Hands-on Gunsmithing Classes

with Bob Dunlap and Ken Brooks - Coquille, Oregon

2016 Class Schedule

To be eligible for these first classes you must have passed the appropriate section of the course prior to taking the class.
For more information and availability, please contact us at 800-797-0867.

Date Class Instructor
March 14-18, 2016 Colt 1911 Ken Brooks
April 18-22, 2016 Triggers Ken Brooks
May 16-20, 2016 Extractors Ken Brooks
June 6-10, 2016 S&W Revolvers Ken Brooks
June 13-17, 2016 Colt Revolvers Bob Dunlap
July 11-15, 2016 Remington 870/1100 Shotguns Bob Dunlap
July 18-22, 2016 Bedding Ken Brooks
August NO CLASSES N/A
Sept.12-16, 2016 Browning A5 Ken Brooks
Sept.19-23, 2016 Colt 1911 Bob Dunlap

Tools

Although AGI does provide some tools and any of the necessary power tools needed for class, each student should have the following tools as part of their basic tool kit. These will be required for EACH CLASS. Some of the classes will require additional tools and are listed separately.
Remember this list is just a basic list. Anything extra you find useful and/or regularly use is at your discretion.

BASIC TOOLS

Hammer
Safety Glasses
Screwdriver Set
Punch Set
Sharpie Marker
Needle Nose Pliers
Regular Pliers
Tweezers
Small Flashlight (ex. Mini Mag Lite)
Set of Files
Set of Needle Files
Sense of Humor

Class Descriptions

DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: COLT 1911
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS (March Class), BOB DUNLAP (September Class)


Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Handguns section of the course.

The DF&R Colt 1911 Course consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of bench time. This course covers all phases of repair of the Colt type 1911, in 45 ACP caliber. We will not be covering any "custom" work but will be showing function and reliability of the gun, trigger job included. The gun should function with 100% reliability when finished and have a crisp trigger let-off with no hammer follow down.

REQUIRED Firearms:
Suitable 1911 (Of course)

REQUIRED Tools:
Basic Tool Kit

Additional Tools Needed:  
Stones
Dial Caliper
Lubricant
6” or longer Mill or Mill Bastard (SHARP!)

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: TRIGGER SYSTEMS
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS


Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Handgun OR Rifle section of the course.
**Note: Completion of the Handguns, Shotguns and Rifles is preferred.

The DF&R Trigger Systems class consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of hands on bench time.
We will be covering the design, function and repair of multiple trigger systems to include handguns, rifles and shotguns. Students will be performing trigger jobs and repairs on numerous firearms and upon completion of the class will have a strong foundation base of knowledge to diagnose and repair almost any trigger system.

REQUIRED Firearms for Triggers Class
**1911
**Colt SA Army or Clone
**Remington 700
**Military Bolt Action with 2 stage trigger pull
**Double Barrel Shotgun with single trigger
                Can be side/side or over/under           
**Remington 870 or 1100 Series
**AR15 or AK
**Savage 11o Series
**S&W Revolver
**Glock
Firearms Not Required but would be good learning if someone had one to bring!
Double Barrel Shotgun w/2 triggers
Browning Hi Power
Luger
Browning BAR
Winchester Model 70
Rifle w/double set of triggers
Rifle w/single set triggers
Firearm with Jewell trigger

REQUIRED TOOLS
Basic Tool Kit

Additional Tools Needed
2 oz. Ball Peen Hammer
Set of Diamond Needle Files
6” Barret File
6” & 8” Regular File
1”x1”x6” Stone
Nail Polish-the more outlandish, the better
Dial Calipers
Bench Block
*Vice Grips (not necessary but nice to have)

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: EXTRACTORS
INSTRUCTOR: Ken Brooks

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of the Handguns section of the course.

The DF&R Extractors class consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of bench time. Students will be learning DF&R of extractors, as extractors are the problem and/or the cure for 90% of all feeding issues with repeating firearms of virtually any design. They will be learning the relationship of the extractor to the ejector of the different designs. They will be fitting extractors to the various designs. They will be fabricating a .22 extractor.

