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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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Chisels The wood chisel, carving chisel, gouge, and bottoming tool are the most important in stock inletting. You can buy chisels such as the short butt chisels which save time, and you can also fashion them from old files. Grind off the file cuts, being careful not to draw the temper while doing so, and sharpen the end by holding it flat against the emery wheel as it revolves to secure the proper angle. On all gunmakers' chisels the angle is twice as great as on carpenter chisels. With a long sharp angle, the cutting edge performs better on hard woods. The grinding of a radius on the cutting edge of a chisel reduces to a minimum the necessity for stoning. It is advisable to grind a 1 or 2 degree angle on the flat side so that it will not bite in that direction, but take out a straight clean cut. It is impossible to do this with gouges, since they are made with a diversity of radii and a very steep Carving chisels come under the same heading as gouges and are made in many different...

General Shop Practice And Use Of Tools

Woodworking tools will receive first consideration. Having tooled up his shop, the amateur is likely to believe he is ready to go to work. But not just yet. Edge tools of all kinds usually com from the factory ground, hut not honed or whetted to a fine working edge. It is necessary to understand, first, how to properly condition new edge tools for usej and sccond, how to keep them in tiptop shape for finest work.

Spring Pin Modifications

For our improvised breech block, a 1 2 -diameter, 3 -long pin is needed. First, as shown in Figure J, the taper must be removed from one end of the pin with a grinder so the end is completely flat. As with the reamer, if a drill press is available, the pin can be placed in the chuck and lowered onto a flat grit stone to ensure that the end is as flat as possible. Now the pin is clamped in a vise and a taper cutter (not a countersink) and electric drill are used to cut a taper onto the inside edge of the flat-ended pin until the very end of the pin has a 1 mm wall thickness. The pin is then turned around and another taper is cut into the other end of the pin until this end has a wall thickness of about 1 mm (Photo 20). This end of the pin should not be flattened, as it must keep its outer taper.

Homemade .22 Caliber Rifle

Homemade Smg Bolt Book

Be built without the use of a milling machine can be found in the gun used in Vol. I. At the time it was built my home and shop had just burned to the ground, destroying everything my family owned. This left me without access to, or use of, any type of milling machine. All operations that would normally have been done with the mill I accomplished by using files, chisels, and a hand drill. Although I hope I never have to do such a thing again, it can be done as evidenced in Vol. I. Since I have retired from active gun work and sold my shop, I only have the small milling machine shown in the accompanying photographs. Although it is somewhat clumsy and takes more time to perform certain operations than the full-sized Bridgeport types that I formerly owned, this little machine will do anything the others will. While I do not recommend them, even the oversized drill press types sold by most machine tool companies can be used, provided the table clamps are kept tight and slow, light cuts...

Applying the Scientific Method

Tool mark examination, on the other hand, is limited to the determination of whether a tool mark was made by a particular tool. Tools commonly examined and compared to questioned (evidence) tool marks include pliers, saws, screw drivers, pry bars, hammers, chisels, and the like.

The Author Takes The Mystery Out Of This Means Of Adding Personal Touches To Firearms

Silver Inlaying Guns

Instead of sitting in front of the glaring eye of the family television for relaxation, I enjoy selecting a few chisels and doing a little inlay work. Admittedly, inlaying gold or silver initial monograms into a rifle or pistol stock and doing it perfectly is no job for the rank amateur. One must undergo several hours of apprenticeship in actual practice to become adept at handling the various chisels necessary. When finished, the Author's experience has shown that tools needed for simple inlay jobs are minimal wood chisels, scribe, lead pencil. In cutting the mortise for the metal inlay, chisels are held perpendicular to area being mortised out to accept the inlay. Properly accomplished, this should provide a perfect seat for the metal inlay don't cut too deeply. The chisels needed are few. the number depending upon the configuration of the inlay design, but they should be of

