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Successful gunsmithing is simply the careful execution of a modest number of easily understood wood- and metal-working techniques. It only takes a love for firearms, a few tools and some practical advice and knowledge, which comes in every issue of American Gunsmith – your key to getting better performance from today’s newest production firearms and adding value to yesterday’s classics.

“I have every issue of American Gunsmith going back to January 1993. Even with 37 years of experience as a professional gunsmith, I still get valuable tips from every issue.”

– Charlie Briggs, Valrico FL

Each month, American Gunsmith will show you the tools and techniques of gunsmithing: exactly how to repair, refinish and upgrade your guns with step-by-step instructions, photographs, exploded diagrams and troubleshooting charts. It’s all here-lock, stock and barrel. We’ll show you how to:

  • mount scopes,
  • adjust trigger pull,
  • recrown a barrel,
  • true an action,
  • tap receivers

and more complex procedures such as

  • how to checker your own design;
  • fabricate and mill replacement parts;
  • brush-plate small parts;
  • rework military triggers;
  • reblue barrels;
  • case-harden metal; and
  • anodize aluminum.

Want to install a compensator on your M1911? Optimize an SKS trigger without sacrificing reliability? (It’s a two-hour job that can save you a quick $100–and weeks of waiting.) Change the trigger parts on a Glock? Alter the spring on a Browning Hi-Power? We’ll show you how. Each issue of American Gunsmith is packed with specific information for specific guns.

Most important, you’ll enjoy the security and satisfaction that comes with the ability to maintain and repair today’s firearms.

Disclaimer: American Gunsmith does not dictate policy or advise readers on what work or modifications are appropriate. We publish the experiences, procedures, and opinions from a variety of gunsmiths. Sometimes these experiences, procedures, and opinions differ. It is up to individual gunsmiths, readers, and subscribers to choose what work and modifications are best for them, their clients, and their business.

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