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GunSkins® DIY Finishing Anyone Can Do

At the ShotShow in 2019 I picked up a couple of kits form the folks at GunSkins® so I could try them. The variety of skins for different guns in different patterns was impressive all by itself. As a lifetime gunsmith with about 35 years of work under my belt, I have seen a lot of products come and go. In recent years the arrival of many new finishing products for guns has given the client/end-user a lot to choose from. Not many of them are what I would consider DIY, GunSkins truly are!

One of the kits I was given was for a standard AR-15 magazine. Naturally, I selected a patriotic, 2A pattern for my project. GunSkins AR-15 Mag Skins are designed to fit 30-round 5.56 x 45 NATO (.223 Remington) AR15/M4 compatible magazines. The kit includes pieces for the left and right side of a single magazine. I actually read the instructions just for the fun of it… Just six easy steps. It was really pretty self explanatory. A clean surface is the most important thing when doing any finish work, no exception with this product.

I really like the idea of making my magazines easy to tell apart from my shooting buddies. The vinyl provides a modicum of protection to my magazines as well.

Time invested on my first wrap was about a 1/2 hour as I was trying to learn as much as I could about how the vinyl stretches and how the heat gun affects it. I used a couple of things like a pen cap and Sharpie® pen and a cleaning brush to form the vinyl into the grooves of the magazine. Items with a sharp edge may tare the vinyl so everything I used to form was dull or rounded. Occasionally a bubble would refuse to go away, I poked a tiny hole it in with the razor to allow the air to escape. Once you get the hang of the process it would go pretty fast.

Generally speaking, vinyl wraps are less expensive than some of the other gun finishes out there. That does not mean they are cheap. GunSkins says they use the highest quality vinyl for their kits. They offer a 100% waterproof cover, durability and color. GunSkins are NOT permanent the vinyl can be removed

Magazine in place.

Here is the finished product with the magazine in the firearm.

any time you want to change the look of your firearm.

Many other gun finish options require shipping your gun away or waiting hours or days for the finished product to be usable. GunSkins are designed with the end user in mind, as a simple DIY project that can be accomplished in just a few hours. Popular names in camouflage, such as A-TACS, Kryptek, Kuiu, and more are available. Allowing you to match the GunSkins wrap to apparel and gear of the same pattern.

 

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AR-15 and AR-10 Build and Customizing Class

Become familiar with the most popular firearms format in the United States, the AR-15 and AR-10. Here is an opportunity to build and customize a rifle. Instruction will include functioning, disassembly of main and subgroups and reassembly, head spacing, troubleshooting and function testing tips, and various cartridges offerings in the AR format. The AR-10 rifles will be covered and the compatibility between the different manufacturers will be discussed.

Students are requested to bring all the parts for a complete build or in various states of assembly for completion during the class, or their own firearms as a whole rifle and bring any parts they may wish to customize. The build and customization of the course will be dependent on what the student brings to class. Students will have the opportunity to use many of the instructor’s tools. Students must be 18 years of age.  All State, Federal and local laws apply.

 Bring safety glasses and your own tools; the instructor will have tools for students to use such as punches, armorer wrenches, vise blocks, disassembly/reassembly tools, and torque wrenches. This enables the student to try the various tools and then they can decide what tools will work best for them before purchasing. Tools will not be for sale at the class.

 If you have purchased a handguard to install on your MSR, please bring the proprietary barrel nut wrench to match.

Class Dates: October 28 – November 1, 2019, time: 12:30 – 8:45pm  This is a five day class.  Cost $250

About the instructor….Dean Batchelder graduated from Colorado School of Trades in 1992 and in 1997 had his own shop and did bluing and general repair. In 2001 he started at Brownells as a Technical Support Gunsmith, and since then he has taught yearly classes on the MSR platform and on Alternate Finishes to the students at various Gunsmithing Schools and also at NRA Summer Schools. If you have any questions about the class, you may contact him at dean.batchelder@brownells.com

Class is being hosted by the Firearms Technology Program at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT
Phone: 406-756-3832
www.fvcc.edu/continuing-ed

MSR Flyer Fall 2019 print and share.

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Custom 338 Lapua

Here is a rifle built for a client.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, but I will add this.  I personally like Classic Style stocks but a wild thumbhole now and then cleanses the rifle builders soul.

Custom Rifle

Custom Thumbhole rifle stock

Dual Crossbolts to protect the stock for recoil

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