Homemade Pistol Trigger Sear Breech

Homemade Shotgun Flat Spring Bends

Shaped using a file and then polished smooth with sandpaper. The templates are not copied and removed, but rather, the key is laid over them at intervals until the key matches the templates. The side of the key, which we will now refer to as the sear, is filed flat in the position illustrated in Drawing 'B'. It is quicker to use a bench grinder to remove the bulk of the steel before finishing off using a file. Only file away enough steel until the corner edge is completely flat, and no further. This flat area allows the front section of the trigger to rest positively against the side of the sear. As shown in drawing 'C', three holes are now drilled through the sear to the diameters and positions shown. The larger of these holes is drilled first. This is the sear pivot bolt hole, it is 5mm in diameter and positioned 13mm from the end of the sear. The hole can be drilled in the sears present hardened condition or it can be annealed This will depend on what type of drill bits are used....

Bolt Disassembly Reassembly

NOTE If the bolt sleeve firing pin assembly is rotated too far, the cocking piece will snap forward into the uncocked position (Fig. 13). Correct this by hooking the cocking piece on the corner of a wooden workbench and drawing it back while simultaneously turning the bolt sleeve clockwise until it engages the detent notch.

Basic Disassembly And Reassembly

Although the Model 77 22 rifle can be disassembled, reassembled, and cleaned in almost any surrounding, it is preferable to carry out these procedures on a workbench or table which has a covered top. A piece of shallow nap rug or an old, coarse blanket is an ideal covering. Such a covering not only reduces the chances of the rifle slipping and being scratched, but it serves also to trap pins, plungers and springs that may otherwise get lost.

Sharpening Of Tools And Knives Requires The Proper Stones And A Degree Of Knowledge

Stock Forend 1100 Remington Europe

Hunting or skinning knife, a camp ax or the various edged tools found on your workbench. Good Arkansas abrasive oil stones are neither scarce nor expensive these days. Those who have spent considerable time in hunting country, at times depending on the land and its wildlife for their sustenance, know the value of a sharp knife and a good oil stone. Those of us who have spent countless hours over a hot workbench, turning out a self-built custom sporting rifle, or making our own hunting knives, know the full value of tools that are sharpened properly. In resharpening gunsmithing chisels, once the edge has been brought to ultimate keenness, it should be touched up lightly on the stone to remove any minute burring. In resharpening gunsmithing chisels, once the edge has been brought to ultimate keenness, it should be touched up lightly on the stone to remove any minute burring. Important to the sportsmen, who repair or even build part of their outdoor gear, are the various cutting tools,...

The Ruger Selective Fire Conversion System

Ruger Exotic Weapons System

Another way of making the step if you do not have a lathe is by using a 1 4-inch diameter counterbore. A good vise and a drill press will be needed for this method. The counterbore will be positioned exactly at the point where the sear nose is in line when the bolt is assembled. A 1 8-inch deep counterbore will be needed for sear nose clearance. To do this so that the bolt still retains the original inclined surface (for retarding effect) and is still usable with the original factory components, the sear nose that engages with the counterbore of the bolt must be rounded up to blend with the counterbore radius. The contact surfaces of both the sear and the bolt must be highly polished after final fitting to ensure smooth operation. This will also produce less friction and wear on contact areas.

Swivel Head Set Screw

Lyman Replacement Parts

Dental drills may be used to drill steel that is so tough or hard that even high-speed twist drills will not drill it. The ball shape is the best one to use. These are used in a drill press at low speed with a very slow feed, as they will not cut fast. After a small hole is opened up in tough steel with one of these dental drills, the hole can usually be enlarged to the required size with a high-speed steel twist drill running at low speed. These dental drills will not, however, start to cut on case-hardened steel any better than a twist drill. the tap-drill is used, and, with the block still in place to act as a guide, the holes are tapped. The barrel is set in vee-blocks on the drill press to drill these holes and the barrel squared-up with a small level on top of the block, as the block has been clamped in the correct position on the barrel while the rifle was leveled in the vise. In the case of side mounts that separate from the clamping rings of the scope, a square with a level...

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Stand the unit upright on the workbench with the open end of the suppressor tube pointing up. Insert the narrow end of the packing guide Into the end of the barrel (the Allen wrench will be pointing up). This is used to guide the copper packing Into the rear suppression chamber.

