Hands-on Gunsmithing Classes
with Bob Dunlap and Ken Brooks - Coquille, Oregon

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 Becky at 1-800-797-0867 x 102.

Date Class Instructor
     
March 24-28 1911 Ken - Full
April 21-25 Bedding Ken
May 26-30 Extractors Ken
June 16-20 Colt Revolver Bob
June 23-27 S&W Revolvers Ken
July 21-25 Ruger 10/22 and auto Pistols Ken
August 25-29 Remington 870/1100 Bob
September 22-26 Firing Pins Bob
October 27-31 1911 Bob

Class Descriptions

DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: COLT 1911
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS

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

The Colt 1911 DF&R Course consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of hands on.  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.

You will need to bring a suitable 1911, a hammer, a set of punches, screwdrivers, stones, lubricant, needle files and at least one mill or mill bastard file 6 inches long or longer and sharp (complete list of tools needed provided separately).

Upon completion of the class, the gun should function with 100% reliability when finished and have a crisp trigger let-off with no hammer follow down.


DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: RUGER 10/22 AND AUTO PISTOLS
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Handgun OR Rifle section of the course.

The DF&R Ruger 10/22 course consists of approximately 15 hours of lecture and 25 hours of hands on. This course covers all phases of repair of the 10/22 and .22 auto pistols, but does not cover any "custom" work. We will be showing function and reliability of the gun; trigger job included.

You will need to bring suitable 10/22 and .22 auto pistol, a hammer, a set of punches, screwdrivers, stones, lubricant, needle files and at least one mill or mill bastard file 6 inches long or longer and sharp, and a set of allen wrenches.

The gun that you bring to work on should function with 100% reliability when finished and have a crisp trigger let off with no hammer follow down.

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: FIRING PINS
INSTRUCTOR: BOB DUNLAP

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Handguns and Rifles sections of the course.

The course is approximately 1/3 lecture and 2/3 hands on.  It will cover all types of firing pins commonly found in modern sporting firearms, rim fire and low and high pressure center fire.  It will cover most aspects of function and fitting of these firing pins.

Each student will need to bring at least three (3) different types of firearm.  One must be a rim fire, one a high power rifle and a shotgun. A single shot shotgun would be good.  More than three different firearms would also be good.  Also need will be the tools to take these guns apart.  Also bring a set of needle files a mill of mill bastard file, a punch set, a small ball peen hammer-not over 4 oz.-a larger ball peen hammer will not do.  Although you may want to bring a larger one for adjusting the instructor’s attitude, it will not be condoned.  Propane or MAP GAS torch, stones, lube oil and anything else you think you may need.  A little cold blue would be nice, just in case you boo boo.  You need to bring ammo for the guns you will be working on.  BUT THERE WILL BE NO AMMO IN THE CLASS ROOM

I teach to the highest denominator and expect the rest of the class to catch up.  Most of the time they do catch up but if members of the class are not getting a certain aspect of the gun, we will go over it in a different way. We often do role laying in class, so bone up on your acting skills.

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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 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.
 
Each student will need to bring a Colt D, I or E frame gun.  An I frame gun (Python) is the preferred gun the other frame size guns are OK but are harder to work on. Also needed are screw drivers, of the sizes need to disassemble the guns, a punch set, files and a set of needle files, stones, lube oil, a propane torch or a MAP GAS torch, a small ball peen hammer--no larger than a 4 oz., a 2 oz. is preferred-and anything else that you might need or think you might need.  A little cold blue would be nice, just in case you boo boo.  If you think that you would like to test fire you gun, bring ammo for it.  BUT THERE CAN BE NO AMMO IN THE CLASS ROOM.

You will also need an old half round file that you can destroy, about 1 inch wide, as you will make a tool out of it.

I teach to the highest denominator and expect the rest of the class to catch up.  In most cases they do.  BUT if members of the class are not getting a certain aspect of the gun we will go over it in a different way.  In most classes we do some roll playing, so bone up on your acting skills.

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: S&W REVOLVER
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS

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

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 endshake and oh so much more. Also a smooth and polish and target trigger job.

Students will need to bring the following tools to the class:

At least one Smith and Wesson double action swing out cylinder revolver....more is better.
Hand window file (Brownells sells these).
Basic set of hand tools:
Screw drivers to disassemble said revolvers
Punch set
2 oz ball peen hammer
Set of diamond needle files
Set of regular needle files
6 inch Barrette file
6 inch bastard file
8 inch bastard file
Pair of needle nose pliars
Set of welding goggles
Sense of humor
Flat head screw driver that the head is at least. 250 wide and the shaft at least 4 inches long. We will be modifing this into a tool. An inexpensive or used and worn screw driver works well. This can also be bought here locally.
Tooth brush.....for cleaning the gun, not your teeth.
Dead blow hammer
Babbitt bar (Brownells sells these).
Ammo for guns used in class.
Safety glasses as need.
Shooting glasses.
Hearing protection......for test fire.
An extra set of springs for the model of gun the student is bringing to class. (This is not required but may come in handy if the ones in the gun get ruined).

