Monthly Archives: January 2011

Portable Cleaning Tank from Secure Firearms Products

Showing how the sealled cleaning containg fits in the bottom of the MTM box.

Demonstrating how the new cleaning tank easily fits in the MTM field box.


OK, your at the range and realize that your gun or more likely a clients gun is so gummed up with crud that it will not function.   Don’t you just hate wasted trips to the range?

The guys at Secure Firearms Products hate those wasted trips too.  So they came up with a way to take a solvent tank to the range without the mess and smell in your car.

They make these tanks in a couple of sizes.  The small tank fits inside the MTM AC11 and AC35 ammo cans.  The solvent tank has a seal but just in case it might leak or you spill solvent on the outside of the tank.  Just set the sealed thank in the MTM ammo can and seal it up.  NO muss, no fuss, best of all no smell.

Large and small tanks available.

Note the lift out tray so you don't have to fish for parts.

Also a great solution for hobby smiths who do not have room for a big cleaning area.  This tank can be closed up and put away when not in use making it a convenient and useful tool for any shop with limited space.

The lift out trays have hooks built in so they can hang over the tank and allow the solvent to drain back into the tank without spill.  In the upper right of the photo above you can see the gasket material that seals the lid to the tank.

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How To: Update an old 10-22, Part IV

This is what the finished forend tip looks like.

Our goal for this post.

I did not like the stubby looking forend as it was after I cut the stock off and made the filler insert shown in the last installment of this How-to.   I rounded up some scrap wood and compared them to the stock to see what I liked best.  I could have used black walnut, english walnut, myrtle, or maple none of them looked good next to the laminate of the stock.  I had a scrap of black and gray laminate left over from a stock I made for a client.  It had the best look of all the samples I held up, just my opinion.

Because of the shape of the stock I felt it best to keep the forend cap short and shaped to match the overall look of the stock.  Of course much of that can be a matter of personal taste.  There are style and form rules for classic rifle stocks, but thumbholes ignore all those rules.  Consequently I was not afraid to make a cap that was different than your used to seeing.

rough forend tip installed on stock.

Shaping of the new tip underway.

Started by sanding the beveled cut on the stock smooth so that there would not be any noticeable gaps in the joint between the cap and the stock.  I put the blank to be used for the cap on the belt sander and removed all the saw marks as well.  Then position the blank to make sure it will provide wood where you need it for the forend cap.

It’s not unusual for the joint surfaces to have a little rounding that would cause a large gap between the two pieces of stock material.  My solution to this is to use a chisel to undercut the stock face leaving just 1/8″ of material at the edges for a tight glue joint.

rouphing out the barrel channel

Scraping out the tip to match the barrel channel in the stock.

Once the epoxy is set it’s time to cut off any excess material and prepare to shape the new tip.  Be sure to leave enough material to get the shape your after, it’s easier to cut more off than to put it back, trust me.  You will note above that we taped off the stock, this is to minimize any chance of damage to the finished stock as I do not plan to refinish the whole stock if I can avoid it.

Shaped and inlet for the barrel.

First coat of finish on.

Chisels, rasps, files, and hand sanders are the standard tools for the shaping of the new forend tip.  Work the shape down to match the existing lines of the stock, since we don’t plan a total refinish we are careful to get close and then file down the last little bit with fine files.  Then switch to 180 grit sand paper to finish the shaping.  By taping the stock with painters masking tape you can sand very close if your careful.  When doing the final blending of the lines tape the stock about 1/2″ back from the joint and carefully sand with 320 paper.  I was cautious at this point not to cut all the way through the stock finish.  Then switch to 400 grit paper, remove the tape and gently blend the sanding lines.

Custom updated 10-22 carbine stock.

Here is the final profile of the forend tip from the side.

Revolution stock was donated by Brownells for this project.

Bottom view of the stock with the new tip on and finished.








We will start refinishing the receiver and other parts in the next segment.   We will also install some aftermarket parts and let you know if there are any tricks you need to learn.  How about a trigger job on the existing 10-22 parts?

Read On: How to Update an Old 10-22

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Firearms Guide 2011, DVD

Comprehensive resource for gun nuts.Picked this guide up at the Shot Show, over the years I have probably seen twenty of these either in print or on CD.  I have to be honest though, this is the first time I have looked through a guide like this and enjoyed myself.