To provide complete and thorough course, the students will be working on a large variety of differently designed extractors.  Therefore, students will need to bring a large amount of firearms to include the following:

Recommended/Preferred Firearms:
1911
Remington 700
Ruger 10-22 or a Ruger Standard Auto, or Marlin 60 series of .22
Remington 870 or 1100
Rifle with claw-type extractor, such as a Mauser 98, Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 or Model 70 Classic, Springfield 1903, 1917 Enfield or Arisaka, etc.

Additional Firearms:
Note: The following not required but would be additional educational experience.
S&W M& P series
S&W 39-59 Series
Browning High Power
CZ-75 or CZ-52
Luger P-08 or Mauser C-96 Broomhandle

Required Tools:
Basic Tool Kit

Additional Tools Needed:
Diamond Needle Files
American pattern File
6” & 8” Bastard File
**4” or 6” Barrett File (Not required but might come in handy)
Note: Any other files will be a nice addition.

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: S&W REVOLVER
INSTRUCTOR: Ken Brooks

PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of the Handguns section of the course.

The DF&R Smith and Wesson Revolvers class consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of bench time.
We will be going over design, function, and repair of the Smith and Wesson Double action swing out cylinder revolvers. Including timing, ranging, aligning crane, removal of ends-hake and so much more. Also a smooth and polish and target trigger job.

REQUIRED Firearms:
Minimum of ONE S&W Double Action Swing-out cylinder Revolver…have more? Bring them!
      More is better!

REQUIRED Tools:   
Basic Tool Kit

Additional Tools Needed:
Hand Window File (Brownell’s carry these)
2 Oz. Ball Peen Hammer
6” Barrett File
6” and 8” Bastard Files
Dial Caliper
Welding goggles
Flat head Screwdriver with head a minimum of .250 wide and shaft of at least 4” in length. We will be modifying this into a tool. An inexpensive or used and well -worn screwdriver works well for this. Can be bought locally in Coquille, if needed.
Toothbrush (for gun cleaning….NOT your teeth)
Dead Blow Hammer
Babbitt bar (Brownell’s
Ammo for guns to be used in class.
Shooting Glasses
Hearing protection (For test firing…NOT during Ken’s lectures)
Eye protection
*Extra set of springs for the model of gun bringing to class.

*Note: This is not required but may come in handy if the set in the firearm gets ruined.

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: COLT REVOLVERS DETECTIVE SPECIAL, PYTHON AND SIMILAR MODELS.
INSTRUCTOR: BOB DUNLAP

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Handguns section of the course.

The DF&R Colt Revolvers-Detective Special, Python and Similar Models class will be approximately 1/3 lecture and 2/3 hands on.  It will cover most aspects of these revolvers' design, function, repairing and tuning.
Bob Dunlap teaches to the highest denominator and expects the rest of the class to catch up. Most of the time, this is not a problem however, if members of the class are having problems with a certain aspect of the gun, subject matter will be covered again with a different approach. Bob Dunlap often does role playing in his classes so bone up on your acting skills!

REQUIRED Firearms:
Colt; D, I or E Frame
Note: The  I frame (Python) is preferred as the others are harder to work on.

REQUIRED Tools:
Basic Tool Kit

Additional Tools Needed:
Stones
Lube Oil
Propane Torch or MAP Gas Torch
Small Ball Peen Hammer (no larger than 4 oz.)
Dial Caliper (2 oz. preferred)
Cold Blue (in the event you boo-boo)
OLD half-round file, 1” wide that can be destroyed as you will be modifying it into a tool.

Ammo if test firing—NO AMMO ALLOWED IN CLASS

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: REMINGTON 870/1100
INSTRUCTOR: BOB DUNLAP

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Rifles section of the course.

The DF&R Remington 870/1100 class consists of approximately 1/3 lecture and 2/3 bench time.
This class covers most aspects of the shotgun design, function, repair and tuning.
Bob Dunlap teaches to the highest denominator and expects the rest of the class to catch up. Most of the time, this is not a problem however, if members of the class are having problems with a certain aspect of the gun, subject matter will be covered again with a different approach. Bob Dunlap often does role playing in his classes so bone up on your acting skills!

