2016-09-20

Misc. Tutorial: Building a Beretta AR-70

(updated 04-09-2020) This tutorial is for informational purposes only I DO NOT SELL PARTS FOR THE AR-70 I DO NOT OFFER AR-70 BUILDS. I DO NOT HELP PEOPLE BUILD THEIR AR-70 DO NOT CALL ME ABOUT AR-70 BUILDS Introduction Beretta designed the 5.56mm NATO AR-70 to replace the venerable 7.62mm NATO BM 59 […]
2016-09-20

Refinishing Tutorial: Firearm Wood Finishing

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction There are literally dozens of techniques for restoring wood stocks to their original beauty and luster, some methods give better results than the original factory finish. These notes document techniques that I have found produces the best result, balancing time and cost. I use it to renew surplus military stocks […]
2016-09-20

Refinishing Tutorial: Firearm Metal Finishing

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction I have developed my technique over 25 years, building on a childhood of extensive fine-scale model building. While there are no real secrets, it is as much art as science and nothing beats practice. I recommend magazines for practice, because they are relatively inexpensive and have features (large flats, sharp […]
2016-09-20

Tool Tutorial: Building a Heavy-Duty Gunsmith Workbench

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction I needed two new workbenches. My old one was constructed of 4×4 timber and free-standing. Trying to cut something in a vise with a reciprocating saw or even a hacksaw would set the whole bench to vibrating. I wanted a bench that was strong enough and heavy enough to stand […]
2016-09-20

Tool Review: ARS Fabricated Armorer Tools

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction It’s hard to do a job correctly if one doesn’t have the proper tools. I have made a hobby of collecting armorer tools to go with the wide variety of firearms that come into my shop. Some I may never use, but are works of art, both in their concept […]
2016-09-20

Tool Review: Chinese Armorer Tools

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Its hard to do a job correctly if one doesn’t have the proper tools. I have made a hobby of collecting armorer tools to go with the wide variety of firearms that come into my shop. Some I may never use, but are works of art, both in their concept […]
2016-09-20

Tool Review: East German Makarov Tools

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction It’s hard to do a job correctly if one doesn’t have the proper tools. I have made a hobby of collecting armorer tools to go with the wide variety of firearms that come into my shop. Some I may never use, but are works of art, both in their concept […]
2016-09-20

Tool Review: East German AK Armorer Tools

(updated 04-09-20202) Introduction Its hard to do a job correctly if one doesn’t have the proper tools. I have made a hobby of collecting armorer tools to go with the wide variety of firearms that come into my shop. Some I may never use, but are works of art, both in their concept […]
2016-09-20

HK Review: Pakistan Ordnance Factory vs German HK products

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction The purpose of this page is to compare and contrast HK rifle parts manufactured in Germany with HK rifle parts manufactured by Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF), with particular attention to fit and finish. POF is a licensed manufacturer of parts, accessories, and complete firearms. They are ISO 9000/1 certified and […]
2016-09-20

HK Review: Special Weapons SW5

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction Arizona Response Systems frequently is asked to fix hack jobs produced by low quality companies. Generally, I refuse. Not only is there the liability issue, but also I value my time too much to waste it wading through substandard parts and workmanship. I did accept a pair of Special Weapons […]
2016-09-20

HK Tutorial: Build an SW3 HK Clone

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction I first prepared this photographic documentation of an HK G3 clone in early 2001. I wouldn’t dream of doing it again. The Special Weapons SW3 stainless steel cast receiver (also sold as a Century Arms International) is simply not close enough to original specifications to bother with. At the time, […]
2016-09-20

HK Tutorial: Build a JLD PTR-91 HK Clone

(updated 04-09-2020) Introduction JLD Enterprises purchased the HK equipment from FMP (Portugal) to manufacture HK G3 type receivers in the USA. The company changed organization and is now PTR-91. Trunion PTR-91 receiver after drilling the holes for the spot welding. The location isn’t critical, but cosmetically its nice for them to align and […]