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Theme Guns XXXVI
2022-09-26 03:03
 Sorry for the delay in posting, I was having trouble getting into my blogger account Read More
Girls With Guns Friday #13 - Assassins
2022-09-16 20:54
Happy Friday everyone!Similar to the Bond Girl genre, these girls are hired assassins or perhaps working for a secret government agency?Angelina Jolie from the movie Mr & Mrs Smith Top S… Read More
Featured Gun: The Dardick
2022-09-12 14:44
The story of the Dardick revolver/pistol starts with the man who conceived the unorthodox action and cartridges it fired.Before WWII David Dardick worked for American Armament on the 37mm au… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos 62
2022-09-07 12:17
I have seen ammo cans used for a lot of different applications, but I think these are the first chrome plated ones I have seenBig brother and little brotherone of the many hills in VietnamCh… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos 61
2022-08-11 16:01
back before there was a Henry Rifle CompanyMiami Vice font and colors.....ah the 80'sBefore Mickey was neutered by the woke leftLook at the price, let this sear into your brain, the Democrat… Read More
Making Your Own Butt Plate
2022-08-07 18:27
One of the parts I almost always need for my projects is a butt plate or recoil pad. It seems they are either broken or missing on the project rifles I pick up.For those that don't know or u… Read More
Cleaning Up And Old Winchester Model 94
2022-07-26 15:19
 My friend brought me a couple of guns to look at, he said this one hadn't been shot in years and he wanted me to look it over before shooting it.As soon as I had it out of the case I k… Read More
Magazine Stickers
2022-07-16 12:08
Having your magazine Cerakoted then laser engraved is one way to get an image onto your magazine. See my post on themed magazines here, here and hereYou could also buy a sticker, maybe use s… Read More
Featured Gun: Savage Model 110
2022-07-12 18:54
 The story of the Savage 110 begins shortly after WWI when returning GIs began touting the superiority of the bolt action rifle to their hunting brethren.Before WWI the lever action was… Read More
Naysayers, Defeatists And Misanthropes
2022-07-06 15:13
 The other day I was going back over some old forum posts by a fellow gun restorer that went by the name DIY_guy. In one of his posts he considering trying anodizing aluminum at home.Th… Read More
Polishing A Turd.....
2022-06-20 16:46
I know this post is going to ruffle some feathers. It is not meant to make fun of or publicly humiliate those that chose to embellish an inexpensive or cheap firearm. I am also not suggestin… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos 60
2022-06-15 23:59
See the caption Spanish isn't that great, but doesn't Agua Dulce mean "Sweet Water"??Helluva collection thoughYep, never been about guns....Major Richardson is the creator of t… Read More
Theme Guns XXXIV
2022-06-11 23:25
We'll start with some from Blackout Custom CerakoteHow about two Dukes of Hazard/Dixie themed ARs?It wouldn't be a complete theme guns post without something from Shark Coast TacticalAnother… Read More
Featured Gun: Savage Stevens Model 987
2022-06-06 16:19
The Savage/Stevens model 987 was a semi-automatic, tube magazine fed, .22 rifle manufactured from 1972 to 1989The story of the model 987 begins in 1938 with the Stevens model 6The model 6 wa… Read More
Firearm Factory Of The Month: Remington
2022-06-02 16:51
The story of the Remington Arms Company begins with the men who founded it.Stories vary on how exactly Eliphalet Remington II got into the gun business, and we will get to that part, first w… Read More
Post Apocalyptic Gun Porn 2
2022-05-30 23:38
 I posted the first round of Post Apocalyptic Gun Porn back in April of 2018, that post got a lot of attention and led me to building one of my own. I had purchased a Savage/Stevens mod… Read More
Roscoe Almost Gets A Make-Over
2022-05-24 17:47
This is the third Colt Detective Special that I have worked on. Early on I reblued my Father's D.S. and then I cleaned up a 3rd series for my neighbor. One of my fellow forum members bought… Read More
Gun Terms In Our Modern Lexicon
2022-05-12 17:27
Lock, Stock & Barrel:A phrase now used to describe "the entire contents" or "everything I own".It comes from the early days of gun making in which the three parts of the gun: the lock (h… Read More
The Magnum Automatics
2022-05-09 00:18
This post is about the semi-auto pistols that have been made over the years to fire magnum cartridges. I started down a rabbit hole when looking up info on the Wildey Survivor and discovered… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos 59
