Tool Tuning

What could be more important to a gunsmith than his tools? Here’s how to maximize their use and service life.

by Paul Mazan

From the high dollar lathe, milling machine, and bluing set up of a large shop, to the screwdrivers, punches, and bench vise of the hobbyist, tools are at the heart and soul of every gunsmith. Despite this, I find many folks just don’t know how to take care of their tools and why it is so important.

I caught my 40-year-old son sawing back and forth with a file and realized that nobody really teaches us how to use and maintain even seeming-simple tools. Let’s take a look at some of the basic tools of the trade and see if we can find a few things you don’t know but should.

Read more in our June 2015 issue.

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