Preserve Packaging

Or, if your customer is interested (and he or she should be), the gun can be preservative packaged. Most often, gun owners store their shotguns until the following season. If they don't store them correctly, the guns might become badly rusted pieces of scrap metal when it's time to go hunting again. Changes in temperature can cause moisture to condense on the metal. If water gets trapped or soaks into the case so it's pressed against the metal, corrosion will attack...

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. Figures 42 and 43 show some more tools that you'll find to add to your tool collection. FIGURE 42 Hex-headed screws are finding their way into guns, so you'll need a set of hex-head wrenches. Also note...

About the Author

Don Shumar figured out what he wanted to do early on in life, and he was able to do it. The shooting bug bit when he was around nine years old and the family spent summer vacations on Lake Michigan's east shore. There Don cut his teeth on an old Stevens Favorite .22 rifle. Don gained his first competitive experience on a junior small bore rifle team sponsored by a local club and the NRA. But shortly after graduating high school and attending college, he switched to his first love pistols. He...

Safety in the Gunsmithing Shop

Gunsmiths face occupational hazards in three areas. First, they must work with guns that are unquestionably defective (Figures 31 and 32). FIGURE 31 Always practice safe gunsmithing. Someone altered this .45 hammer to get a better trigger pull. They got it all right, but the gun wasn't safe to carry. Never do this type of work. FIGURE 31 Always practice safe gunsmithing. Someone altered this .45 hammer to get a better trigger pull. They got it all right, but the gun wasn't safe to carry. Never...

JJ Self Check

Indicate whether the following statements are True or False. _ 1. You should fasten corrugated mats placed on bench surfaces with glue. _ 2. Magnetic devices to hold small parts of a disassembled gun may magnetize the parts, causing them to attract metal particles that can accelerate wear. _ 3. You should keep live cartridges for function testing on the workbench. _ 4. You should place small parts in a tin can while you're working on a gun. _ 5. The best vices allow you to swivel and rotate the...

Proper Cleaning

While you might (and I hope do) believe that any respectable gun owner is responsible to keep his or her guns clean, many don't. A lot of folks are just too busy or too lazy to do so. Frankly, some just don't know how to clean guns and have no intention of learning. Where your initial reaction to this might be one of disgust, consider the opportunity it provides you. Any chance to make money is good news. But this is especially welcome because most of the demand comes at the first of a new year...

Intermediate Skills

A second major objective of Gun Pro is to teach intermediate skills. As your knowledge and skills build with experience, you'll find general firearms repair work satisfying and financially rewarding. Specific intermediate skills taught in Gun Pro are prerequisite to correct firearms repair. They are Parts replacement (Figure 3) FIGURE 3 Some gunsmiths use heavy machinery. Here a Bridgeport milling machine is being used to make a custom rifle part. Nomenclature identifies firearms and their...

Manufacturers

Some manufacturers build guns in factories located inside the United States. We call these factories domestic manufacturers Figure 17 . FIGURE 17 This is the Sturm Ruger Facility in Prescott, Arizona, a firearms manufacturing plant. Photo courtesy of Sturm Ruger Guns made outside of the United States are imports. Some foreign firms have plants located inside the United States and build domestic versions of their products here. These may be made entirely by their subsidiary or simply assembled...