Recomendation on online or correspondance courses

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by iluv2shoot2, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. iluv2shoot2

    iluv2shoot2 New Member

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    I want to learn more on gunsmithing. I am a journeyman machinest/tool and die maker so I can handle the tooling. What I need is some recomendations for a course on the subject. Any or all sugestions are requested. (Or did I leave myself open on that statement)
     
  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    The AGI DVDs are the best of the videos that I've seen. IMO the correspondence courses are a waste of money.
     
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  3. iluv2shoot2

    iluv2shoot2 New Member

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    After I made this post I researched the subject, doing things backwards as usual. But I come by it honest, I was born backwards. My feet smell and my nose runs. Anyway, a previous post covered that. I love to learn, and now that I have been forced into not working I need another project, and gun working/refinishing is always something I wanted to learn but had no time to do it. I do not know of any smiths around here to apprentice myself to so I have to rely on self-study, wich I enjoy anyway. Where can I get the info you recomended?
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    There are many books on gunsmithing. I have around 30 or so. At Brownells they sell the "Gunsmith Kinks" set of 4 books-a wealth of knowledge in just 4 books. Also you might want a couple of exploded view books(although now many exploded views can be found on the web). 22's and shotguns can often be purchased for $100 or less and make good practice pieces.
     
  6. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    You can NEVER have enough gunsmithing books. The AGI videos do cover some things pretty good however.
     
  7. iluv2shoot2

    iluv2shoot2 New Member

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    Thanks a lot Gentlemen for your input. The more research I do, the more excited I get about the whole idea of gunsmithing. I've asked some friends to look out for a small Bridgeport and a 10 inch lathe. That and maybe a surface grinder should do it for big tools, then the tooling. and small tools. I have a project again. Who knows, it may be an interest that will pay for itself!!
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Like firearms, buy the best quality tools you can get (not Harbor Freight). Although rare, there may come a time that the 10" lathe may not be enough.
     
  9. stalkingbear

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    If you're planning to do barrel work you'll need a 30" center to center lathe. You could get by with a 24" center to center for awhile but it would make sense to get a 30" to start with. Powerfeed is nice on the mill and minimum 2 axis.
     
  10. iluv2shoot2

    iluv2shoot2 New Member

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    You would need a lead screw on the lathe for cutting threads too. Good advise on the lathe size. To much money to have to back up and redo it. 2 axis on the mill should work, you can get attatchments to do just about whatever you want to do. Wouldn't it be nice to have a CNC in a home shop!!