Custom Made Sheath Gives Your Knife The Care And Respect It Deserves

Left The front panel of the sheath is cut from leather, allowing space around the blade to accept the welt and the stitching. (Right) Back panel is traced with front panel as pattern, then it is cut to form back and the belt loop. MANY SHEATHS furnished with some commercially built hunting and sportsman-type knives are for the birds The reasons for this skepticism on my part were arrived at after close examination of countless sheaths, the majority of which were constructed of inferior...

Junk Its Parts Can Be Worth A Modest Fortune

Over a century old, these ancient revolver parts have considerable value today. Top row includes Colt single-action hammers, a Colt Pocket Model loading lever. Second row shows Colt percussion hammers, mainsprings and cylinder pins. At bottom are Remington 1858 Army hammers and cylinder locking blocks. All are old but in perfect usable condition. Old Winchester parts are in great demand. Shown are 1873 lever, brass cartridge carriers, hammers, a slide cover, mainsprings, a forend cap, folding...

This Bit Of Metai Is The Heart Of Any Firearm

In spite of all the care that went into customizing this rifle, if the firing pin isn't adequately designed to do its job, the whole project can be considered a failure. The author expresses his thoughts, recommendations here. This photo has been blown up to several times the actual size of the subjects so we can see that the modern Mauser firing pin proved a fraction too long. It pierced primer completely, was shortened to right length to correct. THERE ARE few knowledgeable men in the world...

Modern Preparations Make This Chore More Simple But No Less Demanding Than In The Past

Available in five colors, these stock dyes are capable of producing nearly any shade of color desired in a gun stock or pistol grip, ranging from a rich red to jet black. Portions may be mixed to attain the shade that is desired. PREPARING A rifle stock or wooden pistol grips for final finishing requires far more than simply sanding and applying the final liquid stock finish. All too frequently, I have observed gun wood that some proud owner had finished himself to make it appear as though he...

There Are Techniques And Short Cuts For Building The Ultimate Shooting Machine

Concrete Bolts

As the first step in putting together a custom rifle, the author gives the stock a quick inspection and makes some minor configuration changes in keeping with what he has in mind for fitting it to an Interarms Mark X action. SOME YEARS ago, I participated in tests of a rifle stock of revolutionary new design. At that time, Carl Peterson, the late genius of the stock pantograph machine, was careful to point out that his new brainchild was probably the newest and most advanced innovation in...

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

NOT EVERYONE can boast of a spacious shop equipped with deluxe hardwood paneling and cabinets, shelves and storage space galore, plus all the appointments and frills that amount to a plush place to work on guns. 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...

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Marbles Gamegetter Scope Mounts

It Doesn't Require A Gunsmith To Install A See-Through Scope Mount For Double Aiming Duty Bish checks out the scope that he has mounted on a see-through scope mount. The mount doesn't interfere. SEVERAL YEARS ago, I was offered an exceptionally fine Brno carbine on a trade I couldn't turn down. This carbine was equipped with a full Mannlicher-type stock and was in a caliber that never seems to grow old or lose its popularity, the 7x57 Mauser. It was equipped with the original scope mounts,...

Crowning Glory

Home Gunsmithing

Improper Muzzle Crowning Can Destroy Accuracy Here's What To Do About It SOME YEARS ago, a competition shooter showed me what I initially thought to be one of the finest target rifles I've ever seen. He had just returned from the range where he had found that this seemingly perfect rifle was throwing its shots all over the target. This was despite the fact that it had a new barrel of super target grade that was meticulously bedded. He explained his troubles in detail, elaborating on the fact...

Proper Care Of Your Tools Is An Aid To Efficiency And Protects An Important Investment

ONE OF the first truths the newcomer to home gunsmithing will discover is that quality tools are not cheap. Even though top-quality tools eventually will pay for themselves, both in longevity and the quality of the work they are used to turn out, one can quickly expend hundreds of dollars for only a few of the varied tools needed in everyday gun work. In time, this cost can easily multiply into several thousand dollars, especially when one enters the various phases of gunwork requiring highly...

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This old Spencer carbine is beyond repair, yet has some valuable parts intact amid the rust. Wooden forend, the folding rear sight, lever and breech block all can be recovered with careful removal and proper cleaning. perfect condition except for a thin film of rust. Then came the internal parts, all of them in great shape except for years of accumulated dirt and rust. The magazine tube was deeply pitted with advanced rust and badly dented, so it was discarded. The loading gate in the receiver...

Knowing Gun Grammar And How To Use A Wide Array Of Tools Separates The Pro From The Amateur

Redfield Screw Assortment

Churchill One-of-One Thousand is an example of rifle that is outfitted with half-stock. Below Ruger Model 77 bolt-action International features a Mannlicher-type stock. OVER THE years, I have heard some pretty odd descriptions of certain portions of a gun's anatomy. In most cases, the individuals using these non-applicable terms were trying to converse with knowledgeable, even professional gun men. It only takes about five minutes of such conversation for a professional to read the novice like...

