Gunsmiths are machinists and metalworkers also working with firearms, sort of like furniture composed of metal and wood.
by RK Campbell
When addressing issues with stocks and gun furniture we are dealing with wood that has been stabilized and convinced not to rot. The artisans of an earlier age did a fine job with good wood. It is handling and the elements that have caused the problem. When a rifle is brought in for stock repair, cracks are one thing. We know how to replace a stock if it is beyond repair but it is the gouges and scratches that present a problem. When a rifle has been mishandled there is little point in restoring it as the duffer will do it again but a fine rifle with the occasional nick and gouge is a firearm to be respected and restored.
Read more in our December 2014 issue. Back issues are available.