Maintenance Of Small Arms Gages

Small arms gages are susceptible to material displacement as a result of impact. For example, a gage dropped onto a concrete floor may appear perfectly fine to the naked eye, but because it is machined to extremely tight tolerances, material displacement may have occurred. This results in the gage being out of tolerance. To prevent this, perform gaging on tables or workbenches that are padded or covered with vinyl or rubber, whenever possible.

How To Hammer Forge A 9mm Barrel

Low Speed Handpiece With Burr

The sccond type of vise necessary is the so-called machine vise with smooth and square bottom and sides, so that it may be used upon the drill press or milling machine to hold work being machined. These come in a number of sizes and types, a low-cost type of sev' eral sizes being made of cast-iron by North Bros. Mfg. Co. of Philadelphia, under the Yankee brand. These vises have swivel bench bases which enable you to use them upon the bench, but by loosening one screw you can remove them from the bench base to use on the drilling or milling machine. Other machine vises made of steel or semi-steel are supplied by various companies at various prices. One made by the Chicago Tool & Engineering Co. can be tilted upon its base to various angles. This vise, in cast-iron, sells reasonably. Dental chisels are a useful item to the gunsmith as they are made of very good steel, can be obtained in a variety of shapes and widths and will cut soft steels easily. They are excellent as small scrapers....

The Assortment Of Equipment Is Endless But Heres A Start For The Beginning Gunsmith

True craftsman in any mechanical trade ever has enough specialized tools to fulfill his needs. He is always adding to his assortment Be it files, chisels, precision instruments or even screwdrivers, more are always needed. It certainly is not necessary to have an elaborately equipped shop, complete with the latest and best in lathes, milling machines, drill presses, ad infinitum, in order to turn out beautiful work. Some of the most beautiful rifles, pistols, fowling pieces, even cannons were turned out well over a century ago by craftsmen who used primitive tools. But these craftsmen knew how to use the tools, then available, properly. A good set of chisels is a must on the gunsmith's bench. Buck Brothers produces a quality chisel set at a price that most of us can afford. Almost every type of chisel necessary for general gun work is included in the set. Aside from tools, the most important need for the gun hobbiest is a solid workbench. On the bench should be mounted a quality bench...

Front And Rear Sight Removal Installation

Glock Front Sight Removal

To remove the front sight from the slide, position the front of the slide in upside down position over the edge of a table or workbench. While firmly holding the slide on the workbench, tap the front sight from the slide with a pin punch and small hammer (or, the slide may be held in a vice to perform this procedure. If a vice is used, be sure that protective aw covers are used so as not to damage the slide).

U S Springfield Model M Rifle

Springfield 1922 Magazine

2 Release safety lock and insert striker end of firing pin (45) into Va hole in workbench and push inward on bolt sleeve to compress mainspring (44). Unscrew firing pin nut (36) and slowly release tension on mainspring until cocking piece (38) and bolt sleeve separate from firing pin. Then remove the mainspring from firing pin

It Doesnt Have To Be Fancy But It Should Be Efficient And Organized For Convenience And Tool Preservation

The majority of the craftsmen I know who conduct gunsmithing on a hobby basis have nothing more than a corner in their garage or a small backyard shed in which to set up a workbench. If lucky, they may even have room enough to install a storage cabinet or two for their tools and such necessary items as stock finishing oils, bottles or touch-up gun blues and the like. So, we'll come down to earth and discuss shop talk as it pertains to the majority of craftsmen who seek to do gun work on a hobby basis. The first consideration will be a good, solid workbench. This should be constructed from a good grade of pine or fir, using 2x4s for the legs and 2x6s for the top. It should measure at least six or seven feet in length by twenty to twenty-four inches in width. The height of the bench should be in proportion to the craftsman's own height A few inches above waist level is usually ideal. The cross braces of the bench those attached to the legs should be bolted to the studs of the building...

