Are you tired of waiting weeks or months for gunsmiths to finish your projects? Have you ever looked at what a gunsmith does and thought “I bet I can do that” Well if you have our new series called Garage Gunsmithing 101 is going to be right up your alley. This series of articles won’t make you a member of the American Pistolsmiths Guild or put you on the cover of American Hangunner or some other periodical. What it will do is go along way to showing you that there are things you can try to do yourself, save money and learn more about your firearms than you ever thought possible in the process.

WHY Would I Want To Work On My Own Guns ?

This is a question I get often when I bring up this conversation to my own friends who are gunners. There is a cult of mystery behind the wizardry of gunsmithing that is harder to penetrate than the curtain of The Almighty Wizard of Oz. Now I will be the first to agree that there are certain skills a gunsmith possess that I will never have. They also have access and training to tools such as mills, lathes and CNC machines that I can’t begin to figure out. Gunsmiths have their place and a good one is worth their weight in gold, BUT, There are a lot of things they do that the average person at home can do if they possess a decent amount of skill, patience, hand tools and a laptop. This whole series will not be about bashing gunsmiths or their prices, it will be about empowering you as a gun owner.


Being extremely familiar with your weapons and how to break them down and perform a decent amount of trouble shooting will increase your confidence as a shooter and as a gun owner exponentially.  I decided to start this series as a gateway to my own awakening as an advanced gun owner, I also was growing tired of pestering my friends who are gunsmiths and machine gun builders to do simple jobs on my weapons. Jobs that I have both the skills and tools to do. Speaking of tools and resources some of you might be thinking about what tools you might need if you want to explore Garage Gunsmithing. So we made you a short recommended tool list, complete with links to the sources.


The above list is by no means a one size fits all 100% infallible list, it is a suggested starting point. In the list there are several things you can do without or use your existing household tools in place of. I personally got tired of remembering which tools I needed when I began to work on my projects, so I made a completely separate tool box and tools. I figure if I kept my gunsmithing tools separate they would be less likely to get bent, broken or lost since I tend to be extremely hard on my tools while working on larger projects such as my house and shooting range. To me specialization requires they all be separated from “normal” tools.