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GUNSMITHING, WHATS IT ALL ABOUT??
General maintenance, the do's and don'ts.
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PROJECT GALLERY
Photos and information on my latest projects
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CHOOSING A SHOTGUN
One of the first questions you need to ask yourself, is what am I going to use my shotgun for?
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GUNSMITHS HEROES
Lisa Seargent is my latest addition to my "gunsmiths heroes" section..
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BARREL REPAIRS / ALLTERATIONS
Unless you are very lucky, or very careful, at some time you will need to have some work done to the barrels of your gun.
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ACTION WORK
Around Christmas, I was given a Perazzi case, with the repair label saying "clean thoroughly". It did not prepare me for what I found inside.
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GUN FITTING
If you have a younger shooter who is still growing, a lady with a long neck or high cheekbones, or indeed anyone with a none average shape.
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STOCK REPAIRS
Apart from fitting, most shooters, at some time, will damage their stocks.
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STOCK WORK
Ok! This is where things can get complicated. Apart from the usual cracks, dents, chips etc.there is also re‐finishing, re‐chequering and, of course, fitting, and it is here I will start.
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Greenwood Gunsmiths in Kent

That was the dilemma facing Jenny Andrews, commercial manager of the CPSA. Jenny knew that her shooting was not improving and she was becoming despondent; having been told by several good coaches that her gun fi t was not as good as it could be. However, having only recently purchased a gun for her son, Jos, Jenny didn’t think she could justify the outlay of a new gun for herself, so she came to visit me to see what could be done.

My name is Tim Greenwood and recently, I became the only independent gunsmith accepted by the CPSA as a Trade Member. Some of you who frequent the internet may have noticed my website (www.greenwoodgunsmiths.co.uk), where I try to help shooters with their questions about gunsmithing, gun fitting etc.
The first thing I noticed when Jenny came to my workshop was her high cheek bones and long neck, which meant that when she mounted her standard Zoli 12 bore Sporter (which she tells me she purchased brand new in the late 1980’s), her neck and head had to be bought down to the stock, causing her head to roll forward. This meant that not only was her cheek in contact with the stock at the wrong angle, causing her to lift her head off the stock to avoid bruising, but also strain through the shoulders and neck which, Greenwood Gunsmiths in Kentcoupled with recoil, causes fatigue and in the long term, even damage to the neck. In picture 1, look at the position of her eye in the eye socket in this and then again in picture 2.

As her head is rolled forward, her eye is rolled nearly to the top of the socket to enable her to see along the rib. This means that if the target is rising, her head will lift off the stock in an effort to ensure that her eye can stay with it. In other words, her eye will run out of upwards movement, so her head will automatically lift; the most common fault with shooters.
Picture 2 shows another view of Jenny’s eye. Notice how her pupil is almost at the top of the eye socket. Any of you who have found my website will know I am a great fan of the ‘Jones Adjuster’; Greenwood Gunsmiths in Kenttwo aluminium plates fitted to the back of the gun, which allows considerable adjustment to the mounting position of the gun. It is a much cheaper option than re-stocking the gun to the shooter’s dimensions and can always be changed to accommodate weight loss or gain and, in the case of younger shooters, when they grow taller.

I also needed to make some minor adjustments to the trigger, as Jenny had to reach a little too far forward to squeeze, which made the action less smooth. So, the gun was left with me to fi t the adjustable plates and a Kickeeze pad, for ultimate comfort and recoil absorption. A few weeks later Jenny and I met at Dartford Gun Club and were allowed to make use of their facilities to set the gun up with all the changes I had made.

As you can see from picture 3, the gun is now sitting properly in Jenny’s shoulder. The top of the pad is sitting nearly level with the top of her shoulder and the gun has been lifted to allow her cheek to make comfortable contact with the comb. Although it is diffi cult to see in this picture because of Greenwood Gunsmiths in Kentthe safety glasses and the fact that she was facing into the sun as I took the picture, her eye is also lower in the socket. This and the comfortable head and neck position will help eliminate head lift and fatigue through the neck and shoulders. In picture 4 you will notice the correct head up position, with the head, neck and body in a line through the back leg.

Picture 5 shows a view from the other side. Her cheek is in the right position on the comb, her head and neck are up and with two to three fingers of space between her nose and thumb showing the stock is the right length. With the gun now set up correctly for her, we shot a couple of rounds of Skeet, just to get used to the changes that had been made. I am very pleased to say that by the time we had finished, Jenny was hitting far more than she was missing, with no damage to her face, and no strain through her neck and shoulders. She also didn’t lift her head off the stock once! Greenwood Gunsmiths in Kent

Jenny tells me that, after I had left Dartford, she shot a few rounds and couldn’t get it together. However after a rest and some dry mounting in the evenings at home, she joined the folks at the Kings Ferry Gun Club for some practice Skeet and managed a round of 22 and another of 19. Her previous scores having never risen above the mid teens. Unfortunately, she says, her son Jos managed to beat her and as a 12 year old who hasn’t shot much during the cricket season, she thinks she might still have a fight on her hands.

In closing, I would like to thank Gordon Lee at Dartford Gun Club for the use of their excellent facilities. If you live in the south east, please support this ground. They have invested thousands of pounds to provide shooters with just about every discipline available in one ground, a wonderful club house and easy, driveable access to all the ranges; and it gets better every time I go there.

Tim Greenwood