How To Make A Shotgun Barrel Dent Raiser

Shotgun Barrel Dent Raising Tool

In case the gun is a double-barrel gun, or in case for some other reason the barrel cannot be chucked in the lathe to have the recess choke bored in it, the entire job may be done with the rubber mandrel and carborundum cloth. In this case, the recess is started and carried practically to finish dimensions with carborundum cloth, after which the polishing is done with the 000, followed by crocus cloth. The arbor upon which the rubber mandrel is mounted can be placed in a chuck in the live spindle of the lathe and revolved while the barrel is held in the hands, or a motor with a drill chuck mounted on its spindle can be used to drive the rubber mandrel, or the mandrel can be chucked in the drill press. Always unscrew the expanding nut of the rubber mandrel before drawing it out of the muzzle and do not tighten it up until the mandrel is replaced in the recess choke, so that the bore at the muzzle will not be enlarged.

Improvised Firearms Philippines

Consider the source of these weapons. It will often be a small hut furnished with a simple workbench, anvil, vise and blacksmith's furnace. The gunsmith's tools are files, hacksaws, punches, and hammers. Such a basic workshop greatly resembles the blacksmith's shops found in the rural Philippines. No wonder, then, the village blacksmith often builds and sells his own improvised firearms where there is no farm equipment to repair.

Chapter Eleven Single Shot Design

An extractor at the left front side of the breech block opening. Some of the steel removed from these slots can be drilled out, but their inside corners will have to be removed with files and narrow chisels. The extractor slot particularly is difficult to cut to the finished shape, but with a sharp chisel and a lot of patience, it can be done.

Instructions For Proper Cutting Of Stock For Recoil Pad Installation

Proper Shotgun Stock Pull Length

There are five basic types of planes, the largest being the fore plane which is about eighteen inches long and is used mainly by carpenters and cabinet makers to plane long straight surfaces, making it about useless in stock work. Next in length is the jack plane, about a foot long and the basic plane of all carpenters. Again, due to its length, little practical use will be found for it in stock work. The third type looks like a bob-tailed jack plane. About eight or nine inches long, it is known as the bench plane or smooth plane. This is the one for the stockmaker to choose for the heavy stock work. It is short enough to get into close places that the fore or jack plane cannot reach, yet it is long enough to keep the surfaces of the stock smooth and is rugged enough to remove a mountain of wood in a hurry. Next in length is the block plane which, unlike the other planes, is designed to be held with one hand. Its best use is in the finish work on a stock, but if finances dictate, it...

Cutting Out The Rifling Grooves

Groove Width With the groove lines marked at 5 16 wide, use a 1 chiselto cut along the lines you drew onto the rifling cylinder. Use 1 4 chisel if you find that the wood tears and chips easily or you encounter knots. Chisel as close to the lines as you can. Most wood chisels will cause the groove to actually widen as you follow the lines. This is good, because the groove must be slightly wider (closer to 3 8 when finished) to allow the 5 16 gauge to pass unhindered the length of the entire groove. (See step 8 - Groove Width Gauge)

Cartridge Case And Bullet Dies

202 Bullet Cases

First, make a short die, with a hole through it of the diameter you wish the outside of the jacket to be. A diameter of .221 is about right for .22 caliber jackets. This hole in the die is tapered out larger than the rim diameter of the case, at the end where the fired cases are to enter, and this taper is blended into the central hole in the die with a sweeping curve and the taper and the hole are highly polished. The die is threaded at the bottom end on the outside so that it can be screwed into a plate which is clamped down upon the arbor press base or upon the table of the drill press. Be careful not to taper the hole in the die at the lower end and leave this lower edge of the hole sharp. A punch that will just slip easily into the inside of the fired case is made and the lower edge of it is rounded off. so that it will not cut the head out of the fired case. A small hole is drilled lengthwise into this punch, from the bottom end, longer than...

Mm Cartridge Case Dimensions

If a drill press is available, the shortened reamer can be put in the drill chuck and the end of the reamer can be ground perfectly onto a flat grit stone. Whichever method is used, the reamer should now be 87 mm long. Note that the reamer can be up to 1 mm longer or shorter than 87 mm, since 1 mm either way will have little impact on the dimensions of the finished chamber. A leading cutting edge must now be ground onto three of the six flutes at the front of the reamer. As shown in Figure 1, every other flute must be ground away to allow enough access to sharpen the three remaining.

