Category Archives: Shop work

Tools and techniques for use in the gunmaker’s shop.

Completing an “80%” 1911 frame.

A sort of odd byproduct of bizarre firearms laws is the “80% kit”. Just to be on the smart side, you should understand that “80%” has no meaning beyond “some of the work has been done for you”. From a … Continue reading

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Three Gauges

Taken from the book Centrefire Rifle Accuracy which I have previously reviewed, here are three gauges useful to any reloader, but particularly to a reloader who has chambered his or her own barrel. The first is a full case gauge. … Continue reading

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Making a chamber reamer

I need a chamber reamer to cut the chamber for the DI .45 carbine, so now’s a good time to demonstrate making one. The first step is to acquire chamber drawings. These can be found in a number of places. … 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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Making Wire Springs. Part II: Compression Springs

Compression springs Once you’ve wound a few extension springs, you’re ready to progress to compression springs.  Compression springs are widely used in firearms, and being able to make your own opens a lot of doors in your own designs as … Continue reading

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