Custom Gunsmith Casting Call

I’m a casting producer for a production company out of Los Angeles. We’re currently working with a major cable network to find artisan custom gunsmiths for a new TV project we’re working on. I wanted to contact you guys to see if you would be able to help spread the word about our search or happen to know of someone who’d be a good fit!

We are looking for the “go-to” gunsmith for a small town or community. Does everyone in the community go to this gunsmith for buying or repairing their guns? Has gunsmithing been in their family for generations? Do they forge or repair creative custom firearms?

If you know anyone who would be a good fit for this project, please have them contact me! I’d love to chat with them. They can either send me an email (luke.swinney -at- or give me a call.

Luke Swinney
This Is Just A Test | Casting Associate
1200 Venice Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90006

SCCY Handguns

An overview of the SCCY CPX1 and CPX2.

by David W. Manney
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Joe Carlos On Sierra Bullets

I have mentioned in a number of articles how the 90 grain Sierra Match King .224 bullet designed in 2005 was prone to mid-air blow ups due to jacket issues. I talked about this most recently in my December 2016 article, “Gain Twist Barrels For Palma.” Those of us who write frequently for American Gunsmith sometimes find our articles “in the pipeline” for awhile from the time they’re written until they are published. Changes can take place in that interim. This was the case with Sierra’s 90 grain bullet.

Sierra’s original 90 grain bullet remained on dealer shelves for nearly a decade in its original flawed condition. However, it was recently redesigned. I have been testing the newly redesigned Sierra with Berger 90 grain Match Boat Tail and Sierra’s new bullet appears to be blow-up proof. I have torture tested it and have experienced no failures and am obtaining speeds of 2,800 fps in 30” and 32” Palma barrels with stellar results. I also have customers using it and they like it. Accuracy is comparable to the Berger and the ballistic coefficient of the new Sierra is higher than any other 90 grain AR-15 bullet on the market.

I’d like to formally update the record and apologize to Sierra for statements that were correct when written but out of date regarding the new bullet when published in my December 2016 article. Readers should be careful when purchasing Sierra 90s to be certain they are getting the new bullet. I would be leery of any boxes of 90 grain SMKs that have been on dealer shelves for much longer than a year as they may be of the old design. If the dealer will permit you to open the box, the new bullet is factory pointed (which helps attain the high ballistic coefficient) and the older bullet has an open hollow point.

Thanks for your understanding and look for a full article on the new bullet in the near future.

– Joe Carlos

Navy SEAL Shooting

Chris Sajnog is a retired Navy SEAL, completing active duty in 2009. In addition to his normal duties, Sajnog was a Navy SEAL Master Firearms Instructor and developed curriculum for the SEAL’s sniper program. Since retiring, he has been training in the public sector, teaching civilians and law enforcement officers.
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Knight Ignition Improvement

Erratic primer ignition can sometimes be improved by simply reworking the firing pin nose tip. Here’s how to improve ignition on Knight DISC Extreme muzzleloaders.

by Norman E. Johnson
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Cosmetic Metal Repair

Rusted, pitted, dented, and gouged steel is the ruin of many firearms. Here are some ways of hiding or removing them.

by Paul Mazan
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Refurbishing A Stevens Model 258A

A fireman walked from a burning house with an old Stevens bolt-action shotgun. Here’s how I repaired this fire-damaged gun.

by Norman E. Johnson
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