Matches Gun Propellant

Matches Gun Propellant

The assembled case may be trimmed using the drill press for very small adjustments as shown above. If it is found that any small adjustment to the assembled case are necessary once the retainer has set the drill press can once again be used to trim the case length. Obviously, it is the mouth of the case that will be trimmed and not the end containing the primer


For the hollow chisels or gouges, bend or folc a piece of leather to fit into the curve, and rub the learher away from the edge, not against it. Carving chisels must be as sharp as human effort can make them. They must be so sharp that they will make a smooth, polished cut against the grain if necessary. The wood carver's test for sharpness is to try the chisel or gouge across the grain of a piece of very soft, spongy pine or 'deal. It is not sharp enough for this purpose until it will make a smooth cut in this manner without the least suggestion of tearing. The slip stone* should be kept handy, also the strop, and edges of chisels touched up frequently. Much time is saved, and split or rough cuts are encirely avoided. Figure 34 shows the best method of manipulating the carving chisels. The hold will vary lightly with the nature cf the work,

High Quality Walnut

The walnut wood used to craft the stock and fore-end is carefully singled out for its grain quality, color and strength. The skill of the stock-maker and his ability with the age-old tools, such as razor-sharp chisels and gouges, rasps, emery cloths and files, are wisely used to create custom dimensioned stocks and fore-ends. The checkering of the wooden parts is also patiently hand executed and provides a functional anti-slip grip surface. Lastly come polishing by means of repeated coats of oil or wax applied by hand to enhance the grain, color and brightness of the wood. The slender and elegant fore-end is further embellished by the newly designed fore-end catch lever with hidden retaining screws.

Official Sponsor

Industry gold standard, Brownells, has a specific tool for cleaning the carbon from the often hard to reach area on the bolt carrier. It is a bit bigger tool than the others with a easy to grasp handle ideal for the work bench or shop cleaning area. Brownells' part number is 133-100-016AB. EE3

Tools Required

Bench grinder Obviously the better selection of tools available, the easier the gun will be to construct. A drill press, for example, while not in the hand tool category, will make drilling holes much quicker and easier, though a eooc variable-speed hand drill will suffice. It is worth pointing out here that a second-hand drill press is no more expensive than a good quality electric hand drill. If you are considering buying a drill, a drill rress will save you a lot of time and effort.

Rifling Machine

Gunsmith Rifling Machine

I have left the type of legs that you can put on your machine to your own discretion. The two types that I tend to recommend are the old style rustic legs, held in place by glue and a wedge as pictured in the drawing, or if you prefer, you can use the style of legs that are common to saw horses. If you want to be able to store the machine easily, do not put any legs on it and just set it on a couple of saw horses when you want to use it.

Homemade Reamer

Homemade Machine Pistol

After reaming out the tubes, a hole must be drilled to accept a socket screw in the position shown in the accompanying drawing. The purpose of the socket screw is to hold the drills firmly in position. Only one drill, the 8.5mm (9.5mm for the .380), requires any alteration before the 'reamer set' can be used to cut the chamber. The point of this drill must be removed, and in so doing, create a flat ended cutting tool. This can be achieved quite easily by touching the end of the drill point against the spinning wheel of a bench grinder, while at the same time, slowly rotating the drill so the point is evenly removed. It is worth pointing out that if a drill press is available to you, the point of the drill can be accurately removed by simply putting the drill in the drill chuck and lowering the spinning drill onto a grit (Carborundum) stone, however, most of the drill point will still need removing first, using the bench grinder, before using the drill press method of...

