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.

A Primer On Buying Used Handguns

There is nothing wrong with buying a used handgun. Assuming, of course, that there is nothing wrong with the used gun you are buying. But how to tell?

Custom 1911s For a New Century: Heirloom Precision

In this excerpt from the new Gun Digest book, 1911: The First 100 Years, Patrick Sweeney takes a look at custom 1911s that are both works of art and precision shooters. In this installment, Sweeney spotlights the work of Ted Yost and Jason Burton at Precision Heirloom.

Custom 1911s For a New Century: Stan Chen

In this excerpt from the new Gun Digest book, 1911: The First 100 Years, Patrick Sweeney takes a look at custom 1911s that are both works of art and precision shooters. "Stan is one of the guys who came to gunsmithing not as a way to get the work he wanted done, done inexpensively,...

Custom 1911s For a New Century: Ned Christiansen

In this excerpt from the new Gun Digest book, 1911: The First 100 Years, Patrick Sweeney takes a look at custom 1911s that are both works of art and precision shooters. In this installment, Sweeney shows off his Ned Christiansen Titanium Commander in 9mm.

AR-15 Scopes and Optics

Optics choices for the AR are pretty simple; after all, you're just picking a scope for a rifle. Of course in the defensive, law-enforcement or military context, durability becomes much more important than in hunting.

Accessories for the AR-15

In the course of writing this article I did a quick web search for AR-15 accessories and came up with 712,000 hits. That's a lot of accessories. And someone out there has made it their mission to bolt every single one to an AR that is humanly possible. Here's a look at a few.

Stock Options for AR-15s

This chapter excerpt from the Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Vol. II, covers stock options for the AR-15.