2022-04-29 12:26
A little clowning around in North Africa during WWIINow this is camo! Camo is not just supposed to blend in with the natural surroundings, it is also supposed to obfuscate the lines of the i… Read More
Mythical Gun Deals
2022-04-20 03:27
You have probably heard the story before....someone who knows someone who bought a classic gun that was 60 years old but still new in the box, unfired, for a price that sounds too good to be… Read More
Die Hard Gun Designs
2022-04-02 22:00
This blog post is about gun designs that seemed to be good enough that when the original manufacturers went under or gave up on them, other makers picked up the rights and began to build the… Read More
How To Lighten Your 10/22
2022-03-29 16:24
 There are a thousand and one ways to build a 10/22 rifle, but if you are searching for a way to save some weight, read on....We'll start this off with looking at the weight of a standa… Read More
Custom 10/22 Stocks For 2022
2022-03-20 13:06
 This post is about customized factory or aftermarket stocks, even home-made stocks.Painted, Cerakoted, carved, stained hydro-dipped or otherwise modified Read More
Home Built 10/22 Receivers
2022-03-13 12:28
 Building a gun from scratch is one freedom we still enjoy here in America, it is perfectly legal to build a gun from scratch, as long as you don't do it with the intent to sell it or p… Read More
10/22 Gun Porn For 2022
2022-03-09 13:46
This first one made the rounds a few years back, it is a faux Gatling gun which uses a single 10/22 and single barrel (which is in the center of the rotating fake barrels), he then buil… Read More
Ruger 10/22 Upgrades For 2022
2022-03-05 13:20
 We'll start with some items found at the SHOT show In the new products area was this display from Deserttech, it is for their new TREK-22 bull pup stock.The stock is compatible wi… Read More
Ruger 10/22 Facts For 2022
2022-03-01 15:25
This is my 7th year bring you both well known and obscure facts about our favorite .22 rifle. Follow the links below for more 10/22 facts201620172018201920202021The currently supplied f… Read More
Theme Guns XXXIII
2022-02-25 13:06
 A prayer to St. Wick, Patron Saint of Firearms and Puppies.....Most holy Apostle, St Wick, faithful servant to justice and keeper of puppies. Help me to find the bravery within when wi… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos 58
2022-02-15 15:26
Damn kids!All these gents did a good job, Daniel Craig (not shown) was the best and most realistic in my opinion80% anyone?well at least Bubba used a quality wrenchPointdexter in the bow tie… Read More
How To Build A Gun Collection For Cheap
2022-02-10 17:55
 I get a lot of people asking me how I find guns for cheap. After thinking about it I came to the conclusion that there is more than one answer.So, I have complied all the ways I can th… Read More
Theme Guns XXXII
2022-01-31 12:56
Time for some more theme guns.....We'll start with this Ilama Super Commanche, done up by the folks at Cerakote South AfricaAnother "twist" on the Twisted Tea themeThese next two are from Va… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos #57
2022-01-17 00:11
Tomorrow AM I'll be headed to the SHOT Show....I'll bring you a full update when I get back, for now here is a collection of random yet interesting photos.  Read More
Ruger Old Model Blackhawk Project Update
2022-01-06 13:19
This is a short update to my project from 2015. See the final post of that build here Just as a reminder I bought this 3-screw (old model) Ruger Blackhawk for a very reasonable price. I… Read More
How Firearms Development Changed The World
2022-01-02 13:10
A little-known secret of history is that the world, as we know it, might not be the same had it not been for the development of firearms.Besides the fact that moving from bows and arrows, sw… Read More
The Quest For The Perfect Carry Gun
2021-12-26 14:01
 This is the story of my neighbor's quest to find the perfect carry gun. Many have probably heard or witnessed similar stories.First let me say, my neighbor is a cheap skate when it com… Read More
Future Projects
2021-12-21 17:13
 I moved earlier this year and have been living out of boxes for a while. My tools and gun parts are still boxed up and I am not sure when I will be able to refinish some more guns.In t… Read More
Theme Guns XXXI
2021-12-11 14:04
Another round of theme guns, we'll start with some Joker themed gunsI keep finding examples of bomber themed guns, they remain popularIt wouldn't be a theme gun post without some Tiffany ins… Read More
Twenty One Gun Projects For Under $200
2021-12-06 11:56
