Spring Making Made Easy

Spring making is no mystery. Here’s how you can add this to your gunsmithing services.

by Robert E. Fried

When I first started gunsmithing, spring making was one of intrigue and mystery. Of course, this was before American Gunsmith and other media existed. Articles on the subject seemed vague on certain things, as if the author didn’t want to give up his “secret recipe.” One notable tidbit of information I found in a compilation of gunsmithing helpful hints was (paraphrased) “Take an oil can, make a dent in it, place your part on the can, cover with oil, and light it afire. When it burns out, cover with lime, and you either have a spring or you don’t.” Huh? Well, the good new is, at the end of this article you will have a spring, provided you follow the procedures.

Read more in the June 2017 issue.

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