2018-05-29

Tutorial: RSA & Rhodesian FAL Camouflage & Distressing.

Rhodesian Pattern Camouflage. The popular story behind camouflaged South African rifles, is that captured ANC rebels noted that the black rifles were identifyable at a great distance. This motivated the military to begin camouflaging the rifles. The colors were taken from their vehicles. A blue green, and and a yellow-tan, commonly called “baby […]
2018-05-29

Tutorial: Restoring the CAI L1A1 Thumbhole Sporter

Congress banned the importation of “Assault Rifles” in 1989. Certain features differentiated a “sporting rifle” from an “assault rifle”. Features included: detachable magazine, pistol grip, bayonet mount, flash hider, and folding stock. Importers modified their rifles to comply with the law by substituting a thumbhole stock for the pistol grip, removing bayonet mounts […]
2016-09-29

Tutorial: Building a Gunsmith Tool Holder

There are some commercial tool-holders sold. None met my specific needs. I made one out of pine similar to the one shown here. It worked well, but I outgrew it quickly and wanted to make some improvements. This is the improved model. It is oak and 24″ wide. You can adjust your material […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Repairing FAL Magazines

In the past, FAL magazines were priced at a level that made it difficult to justify spending any time or money in repairing damaged ones. As the price of magazines increases, it may become cost-effective to repair instead of replace. I have designed tooling to repair laterally compressed body dents in the side […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Saiga Sporter AK Conversion

The recent introduction of the SAIGA SGL-10 has made for an excellent opportunity for an “almost factory” rifle at a great price. Former versions were more difficult to convert. This one was designed specifically to get around the US import ban on “assault weapons,” yet be a cost-effective conversion once it was here. […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Adjusting the TAPCO G2 AK Trigger

I had some trouble with hammer-follow using NoDak Spud NDS-3 receivers and TAPCO G2 fire control groups. I contacted TAPCO. They said they hadn’t heard of it happening. I contacted NoDak Spud. Harlan recommended I buy the more-expensive Arsenal 1-claw group. I bought the Arsenal fire-control groups. They worked better, but I could still get some occasional hammer-follow. I designed a fix for […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Building a standard or semiauto 1919 A4/A6 from a parts kit and sideplate.

The following information is for legal manufacturers only. You must have your Type 7 FFL and Special Occupation Tax (SOT) to legally manufacture a 1919 right side plate in standard (full-automatic) configuration. You must have a Type 7 FFL to manufacture a semiautomatic for purpose of resale. You do not a license to manufacture […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial:Building a Beretta AR-70 from a parts kit and receiver.

Beretta designed the 5.56mm NATO AR-70 to replace the venerable 7.62mm NATO BM 59 (US M1 Garand with detachable 20 round magazine). It looks similar to the SIG model 530-1, but there are significant internal differences. The AR-70 also shares some basic similarity with the FN FNC and Armalite AR-18. The AR-70 base […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Firearm Wood Finishing

There are literally dozens of techniques for restoring wood stocks to their original beauty and luster, some methods give better results than the original factory finish. These notes document techniques that I have found produces the best result, balancing time and cost. I use it to renew surplus military stocks in my repair […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Firearm Metal Finishing

I have developed my technique over 20 years, building on a childhood of extensive fine-scale model building. While there are no real secrets, it is as much art as science and nothing beats practice. I recommend magazines for practice, because they are relatively inexpensive and have features (large flats, sharp and rolled edges) […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Building a Heavy-Duty Gunsmith Workbench

  I needed two new workbenches. My old one was constructed of 4×4 timber and free-standing. Trying to cut something in a vise with a reciprocating saw or even a hacksaw would set the whole bench to vibrating.I wanted a bench that was strong enough and heavy enough to stand alone, but also […]
2016-09-20

Tutorial: Build an SW3 HK Clone

I first prepared this photographic documentation of an HK G3 clone in early 2001. I wouldn’t dream of doing it again. The Special Weapons SW3 stainless steel cast receiver (also sold as a Century Arms International) is simply not close enough to original specifications to bother with. At the time, the SW3 and […]