Category Archives: Gunsmithing

Articles about modifying and fixing existing firearms

Basic Marlin T-900 Trigger Job (Marlin 917V)

I just picked up a Marlin 917V, and after two shots I knew something had to be done about the trigger.  On my first attempt to shoot I actually stopped pulling because I thought the safety was on!  Regrettably, I … Continue reading

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Modifying an AR-15 bolt for .45 ACP

To build an AR-15 in .45, the bolt must be opened up to accept the larger case.  This also requires some work on the extractor.

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Detailed re-assembly of the 1911

Having detailed the complete disassembly of a 1911, it’s only fair to show you how to put it back together.  Much of the process can be considered “disassembly in reverse”, but there are some details that we need to pay … Continue reading

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1911 Detailed Disassembly

Thanks to the fine folks at Springfield Armory who donated four pistols to be given away at the Oregon Single Stack Championship, I have a new project gun.  I encourage you to support Springfield because they make a good product … Continue reading

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Making Wire Springs, Part III. Torsion Springs

Torsion Springs The final wire spring to cover is a torsion spring.  In its simplest incarnation a torsion spring is just a stick of music wire with a few twists, usually 2-5, wound on a mandrel, with the ends left … Continue reading

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