I buy rusty, beat-up, forgotten and unwanted guns....then return them to working status and refinish them. This is a great way to learn the skill of gun refinishing and build an impressive c… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos #56
2021-12-02 14:34
Let's get this party started with an x-ray of an FN PS90Sharps Brothers...go home you're drunk...Sal brings up a good question, you know with the Democrats' stance on voting and allIs that R… Read More
The Winchester 97 Project Part 4
2021-11-29 16:31
If you missed the earlier posts on this build, click the links belowPart 1Part 2Part 3The parts have been blued and are ready for reassemblyI started with the brass bead on the barrel, a lit… Read More
Golden Poop Awards: Fake News
2021-11-25 13:53
It's that time of year again, we will announce the contestants for the most malicious, mendacious and maligned Media ReportsThis year's proud sponsors are:Traitorous Coffee Company: "We say… Read More
The Winchester 97 Project Part 3
2021-11-21 11:54
If you missed parts one and two click on the links belowPart 1Part 2When we left off I was about to start applying oil to the stocks, I sand in the first coat. I wet the stock with oil then… Read More
Theme Magazines IV
2021-11-18 14:28
We'll start with some theme magazines that represent some current news topics....This next one is from Culpepper PrecisionThe next three are from the folks at Shark Coast TacticalOdin's Work… Read More
The Winchester 97 Project Part 2
2021-11-14 12:51
If you missed part one, click hereWhen we left off the varnish on the butt stock was being removed with a stripping agent. Her it is after a wipe down.To remove the oil soaked into the… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos Veterans Day
2021-11-11 11:26
 Remember to fly Old Glory at sunrise!This post is dedicated to all those who served in the greatest Armed Forces ever. There have been more than 57 million men and women who have… Read More
2021-11-03 13:45
This shotgun was brought to me by my Father in Law, it is a family heirloom and he asked me to refinish it.It is a Winchester model 97 (1897) "Brush Take-Down" model in 12 gauge. According t… Read More
Halloween 2021
2021-10-30 12:14
It's that time of year again, Glocktober is coming to an end and All Hallows Eve is upon us.Links to past Halloween Gun PostsHalloween 2013Monster Hunting Kits 2014Halloween 2016Halloween Gu… Read More
2021-10-27 13:15
 It's that time of year again.....The photos above were found on the internet and used here for educational and entertainment purposes under the fair use doctrine of Title 17 of the U.S… Read More
The Ruger 10/22 SR-22 Project
2021-10-22 14:58
Happy Ruger Day Everyone!Here is a quick project I put together after I found a screaming deal on a Ruger SR-22 Chassis kit. Below is what I bought for $60, it was not 100% perfect, but in p… Read More
Featured Gun: J. Kimball Arms Co. Pistols
2021-10-18 22:28
The story of the Kimball pistol starts with its creator, John W. Kimball.As far as I can tell John W. Kimball was born in 1926 in Canada. His family emigrated to the U.S. probably during the… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos #55
2021-10-14 13:47
A gun graveyard somewhere in Vietnam....I always figured Kermit for an Uzi kinda guy.....Check out the prices on this old adEver wondered how a double action revolver worked??Meanwhile in Ru… Read More
2021-10-10 22:17
I have always liked the idea of a pistol caliber carbine or PCC as they are referred to by the gun press.The history of the PCC dates back to 1855 when Colt introduced their revolving c… Read More
Theme Guns XXX
2021-10-01 17:50
Let's kick this month's Theme Guns off with some sports themed guns.The Star Wars themed guns are too numerous to are a few moreA few Louis Vuitton gunsSome military/bomber insp… Read More
Featured Gun: Standard Arms Model G
2021-09-20 12:00
This month's featured gun is the Standard Arms Model GThe story of the Standard Arms Model G starts with the man who designed it. Morris Ford Smith was born on September 29th, 1846 in P… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos #54
2021-09-16 17:22
In the Great War we needed these kind of innovationsHave you got your tickets to the Boogaloo?I don't know much about this pistol.....but I want oneGotta love the girls of the IDFA family ar… Read More
A Tribute To Sharps40
2021-09-10 12:32
 I started this journey a long time ago and then life pulled me away from working on guns. What led me back to it was people like Sharps40. His typical medium is the Ruger Blackhaw… Read More
Theme Guns XXIX
2021-09-06 18:19
 Happy Labor Day everyone....We'll get this party started with a trio of Louis Vuitton gunsStock Guns Suck aka SGS Arms produced this Glock dedicated to the MasonsA Theme Guns post woul… Read More
