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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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STOCK REPAIRS

Apart from fitting, most shooters, at some time, will damage their stocks. Re stocking a gun, unless there are stocks available from the manufacturer is very expensive, so I always repair wherever possible and it is quite surprising, with modern adhesives how badly a stock can be broken and yet safely repaired.

Photos of a project to restore the woodwork of an English sidelock can be found in the Project Gallery


Greenwood Gunsmiths in the West Midlands

The above picture shows a sidelock stock which was snapped through the grip/hand. It has been bored from the head, through the grip, to bridge the break.


Greenwood Gunsmiths in the West Midlands

Another view of the hardwood pin, inserted into the stock, then inlet to accept the action.

Greenwood Gunsmiths in the West Midlands

The finished job, re chequered over the break and locally re finished.
A new stock for this gun would have cost between £1500 to £2000, depending on the quality of the wood. This repair was considerably less.
Approx 90% less!!!!!!


UPDATE 20/10/08

Greenwood Gunsmiths in the West Midlands

BEFORE
This is the stock and action of a Beretta SO6, recently arrived for repair. I don’t know if it was dropped, or stood on, or even the result of repeatedly slamming the gun shut, as it came to me via Chris Potters.

Greenwood Gunsmiths in the West Midlands

AND AFTER
That’s better. Once again, a replacement stock would have cost well over £1000. It goes to show, however bad the break, I can usually put it back together again.


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