It is easy to use, loads fast on the computer, and the interface is pretty intuitive.  The folks at Impressum Media, Inc. really did impress me with this collection of data.

There are schematics from 130 different manufacturers, 500 printable targets.  But that is just a small part of what is on this disc.  There are pictures of the various models of guns.

Factory ammo is well represented with details including bullet weight, # of rounds per box, suggested retails, and even a little commentary about the caliber.  Some include velocity, energy, and the length of barrel used to test the ammo.  Pictures accompany most if not all cartridge listed.

The menus allow you to jump from one area of the guide to another with just a click of the mouse.  You can sort data by caliber, manufacturer, model and a host of other data points.  I even found my own address information in the FFL Locator.

The Firearm Guide includes information on a claimed 50,000 + guns.  I counted 15 different ways I could sort the the gun or feature that I’m interested in.  There is a picture for each model listed and you can zoom in to see details, I found the serial # in more than one picture and could read the #. If you need more detail than this you better get in the car and head to the gun shop.

Ok, I am done gushing…  I am going to do some research, I wonder how many different model rifles come in 6.5 mm Grendel?

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John M. Browning Honored by Utah Legislature!

Browning was the most prolific gun designer of the last century, designing rifles, pistols, shotguns, machine guns, and artillery no other designer is more deserving of such attention.  In recognition of his lasting contributions to the

John Moses Browning honored by Utah Legislature!development of firearm design and the military defense of the United States, the Utah State Legislature has officially designated January 24, 2011 as John M. Browning Day. A native of Ogden, Utah, John M. Browning is widely considered the world’s greatest firearms designer, and many of his gun designs remain popular around the globe to this day.

In his biography, “John M. Browning, American Gunmaker” The story of how he accepted a greatly reduced royalty for his work during World War I.  His brother Matt recalled that he expected John to take a little time to discuss the offer.  Instead Browning said, “Major if that suits Uncle Sam, it’s all right with me.”  When they left the office Matt mentioned to John that they could have had much more money without any real negotiation, to which John replied, “Yes, and  if we were fifteen or twenty years younger we’d be over there in the mud!”

The official commemoration took place on January 24th at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is scheduled to make a formal presentation of the resolution to Christopher Browning, the great grandson of John M. Browning, at the noon ceremony on the capitol steps.

1911 Pistol, 45 ACP

It was March 29th, 1911 when the 1911 pistol was adopted so 2011 is the 100th anniversary of that adoption of Browning’s 1911 .45 caliber automatic pistol by the US Army. A century later this pistol  remains in active military use with US special operations forces and is more popular than ever among civilians, gun collectors, competitive shooters and law enforcement officers.  John M. Browning’s influence is so far reaching that in Europe a “browning” is the common name for a semi-auto pistol.

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AGI (American Gunsmithing Institute)

American Gunsmithing Institute These guys are great.  I have known the owner and most of his instructors for years.  They are a highly professional bunch if Gunsmiths who have dedicated themselves to the preservation of the knowledge of a number of  the best gunsmiths in the United States.  In the process creating an easy way for new people to learn from the best.

At Shot Show I spoke with Gene “Machine Gun” Kelly.   Gene made a couple of points to me that were interesting.

Robert Dunlap, Master Gunsmith, Instructor, TeacherFirst, we were talking about the teaching style of Bob Dunlap.  Bob is a gunsmith and teacher.  I have personally known him since the early 80’s when he was the lead instructor of Gunsmithing at Lassen College in Susanville, CA.  Bob has a unique approach to gunsmithing, at least in terms of teaching it.  He teaches the design and function of firearm, in other words he teaches the systems and how they work.

When you go from one type of firearm to another there are always things that carry over.  For instance, when you look at a locking mechanism for a breech system it will be a style or type that is recognizable, even though the various parts do not interchange or sometimes even look the same.  By instructing this way Bob make is possible for you as a gunsmith to work on guns you have never seen before, because you can break down the functions of the firearm and recognize the system it is based on.

