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Gunsmithing at Home: Lock, Stock & Barrel- A Complete Step-by-Step Fully Illustrated Guide to the Art of Gunsmithing, 2nd Edition Paperback – February 1, 1996
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Gunsmithing At Home: Lock, Stock & Barrel is a complete step-by-step fully illustrated guide to the art of gunsmithing. Gunsmiths repair, refinish and/or customize any type of firearm. In the majority of cases, it's a matter of replacing broken or worn out parts. The remaining 25% of a gunsmith's work deals with customizing existing firearms. Gunsmithing At Homeisn't just for the professional; it's designed to give comprehensive assistance to many levels of expertise. Hundreds of photographs and illustrations tied into the clearly written text will guide the gunsmith through setting up his shop to solving the problem at hand -- including cleaning firearms, installing and adjusting rifle sights, trigger adjustments and repairs, firearms disassembly, soldering and brazing, metal hardening and tempering, making and fitting replacement parts, rebluing and browning gun metal, metal polishing, stockwork-shaping, and more! Gunsmithing At Homeis the do-it-yourself reference guide and "how-to" book for anyone interested in the art and craft of gunsmithing. -- Midwest Book Review
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There is a section that defines the general process of hot bluing, including the fact you would need to disassemble the firearm, clean and polish it, tank it and finish it. It does not mention several thousand dollars of tank equipment, caustic out gasing, facility environmental consideration, how to disassemble, or even how to polish the parts being blued. The references to chemicals and process are less than the steps outlined on chemical containers. But if you read the section, you would know what hot bluing is.
There is a section on trigger work, including references to stoning camming surfaces, but there is no reference to stoning alignment fixtures, grades of stones, cut angles, dimensions, etc. But if you read the section you would know generally what constitutes a trigger job.
The section on stock making dedicates three pages to types of wood, two pages on forend and grip cap trim, three pages on tools - then half a page on stock shaping.
If you're a novice and you are looking for definitions, the book is okay. If you are experienced and looking for actual instruction for a task, you won't find it here. There are much better listings to select.