons in for upgrade and repair, but a wide range of owners as well. Today, on the back end of the curve, we have a negligent KRISS Vector owner who has not once, but twice, chambered and fired the wrong ammunition in his or her pistol caliber carbine. That’s right, a year before this event, the original barrel was ruined under similar circumstances. Here’s what the ‘smith “Mike The Collector” posted about receiving the poor gun for repair:

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AK Armorer's Block – For When You Want to Be More Precise than a Hammer

If one goes according to legend, the AK-47 would never need fixing. By reputation, the weapon functions under the whole gamut of most unpleasant conditions. Various weapons have been pulled out of mud after decades of submersion to fire again. If that’s the case, why would Crosstac, which touts “Advanced Thinking – Superior Gear” even look to offering their AK-47 Armorer Block?

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Building a simple break barrel shotgun from scratch

Here is a classic traditional style break barrel 12 gauge shotgun built entirely from scratch using scrap steel plate and tubing which can be found at any decent hardware store. Using the the drawings here as a basis, the builder managed to produce something which functions well and is aesthetically close to a factory made piece. The building process is documented below.

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DIY barrel rifling using salt water, electricity and a 3D printed jig

Here are pictures of a preliminary setup for creating rifling grooves in a piece of steel tubing by using a 3D printed spiral insert, lots of salt water and a battery charger. Electrochemical Machining is a process whereby metal is removed by passing an electrical current through a solution, the insert in this case exposing the specific areas to be ‘cut’ during the process. The results are quite interesting and certainly open up some possibilities for homebuilders.

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Removing a Castle Nut is Easy with MrGunsNGear

Much todo is made of the “quality” of staking jobs on the AR-15. Why this is so is absolutely beyond my comprehension… (other than shooter being particularly picky about aesthetics of their rifle). Don’t get me wrong, I completely support the deformation of material for when pins and springs are not holding it in place, but good gracious it can be over the top. If the material is impinged, it’s going to do its job.

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Easy Way to Dimple AR Barrels- EZ Accuracy's Simple Dimple Tool

While I will contend that one never needs to dimple for a gas block, I will respect those who choose to do so. I believe in freedom and if you want an unneeded, unnecessary step added to the construction of your boomstick, who am I to judge?

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7.62×25 Tokarev M1 Carbine: Another Frankensteinian Creation From Herbert "The Mad Gunsmith" Werle

German gunsmith Herbert Werlecreator of the famous “AK-47” Luger and the .45 ACP Luger Carbine – has created another strange hybrid firearm: A 7.62x25mm Tokarev M1 Carbine. Two videos of Werle testing the rifle are embedded below:

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PDQ Ambi Bolt Release Review

I’ve always been an extremely big fan of any AR15 extended right side bolt release, whether it was Magpuls BAD lever, or Knight’s Armament’s integrated design. The sheer simplicity and difference in operation these devices make can cut down reloading time by seconds when used correctly. But not only reloading, but also general weapons manipulation and malfunction clearing makes much more of a difference after an extended bolt release is installed.

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How To Install M16A1 Iron Sights by MrGunsNGear

I’ve got a build that’s been percolating through my brain housing group for the last year. I’m not all about the whole “retro” scene but some of the old guns truly had the right idea. With the veritable plethora of tactical accessories on the market, rifles designed for modularity have a tendency to get heavy through the items needed to mount said modular accessories.

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Great Gunsmithing Tool: Loctite QuickStix

Screws and firearms tend to not work well together. The constant vibrations in a EDC firearm and recoil are likely to cause threads to back-out, breaking the bond between the two mated objects. In the case of a trigger (like Lone Wolf’s UAT), having that screw move can mean the difference between a non-functional passive safety, perfect function, or a complete failure to fire.

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12 Tools Every Shooter Should Own

The right tool for the right job is how I was taught. Not that I’ve always followed that rule to the letter. But as I’ve matured as a shooter, I’ve come to appreciate quality tools as much as I do quality firearms. Here are 12 tool suggestions for your workshop.

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The "Nearly Perfect" Safari Rifle Project with Larry Potterfield

Expanding from the gunsmithing videos that make gunsmithing look easy, Larry Potterfield is back as the star in his own company’s interview. The topic is the “Nearly Perfect” Safari Rifle and Larry goes into detail on the selection and smithing of his own Nearly Perfect rifle. Interestingly, he chose the action simply as he was most familiar with the Remington actions.

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