Judy K Rader

W. Patrick of Phoenix, Arizona. It's chambered for the .17 Javelina cartridge on an L-46 Sako action. The stock is of birdseye maple, consuming some 220 man-hours. Inlaid acorn and oak leaves, plus the fish scale checkering were executed with chisels

Tools and Equipment

Heat Treat Scales Aliminum Pics

Be built without the use of a milling machine can be found in the gun used in Vol. I. At the time it was built my home and shop had just burned to the ground, destroying everything my family owned. This left me without access to, or use of, any type of milling machinc. All operations that would normally have been done with the mill I accomplished by using files, chisels, and a hand drill. Although I hope I never have to do such a thing again, it can be done as evidenced in Vol. I. While I do not recommend them, even the oversized drill press types sold by most machine tool companies can be used, provided the table clamps are kept tight and slow, light cuts are taken. These are better than doing it by hand, but just barely. finished by using one of these tools, provided that the corners or ends are formed using suitable drills. With the aid of a hand drill and a few files and chisels, all required mill work can be accomplished by this method. Below A small metal cutting band saw such...

Grip Template

Ar15 Pistol Grip Hole

The positions of the seven holes are punch-marked. After the grip is sawed and filed to shape, a 10 mm drill is used to make the holes. Each hole can then be countersunk to enhance the appearance of the grip. (See Photo 36.) Before the grip can be inserted into the receiver, its width may have to be reduced slightly. The easiest way of doing this is to secure a large flat file to a workbench and rub the grip back and forth over the file. The grip should be a close slide fit. With the grip in position, a small gap about 1 to 2 mm should be visible between the top of the grip and the inside top of the receiver. (If a hacksaw blade can be slid into it, the gap is about right.) The grip is now fixed in position by drilling two 4 mm holes through the grip from one side of the receiver to the other. Two 4 mm spring pins, 1 long, are then tapped into the holes to secure the grip in position (Figure U). The position of the holes is not too important, so long as they are drilled just inside...

Holmes 9mm Pistol

Holmes Autoloading Shotgun

My own experience started back around 1940. I was 12 years old at the time, but I was already into refinishing old guns and trying to make stocks. Back then, at least in our area, most centerfire rifles were lever actions. The .22s, were Remington and Winchester pumps, and the shotguns consisted mostly of double-barrels. Many of these had broken stocks, which I attempted to replace. I had a rasp, three or four chisels, a drawknife, and a hand drill. My dad had a workbench with a good heavy vise mounted on it, and a local blacksmith had a band saw. He sawed my stocks to shape form or he did until one day

Fm No. 1 Vault Lock

If a firearm is handled or used carelessly or thoughtlessly it can become a dangerous weapon. Always remember to handle a gun as though it is loaded. Don't keep live ammunition lying around on your workbench, and never use a live round to check headspace or anything else. Always stamp the rifle for the correct caliber designation that it is chambered for and use only that ammunition in it. If a cartridge does not chamber easily and fully with finger pressure, then do not force it into the chamber by closing the breech block on it. Doing this will inevitably lead to trouble. Before firing a rifle make sure that both the chamber and bore are free of grease and oil. All of our rifles have positive safeties but the best SAFE is an unloaded gun. An open actioned gun can't be fired, but more important is that it will let your companions know that it cannot be fired. When target shooting or hunting small game or varmints with one of our rifles there is no excuse for carrying the rifle loaded...

Mm Machine Gun M

Small arms gages are susceptible to material displacement as a result of impact. For example, a gage dropped onto a concrete floor may appear perfectly fine to the naked eye, but because it is machined to extremely tight tolerances, material displacement may have occurred. This results in the gage being out of tolerance. To prevent this, perform gaging on tables or workbenches that are padded or covered with vinyl or rubber whenever possible.

Sonic Crack

Nearly all the designs in this book require no more tools than a hacksaw, screwdriver, kitchen knife, modeling knife, scissors, can opener, and metal punch (or big nail). There are a few exceptions one design requires a drill, one requires a chisel blade for the modeling knife, one requires a socket wrench, and one requires a means for cutting longitudinal slots in a short length of PVC tubing. (I used a hand-held Dremel Moto-Tool to do this. It could probably be done with a hand saw if the section of tubing is held in a vise.)

