Tormach PCNC

Tormach Inc. (Tormach.com, 608/849-8381) is a maker of Computer Numerical Control machine tools affordable for individuals and small shops. Ideal for gunsmiths, inventors, R&D professionals, or small manufacturers, Tormach brings CNC automation down to reachable price points. New to their Personal CNC milling machines are the 1100MX and 770MX. The new MX series are servo-driven versions of the company’s best-selling two mills, the 1100M and 770M, which were introduced in 2018.
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Noreen 80% Receivers

During the Clinton Administration a military contract clause exercising claim to intellectual property rights on items produced for the government and placing the design into the public domain. The idea was to foster competition among makers and lower costs to the government. This opened the doors for companies other than Colt to pursue contracts on the M16/M4 when the lawsuits settled with Colt losing their exclusivity to the patent transferred from a previous and then-dormant Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation subsidiary called ArmaLite.
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Gunsmith Poll

An idea for our target audience of gunsmiths from reader and contributor, John Tate.
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New Subscriber Premium and Index

Looking for ideas for our target audience of gunsmiths.

We currently offer all new subscribers a premium by sending them a copy of our Learn Gunsmithing: The Troubleshooting Method book. See AmericanGunsmith.info/subscribe for details. We’ve been offering Learn Gunsmithing for some time now and are considering a different (or additional) premium. One idea considered was “American Gunsmith’s MOST WANTED” which was “10 Projects, Fixes, and Upgrades Every Gunsmith Should Know”.
What gunsmithing topics would be of more interest to you and add value to your subscription? For any readers that would like to weigh in, please send your response to the Editor.

Index Update

This was long overdue. I’ve updated our Article Archive Index on the website. The text index of American Gunsmith articles there covers all issues from April 2006 to January 2010. Starting with the February 2010 issue and on, all articles published are added to the website as individual posts along with an abstract, sorted by category and archived by issue date. This site’s search feature as well as the “Find” feature of your web browser helps locate everything we’ve published since April 2006.

Shooting Events and Freedom Cabinet Giveaway

As reported previously, we’re giving away a Metal Art Biometric Fingerprint Freedom Cabinet Slider. Because the deadline is the end of December, you still have a chance to enter when this issue goes to print.

https://americangunsmith.info/metal-art-giveaway-2019/

To enter this giveaway, host a small, local shooting event. An easy, quick, scored course of fire held during a local hunter sight-in is ideal but anywhere and any type of shooting event you choose works. Submit a picture of your event along with a short description to the Editor about your shoot and we’ll put you in for the drawing. Winner will be announced in the next issue.

Read more in the December 2019 issue.

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Boyds Gunstocks

Boyds expanded their stock offerings by adding new bottom metal for AI-style magazine Ruger American Rifles. Ruger released the AI-Style magazines for Ruger Precision Rifle and Gunsite models in 2017 and these precision-style magazines quickly made its way into a few of the popular American Rifles, including the Predator and Go Wild models chambered in .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and other popular short-action calibers. These components are black anodized, CNC-machined aluminum (bottom metal and trigger guard) with the magazine catch polished, CNC-machined aluminum to allow for a tight grasp on the magazine. Designed to to fit Boyds stocks without any fitting or alterations, the bottom metal kit also allows other Ruger American rifles to be converted to use Ruger’s AI-Style magazines.

Boyds also added stocks for the T/CR22 is Thompson/Center’s semi-automatic .22 rimfire rifle. The T/CR22 has an integrated Picatinny rail section and fiber optic front sight that adds modern features to a recognizable design. Boyds offers nine different stock shapes for the T/CR22, from the modular At-One stock with push-button adjustability to a more traditional Monte Carlo-style Rimfire Hunter stock. These stock models can be customized from 14 different colors and several styles of laser engraving. There are also stock options for T/CR22 rifles with 0.920 bull barrels.

Gunstock Configurator
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Freedom Cabinet Raffle

Freedom Cabinet Raffle

Metal Art of Wisconsin (MetalArtofWisconsin.com, 920/717-0635) is a family-owned business in Wisconsin offering metal forming, shaping, and plasma cutting. Their custom designed art pieces hang on the walls of numerous studios, banks, museums, churches, hospitals, cemeteries, and memorials all around the world. Metal Art also makes a number of practical designs with their artistic flair.

Their 2nd Amendment collection includes metal and carbon fiber Freedom Cabinets. Both decorative and functional, these American flag-shaped cabinets are available in matte or glossy black with stripes cut from 16 gauge, cold-rolled mild steel, and finished with three layers of clear coat. A number of locking systems secure each strongbox, including invisible RFID lock, key cards, and biometric scanners. Each Freedom Cabinet comes complete with a tough, high-density foam insert that can easily be configured to store guns, valuables, booze, dirty secrets, or anything you want to conceal. Encased in a steel, lockable frame, whatever you decide to store in it will be safely hidden behind Old Glory. Available in 2, 3 and 4 foot sizes.

Freedom Cabinet Giveaway

Metal Art is giving away one of their newest models in the 2nd Amendment collection, a Biometric Fingerprint Freedom Cabinet Slider. With outside dimensions of 23 x 15.5 x 3.5 and inside dimensions of 21 x 12.5, the flag is cut from 16 gauge, cold rolled, ground and polished mild steel, then covered in three layers of glossy clear coat. The steel is inlaid and flush with the surface of wood for a three dimensional look and is all secured with a high-tech biometric (finger print) locking system.

To enter this giveaway, host a small, local shooting event. An easy, quick, scored course of fire held during a local hunter sight-in is ideal but anywhere and any type of shooting event you choose works. Submit a picture of your event along with a short description to the Editor and we’ll put you in for the drawing. Winner will be announced in December.

Event Ideas

Hunter Bullseye: This is an ideal event to be held at your next hunter sight-in day. One cheap paper target (sample for printing at home is included) on any 100-yard range.
Hunter Bullseye download

USAR Postal Match: Conducted by the U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Program, these events can be held on any 25-meter range.
U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program Postal Match download

Read more in the October 2019 issue.

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Walther Video Manual

Walther Arms and Panteao Productions collaborated on a Walther PPQ Armorer’s Bench video. This full-length presentation gives a detailed look and thorough review of the Walther PPQ series of pistols. Larry Vickers from Vickers Tactical and Bret Vorhees, Vice President of Strategic Development at Walther, review the variants of the PPQ pistol, naming of the pistol, the modular backstrap system, field disassembly, cleaning and lubrication, reassembly and safety function check, cycle of operation, maintenance and troubleshooting, magazine maintenance, complete detailed disassembly, and accessories. Larry Vickers demonstrates field use of the PPQ series including proper grip, drawing from a holster, shooting skills, clearing malfunctions, and a range drill to hone skills.
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