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Do-It-Yourself Gun Repair: Gunsmithing at Home Paperback – July 9, 2013
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"Do-It-Yourself Gun Repair" is presented into five logical parts: An Approach to Gunsmithing in the Home Workshop, Basic Maintenance and Repair, Disassembly - Repair and Reassembly of Popular Firearms, Advanced Techniques, and The Final Steps. The book begins by showing ways of assessing if your firearms need work or maintenance, then it move on to a chapter dedicated to determining the scope of work that could reasonably attempted. There is a chapter presenting common and useful hand tools and a brief section covering frequently used power tools. The section that follows, which addresses the work area, special tools and parts supplies is pretty sketchy. A chapter titled "Thinking Like a Gunsmith" is thoughtful, but not substantial enough in content to assist someone in acting on some of the suggestions.
"Basic Maintenance" is more of a page filler. It mostly advises how to clean a firearm, something that could be found in many sources, including packaged in a cleaning kit. A follow on section covering analyzing and correcting accuracy problems is well written and, based on my own experience, would be very useful to almost anyone. "Ten Easy Gunsmithing Projects" is OK, but the projects are a little specialized and most lead to purchasing tools or material Brownells.Read more ›
If you want a very technical guide on how to become a professional gunsmith, this is the book for you. If you want a Do-It-Yourself Gun Repair Manual (Gunsmithing at Home) look elsewhere.
Another thing is that at least half of the information in this book is specialized. What I mean is that the tasks are geared for a specific project on a specific weapon. Certainly while the principles of a given job should carry over to similar rifles, it is a point worth considering for someone who is looking for more generalized knowledge.
Also, some information I do not necessarily agree with either. Case and point is the section on cleaning. His basic idea of cleaning is that after 15-20 shots, the rifle should be cleaned essentially for every shot fired, and he suggests that the procedure (because of soaking times) can take up to a week to perform! In my opinion that is simply being too anal, and I doubt even necessary (hunting rifles) or even desirable (many will claim... and I tend to agree... that EXCESSIVE cleaning does more harm than good because of the wear and tear it creates). Never mind that realistically I think few people have the time or inclination to be that slavishly devoted to cleaning their weapons!
Not bad, but overall I feel that for the DIYer, Sweeney's book "Gunsmithing Rifles" is a better choice.
Many of the other repairs require tools, jigs, and equipment not likely to be owned by most do-it-yourselfers. Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic, but I doubt I'll be doing much of my own gun repair work if this book is my only guide.
I would have expected bluing to be covered, since it can be done at home with care. But there was just a brief mention of a "touch-up" bluing kit and no information on refinishing the metal parts.
Essentially, the book tells us that, unless we're already pretty sharp on gun repair, we'd better hand off the job to a professional. Disappointing.
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This could have been a helpful book if the publisher had elected to put legible illustrations in it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William L. Murphy