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Working with Pins and Punches

One of the things some gun owners—engineers or fairly well-educated hobbyists who have a good grasp of mechanical things—ask about is how to handle the different kinds of pins in their guns. Particularly, they often want to know if their punches are the right ones, or if they can use a slightly different one without damaging their pins.

An Amusing and Useful Idea from Mark LaRue, Owner of LaRue Tactical

If 2 guys at the range both have iPhones...

TrackingPoint Stops Accepting Orders

TrackingPoint, the Pflugerville, Texas-based maker of "Precision-Guided Firearms" that cost upwards of $10K, announced on its website that it is no longer accepting orders due to "financial difficulty."

The Gunsmith’s Reference Library

We have yet to meet a gunsmith who knows all there is to know about repairing, improving and servicing all kinds of firearms. Nor have we ever met one who’s discomfort level fails to rise when a gun he’s never worked on, or hasn’t seen in years, comes in. Unless you specialize—rifles only, pistols only, shotguns only, stocks, engraving—you can ill afford to turn down work unfamiliar to you, yet you can’t afford not to if performing it could create a dangerous situation. That’s why books take up much space in the best shops. They’re our safety net, and they have proven their value many times by showing a way to fill a customer’s needs.

36th SHOT Show Opens Next Week

The 36th edition of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) will take place January 14-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ruger Announces Support of Scholastic Pistol Program

Sturm, Ruger & Co. will extend special pricing to the athletes and teams of the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP).

New Videos on GunReports.com (December 26)

Here are new videos added to GunReports.com the week of December 26: World Champion Jerry Miculek speed-shoots the 500 Magnum, the JM Mossberg 930 12 gauge, and a Smith & Wesson M&P-15.

New Videos on GunReports.com (December 19)

Here are new videos added to GunReports.com the week of December 19: Rare early 60s tv commercial for Mattel's Tommy Burst submachine gun detective set, robber picks the wrong girl, and how to speed-shoot a rifle with World Champion Jerry Miculek.

Tactical Optics Consultant Jim Smith Receives Carlos Hathcock Award

MSG Jim Smith was recently honored as the 2014 Carlos Hathcock Award recipient from the National Defense Industrial Association.

New Videos on GunReports.com (November 28)

Here are new videos added to GunReports.com the week of November 28: “Gun Safety?” with Colion Noir, Carving a Turkey with a .460 Magnum, and how to get squared away like a Marine.

New Videos on GunReports.com (October 24)

Here are new videos added to GunReports.com the week of October 25: Watch Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA demonstrate how to lap the rings on a rifle; Dianna Liedorff, member of the FNH USA shooting team, explains the 180, as well as other aspects of range etiquette; and Jerry Miculek fires armor-piercing rounds concrete blocks.…

History of the Swartz Safety

(GunReports.com) -- The October 2013 issue of Gun Tests magazine compares three 45 ACP Commander-size 1911 pistols from SIG Sauer, Kimber, and Ruger. Part of their differences are in the safeties, one of which is the Swartz design in the Kimber CDP II. This article from American Rifleman (January 1976) discusses the design in detail.

‘Background Check’ Rule Is Coming For You

On April 11, 2024, the Biden Administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a new rule to expand background-check requirements for private...