Gunsmithing

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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.

A .38 Special MK III Government Model

Early Customization of the 1911 Pistol

Jim Clark was known as one of the best bull's eye shooters of his era. But he left his mark on the shooting world in another way, developing 1911 pistols that excelled in competition.

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Video: Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House at Work

Gun proofing is simply a stress test to make sure a firearm is set to withstand the high pressure it will be call upon to handle. Check out how they did it more than 60-years ago in England.

Emplacing a modular unit is child’s play compared to installing one of the non-modular units and is quick and simple, if somewhat more expensive at times.

Modular Triggers, Simple AR Accuracy Upgrade

Searching for a way to squeeze more accuracy out of your AR-15? A trigger upgrade is a safe bet and it's never been easier than with the modular trigger units presently available on the market.

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Breakdown: AR-15 Disassembly Slideshow

The AR is one of the easiest firearms to pull apart and reassemble. Follow this AR-15 disassembly slideshow to learn how to perform this essential skill the right way.

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Maintain That AR-15 Mag!

When an AR-style gun jams or other firing problems occur, it is often the result of a malfunctioning magazine. Here are 6 simple steps to keep your mag running right.

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Interview with Grant Cunningham

How a do-it-yourself project on a Colt Python turned into a career path as a revolver gunsmith, firearms instructor and book author.

Only Colt makes M4s, and only Colt can call an Armalite-designed, direct-gas impingement rifle an AR-15. Forget that at your legal peril.

Who Made My AR?

A quick briefing on a subject that consumes entirely too much bandwidth in arguments, web forums and gun shop debates: who really made your AR? Simple. Lots of people, and not always the one whose name is on the lower.

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Video: Breaking in a New Holster Through Blocking

Gun leather can be a stubborn thing. Stiff and tight, a new holster can impede a smooth draw and be equally as tricky on a clean re-holster. But a method called blocking can make breaking in a holster a snap.