Doug Koenig on Gunsmithing

A skilled gunsmith can customize any gun for improved performance but it takes first hand, higher-level shooting experience to fully appreciate what those customizations need to be. Here’s a champion shooter’s view on the craft.

by American Gunsmith Staff

Doug Koenig began shooting competitively in 1986 when he entered his first match at the age of 17. Since then, he has amassed more than 70 National and World shooting championships in a variety of action/practical disciplines. They include Steel Challenge, Sportsman’s Team Challenge, NRA World Shooting Championship, USPSA, and Precision Rifle Series. He is best known for his string of NRA Action Pistol wins at the Bianchi Cup as the first shooter to post a perfect 1920x, the highest score ever with an X count of 187, and the most overall tournament wins of 18 total.
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Paul Mazan Books

Percy For Sheriff

From author Paul Mazan.

My new book Percy for Sheriff is now available on Amazon ( in both Paperback and Kindle format. This is the followup to Chicago Rhapsody that many have been asking for. Dick Dzik and Percy are off on two different investigations this time. Both stories are full of surprises and a bit of humor. My editor thinks this is the best thing I’ve written and I do hope you agree.

Book two in the adventures of a cop with a smart mouth and a smarter K-9. When an armored car robbery goes bad in Des Moines, the two surviving crooks end up hold up in Dick Dzik’s county. They think they have everyone outsmarted without realizing that every move they make in rural Iowa is giving them away. Conflict erupts between the Des Moines Police Chief and Dick but, impressed with the quick solution to the Armored Car Robbery, the Mayor insists the Chief bring in Dick and Percy to investigate a case of police corruption that they have not been able to solve. Two characters from book one including Dick’s former girlfriend show up and causes tension between Dick and his new girlfriend. Late one lonely night, Dick and Percy crack the case and the race is on to see if Dick can get the evidence to the Attorney General before the bad cops find him.

Check out author Paul Mazan’s other books on Amazon, including Chicago Rhapsody: A Dick Dzik and Percy Novel, An American Odyssey, Heart of a Warrior, Fighting Poles, Quinton, and Vengeance.

Ayoob reviews Ordorica

Ray Ordorica, current American Gunsmith contributor and former editor of Gun Digest’s annual Handguns Illustrated, has a number of books worth checking out.

His newest, Border Caper (Rico Morgan Book 1) is an adventure novel and Alaskan Retreater’s Notebook: One Man’s Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness is his personal real-life adventure.

Massad Ayoob has a great review here:

Linda Harris Memorial and Scholarship

George Harris, International Firearms Consultants founder, SIGARMS Academy co-founder, and former Army Reserve Marksmanship Team member, announced the official launch of the Linda Harris Memorial Scholarship administered by the United States Concealed Carry Association.
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Paul Mazan Gunsmith videos

Regular American Gunsmith contributor Paul Mazan has many good videos you need to check out.

Checkout the Youtube channel 45 Alfa Charlie Papa and his entire gunsmith series, in addition to others.

Gunsmith series link:

Paul Mazan also posts to Facebook as The Old Singing Gunsmith

Ray Ordorica Books

Contributing American Gunsmith author Ray Ordorica has some books worth checking out.

His new novel Border Caper is available on Amazon.

Pregnant Mexican girls murdered at the New Mexican border, their babies cut out of their wombs! Hired by Immigration to find out why, exclusive investigator Rico Morgan and his trusty friend Mole must know something they’re not aware of because they’re suddenly targets of assassins. Can a Mexican drug lord and Rico’s violinist girlfriend Sally, a covert NSA agent, help them dig out the secret? The Chinese element might help, or they might bury them.

He also has Alaskan Retreater’s Notebook: One Man’s Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness available on Amazon as well.

Dedicated fans of Alaska reality-television shows will enjoy this look at real life in the forty-ninth state” (Booklist).

In the fall of 1978, Ray Ordorica packed everything he thought he would need into his Toyota LandCruiser and drove north to Alaska. He came to a land he had never seen, to find something he wasn’t even sure existed: a wilderness cabin he could use for a year or more to live, think, relax, read, and write. Ordorica found his cabin, fixed it up, and, although it was just an uninsulated 12-by-16-foot one-room log structure, he spent three winters in it in relative comfort.

Ordorica’s life in that cabin fulfilled a dream he’d had for more than ten years. During his long winters in Alaska, it occurred to him that there must be many others who have put off an extended wilderness visit to out of uncertainty or fear. They have as many questions about Alaska as he had before he arrived: How do you cope with forty below? How do you get water? Is it totally dark in mid-winter? Alaskan Retreater’s Notebook is an epic memoir about one man’s journey into the Alaskan wilderness, filled with wisdom and insight into how to get away from the noisy modern world and experience an adventure in simplicity.

Tormach Updated PathPilot CNC Software

Tormach Inc., maker of compact CNC milling machines, introduced a free software upgrade to its PathPilot CNC Control Software package. In addition to improving the use of their machines, Tormach is now offering a PathPilot simulator as a CNC learning and training feature.

“Cost and capability are two of the biggest barriers in a CNC investment,” said Lori Morrison Bufalo, Marketing Director at Tormach. “Our CNC machines provide premium performance at a significant price difference from our competition. We believe our latest PathPilot CNC Control Software, which comes standard with all our machine packages, is the easiest to master, yet feature-packed CNC control system available today.”

New updates to Tormach’s PathPilot software include an enhanced trajectory planner for faster cycle times and a new visual conversational programming feature for intuitive, step-by-step template to quickly write G-code for milling and lathe sequences. In addition, memory has been expanded to 85GB of available program storage memory, complete WiFi connectivity is built-in, and users now have the ability to eliminate use of USB drives for programming with a new auto-sync function. This function allows users to post out of their CAM software to a Dropbox G-code folder, even when their CNC machine isn’t on. The next time the machine is turned on, the sync happens immediately.

In addition to the software updates mentioned above, Tormach is introducing its new “TRY PathPilot” virtual CNC Control simulator. This cloud-based program, available for free to anyone with an Internet connection, allows new CNC users to learn programming in PathPilot’s environment and try it before you buy it. Tormach CNC machine owners can use this new software to program remotely from anywhere and upload their virtual PathPilot code to their local controller, and start making chips once they return to their Tormach CNC machine. Educators utilizing Tormach CNC machines in STEM programs will now have the ability for students to complete curriculum programming outside of the makerspace lab.

About Tormach

Located in Waunakee, Wisconsin USA, Tormach Inc. is dedicated to providing exceptionally engineered products, technical support, and customer service at the lowest possible cost. Our focus is to help our customers realize goals in CNC by providing tools and resources to help transform concepts into real products.

Whether you are involved in research and development, education, short run production, or simply an entrepreneur with an idea, Tormach small CNC products will allow you to make what you need easier, quicker, and more affordably.