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Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - “Cut” A Straight Pilot Hole for a Forearm
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - “Cut” A Straight Pilot Hole for a Forearm

Using a 2¼” x 2¼” x 9” piece of walnut to make a forearm for a Winchester 1897 shotgun, I was faced with the problem of drilling a long, straight hole through the wood blank for the action slide.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - July 2007
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - July 2007

Occasionally a Remington 870 action tube nut just doesn't want to turn. When I see the whole tube starting to turn in the wood, I use this tool.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - February 2013
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - February 2013

The Stevens Tip-ups were first introduced in the 1870’s and discontinued in 1895. Parts are virtually non-existent for these.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - February 2009
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - February 2009

Below is a picture of a 2" x ¼" dia. drill press device for cutting screw holes in recoil pads from the back to be used on pads that require a knife cut on the outside to insert a mounting screw.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - March 2012
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - March 2012

Early in my career as a gunsmith for our local armoured car companies, I discovered an innovative way to protect a barrel's bore from the etching effects of Parkerizing.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - June 2011
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - June 2011

Recently I had parkerized a rifle using your manganese solution. Upon assembly I had a missing pin. I knew that I had blasted it using the shake-and-blast canister. I had a part stick in the canister before and quickly found it there.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Parkerizing With Black-It or Cold Blue
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Parkerizing With Black-It or Cold Blue

After several failed experiments trying to reproduce the look of Parkerizing on my M1 Garand, which has a new commercial barrel, I tried a product call Blacken-It used to color model locomotive and freight car parts.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Review of the Tulsa Gun Show
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Review of the Tulsa Gun Show

Just got back from the Tulsa Show. Supremely cool show, mighty big, everybody was real nice. There were people from all over the country there showing or shopping.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Modifying Mauser Bolt Handles Without Cutting'em Off The Bolt
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Modifying Mauser Bolt Handles Without Cutting'em Off The Bolt

When sporterizing military Mauser bolt handles, I found that the job is much quicker and easier if I do not cut the original bolt handle completely off.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Harrington & Richardson - Revolver Models Trigger Return Spring
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Harrington & Richardson - Revolver Models Trigger Return Spring

During my tenure in Gunsmithing, there has been more than one occasion where a trigger return spring has been broken.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Gun Stock Finishing Without Touching The Stock - July 2013
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Gun Stock Finishing Without Touching The Stock - July 2013

The key to hands-free stock finishing is a rotating carousel tray about 12” in diameter, often called a "Lazy Susan," that you find in the housewares section of a department store.

Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Inletting a Tapered Octagon Barrel
Brownells Gunsmith Kinks® - Inletting a Tapered Octagon Barrel

I have done gunsmithing for years and have more recently added furniture making to my list of hobbies.