REQUIRED Firearms:
Remington 870
Remington Model 1100 or 1187

REQUIRED Tools:
Basic Tool Kit
Additional Tools Needed:
Large Screwdriver
2 oz. or 4 oz Ball Peen Hammer
Note: Larger hammer will not work.  Though you may want to bring one for adjusting the instructor’s attitude, it will not be condoned.    
Larger Mill file or Mill bastard
Punch set
Stones
Lube Oil
**Optional: Propane or MAP gas torch             
Cold Blue may come in handy for any boo-boo’s.
Any other items that may be useful, feel free to bring.
Test Fire Ammo for the firearm used during class.
AMMUNITION IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE CLASSROOM!

Bob Dunlap teaches to the highest denominator and expects the rest of the class to catch up. Most of the time, this is not a problem however, if members of the class are having problems with a certain aspect of the gun, subject matter will be covered again with a different approach. Bob Dunlap often does role playing in his classes so bone up on your acting skills!

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: GLASS BEDDING
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of the Rifles section of the course.
The DF&R Bedding class consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of bench time.
For the bedding class the students will be learning and performing bedding to a couple of different firearm designs, for strength and accuracy. Students will be learning how to: Bed a bolt action rifle correctly, pillar bed a rifle, pressure bed a bolt action rifle, bed a two piece stocked rifle/shotgun correctly, bed a Ruger 10-22 correctly.
REQUIRED Firearms:
At least one (1) Bolt Action rifle with wooden stock. Ex: Remington 700, Winchester 70 or Savage 110.       
Note: Synthetic stocks are optional and considered a bonus but at least one wooden stock is required.  
Ruger 10-22 with wooden stock.
Rifle or Shotgun with 2 piece stock. Ex. Remington 870, 1100, 740 series, Winchester 1200, 1300, or 1400 series.       
                Also acceptable are the Marlin 1894 or the 336 series.

REQUIRED Tools:
Basic Tool Kit

Additional Tools:
Pillars for pillar bedding (Brownell’s or Midway carry)
Tools to disassemble firearms (if not included in the Basic Tool Kit)
Masking tape
Steel wool,
X-Acto knife
Impact Screwdriver Set (If already owned, this is optional)
Eye protection
Dial caliper

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: BROWNING A5
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Shotguns section of the course is MANDATORY.  

The DF&R of the Browning A5 class consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of hands on bench time. The Browning A5 is a convoluted firearm and we will be covering each aspect of it.
Upon completion of the class, the student will have an in-depth working knowledge of the Browning A5.

REQUIRED Firearms for Browning A5
Browning A5 or the copy, Remington 11.
Note: You may bring more than of each or both.

REQUIRED Tools:
Basic Tool Kit

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Student Feedback
See what students are saying about our classes

“The class was AMAZING! Ken explained the information very clearly and was very patient. Attending the Hands-On Ruger 10-22 class reinforced the video lessons by actually doing the process with someone who knows what he is doing.
For example, we had to heat up the extractor and bend it to fit the case better.

Then we had to polish it and draw it back so it would not break.  I had seen this process in the videos but still was not sure how difficult it would be to do or if I would be able to do it on my own.

With Ken available, it was amazing to find out how simple it really was.  That is just one of the many examples of the things I did throughout the week that I had had reservations if I would be able to do the job or not.

My confidence has increased knowing that it really is not that hard.  I highly recommend the Hands-On classes to anyone that is serious about making Gunsmithing more than a hobby.

Thank you again!”
Bryan Peterson

Dear AGI!

I just wanted to thank you for the 1911 class. Ken's class was one of the greatest weeks of my entire life. Ken is such an amazing teacher.

I'm going to call Monday and sign up for his 'Stock Bedding' class and the 'Smith & Wesson' revolver class, if there are still spots available.

Thank you again,
John Owens

For more information and availability, please contact Celeste at:

(800) 797-0867 EXT. 108

Or email at:

cchrest@americangunsmith.com

The American Gunsmithing Institute is not responsible for a student's travel, hotel, or meal costs. If the classes do not have a minimum of 6 participants per class, the classes will be cancelled and rescheduled until a class of 6 or more is filled.

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