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Gunsmithing Made Easy: Projects for the Home Gunsmith Hardcover – October 6, 2010
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Bryce M. Towsley's Gunsmithing Made Easy provides home projects for gun owners who wish to learn basic firearms repair and modification skills. This information assumes a series of step-by-step gunsmithing projects which pair clear color photos with descriptions on how to fine-tune, modify and repair popular brands of firearms. From tools needed to fittings, methods and installation details, any beginner will find gunsmithing easy with this guide in hand. -- Internet Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review, July 2006
Bryce Towsley's "Gunsmithing Made Easy" One of the thinnest books in my collection with more information than a number of very thick books. I have TWO copies!! Very nicely done Mr. Towsley! Clear photos and not one wasted word. This book should be bound in fine leather with gold printing. Bravo! -- Stoegerbooks.com Customer Review, July 2007
Sports and outdoors hunters interested in guns will find these excellent, top references. Bryce M. Towsley's GUNSMITHING MADE EASY offers everything you need to know about caring for a gun - including modifications as well as maintenance and repairs. Shooters who like do-it-yourself projects will find many color photos and clear directions to maintenance of all kinds of models. -- California Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review, September 2006
This detailed guide takes gunsmithing books to the next level. After all, there's no real reason for a gun-guide to look and read like a dry technical manual. Written for those of us without the tools or experience of professional gunsmiths, Gunsmithing Made Easy is filled with color photos and accessible instructions. With this hands-on guide at your disposal, you'll be able to perform most of your own repairs and modifications without spending a fortune on tools and materials. Gunsmithing Made Easy offers step-by-step images and instructions on everything from modifying stocks to cutting barrels to recrowning muzzles, covering hunting guns, handguns and more. -- The Military Book Club --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have to admit I enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover, and I found the procedures simple to follow and understand. I have no doubt I can do any of these projects. Will I ever do any of them? Maybe one or two, but that's about it. The author seems to be more of a hunting cowboy type and an avid Cowboy Action Shooting enthusiast, and many of the projects deal with old lever guns and shotguns. Nothing wrong with that, just not my area of focus. For example, when I saw a project titled "Chamber And Bore Polishing" I thought, "Alright! I can finally fix that feeding problem I have with my [a certain model of combat handgun I own]!" Nope, wrong. The project showed how to polish the chambers on a double-barrel shotgun instead of the "normal" conotation of polishing the chamber on a semi-auto pistol or any sort of rifle. In the entire book there was only one handgun project, and in keeping with the cowboy theme, that project was to replace the trigger return spring on a Ruger single-action revolver.
Overall the project procedures were spot-on, but there is one project in particular that I have to criticize slightly: shortening a barrel. The author assumes (because it's his rifle) that a scope will be mounted on the rifle after the barrel is shortened, but what if you want open sights instead?Read more ›
If I were to take exception and pick nits - I'd say bore cleaning isn't really gunsmithing and there are too many other sources that define this task and are free of charge. The second nit is the coverage of Ruger single action trigger repair. I thought the task was too unique to be included and the equipment used was more appropriate for a commercial shop. Like I said, nits. The book is inexpensive and the balance of the material was excellent.
No book can be all things to all people, and a book on home gun smithing will necessarily reflect the types of guns the author already has in his collection. Though there is a great deal in this book that is generally useful, its primary focus is on bolt action rifles. Likewise, the audience of this book is people familiar with tools and generally familiar with firearms but with zero experience doing their own gun smithing.
Understanding its focus and audience, then, this book is absolutely fabulous, and I consider it to be one of the best in its genre.
This book is filled with the sort of information that helps you short-cut the experience curve by learning from the author's experience rather than your own. Having learned some of the material in this book the hard way, I can really appreciate the value of what the author is offering.
I do a considerable amount of home gun smithing on a wide array of rifles, but there are some things I haven't done, such as shortened and re-crowned barrels, because I lack equipment such as lathes. This book explains precisely how to accomplish these tasks without lathes!
He starts at the very beginning by explaining not just what tools you need, but why you need them and how they are used. He also includes a number of excellent tips won from his experience, such as using rosin to hold a barrel in a barrel vise. This book goes from basics such as installing recoil pads all the way through building a custom rifle using a short-chambered barrel and an in-the-white action.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like all very little actual knowledge.But you will learn about tools.Mostly useless if you are already knowledgeable about tools..Not much gun help..Published 2 months ago by god of war
I just got this book, but looking through it looks like what I expected from Mr. Towsley. I have several of his books an they go into a lot of detail and he explains it very well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. W.
My husband loved the book. Great tips in the book to add to your knowledge.Published 5 months ago by Heather Parsons
Comprehensive, but no single book can cover everything. Good addition to a serious shooter's library.Published 5 months ago by KhanBuryKhan