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

MANY TIMES over the years, I have been asked, What tools would you recommend as a basic group for doing gun work in my home This question, in turn, brings a host of other questions, including what type of gun work the individual will be doing There are almost limitless phases to gun work. Some may specialize in stock work, building and finishing stocks for new barreled actions. Others will prefer to work on nothing but gun actions, while some will want to devote their efforts to creating...

Here Are Practical Methods Of Restoring Junk Guns To Collector Value

Curtiss Wright Advertisement

This virutally destroyed relic appears to be beyond help, but in the hands of a good craftsman, much can be done to restore it to some semblance of its original form. The author outlines some of the do's and don'ts of restoring. IN MANY an attic and basement, there reposes one or more aged arms. Contrary to the supposition by many collectors of antique arms that the so-called sleeper is a thing of the past, almost every week some new discovery is made in the way of a highly valued antique...

Donts For The Beginner

There Is Little Market For Firearms Butchery So Approach A Gunsmithing Chore With Proper Caution The repair job on this carbine stock smacks of amateurism and the stock probably will fail in a short time. Repair should have been accomplished with strong wood glues or epoxies so that the job would have been neat, invisible. This is another example of what the author considers to be shoddy stock repair work. Nails and brads in the wood only weaken the stock more, while the proper glues or epoxies...

Kit Can Be Both Demanding And Educational For The New Gunsmith

Lincoln Deringer

R rnXki ' Z comPlet d- the, uthor buiit a fecial case to carry it, along with powder flask, a bullet mould, loading rod, percuss,on caps and an oil bottle fashioned from silver, adding to an authentic look. As received, the Lincoln derringer kit from Dixie Gun Works contains everything that is needed for completion of the unit, making it an attractive piece with furnished inlays. WHEN IS a derringer not a Deringer This term has confused countless people for over 140 years. About 1845, Henry...

You Can Form Fit Your Holsters And Sheaths For Comfort Cleaning Them At The Same Time

Old and valuable pistol holsters can be rejuvenated by the methods outlined in this chapter. This rare, old holster tor Colt Navy percussion is more rare than the gun that it fits and deserves full preservation. IN POSSIBLY eight out of ten cases, individuals are using leather goods, such as holsters, rifle scabbards and knife sheaths that are ill-fitting for the gun, the knife and or for the person himself. Take, for instance, the man who cries his eyes out when he notices that his latest...

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Oil Finish Gunstock

Metal recoated with releasing agent and the complete receiver section glassed. When cured, the action once more is removed from the stock, recoated with releasing agent, then the entire rear tang section is solidly seated in glass. Properly done, a rifle finished in this manner is less apt to change its point of zero due to stock warpage, a condition especially prevalent in damp weather. Once the barreled action is inletted and glassed, one must file and sand the stock to its final...

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

Stock Forend 1100 Remington Europe

When it is sharpened properly, the edge ol a knife should be capable of shaving hair from the arm. If this cannot be accomplished, the author contends that the knife is still dull or the sharpening was improperly done. ONE OF THE most pleasant parts of any successful hunting trip is when the game finally is bagged and hung for skinning. But it helps when the keen edge of the skinning knife unhesitatingly goes about its work of removing the pelt or hide. On the other hand, nothing can make for a...

Choice For Chokes

Gunsmithing Hand Tools

Simple Tools Can Be Used To Change The Choke Of Your Shotgun On The Kitchen Table REGARDLESS of how they are used, the words choked, choking, choked up, choked down, choked back and choked off all mean basically the same. Daniel Webster defines these terms as meaning 1. To strangle suffocate smother or stifle. 2. To block up or clog. 3. To hinder the action of and hold back. All these definitions apply to the situation at hand owning a shotgun with a nasty habit of shooting like a rifle when a...

This Relatively Inexpensive Kit Can Create A Gold Or Silver Finish On Your Favorite Firearm

Dry Plating

The plating kits from Texas Platers are available in several models, ranging from the Gunsmiths' Special which can be used to plate several guns to kits for plating only one or two pistols. Illustrated are the components available for plating with copper, brass, silver, nickel or 23K gold. The more precious metals have become relatively expensive. Right In setting about replating this derringer, author made certain the rig was hooked up correctly to batteries. H53 W. FIVE-MRS PKWY. DAM-AS,...

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

Silver Inlaying Guns

VIRTUALLY since the advent of gunpowder, man has endeavored to decorate the stocks of his firearms with precious or semi-precious materials. More than two hundred years ago, Americans adopted the art of stock inlaying in the forms of patch boxes, initial plates, hex signs such as six-pointed stars, crooked hearts and even fish. All were inlaid into the wood of the stock just below the surface. Instead of sitting in front of the glaring eye of the family television for relaxation, I enjoy...