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Basic "smithing."

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by ed dixon, Jan 6, 2003.

  1. ed dixon

    ed dixon Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    What is some basic work that a neophyte can learn to do with some reading, the proper tools, and maybe a resource to ask some questions? Nothing potentially hazardous (if botched) or too expensive(if botched).
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2003
  2. jrhines

    jrhines Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Williamsburg, VA
    Probably the first thing would be to detail strip and clean/lube some of the most common autoloader pistoles. Most 1911's, a Ruger Mk II, Glock, BHP. Now when I say detail strip, I mean down to the grips off and pehaps as far as the firing pin out. This will have you using the correct tools (pin punches, screwdrivers that have been ground correctly to remove and replace screws, bench block). You will also learn alot about putting 'em back together, which is a real problem for some folks. You'll also learn about what makes most of the misbehave - crud in the works. And I've never seen anyone disappointed because all there problem child needed was a good cleaning!

    Seneca, MD
  3. Pistolsmith

    Pistolsmith New Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    Pacific Northwest
    Undoubtedly;, reblueing is the fastest route to gunsmithing, since it will familiarize you with the workings of a wide variety of firearms. It is quite hazardous, but common sense and protective clothing will make it safe. I would also advise a few good full face visers to protect your eyes.
    Hint: Gunsmiths don't relish the blueing process. If you offer your services at "Parkerizing" and blueing, you could build up a regular base of clients.
    Just a hint. Don't bother unless ;you want to make money and always have work ahead.
    Besides the blueing tanks and supplies, you will need every book you can find on takedown and re-assembly.
  4. PKAY

    PKAY New Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    L.A., CA
    I don't smith anyone's guns but my own (just an amateur). But I have found some books to be invaluable. First, the whole series of "Gunsmith Kinks" volumes from Brownells. And second, any of the widely available and published shop manuals by Jerry Kuhnhausen (S&W, Colt, Ruger, Mauser). The man is a professional and a perfectionist. Oh, and one comment courtesy of Jerry; before performing any smithing task, ALWAYS check to see the arm is UNLOADED and the BARREL IS FREE OF OBSTRUCTION(S). According to him, you would be surprised at the number of times gunsmiths fail to perform these two preliminary tasks to their own peril.

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