Upgrades and DIY

Information on modifying your firearms yourself.

  • Making A Custom Front Sight

    If you've ever wanted a custom touch on your rifle but are on a budget, this might be an answer. Here is a custom front sight that you can make at home with tools that you most likely already have available. Start with a magazine tube band for a tube fed .22 rifle. Here I used one for a Marlin Model 39 (Marlin part # F406309 or Brownells part # 550-220-121). The cost at Brownells was just over $9. This particular band can make a sight from about .20" high to about .40" high. You will also...
  • Sub Caliber Training with Conversion Kits

    Ammo costs money. For those who train often, the price of quality rounds can make you want to cry. The thing is, putting rounds down range is what hones a lump if metal into a straight razor. Nothing reinforces proper weapon manipulation like the applied use of live fire in multiple situations. "Demo" Dick Marcinko, the frogman who founded Seal Team 6, stated in his book Rouge Warrior that one of the reasons ST6 was so good was that they often shot day after day on the range. Furthermore,...
  • How To Strip & Reassemble The Mosin 91/30

    One of the most important aspects of owning a Mosin 91/30 is keeping the bolt clean and in proper working order. Unfortunately, there is not much information on exactly how to take the Mosin 91/30 bolt apart and put it back together. While there are some videos and a few pictorials, none of them explain the relationship of each part to its neighbor. Two key pieces of gear for the Mosin that everyone should have are the bolt tool and broken shell extractor. The extractor is used to remove a...
  • 'As Is' Project Firearms

    Most people walk into their firearm dealer's shop and take a quick look around to see what's new and what new firearms they may want to add to their collection. They may want some old WWII firearms like an M1 Garand or they want something even more fun like a Thompson Submachine Gun, or maybe they want that pair of Colt 1911s to strap one onto each side of their shoulder holster. Then there are the new buyers. They want the power of a new Barrett M82A1 or an FN Scar 16S 5.56mm Tactical...
  • Disassembly and Reassembly Savage Model 10 Bolt

    Today I needed to swap a faulty firing pin spring. There is next to no real info on a total strip down and put together so I struck out with the tools at hand. You will need a 1/4" Allen wrench, flash light for finding lost parts, 10" adjustable pliers, micrometer, flat blade tool I chose my Mosin bolt tool, and an optional hook that just fits around the bolt body for cocking the firing pin I ended up just using the side of my table. Note the orientation of the savage logo. In the locked...
  1. Mosin Upgrades

    One of the world's most popular bolt-action rifles is the Mosin Nagant. This old 19th century design renowned for its ability to take any punishment and keep on ticking had been brought into the 21st century through a number of recent upgrades and Firearms Talk looks at them. Why upgrade The Russian/Chinese/US/Finnish made Mosin rifle was manufactured from 1891-1960, to fire the hard-hitting 7.62x54R ammunition from a five shot internal magazine using a bolt-action. While there are dozens...
  2. 'As Is' Project Firearms

    Most people walk into their firearm dealer's shop and take a quick look around to see what's new and what new firearms they may want to add to their collection. They may want some old WWII firearms like an M1 Garand or they want something even more fun like a Thompson Submachine Gun, or maybe they want that pair of Colt 1911s to strap one onto each side of their shoulder holster. Then there are the new buyers. They want the power of a new Barrett M82A1 or an FN Scar 16S 5.56mm Tactical...
  3. How To Strip & Reassemble The Mosin 91/30

    One of the most important aspects of owning a Mosin 91/30 is keeping the bolt clean and in proper working order. Unfortunately, there is not much information on exactly how to take the Mosin 91/30 bolt apart and put it back together. While there are some videos and a few pictorials, none of them explain the relationship of each part to its neighbor. Two key pieces of gear for the Mosin that everyone should have are the bolt tool and broken shell extractor. The extractor is used to remove a...
  4. Making A Custom Front Sight

    If you've ever wanted a custom touch on your rifle but are on a budget, this might be an answer. Here is a custom front sight that you can make at home with tools that you most likely already have available. Start with a magazine tube band for a tube fed .22 rifle. Here I used one for a Marlin Model 39 (Marlin part # F406309 or Brownells part # 550-220-121). The cost at Brownells was just over $9. This particular band can make a sight from about .20" high to about .40" high. You will also...
  5. Sub Caliber Training with Conversion Kits

    Ammo costs money. For those who train often, the price of quality rounds can make you want to cry. The thing is, putting rounds down range is what hones a lump if metal into a straight razor. Nothing reinforces proper weapon manipulation like the applied use of live fire in multiple situations. "Demo" Dick Marcinko, the frogman who founded Seal Team 6, stated in his book Rouge Warrior that one of the reasons ST6 was so good was that they often shot day after day on the range. Furthermore,...
  6. Disassembly and Reassembly Savage Model 10 Bolt

    Today I needed to swap a faulty firing pin spring. There is next to no real info on a total strip down and put together so I struck out with the tools at hand. You will need a 1/4" Allen wrench, flash light for finding lost parts, 10" adjustable pliers, micrometer, flat blade tool I chose my Mosin bolt tool, and an optional hook that just fits around the bolt body for cocking the firing pin I ended up just using the side of my table. Note the orientation of the savage logo. In the locked...
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