Gunsmithing Career History

Gunsmithing Career History

Gunsmithing Career History Gunsmiths have been around much longer than armorers. First gunsmiths evolved from bellmakers, later they overlapped with watchmakers — wheel locks had much in common with watch mainsprings and escapements, and with furniture makers. The same person didn’t usually work in both fields, but the skill sets overlapped considerably. Armorers, people who…

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Armorer and Gunsmith: What is the Difference?

Armorer and Gunsmith: What is the Difference?

Armorer and Gunsmith: What is the Difference? When it comes to repairing your gun, many have the skills to complete minor repairs at home, especially if Gunsmithing is your main hobby. But for people who do not like to repair their guns themselves or if their firearm has a more complicated issue, Armorers and Gunsmiths…

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What Could Disqualify You from Having an FFL?

What Could Disqualify You from Having an FFL?

What Could Disqualify You from Having an FFL? In this month’s blog discussion, I will identify some of the reasons how you can be denied a Federal Firearms License (FFL). In a past blog, I discussed the application and approval process concerning how to get an FFL. In that blog, I stated that it is…

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Metal Finishes: Bluing, Electroplating, and Spray-Coats

Metal Finishes: Bluing, Electroplating, and Spray-Coats

Metal Finishes: Bluing, Electroplating, and Spray-Coats Weather isn’t always kind to steel: rust never sleeps. For the first six centuries of its existence, guns also had to deal with corrosive residues, first from black powder residue forming sulphuric acid, then from salts from mercury-based primers. First gun finish was bluing, a form of carefully controlled surface oxidation.…

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Cerakote vs. Duracoat vs. Bluing. Fight!

Cerakote vs. Duracoat vs. Bluing. Fight!

Cerakote vs. Duracoat vs. Bluing. Fight!  If you find yourself saying ‘never again’ every time you find a scratch on your firearm, it may be time to make good on your resolution before you add to your collection of inevitable blemishes again. While we all might dream of a manufacturer sped’d, fully nitride-coated firearm, few…

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How to Lighten the Load this Hunting Season

How to Lighten the Load this Hunting Season

How to Lighten the Load this Hunting Season Going hunting shouldn’t feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your back. But pairing things down to just essentials seems impossible when everything you’re taking is essential. Cutting down weight and traveling light is about making sacrifices, and hopefully not all of these sacrifices…

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3 Tips to Start Connecting on LinkedIn

3 Tips to Start Connecting on LinkedIn

3 Tips to Start Connecting on LinkedIn LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. Unlike other platforms, LinkedIn promotes business relationships that highlight your strengths as a worker. Consider it a professional Facebook account, focused on your career goals rather than cat memes.  The site offers a personalized account, where you can highlight your…

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What Game is in for Summer Season?

What Game is in for Summer Season?

What Game is in for Summer Season? When most people think of hunting, they think of walking through snow-covered forests or areas with bare trees looking for large game like deer or elk. While the grand prize of landing a deer is a dream kept for fall and winter. Hunting during the summer months has…

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Light Weight for the Summer: Range and Hunting Trips

Light Weight for the Summer: Range and Hunting Trips

Light Weight for the Summer: Range and Hunting Trips The classic American icon, the Tommygun, was heavy and overlong in the stock. Its inventor, Brigadier General John T. Thompson was an unusually tall man, and his invention was a great fit for the designer’s 6ft 3in frame. For the average man, less so. And even…

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