The second point that Gene made to me was that as AGI attends events and talks with industry leaders it has become obvious that, As a company AGI is training more gunsmiths than all the traditional brick and mortar schools combined.”

That’s a big statement but it’s easy to understand why.  First of all, AGI is offering a Home study program that you can do on your own schedule and you don’t have to uproot yourself for a couple of years to attend a College somewhere.  That also makes it a very cost effective way to learn.

Next I suspect that many gunsmiths utilize some of the materials to upgrade their skills.  I know there are guns that came to the market since I went to school and it is faster to review one of AGI’s courses than it is to teach myself. Plus often there are some quick little tricks and tips that come from the video that save time and money.

I’m certainly not knocking the brick and mortar schools.  I have taught NRA Gunsmithing Courses for two of them and I went to a third school to start my career.   Attending a school full time gives you an opportunity for a fully immersed learning experience that cannot be replaced by any other method.   Yet, it requires a commitment that does not work for every person who wants to become a qualified gunsmith.

Learn to make reamers and dies for cartridge design and development

DVD is a great compliment to Fred’s book, “Wildcat Cartridges”

I did a video for AGI called “Taming Wildcats”. Naturally it benefits me business wise, but the main reason I did the DVD was because Gene Kelly sold me on the fact that we are recording this information for future gunsmiths.  So many of the great gunsmiths who went before us took their knowledge and experience to the grave without really sharing it.   I am proud of the resulting course which does a good job of explaining what goes into the process of design, research, and testing of cartridges.

If your interested in gunsmithing, want to become a gunsmith, or want to expand your knowledge as a practicing professional.  I would recommend the AGI courses to all.

Shot Show 2011, nearly all the AGI instructors were available to talk to the public at their booth.  Friendly and courteous does not tell you how nice these folks are to deal with.


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Shot Show 2011

In 2010 people attending the Shot Show were not happy with the venue.  I have to say that this year many of the things that folks did not like were better.  Navigation of the show was greatly improved through better signs, not to mention there were maps and information booths well spaced around the show so that you would not be lost for too long.

I shipped all my catalogs and such home so I will probably get all that stuff by the middle of next week so I can start telling you about many new products and items that I spotted at the show.   Until then I will write about a few of the things that don’t required the 35 pounds of catalogs etc. I am waiting on.

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Weaver: New for 2012

Weaver offers new picatinny rail on top of a scope ring.Weaver’s new Scope Mounted Picatinny Rail Adaptor. A clever way to mount a mini red dot, flashlight or laser directly on your scope, this new rail adaptor turns your magnified optic into a mounting platform. Crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum with a Type-III hardcoat finish, the Scope Mounted Picatinny Rail Adaptor is both lightweight and durable and installs directly onto the maintube of your primary optic.

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Tools for 2012

Weaver Soft-Sided Tool KitJust a quick idea:  Take care of all your gun repair needs at home or at the range with the new Weaver® Soft-Sided Tool Kit.

Filled with the tools needed for a wide range of firearm repair jobs, this new tool kit is like a portable gunsmith shop–giving shooters the tools they need when away from their home bench. From scope mounting to firearm disassembly and more, the Weaver Soft-Sided Tool Kit is capable of tackling quick repairs.

It never fails you get to the range and find some unexpected problem, or a range buddy need your help.  Pocket knives are great, but when you need a screwdriver, a screwdriver is much better.

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Shot Show is Just Around the Corner

Los Vegas for the Shot Show.

Well it’s just a few days now to the Shot Show, we will be watching for new gunsmith tools, sources, etc. to blog about. If you readers have any requests now is the time to let us know. We will be walking the isles of the show all four days.

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New for 2012: Heizer Defense DougleTap Derringer

DoubleTap pistol from Heizer FirearmsSpecifically designed for the concealed carry market, the DoubleTap is a light weight pocket pistol available in titanium or aluminum frame.  The frame is only .665″ thick and weighs in at a diminutive 14 oz.  Caliber choices are 9mm and .45 ACP.

The trigger system is a double action only riding on ball bearings.  

Capacity is one round in each barrel with room for two rounds stored in the integral grips.  Finished with a MIL-STD finish.  This little pistol is 100% American made!    Heizer’s web site is:

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