Bullet Sizing

Bullet Sizing Tool

The homemade re-sizing die is nothing more than a modified section of box section tubing. I am using 30 x 30mm tube with a wall thickness of 2.5mm. The length of the tube is also 30mm, just to keep things simple. For accuracy of drilling a drill press must be used to make the die. The first step is to drill a 2mm or 3mm pilot hole through the centre of the tube section. The hole must pass through both walls. Next, the hole is enlarged to 5mm or 6mm, and then the final 8.9mm hole is drilled (carefully and slowly) again making sure the drill passes through both walls. The holes can be made by simply holding the tube section on the drill table with your hand and drilling the holes. It is not necessary to clamp the tube or hold it in a vice.

Lower Receiver

6mm Lower Receiver

The arched section next to the three crossed circles (now punch marked) is the trigger guard recess. Make a saw cut at each end of the guard recess marks, and saw to the top of the arch, both saw cuts making a 'V' shape. A large half round file, ideally 1 2 to 2 across, is now used to trim the recess to its correct curved shape. Remember, you are sawing through a tube, so both sides must be shaped as close to the same dimensions as possible, (Photo 2). Next, we will drill the holes through the side of the receiver. The three holes at the rear of the receiver are made with a 4mm drill, and the single hole near the middle of the receiver is drilled to a diameter of 5mm. The four holes will eventually accept the grip retaining pins and the trigger and sear pivot bolts. Obviously, the holes are drilled through the receiver from one side to the other, so try to keep the drill as near to a right angle as possible to ensure each side is the same. If a drill press is used, then the accuracy...

Warning Malfunctions

It is preferable to carry out these procedures on a workbench or table which has a covered top. A piece of shallow nap rug or an old, coarse blanket is an ideal covering. Such a covering not only reduces the chances of the rifle slipping and being scratched, but it serves also to trap pins, plungers and springs that may otherwise get lost. It is advisable to have a container - such as a shoebox - in which each part can be placed as it is removed from the gun.

Breech Block

Pistol Brick Sizes

The easiest way to form this slot, if you don't have access to a milling machine, is to mark its outlines on the breech block's forward end and the bottom side, and drill interconnecting holes just inside the outline. Remove the bulk of the steel and finish with files and chisels. The dimensions of this opening are different for each caliber and are shown in the drawings.

Homemade Pistol

Homemade Pistol Barrel

Some type of depth stop is needed to prevent your drilling deeper than required. If a drill press is used, there will be no problem. Simply use the depth stop on the drill press. However, if a hand drill is the only kind available, some sort of stop must be attached directly to the drill bit. A collar can be made from a piece of tubing that is epox-ied or soldered in place, or from a nut or washer that will just slip over the drill. Make up both a 1 8- and 1 4-inch drill in this manner by securing a depth-limiting collar in place on each. as shown in the drawing. If you have to cut this opening in this fashion, I strongly recommend that you obtain a drill press with a good vise for the job. All that remains now is to remove enough additional metal to form an opening in the shape of the template. This will enable the bolt body to slide freely over and around the loaded magazine, allowing the radiused portion to pick up a cartridge and chamber it. Put a sturdy handle on a 10-inch file...

Home Made Bullets

Enfield Commando Short Pistol

As shown in the above photo, a hole is drilled through the centre of the die. A drill press must be used for this purpose. We must drill two separate diameter bores through the die, one to accept the case and the other the bullet. It is of vital importance that both ends of the die are perfectly square before attempting to drill any of the bore holes. The first hole to be made is the 'Case Bore' to accept the cartridge case. This is drilled to a diameter of 9.9 or 10mm (25 64 ). The second hole to be made is the 'Bullet Bore' to a diameter of 9mm (23 64 ). The bullet bore must be drilled first. The two bores must be drilled slowly. At regular intervals during drilling the drill handle should be raised and any wood shavings released from the bit. This will ensure the bores are drilled as cleanly as possible. To drill the bullet bore hole, hold the die on the drill table and slowly drill all the way through the centre of the die, regularly releasing drill pressure to allow shavings to...

