Author Archives: Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

About Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest books' best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I & II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, Patrick is also Handguns Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine.


Some Basics of Rimfire Suppressors

Rimfire suppressors represent a cost-effective way to jump into the suppressor game, but there are some things to keep in mind if you plan on owning one.


A Word on AR-15 Carrier Life

Given it's operation in an AR-15, you might think the carrier sees a lot of wear and tear. But its longevity is quite impressive in the overall scheme of things.

Hiram Percy Maxim is credited with the invention of the first firearms suppressor. Interestingly and logically enough, he also designed and manufactured automobile mufflers.

When Did Suppressors Come About?

Suppressors have been around for about a century now. Discover how the firearms accessory came about and its early days and uses.

This Winchester Model 70 might be a real gem or it could turn out to be a lemon. Like all used guns, you’ll never know until you inspect the rifle and make sure it’s in working order before purchasing it. Photo: Meniscus

How to Inspect a Used Rifle

In the market for a new plinker, long-range rifle or a little something for deer season? Master gunsmith Patrick Sweeney gives you tips on evaluating a used rifle before purchase.

AR-15 DIY Tips.

AR-15 DIY: Winter Work-Over and Upgrade

Every rifle Patrick Sweeney owns has had the following things checked and, if need-be, tended to. It just so happens that winter is the ideal time for these easy AR-15 DIY projects.