Please always bring your firearms to class in some kind of box or case.

If need firearms can be mailed to Ken Brooks prior to the class. Be sure to wrap the firearm(s) up carefully. Tie to the gun itself a note explaining that the firearm is for the hands on class. Make sure your name, address, telephone number are included.
Mail to PISCO attn: Ken Brooks
1455 B. North Hemlock Street
Coquille OR 97423

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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 class will be approximately 1/3 lecture and 2/3 hands on.  It will cover most aspect of these shotguns' designs, functions, repairs and tuning.

Each student will need to bring Remington model 870 and a model 1100 or 1187.  Also needed are the tools to take these guns apart and adjust them.  IE:  A large screwdriver, a 2 or 4 oz. ball peen hammer-a larger ball peen hammer will not do.  Although you may want to bring a larger one for adjusting the instructor’s attitude, it will not be condoned. A set of needle files, a larger mill file or mill bastard, a punch set, stones, a propane or MAP GAS torch-optional, lube oil, and anything else you think you may need.  A little cold blue would be nice, just in case you boo boo.  You will need to bring some test fire ammo.  BUT THERE WILL BE NO AMMO IN THE CLASS ROOM.

I teach to the highest denominator and expect the rest of the class to catch up.  Most of the time they do catch up but if members of the class are not getting a certain aspect of the gun, we will go over it in a different way.  We often do roll playing in class, so bone up on your acting skills.

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GLASS BEDDING
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS

For the bedding class the students will be learning how 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.
  • Preasure bed a bolt action rifle.
  • Bed a two piece stocked rifle/shotgun correctly.
  • Bed a Ruger 10-22 correctly.

Students will need to bring:

  • At least one bolt action rifle with a wooden stock - such as a Remington 700, a Winchester 70 or a Savage 110, those would be the best.  (If they bring other bolt action rifles that will be a bonus. If they bring a bolt action rifle with a synthetic stock that would be a bonus as well but they will NEED a bolt action with a wooden stock).
  • A Ruger 10-22 with a wooden stock.
  • A rifle or shotgun with a two piece stock - like a Remington 870/1100, or Remington 740 series. Or a Winchester 1200/1300/1400 series. Or a Winchester 94. Or a Marlin 1894, or 336 series.

Tools:

  • Students will need to bring:
  • Pillars for pillar bedding. Brownells/Midway carries these.
  • Tools to disassemble the above mentioned firearms.
  • Masking tape, steel wool, exacto knife.
  • If they have an impact screwdriver set they should bring it.

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DESIGN, FUNCTION AND REPAIR: EXTRACTORS
INSTRUCTOR: KEN BROOKS

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

Students will be learning design, function and repair of extractors, as extractors are the problem and or 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.

We really want to do a thorough course here and to do it justice, students will need to work on a lot of the different designed extractors on the market. As such students would really need to bring quite a few firearms.

Each Student should bring:

  • A 1911
  • A Remington 700
  • A rifle with a claw type of extractor, such as a Mauser 98, or a pre-64 Winchester model 70, or a Winchester model 70 Classic, or Springfield 1903, or 1917 Enfield, or Arisaka, etc.
  • A Ruger 10-22, or a Ruger Standard auto, or a Marlin 60 series of .22's.
  • A Remington 870 or 1100
  • Other auto pistols would be a bonus, but not a necessity....Smith and Wesson M&P series, Smith and Wesson 39-59 series, or a Browning Hi Power, or a CZ-75 or aCZ-52, or a Luger p-08 or a Mauser C-96 Broomhandle.
  • Other guns in general would be a bonus.

Tools:
Each student will need to bring the basic hand tools to disassemble the above mentioned firearms. They will need to bring a set of needle files, a set of diamond needle files, an American pattern file 6 inch bastard and an 8 inch bastard. A four or six inch barrette file would be nice but not a necessity. (Any other files they want to bring will be a good addition).

Tools American Gunsmithing Institude will supply:

  • Foredom and accessories
  • Vice
  • Heat treating equipment
  • Buffer with compound
  • Drill press with drill bits

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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 Becky at 1-800-797-0867 x 102.

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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