Shop Work: Hammers and Triggers and Sears

It’s great to have machines but most of the top pros depend on hand tools in performing their precision custom work.
by Chick Blood

Few gunsmiths are lucky or rich enough to have a precision grinder, lathe and milling/drilling machine set up and ready to go their shop, cellar, or garage. This is the first in a series guiding those like them in the proper use of readily available, commonly used gunsmithing hand tools for the maintenance, repair and safe modification of customer guns.

Today’s subject: Stoning the hammer and sear of a Colt Model 1911 and its close clones for lighter, or heavier, trigger pulls with hand tools and a jig.

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