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Gunsmithing Tools from Secure Firearm Products, Shot Show 2013

 

FPtool

 

Firing Pin Stop & Bushing Removal Tool
 
This handy tool removes the firing pin stop and then safely replaces it in 1911’s and 1911 clones. Made from nylon it is oil and solvent resistant. The interior of the tool also is a handy bushing removal tool. Fits both standard bushings and commander style.

A simple little fool but a great addition to any 1911 fans tool box.

 

Recoil Spring Tester w/Digital Scale Kit
 
RecoilSPTesterThis tool helps sort recoil springs by pull weight so you can use the correct spring for your load. This tester comes with a digital scale. Use is simple, just insert spring on bolt, insert in tool, attach coupler and scale. Pull until proper compression is achieved. Tool is marked with a line at 1.625″ which is the Mil-Spec compression length of a 1911 recoil spring. Begining February 1, 2013, the Spring Tester will include the NEW adapter, Model #11539 to check mainsprings, firing pin springs etc.

 

Spring tension can be one of those things that messes with you.  Here is a way to be sure you have the correct spring in the gun.

Both products from www.securefirearmproducts.com

 

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Wildcat Cartridges, The Reloader’s Handbook of Wildcat Cartridge Design, now on Amazon Kindle

Wildcat Cartridges by Fred ZeglinBack in 2005 this book had it’s first printing.  The hardback edition of the book contains 288 pages of stories, illustrations, anecdotes, instructions, and data. Many of the cartridges covered in the book include a dimensioned drawing. Foreword by Wayne van Zwoll.  The first edition if now sold out, making the book out of print.  The price of the print copies of the book have already begun to rise in price.  No reprint is planned, so recently Fred Zeglin decided to release the book through Amazon as a Kindle book.

Wildcatting has been around almost as long as the metallic cartridge case. Wildcats have an air of mystery about them, no effort is made in these pages to diminish that mystique. Yet, you will find information here that is simply not available anywhere else. P.O. Ackley was the last Gunsmith to address the subject of wildcatting in depth. Over forty years later, Fred Zeglin, Master Rifle Builder and wildcatter has assembled in an easy to read, often humorous manual for anyone who loves guns, reloading, or wildcat cartridges.

History of wildcat cartridges is presented including many well known designers like P.O. Ackley, Jerry Gebby, and Charles Newton. The historical information provides an appropriate frame of reference for wildcatting. Nobody really wants to repeat something that has already been done. More recent wildcats are included along with reloading data and dimensions wherever possible.

Most valuable of all is the how-to information about making reamers and reloading dies. Fred supplies dimensions and instructions on how they are used to produce highly accurate reloading dies and chambers. Delivery times for such custom tools can delay a wildcat project by many months, knowing how to make your own dies can speed delivery of custom projects by many months.

Click here to go to Amazon.com and check it out.

Fred Zeglin wrote another book about, “P.O. Ackley, America’s Gunsmith”. If your interested in wildcats then this book will definitely be a good read for you.

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Elmer Keith, a Lifetime of Memories

Imagine you reach the end of your life and you have saved a few mementos of your favorite memories.  You were an avid hunter all your life, and you saved the recovered bullets from each trophy you took.  From your first mule deer when you were just a lad, to the bullet that stopped a cougar from munching on you.

Now with  sense of history, you decide to pass this material along to a friend, another gun writer who will perhaps use the material for future articles.  But, more important, he appreciates the lifetime of experience represented by your little collection.

Fast forward, Elmer Keith has long since left the hunting fields, his writer buddy who I was unable to discover by name, passes away too.  His family decides to donate all his reloading gear to the gunsmith program at Murray State College in Oklahoma.  In the box is discovered the collection of Elmer Keith hunting bullets.  For unknown reasons the bullets were not immediately donated to a museum.  A decision that the current director of the program regrets.

The entire collection disappeared a couple of weeks after these pictures were taken.  I feel lucky to have seen these items and to have been able to photograph them.  It is my sincere hope that the person who has this bit of history will realize how wrong it is to keep it locked away from gun lovers everywhere.  There is an Elmer Keith Museum in the Cabela’s in Boise, ID that is the natural resting place for these items, along side many other items from the Keith collection.

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Winner Announced in 4D’s Big Sweepstakes

4D Reamer Rentals LTD.  announced today that the winner of their Sweepstakes was Michael Edge.  Apparently going to Front Sight Firearms Institute is on his “Bucket List”.  Which is great, because he can now attend one of their classes and receive world class Defensive Handgun training.

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Last Minute Announcement

4D Reamer Rentals LTD has a Sweepstakes we mentioned to you in the past.  It will end at the close of business on January 31st.

They are giving away $2000 worth of training, to be specific a 4 Day, Defensive Handgun Training course taught by the professionals at Front Stight Firearms Training Institute.  It’s exciting that a firearms trade business is willing to help others learn about personal defense and self reliance in this way.

Click here to answer this question.  Why should you get some quality firearms training?

Good Luck to all that enter this Sweepstakes!

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The Double Tap from Heizer Defense

This is the first model offered by Heizer specifically designed for the concealed carry market.  A light weight (14 oz.) and durable back-up pistol made with either a titanium or aluminum  frame.  Caliber choices are currently limited to 9mm or 45 ACP.  The trigger is a double action ridding on ball bearings.  Two rounds in the chambers and room for two more stored inside the grip.  It has a break-action and optional ported barrels.

100% U.S. Made pistol

Double Tap™ Tactical PistolSuggested Retail Prices Non-Ported Ported
Aluminum $499.00 $569.00
Titanium $729.00 $799.00

UPDATE:

October 11, 2012  Raymond B. Kohout, Inventor, DoubleTap announced today that he terminated his agreement with Heizer to manufacture the DoubleTap.  Apparently the company was not able to produce the gun in quantities required to fill orders.  Kohout is looking for a new manufacturer to build his design.  This little gun has received a fair amount of attentions since it’s introduction, don’t be surprised if it comes back to the market very soon.

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Off to SHOT Show 2012

Fred will be at the SHOT Show this week interviewing people, Signing is Hawk Manual in booth #4250, and looking for new things that would make a GunsmithTalk.  Watch for updates all this week and more to follow.

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Win a free course at Front Sight, worth $2000

4D Reamer Rental LTD. is a company that rents gunsmithing tools to the trade and to hobby smiths as well.

For the Month of January 2012 they are hosting a Sweepstakes.  The prize is a 4-day “Defensive Handgun Training” class taught by the professionals at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.  Here is a chance for some lucky shooter to get some awesome training for Free.
Visit www.4-dproducts.com to enter.

4D is fairly computer savy, you can also find them at Facebook
If you prefer Twitter, 4D figured out a way for you to get extra entries. If folks follow your tweet about the sweeepstacks and enter you get additional entries in the sweepstakes, Click here to Access the Twitter Entry Form

Of course 4D is doing this to build awareness of the services they offer the shooting public and specifically anyone who works on guns.  Why should that stop you from taking a chance on winning a very cool prize, 4 days at Front Sight building your defensive handgun skills!  Sign up right away, this contest ends January 31, 2012.

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GunsmithingRadio.com

Podcast of gunsmithing information.

Want more Talk about gunsmithing?  Check out http://gunsmithingradio.com/

New episodes are posted about every two weeks.  Supplemental show notes appear on the gunsmithing radio web site.  The notes include pictures that help make the show a little easier to translate into real world.

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Increase accuracy in Revolvers.

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