Volume #4 in the Gunsmithing Student Handbook Series was released in spring of 2020, “Gunsmith Tools, Cutters & Gauges – A Primer”
This book is different than the other books in the series. It does not really teach gunsmithing, instead it provides information that would otherwise be scattered far and wide. Seldom in gunsmithing books does anyone explain tools, its simply assumed that the reader already has a pretty high level of experience or training.
This new book is a primer in the truest sense of the term. In concise yet complete and illustrated form the author explains what the tools were designed to do and how to utilize them correctly. If you think this book is for beginners, that is only a small part of its value. Most of the tool makers in the American gunsmithing market participated in the assembly of the primer. Many gunsmiths learn from the school of hard knocks, that is unnecessary when a clear and concise instruction manual is available.
Kindle E book version of the Primer is available on Amazon.com . You old timers probably just yawned, but the tech savvy smiths in the audience perked up. We are told this is the only book in the series that is planned to be offered in eBook format. Why? The Gunsmithing Student Handbook Series is written for college level learning, the material is presented to aid gunsmithing students of all persuasions and experience to become competent and fluent in the language, tools and practice of gunsmithing. So, the Primer will act as an ambassador for the series, the publisher is working with the companies the contributed to the book so that they can offer the eBook or print edition to their clients.
Reference charts and tables included in the book might make it worth buying all by themselves.
Table of Contents:
What every gunsmith should know!
Do I need to use a lubricant when reaming?
Can you force a reamer to cut off center?
Do You Need a Print for the Reamer?
Misconceptions about Chamber Reamers
What is a “Barrel” Reamer?
Cylinder Throating Reamers
Neck and Throat Reamers
Carbide vs. High Speed Steel (HSS)
Long Forcing Cone Reamers
Shotgun Bore & Choke Basic Dimensions
Removable Choke Tools
Measuring For Screw-In Chokes
Choosing the Correct Gauge
Headspace Inchangeability Chart
Crowning & Muzzle Tools
Thread Alignment Tool (TAT)
Appendix I Reamer, Removable Pilot Bushings
Appendix II Bushing Reference Chart
Afterword by Mark Dye
about Fred Zeglin
Available on Amazon or at 4D