Lathe-less Barrel Threading

Iraqveteran8888 put up a video of Ryan threading a Mosin Nagant barrel using a power drill and a special bit that is cutting the shoulder.

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Review: Larry Vickers' 1911 Advanced Gunsmithing Class

It’s a class like this that gives one true appreciation for the craftsmanship of Nighthawk, Wilson Combat, and the other high-end 1911 manufacturers. I was naive to thinking that working for a firearms company, which we produce thousands of products each month on CNC and engineer and program new products daily would serve as a basis by which to leap into a properly hand-fit 1911.

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Learning From A Sad Gunsmithing Story

Hognose, blogging at his home WeaponsMan.com, has touched on a very worthwhile subject in one of his latest posts: How to deal with gunsmiths (if you’re a customer) and customers (if you’re a gunsmith). He springboards off a tale originally posted on Reddit about some gunsmithing work that didn’t live up to expectations, but where the post really takes off and becomes worth the reblog is in Hognose’s analysis of how to prevent that sort of situation from happening in the first place:

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KE Arms Picatinny Vice Block

Check out this Picatinny vice block from KE Arms. It allows you to lock your ARs upper receiver in a vice via the Picatinny rail and is pretty handy when trying to align your rail and upper during installs. I swap rails on my ARs all the time and it can be a pain for some types of rails, especially if you you don’t lock the upper down in a vise or don’t have someone else helping you with a second set of hands. At just $9.95 the KE Arms vice block is a small investment that will make your life a whole lot easier if you plan on swapping out rails often. Check them out at  kearms.com.

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Midway Gunsmithing: How to Jewel A Bolt Carrier

Larry Potterfield and his gang at Midway just get to have all the fun. In this video, he showcases how to jewel a bolt for a bolt-action (or really anything) rifle. While the video showcases everything in super-speed and does not showcase the sweat and time, it has a solid break-down of the technique.

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Re-lining a .22LR Barrel, Broken Down Barney Style

Okay, I admit it, I have become addicted to MidwayUSA’s gunsmithing videos and just had to share another one (for now, more to come later). In this one, Midway USA’s own Larry Potterfield breaks down drilling and re-lining a .22LR barrel using a custom blank. He makes it look easy. Outside of the lathe, everything he shows in the video is (of course) offered at Midway.

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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.

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Lightning Review: Real Avid AR-15 Tool – The Epitome of Function

I first ran across Real Avid and the AR-15 Tool at NRA 2014. They were nestled somewhere between Kimber and Del-Ton in an otherwise nondescript booth. I don’t even remember them having a banner. But, their multi-tools were on display and I was drawn to it like carbon to a DI AR bolt.

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Pachmayr Gunsmithing Products

Pachmayr expanded the company’s offerings for gunsmiths this year with the addition of two ring and base screw kits and an adhesive kit.

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Gun Review: Race Glock - building bigger with Grey Poupon

It seems that no matter what you do, someone is always complaining about looks like there is a mandatory art appreciation class given to all mall ninjas to get their CCW sash. I ask Fred, “is there any way to please all the ladies?” Fred hangs outside of Walgreens, bums cigarettes from passers by and advises on life between puffs of smoke.

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My DIY Iron Glock

Where I come from, people joke about watering flowerbeds with motor oil. Especially those parts where they’ve buried a machine gun. There are many semi rifles that people build from 80% kits and parts: AKs, CETMEs, Uzis and the “other one”. Not much selection of pistols. True pistols, not rifles bastardized down to be one.

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Tantal Rifle Stock Mod

TFB reader Chris as unhappy with the mil-spec wire stock his  Tantal rifle was supplied with so he modded it up bending the stock down and adding a cheek weld. Quite a nifty mod if you ask me!

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Tapco Magazine Blocks

Tapco is now making magazine blocks for the AK, AR and SKS platforms.  The magazine blocks allow a gun owner to work on their rifle, using the block, instead of the rifle, to interface with the vice.  The helps prevent unwanted damage.

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Seen at the Gunsmithing Shop–Why Not to "Mortar" Your Pump Shotgun

“I bought a pump shotgun because they never jam.” This proud statement is a staple of gun store conversation. Normally it comes either just before or just after the “you can’t miss” and “sound of the pump scares ’em off” statements, and like the others, it is also patently untrue. Pump shotguns jam and break and fail in all sorts of interesting ways that keep gunsmiths quite busy.

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Gun Review: Rock Island Tactical 9mm Conversion to 38 Super (Part Two)

If you’re lucky the barrel will drop right in. Most will find that some fitting will be needed at the rear of the barrel hood. Ideally what you want is a barrel that locks up solidly with the barrel bushing, barrel lugs into the slide recesses and finally the barrel hood length just long enough to fit against the rear of the frame when the barrel locks up with the slide.

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