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The Modern Rifle Barrel (Action Book Publishers, 1999, Hoffman)

The Modern Rifle Barrel (Action Book Publishers, 1999, Hoffman)

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THEMODERNRIFLEBARRELTHEMODERNRIFLEBARREL
Copyright(c)1999HaroldHoffman
Thisistheoriginalbookonmakingamoderngunbarrel.WehavemanygoodminiandotherbooksonGunsmithing,knifemaking,andcrafts.Thepurposeistogiveyouthebasicinformationonsubjectthatiscoveredhere.Ihopeyouenjoyandlearnfromthesebooks.H.Hoffman Allrightsreserved.Nopartsofthispublicationmaybereproducedortransmittedinanyformorbyanymeans,electronicormechanical,includingphotocopy,recording,oranyinformationstorageandretrievalsystem,withoutthewrittenconsentofthepublisher. Actionbookpublishers7174Hoffmanrd.SanAngelo,TX.7690 phone/fax915-655-5953emailhomesite
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THEMODERNRIFLEBARREL
ABOUTTHEAUTHOR
HaroldHoffmanhasthroughhis30plusyearsofexperienceasaGunsmith,ToolmakerandCustomKnifemakerhaspassedontoyouthroughhisbooksinformationthatsoonmaybelostorforgotten.Hisbooksarenotintendedforthepersonwantingtomakeacompletefirearm,butforlearningbasicshoptoolmaking.Theinformationfoundwithinhisbooksisforinstructionalpurposeonly.--ThetitlesDONOTactualcovergunrepaironfirearms,buthowtomakeneededpartsforfirearmswhichisabout40%ofallgunrepair.Withoutthisinformationyouwillbeseverelylimitedingunrepair.Hefirststartedgunrepairwhenhewas18yearsolddoingminorrepairforthefarmersandlocalhuntersintheBucklin,Kansasarea.Hismaininterestwashowtomakeriflebarrels,ashewasanavidhunter.Movingintoabiggershopheboughtalatheandproceededtolearnhowtouseit.Hewantedtofindouthowtomakerifling buttonstoriflebarrels,toolmaking,andlearneverythingaboutmakingbarrels.Overtheyearshebecameanexperttoolmakerandhowtobuildmosteverythingthatwasneededintheshop.Theinformationfoundinhisbookswillshowyouhowtomakemostoftheequipmentandtoolsneededinmostshops.AfteraneyeaccidenthequitGunsmithingandstartedwritingbooksoneverythingthatheknew.Hehadsomuchdifficultyfindinganyinformationthathewantedallthisinformationthathehadlearnedinover30yearstobeavailabletoeveryoneotherwiseitwouldbelost.HisbooksarenowabouttheonlybooksavailableonGunsmithing/Toolmaking,asmostpublishersdonotpublishGunorGunsmithingbooksanymore.
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THEMODERNRIFLEBARRELINTRODUCTION
TheModernRifleBarrelwaswrittenin1965,andthenIcameoutwithBarrelsandActions,whichcoveredmuchmore.Thismanualcoversthemakingofthemodernbuttonrifledbarrel.WhenIfirstbecameinterestedinhowtheymadeGunbarrels,IwasafulltimegunsmithinBucklin,Kansas.IwasdoingalotofGunsmithingwork,suchaschamberingandfittingactions.IstartedtoresearchthesubjectinallthedifferentbooksthatIcouldfind.OnethingthatIfoundoutveryfastwasthattherewasnotanyinformationontheprocessofmakinggunbarrels.Thiswasin1956,andIwasalwaysgettinggunsinthathaddamageorpittedbarrelsthatneededrepair.IwasmanufacturingriflebarrelsatthetimesoItriedmyluckatmakingtheshotgunbarrels.Exceptfordifferenttoolingandprocess,shotgunbarrelswereeasytomake.ManyoftheprocessesandmethodsusedintheshophadtobelearnedasIwentalong,asIcouldfindnoinformationonthem.In1962Igatheredallmynotesandstartedputtingtogetheramanualonbarrelmaking,andIincludedeveryprocessthatIusedintheshop.Mymainpurposesinwritingthisbookistogivethereadersanideahowtheycanmakegunbarrelsinasmallworkshop.Mostoftheinformationinthisbookisnotavailabletotheaveragereader,andisacloselyguardedsecretbymostshops.Ihavefirmlybelievedthatifthisinformationisnotpassedontofuturegenerations,itwillbeforgotten,soIhavedecidedtoshareitwithyou.Thisbookmayseemtobealittlevagueattimesbeingunfamiliarwiththistypeofwork,butoncethereaderstartsitwillallfallinplace.Inmyshop,mostoftheequipmentImadeintheshop.Iuseda12-inchClausingLathewitha3'bedforthedeepholedrillinganda6'bedSouthBendlatheformakingtheshotgunbarrels.Ifthereaderfollowstheinstructions,youcanbuildafirstclassbarrelthatwillcompetewiththebest.Ihavemanyreaderstellmeitsoundedtosimple.Wellmakingbarrelsisasimpleprocess,muchsimplerthanotherbarrelmakerswouldlikeitknown.Ifyoudecidetomakebarrels,allthatisrequiredisthebasicmachinesthatwediscussedinthisbook.HaroldHoffman
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