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NRA Short Term Gunsmithing Program, Kalispell, MT

FVCC LogoFlathead Valley Community College is hosting the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing Program again this summer.  2014 will be the third year for this program at FVCC, the program has grown in attendance each year and this year should be no different.  New classes are being offered so if you attended or looked at the offerings in the past there is probably something new for you this year.

Quality instruction is the name of the game at FVCC.  The instructors for the Short Term Program are all top notch professionals who are well respected in the gunsmithing community.  For instance, Lee Helgeland is one of the premier stockmakers in the nation.   He has spent 30 years perfecting his craft and is a member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild.  Another instructor new to the Kalispell program this year, Sam Hatfield, certified NRA and Sig Academy Master Instructor.  Sam was head gunsmith at Green Mountain Guns in Lakewood, Colorado and served as a member of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit as a gunsmith. Sam now owns Hatfields Gunsmithing Inc. in Manassas, VA.

To learn more about the instructors for this summers program check out this link:

http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education/gunsmithing-program/instructors.html

New classes this year include “S&W Revolver Action Work”, “1911 Handgun AMU Accuracy Rebuilding” and “Accurate Reloading for the Hunter”.  Perennial favorites like “Customizing AR-15 or AR-10” and “Introduction to Checkering” will still be on the schedule.

If you have ever wanted to learn more about gunsmithing but can’t take of the two years necessary for most schools, the NRA Short Term Gunsmithing Program is a great alternative.  Classes normally run or one week, Monday through Friday.  They are intensive hands on classes with small numbers of students, so you have great access to the instructor. This unique learning opportunity is set up as part of the Continuing Education Department of the College and the courses are non-credit.

If cost is a concern I noticed that the College has some Scholarships provided by NRA donations, details at this link:

http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education/gunsmithing-program.html

An electronic copy of the brochure for these classes is available at this link:

http://www.fvcc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Gunsmithing-Course-Brochure.pdf?2ebeaa

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8th Annual Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair

This conference has become an important part of the firearms trade, helping gunsmiths and employers to locate each other.

The Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair is the perfect venue for prospective, student or working gunsmiths to interact the with industry’s top employers and personalities. Further, it’s great opportunity for those firearm-related companies looking for qualified gunsmiths, or to show off their products to key customers. As in year’s past, there will be no charge for individuals or companies to attend. The industry-exclusive event will again be held at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa, April 1-2, 2014.

In addition to the unique networking and potential employment opportunities, the Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair will feature a host of seminars ranging from firearm-specific topics to business tips for gun shop owners.

Among the speakers already signed up are Steve Sanetti, President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Les Baer, owner of Les Baer Custom, Stan Chen, owner of Stan Chen Custom, Jason Hornady, Vice President of Hornady Manufacturing, and legendary gunsmiths and gunmakers Joe Balickie, Jerry Fisher, Ron Power, Sharon Dressel and more. Doug Turnbull of Turnbull Manufacturing will deliver the keynote address at Wednesday evening’s banquet.

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Beginners Kit from DuraCoat, Shot Show 2013

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This new kit is for guys who have some spray equipment but have never tried the DuraCoat Products.  The Begginers kit is a simplified version of the standard DuraCoat kits.  Offered in standard Tactical colors.

If you have wanted to try out the DuraCoat line of coatings now is a good time with these simplified kits.

Another new and very important offering is the new DuraFill kit.  It includes 2 ounces of DuraFill, which is used to smooth over scrathes, small pits, or other irregularities in the surface of the metal before covering with DuraCoat.  Of course the big advantage to this product is that it’s totally compatible with the other DuraCoat finishes.

With the largest growing segment of the gun industry, women are not to be left out.  Seven Lauer of Lauer Custom is the developer of the DuraCoat line and he has developed a line for GirlsGuidetoGuns.com just for the ladies.  Seven colors are included in this new line.

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First person to correctly post what this means as a comment I will send a Z-Hat Baseball cap.

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Brownells 2012 Gunsmith Career Fair

Time
Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 9:00am – Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 5:00pm

Location

Professional gunsmiths, gunsmithing students or a recent gunsmithing school graduate, great opportunity to interview and network with employers from all around the country. Bring your resume and talk to “big names” in the industry – manufacturers, custom shops, retailers, service centers.

Free seminars are tailored around career and business development and are presented by industry professionals.

Employer will find over 150 qualified gunsmiths to choose from. Whether you want someone to train in your style or someone who can start generating income right away, they’ll all be here.  This is a tremendous opportunity for manufacturers to meet with your current and future customers, not to mention possibly the employee you have been searching for.

http://www.gunsmithcareerfair.com/

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Awesome article on Brownells History

A few years back I ran onto a group for outdoor communicators called Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA).  They were having a meeting at the SHOT Show, so I decided to check them out.  Turned out to be a great group of people and I joined on the spot.

