Gunsmithing with Simple Hand Tools

Overview

  • A Stackpole Classic Gun Book
  • Classic reference by a master gunsmith
  • How to repair, modify, and improve firearms

Before the advent of the lathe, shaper, milling machine, and surface grinder, gunsmiths used hand tools to produce classic firearms. Such tools can still be used today to modify any design a firearms enthusiast has in his collection. With detailed information on planning a workshop and acquiring ...

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Overview

  • A Stackpole Classic Gun Book
  • Classic reference by a master gunsmith
  • How to repair, modify, and improve firearms

Before the advent of the lathe, shaper, milling machine, and surface grinder, gunsmiths used hand tools to produce classic firearms. Such tools can still be used today to modify any design a firearms enthusiast has in his collection. With detailed information on planning a workshop and acquiring the basic tools, this practical reference is a must-have for anyone interested in repairing and improving firearms. Topics such as metals, files, abrasives, small parts, and how to blue and polish a gun for a finished look are all covered in this informative guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811703789
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Series: Stackpole Classic Gun Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 478,171
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Dubino is a gunsmith, a former gun columnist for the Bangor (ME) Daily News, and an avid hunter, fly fisher, and craftsman.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     10
Preface     11
Acknowledgments     13
An Argument in Favor     15
Basic Hand Tools     19
Layoui and making tools
Holding tools
Measuring tools
Cutting tools
Miscellaneous
The Workshop     35
Bench setup
Tools
The vise
Screwdrivers
Twist drills
Taps and dies
Precision measuring tools
Electrical tools
Miscellaneous
Metals     44
Steel designations
Carbon steel uses
Heat-treating terminology
Hardening
Tempering
Annealing
Case hardening
Home heat treating
The File     54
Construction and cuts
Swiss pattern files
Shapes
Types
Filing
Straight filing hand grips
Straight filing
Straight filing exercises
Draw filing
Precision filing
File care
File selection
Abrasives     72
Silicon carbide
Aluminum oxide
Grinding wheel
Sharpening stones and abrasive sticks
Honing
Lapping
Coated abrasives
Polishing the Gun in Preparation for Blueing     85
Power polishing vs. hand polishing
Preparation
Draw filing
Polishing
Crosspolishing
Draw polishing
Small parts
Blueing the Gun     95
Blueing equipment
Degreasing
Cold rusting process
Hot rusting process
Hot dip process
Small Parts and Miscellaneous Work     109
The firing pin
A metal-turning lathe
Firing pin construction
Loose barrels
Sightmounting
Sighting-in
Action Tune-Up     130
Trigger theory
Stoning
Action work
Bolt action work
A Machined Trigger Guard     143
Design
Layout
Bulk metal removal
Rough filing
Final shaping
Finish filing
The Side Lock     154
Back action and front action locks
Straight-fall and rebounding locks
The Lock Plate     161
Plate layout
Fitting and shaping
Tumbler, Bridle, and Sear     168
The tumbler
The sear
The bridle
Tumbler design and construction layout
Bridle and Sear     177
Bridle layout
Completion of sear
Lock Completion     189
Springs
The hammer
Index     201
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