Firearm Factory Of The Month: Charter Arms
2021-09-01 22:59
This month's focus is Charter Arms.The story of Charter Arms begins with the man who founded the company: Doug McClennahan.Douglas Sloane McClennahan was born on May 17th, 1933 in New York C… Read More
2021-08-27 19:06
From the Vietnam War: U.S. Army "Tunnel Rat" equipped with headlight and a S&W QSP revolver (equipped with a sound suppressor)What happens when you attempt to fire a 300 Blackout in a 7… Read More
Yet Another S&W Model 19 Refinish Part 3
2021-08-23 14:04
If you missed parts one and two click on the links belowPart 1Part 2We have the parts blued, time to reassemble the gun.The last thing before pictures is polishing the gun with some Renaissa… Read More
Yet Another S&W Model 19 Refinish Part 2
2021-08-13 14:10
If you missed part one, click hereI started with the small parts, I taped up the knurled and threaded portions of the ejector rod and chucked it into my drill and polished it to a 1200 grit… Read More
Theme Guns XVIII
2021-08-08 12:17
We'll kick this off with a themed gun that is both comical and topical.....Ironic they call masks and gloves personal protective equipment.....I'd say the gun itself fits that role just fine… Read More
Yet Another S&W Model 19 Refinish Part 1
2021-08-03 12:11
Here is yet another Smith & Wesson model 19 in need of some love.This one looked like it took a tumble on the concrete at some point, but nothing we cannot fix.According to the 3rd editi… Read More
Gun Porn For July 2021
2021-07-30 12:53
 Time for some good old fashioned gun pornThe pictures displayed above were found on the World Wide Web and are used here for entertainment and educational purposes under the guise of t… Read More
Golden Poop Awards: Gunsmithing
2021-07-26 15:48
 It has been far too long since we recognized those gunsmiths among us who really shouldn't be touching tools. So we are back here to shine the light of shame on their brilliant work.If… Read More
Hollywood's Influence On Firearms
2021-07-21 16:53
Given the recent political developments, I should not even be mentioning the name of the town in which the retarded slave enthusiasts live (my new term for socialists) and construct their pr… Read More
Refinishing A Remington 511 Scoremaster
2021-07-16 14:44
You may have seen my other post regarding the restoration of a Remington 512 Sportsmaster, this is the brother of that gun, the 512 is a bolt action, tube feed; the 511 is a bolt action, box… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos #52
2021-07-12 16:12
East meets west or an Armasaiga....a Saigalite???The 14.9mm SOPMain street in Deadwood, SD 1876Dirty Harry movie poster from Italy, note the 44 Magnum is specifically mentioned.May 10th 1940… Read More
Where Was Your M1 Rifle Made?
2021-07-07 15:53
In America we have two groups of gun owners....those that own an M1 and those who want to own one.....I belong to the former group.For the last several years I have been posting a series of… Read More
'Murica 2021
2021-07-03 23:29
 Even though many of us feel like America has been lost to the Socialists....fear not, I have renewed faith in America. Here in western Arizona....we believe, we believe the election wa… Read More
Weird Firearm Ideas
2021-06-29 18:59
This is just a short list of the weird ideas that people have come up with involving guns. It is certainly not exhaustive.....The Taurus View was a simple double action revolver, somewhere d… Read More
2021-06-25 15:20
In parts one and two we refinished the metal and fixed some issues, if you missed those posts, click on the links belowPart 1Part 2The gun is finished Some before and after shotsOn to t… Read More
Gun Art? Part 5
2021-06-21 20:35
It has been quite a while since I posted some gun art.....For those of you wondering what to do with all those steel Russian cartridge cases.....wonder no more....guns carved into a wood des… Read More
Stevens Model 73 Refinish Part 2
2021-06-17 14:40
If you missed part 1, click hereSo when we left off we were still cleaning parts, now we start on the bolt.To remove the firing pin and ejector, we have to file away the peened over metalThe… Read More
Interesting Firearm Photos LI (51)
2021-06-13 22:27
 Time for another round of Interesting Firearm Photos....We'll start with this young shoeless lad, whose long rifle is taller than he is....Remember when cartoons showed good guys with… Read More
Stevens Model 73 Refinish Part 1
2021-06-07 13:58
Strange how the world works....I had never seen (or at least do not remember) a Steven model 73 before owning I have a second one on my bench.See my first Stevens model 73 project… Read More

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