Laurie, who wrote the linked article is the Executive Director of POMA and a fantastic lady.  Anyway the linked story is right up our alley here on GunsmithTalk, so check it out.

http://www.outdoorhub.com/stories/bad-luck-builds-brownells-a-company-history/

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How To: Update an old 10-22, Part V

Down to the final stretch in our project, “Updating an old 10-22”. First, we disassemble the action completely for refinishing.  There is no short-cut here you have to take it all the way apart or the finished product will not be worth the effort. Our gun was in good shape mechanically but was rough in terms of the exterior finish.Tired old 10-22 Ruger needs to be refinished.

The trigger guard was not much better:  Trigger guard on our 10-22 Ruger was pretty rough too.

The parts were all thoroughly cleaned and bead blasted.  Then cleaned again to insure the removal of all oil contamination.  We used Teflon/Moly Coating from Brownells for this  project.  It is a strong baked on finish that provides a durable finish that has a degree of lubricity built in.  The How To for Teflon/Moly is beyond the scope of this article.  If you want to learn the full process Brownells offers a video on DVD for about $10 that teaches the entire process.

Below is the finish receiver.  We used a matte finish and it looks brand new again.

Action finished with Teflon/Moly from Brownells
Trigger guard with matte finish, like new too.

When we started to reassemble the gun we installed a Tactical Solutions shock buffer to increase the life of the gun.  The factory action has a steel pin in this upper rear position to spread the load of the bolt hitting the back of the action when it cycles.  Tactical Solutions shock buffer for the 10-22 Ruger.There are probably numerous other makers of such buffers, there is probably no big advantage to one over the other.  This one of selected on price and I liked the hard rubber material it is made of.  It should provide a long useful life.

Installing the Shock Buffer.

Then it was time for a trigger job.  When I reassembled the trigger housing I replaced the springs using a Wolff spring kit for the   10-22.  So I had a new extra power trigger return spring, light sear spring, and an extra power hammer spring.  The utilization of this spring kit makes it easier to do a good trigger job on the existing factory parts.

The basics of the trigger job are this:  I stoned the hammer where the sear engages to smooth the contact surfaces and to reduce the sear engagement a small amount.  The sear was stoned to make all the contact surfaces crisp and clean.  The engagement is slightly positive to insure safe/reliable operation.

Like the finish work mentioned earlier the “How To” of a full trigger job is beyond the scope of this piece.  But the above gives you some idea of what is involved.    We ended up with a 3.5 lb. trigger pull using NRA weights to test.

C-More sight installed on the Allchin Scope mount.

Allchin Gun Parts makes a really cool scope mount for the C-More sight system.  At left is the sight all mounted up on the Allchin Scope Mount.  Note that it gets the sight as close to the gun as possible. It’s a sleek and simple design that uses the factory scope mount holes and screws.   Makes for a very fast open eye sighting system.

Thats the whole package finished up and ready to hit the range.  We’ll post a target as soon as I can sneak away for a little shooting.  If you look back over all five parts of this “How To” you will see that this is a project that most gun lovers could do for themselves.  There are literally hundreds of aftermarket parts, stocks, sights, you name it; for the Ruger 10-22, a rifle you can truly make your own with a unique selection of parts to upgrade this reliable shooter.

Our finished custom Ruger 10-22 rifle.

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5th Annual Gunsmith Job Fair, Hosted by Brownells

Gunsmithtalk tells about job opportunities in gunsmithing

 

 

 

 

The event takes place on April 15 and 16, 2011, at Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa, and is free to gunsmiths and exhibitors.  Prospective employers and gunsmiths will gather to network.  Bring your resume and talk to “big names” in the industry – manufacturers, custom shops, retailers, service centers.

The gathering is not limited to a simple job fair, there will also be valuable seminars that will enhance a gunsmith’s ability to choose a direction and make a good living in the trade.  Seminars range from advancing your career in the gunsmithing profession to starting or expanding a gunsmithing business. Some topics include:

  • Am I Gunsmithing or Manufacturing and Marking Variances & When are They Required: the Firearms Technology Branch of the ATF
  • Essential Components of A Business Plan: Tom Shay of Profits Plus
  • Professional Techniques On Gunsmithing Guns: Ron Power of Grand Master LLC
  • Communicating With the Public: Getting Your Message Across: Reid Coffield
  • Finding Your Niche in the Industry: Sharon Dressel of Dressels

Keynote speaker Ron Power will also address attendees on Responsible, Professional Gunsmith Opportunities. The BATF will be on hand to answer questions.

You can see the full seminar schedule at gunsmithcareerfair.com

 

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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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Brownells-Trinidad American Firearms Gunshop

Trinidad State Junior College Gunsmithing program added a third year to their program with the assistance of grants from Brownells.  This program created a retail gunshop where students operate the store for the purpose of building real world skills in operating all facets of a store, from customer service, to inventory, to gunsmithing, you name it.

Recently Pete Brownell received a rifle built in this unique gunshop just for him.  Below is a picture of Pete on a successful hunt with this rifle built by the staff of Brownells-Trinidad American Firearms Gunshop.   719-846-5000Pete Brownell uses Trinidad rifle on recent hunt.

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