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Gunsmithing: Pistols & Revolvers, 3rd Edition

Whether you’re a professional gunsmith or just an interested do-it-yourselfer, you’ll find what you need to keep your favorite pistols and revolvers perking in this revised 3rd Edition of Gunsmithing Pistols and Revolvers.

From basic disassembly and maintenance to more complex repair and customization techniques, master gunsmith Pat Sweeney explains in clear text and detailed photos how to get the very most out of your pistol or revolver. Whether you’re wondering how to mount a front or rear sight, replace a cylinder, give your gun a thorough cleaning or perform any one of a hundred other essential procedures, you’ll find it in this revised edition of Gunsmithing Pistols and Revolvers.

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  • Hundreds of close-up photos
  • Performance tips, tricks and techniques
  • Special sections on the 1911, the Makarov, the vZ-52 and the Springfield XD
  • And much more!
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  1. JW says:
    58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Neither here nor there., July 8, 2010
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    JW (San Diego, CA) –

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    This review is from: Gunsmithing: Pistols & Revolvers, 3rd Edition (Paperback)

    This review is for the 3rd Edition (Dec 2009). I’ve read the book from cover to cover, and when all is said and done, I’m really not sure what to make of it.

    1. This is not a textbook. It doesn’t teach you anything about firearm internals, design, function, nomenclature, etc. You’re assumed to already know that stuff, so this is certainly not a book for the novice.

    2. Upon thinking it over, though, I can’t really call this a “how to” book, either. Oh sure, there are descriptions of techniques on how to do certain things with your pistols/revolvers, but the steps are glossed over, often times vague, and sometimes lacking in detail. In fact, a good way to describe the procedures presented in this book is to say that they’re the condensed Reader’s Digest version, leaving it to the reader to fill in the remainder.

    3. Speaking of “Digest”… I did not know this at the time I ordered, but this book is published by Gun Digest. You either love Gun Digest or you hate it, and I fall into the latter category; so had I known this in advance, I probably would have opted for something else.

    4. I have to say that this book is exactly what I was expecting, but unfortunately that is not meant as a compliment. The author, Patrick Sweeney, is a regular contributor to gun industry periodicals such as Handguns Magazine (to which I subscribe). He has been writing articles for decades; and as I was reading through this book, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that the contents were simply a conglomeration of several of his past articles that were thrown together and loosely (poorly) tied together. The cohesion from one topic to the next–or sometimes even from one paragraph to the next–wasn’t always there. At times, the subject flow takes wild tangents that leave you going, “Huh? Where did that come from?”

    5. It’s a pet peave of mine, I admit, but it irks me to no end when, say, you take a pistol class and then have to listen to the instructor talk about “when I was on patrol we had this one incident where I….” 90% of the time it’s irrelevant. In this book, there was a fair amount of “reminiscing” (for lack of a better word), or personal taste. I really don’t care what your pet bowling pin gun is, or what your favorite practice load is. Just stick to the dang topic. It could have been a lot worse, but it also could have been trimmed down a bit (IMO).

    6. I also hate “walking advertisements”. Most of the time whenever the author mentioned a particular brand of a product or a particular person, it was for good reason. On a few occasions, however, it seemed like the author would mention something either to name drop or because he’s getting an endorsement check.

    7. I mentioned earlier about the book seeming to be a conglomeration of articles, and so it was with the photos accompanying the text also. Most of the photos were useful, showing a snapshot of a particular step in a procedure or a critical component of a certain pistol model. However, some of the procedural steps were out-of-sequence. Also, the majority of photos appear before the text that references them, sometimes pages before. So as you’re looking at the photos pertaining to one portion of text, suddenly the next photo has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand, and then you realize later that it pertains to the subject covered in the next section. They could really be laid out better, and the unnecessary ones discarded (or replaced with something better). BTW, the photos and captions also add to the gut feeling that the whole book was constructed from several past articles.

    8. There were huge voids between useful chapters. I remember the first two chapters were introductory, then the 3rd chapter actually got into gunsmithing and began by listing some tools you would need, how to properly polish things using cloth-backed sandpaper and mineral spirits, etc; and then “somehow” it wasn’t until like Chapter 15 that it started talking about actual gunsmithing again. When I realized what had happened, all I could do was scratch my head, and I’m still not sure what was in between. For example, there is a chapter devoted to power tools, and the brundt of the chapter is: don’t invest in a lathe or mill due to the expense–not just the tool, but the stand, cutters, lubricant, etc–unless you REALLY think you can get a return on your investment. What you should do instead is “Take your pistol to a professional gunsmith whenever you need lathe or mill work done, or to a machinist who understands the nuances of gunsmithing.” Same with the chapter on welding… “Find a welder you trust and let him do all your welding work.” Heck, even when he does explain a procedure he will often qualify it with, “…but the cost of the fixture and tools is more than if you would just take your pistol to a professional gunsmith.” Ironically, then in the later chapters of…

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  2. No fan of George Noory "Rufus" says:
    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Gunsmithing Pistols and Revolvers, March 7, 2011
    This review is from: Gunsmithing: Pistols & Revolvers, 3rd Edition (Paperback)
    This book may be OK for those who want to read about what one gunsmith thinks about gunsmithing but it is not an indepth source of knowledge for tackling the intricate problems. Too often, Patrick tells us to buy a new good magazine e.g., and not how to adjust, tune, and test the magazine on hand and actually make the thing work. He also says some things that don’t make much sense. In one passage, he states that he has heard a lot of things about “throating” and still doesn’t know what it means. Maybe Patrick should get a good book or DVD (like Gene Shuey’s DVD on 1911s) so he can know of what he speaks. In another area he claims that machine and tool marks in feed ramps don’t really matter and if all other things are right, they won’t affect feeding and reliability. This is sheer nonsense. Rough, unfinished feed ramps are certainly no help at all in reliable, smooth feeding and any good pistolsmith knows or should know that.

    This book is big on talk about pistolsmithing, but is a bit short on the actual methods for fine tuning, adjustment, tweaking, and improving things. There are numerous areas in 1911s e.g., where polishing and slight shaping will help reliability in feeding tremendously and make it essentially jamproof, like eliminating 3 point bind problem areas with shaping, smoothing, and polishing of feed ramps, transition area, the proper shape and tensioning of extractors and ejectors, etc. This is one of THE major big areas in making the run of the mill factory 1911 work reliably, and Patrick comes up short in those areas. In regard to magazines, instead of pointing out the different shapes and styles of feedlips and the problems that can occur and how to correct them, he tells you to buy high priced magazines and you are still left with nothing to go on to make magazines work properly.

    Get Jerry Kuhnhausens and Gene Shuey’s excellent shop manuals/DVDs to learn in precise detail gunsmithing techniques and problem solving. Those guys are true pistolsmiths who know the trade thoroughly. BTW, I have been building and working with 1911 pistols for close to 30 years, so I know a little bit about reliability enhancement and accurizing the 1911.

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