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"...easy, almost leisurely read, it is well-illustrated and infinitely understandable for anyone wanting to take on home gunsmithing challenges." -- The New GUN WEEK, June 10, 2006

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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Gunsmithing Made Easy is a guide to beginning - and successfully completing - many essential firearms repairs and modifications. Presented in a series of useful gunsmithing projects, these tasks can be performed by a gun enthusiast with average skills, affordable tools and a modest budget. Thorough, step-by-step instructions and detailed photographs give you the know-how to tune, modify and repair many popular firearms. From the use of essential gunsmithing tools, to tips on fitting sights and bedding barrels, Gunsmithing Made Easy provides the inside information you need to "do it yourself." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 4th edition (October 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080778
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carl E. Wolf on August 9, 2006
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This old timer is crusty but good. He gets down to the level of most of us with his talk and pictures about starting out on the kitchen table to building your own shop. He is not afraid to tell when expensive products can be made or a less costly substitutes do just as well. I am a light gunsmith and gun cleaner and was looking for some help with tools and techniques. In the process I purchased a number of the leading books on gunsmithing. Most of them do not live up to their advertising, this one does.
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Let me begin with some quick background info. If you're considering purchasing this book, then you've probably heard of the American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI); and if you're familiar with the AGI catalog and marketing, then you know that this book is one of the bonus items included in their entry-level "Practical Gunsmithing" course. Curiosity is what ultimately led me to purchase this book, to get an "inside preview" (so to speak) of AGI's basic course.

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?
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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.
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This book shows how to handle many gunsmithing tasks without having to own a mill or lathe. It has very easy to follow instruction's with photos and covers a wide range of topics. Shop set up , tools and tooling , cleaning , bedding ,accurizing ,finishing, and building your own rifle custom rifle are just a few of the things covered. For the guy who doesn't have access to a mill and lathe but wants to do his own gunsmithing at home this is the book I would recomend. Good hunting KH
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I don't think I can add much to what has already been said, other than Gunsmithing Made Easy is a good book of projects almost any enthusiast would find useful. Some are very easy, like cleaning a bore to improve accuracy and some are more difficult, like fitting a short chambered barrel with handtools and not so expensive precision measuring tools. The language is concise and easy to follow, the supporting photography is excellent in quality and appropriate in support of instructions.

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.
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There are some helpful hints in Towsley's book, but don't be fooled by the nice binding and crisp color photographs. I'm not a master gunsmith, but I felt Towsley's book was lacking in professionalism. When I'm looking through my library for an article regarding a certain aspect of gunsmithing, I'd rather not be distracted by statements like "puke green carpet" and "trailer park trash" or "pimp my rifle." Nor do I feel it is necessary when captioning photographs and describing every firearm in the book that it was built by so-and-so, owned by so-and-so, and used to kill such-and-such big game or varmint. Luckily this book is reasonably priced. Otherwise, it wouldn't be worth purchasing, and I feel it has the potential to lead people astray from their path to becoming competent gunsmiths. If you really want to learn the art of gunsmithing, pick up any of the books by Patrick Sweeney and/or some of the books by Bill Holmes instead.
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The phrase in the title of this review is a quote from the second chapter of this book and epitomizes the practical, wise and accessible approach of the author.

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.
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