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    Gunsmith book recommendation

    There are many things one can find on the internet. But what if the power goes out for whatever reason? Things are bad and no access to a gunsmith or the internet.

    I'm a believer in having paper books for when online searches are not possible. Are they any books you would recommend for basic gun repairs?

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    The NRA firearm assembly books for rifles and handguns.

    I bought the whole set of the books from the NRA many years ago,(The Firearms Classics Library) Gunsmithing by Roy F. Dunlap is pretty thorough without being too technical. Nice set of books actually, leather bound, acid free paper.


    There's about 130 books in the whole collection, I have about 15 of them.

    https://djmcadam.com/firearms-classics-library-html
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    Sorry, I have not written it yet.

    Go to a night class in machine shop to start.

    I know that is not a book, but the machining knowledge is invaluable in that respect.

    You want to be a parts swapper? you don't need it then.

    But being able to make the parts that are not available is a whole different story.

    Example; had to make a main spring and a stirrup for a Volcanic pistol, cost the owner $600.00.
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    Here is a couple of pictures of a part I made as an example.

    This part is about 1/3 the size of the pictures, OAL is about 3/4 of an inch.

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    Reminds me of an auto sear. Not sure where I got that idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1skrewsloose View Post
    Reminds me of an auto sear. Not sure where I got that idea.
    Not even close, it is a bolt stop.

    Why is it that people think if you can make parts you must be converting guns to FA????

    Can't tell you how many people over the decades wanted me to convert assorted guns to FA, answer was always NO.

    Most common one was the semi auto Thompson, next was the AR.

    Can I convert them? SURE if they are self stuffers, but I will not.

    I am about to make some spare small parts for one of my MG's, perfectly legal, none are available for it other than used ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOCOM42 View Post
    Not even close, it is a bolt stop.

    Why is it that people think if you can make parts you must be converting guns to FA????

    Can't tell you how many people over the decades wanted me to convert assorted guns to FA, answer was always NO.

    Most common one was the semi auto Thompson, next was the AR.

    Can I convert them? SURE if they are self stuffers, but I will not.

    I am about to make some spare small parts for one of my MG's, perfectly legal, none are available for it other than used ones.
    I wasn't trying to imply anything, when I lived back east buddy had a FFL and several different FA's. Some days we would take a look inside to see what was what. That was over 30 yrs ago, just reminded me of something I saw once.

    They are fun to shoot and waste ammo but wouldn't have one for serious use.
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    The gun digest assembly/disassembly books are the ones I would consider most important. If you are mechanically inclined you can probably figure out what is wrong, but being able to put them back together, especially some of the more complicated or unusual designs can be tricky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimb1972 View Post
    The gun digest assembly/disassembly books are the ones I would consider most important. If you are mechanically inclined you can probably figure out what is wrong, but being able to put them back together, especially some of the more complicated or unusual designs can be tricky.
    I have had different guns brought to me over the years in a box, just parts to be re-assembled.

    Some I have never seen before, took some time but did them all, some guns needed some parts that were missing or broke.

    Right now the parts are scarce for fighting rifles, I looked at APEX the other day for a Galil barrel, none.

    Most other parts were gone also, FAL parts the same, AK's too.

    It seems along with ammunition, everyone has bought up all the spares out there that are important, coming SHTF anticipation????
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOCOM42 View Post
    I have had different guns brought to me over the years in a box, just parts to be re-assembled.

    Some I have never seen before, took some time but did them all, some guns needed some parts that were missing or broke.

    Right now the parts are scarce for fighting rifles, I looked at APEX the other day for a Galil barrel, none.

    Most other parts were gone also, FAL parts the same, AK's too.

    It seems along with ammunition, everyone has bought up all the spares out there that are important, coming SHTF anticipation????
    Without the book it will likely take hours or days, with it will take minutes, especially if you are missing pieces.
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