By Clyde Barrow

The pattern can be shaped with traditional carving tools or cut to size with a nichrome hot wire cutter, available from model plane companies.Complex patterns are best cut out as simpler subunits. The pieces are then joined with spray adhesive or rubber cement. These glues will vaporize along with the foam.Surface blemishes in the finished pattern can be filled w combustible wax filler if needed. E - Sprue Vent Construction


If you don't have access to or a working knowledge of the use of a metal lathe, milling machine, drill press, etc., you can have a machine shop manufacture the components that you can't make yourself. One caution to remember, though, is not to build the receiver until after your approved BATF Form 1 comes back to you. At that time you can begin constructing the receiver. I have seen some ridiculous advertising put out by a particular company which sells SMG plans similar to the Minuteman, claiming that the home builder can build one of their guns from scratch without using any machine tools such as a lathe, mill or drill press. Their idea of manufacturing tools consists of a hammer, file, hacksaw and hand drill. It makes me wonder if they have actually built a complete weapon from their plans, by hand (as they advertise). If so, did it function correctly I won't say that this SMG can't be built entirely by


Application Carbon Content Auger, wood 0.60-0.70 Ace 1.20 Ball bearing 1.20 Barrel, gun 1.60-0.70 Bits, mining 0.80 Blade, pocket knife 0.90 Blade, reamer 1.20-1.22 Bushing, spring 0.80 Centers, lathe 0.80-0.90 Chisels, cold 0.85 Chisels, chipping 0.80-0.90 Chisels, woodworking 0.60-0.70 Dies, envelope 1.15 Dies, drop forging 0.85-0.90 Drills, twist 1.20-1.22 Driver, screw 0.60-0.70 Edge, straight 1.05-1.12 Cut a 1 4 inch wide slot on the center line and at the rear of the breech block opening, for the hammer and sear. If the rear end of the breech block is cut to the contour shown in the diagram before this step, the slot will be slightly easier to cut since there will be less metal to remove. Cut away the upper portion of the 1 2 inch length- wise hole (to the rear of the breech block opening) until it is the same width as its diameter (.5 inch), leaving the bottom half rounded. Cut a 1 4 inch wide slot at the lower front for the upper end of the trigger, and a 1 8 inch slot for an...

Bench Vise

You can get a vise from a local hardware outlet or one of the gunsmith supply houses. Whichever you do, get a good one. The best will allow you to swivel and rotate the jaws on the base so that you can position your work just so. A small drill press vise is also handy for working on small parts.

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To notice the strides in slock design and shape made in the last few years, it is only necessary to look through the gun and stock illustrations in the gun magazines. While it would be impossible to name them all here, a few of the stockmakers who recognize the importance of stocks in eliminating recoil feel, and who have done something about it, are Reinhart Fajen of Warsaw, Missouri Anthony Guymon of Bremerton, Washington and Peterson Wood Carving of Sun Valley, California. Companies making the complete rifles such as Weatherby's, Inc., of South Gate, California Gartman Arms of Wrent-ham, Mass. and P. O. Ackley of Murray, Utah, show this stock change in all they offer. And stockers like Lenard Brownell of Sheridan, Wyoming A1 Biesen of Spokane, Washington Keith Steigell of Gunnison, Colorado, and many others, are all paying close attention to shape as well as fit and finish.


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Although The Mini-14 Rifle can be disassembled, reassembled, and cleaned in almost any surrounding, it is preferrable to carry out these procedures on a workbench or table which has a covered top. A piece of shallow nap rug or an old blanket is an ideal covering. Such a covering keeps the rifle from slipping and being scratched.

The Hideaway Dagger

Back at the work bench again, this time to turn out a -size model of the Remington Double derringer. Before I was through with this project, four of these models found their way into other collections, and one has been used as a molding model for casting copies in gold and silver. None of these retained the sharp lines of machined steel, however. Anyone with a work bench always has some unfinished project, and among mine was a model of the Match Target Woodsman left over from the wooden model era. It was so near completion that I decided to finish it. It finished up so nicely that I decided to try to make a Sport Model from steel. This one c'ost me a lot of aspirin, and before it was finished I had to learn how to, coil a spring to certain outside and inside dimensions, how to drill a fairly deep hole and then weld it shut to retain the hole and also have a solid surface, and finally, how to wind a rectangular spring to fit into the magazine box. It's easy enough to wind music wire...