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    Check your PM's for my email
    It's only ink and paper

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    I sent emails and photos to the two members that requested the table of contents. Hopefully they will post as there is obviously interest.

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    Didn't check in over the weekend...

    Here are the table of contents from both of Steve's books. The chapter (article) titles are pretty self-explanatory.

    THE GUNSMITH MACHINIST
    By Steve Acker

    Aligning Scope Mounts
    A Travel Measurement Plate
    A Barrel Bushing Jig
    Installing Sight Beads
    Cutting a Rifle Crown
    Enlarging the Ejection Port
    A Fixture for Milling the Recoil Lug
    Hammer Work
    Making a Dovetail Front Sight
    Sight Holding Fixtures
    A Gunsmith’s Lathe Helper
    Installing a Front Sight
    Making Rifle Bedding Pillars
    Milling Grasping Grooves
    Moving a Firing Pin Hole
    Trigger Job Pins
    A Barrel Vise
    Centering a Barrel Bore
    Chambering a Rifle Barrel
    Cutting Rifle Barrel Threads
    Drilling and Tapping for Scope Mounts
    Finding and Making Gun Parts
    Installing a Locking Base Pin
    Optimizing Revolver Throats
    A Rear Sight Shifter
    Replacing an Integral Front Sight
    Stronger Scope Installation
    An Unusual Scope Mount
    Installing a Screw-in Choke Adapter
    Removing a Broken Screw
    Installing a Pre-threaded Short Chambered Rifle Barrel
    A Post-ban AR-15 Muzzle Brake

    Other Gunsmith Topics
    Hot Bluing Steel
    Building a Target Rifle

    General Machining Topics
    Checkering in the Mill
    Steve Makes a Mistake
    Handy File Cleaner
    Making Pin Punches
    Cutting Steel with a Circular Saw Blade
    A Simple Phase Converter
    Upgrading to Variable Speed DC
    Making and Using a Bench Block
    Tap Wrenches from Scrap
    The Mirror-faced Hammer
    A Mill-drill Repair
    A 5C Collet Fixture Tailstock
    Machining an Angle Plate
    A Welding Tip
    Making a Hardened Steel Washer
    Personal Safety and Machine Grounding
    A Low-cost Bead Blaster
    A Wooden Work Support in the Mill
    Building a Hydraulic Press Twice
    A Knife Blade from Scrap
    Welding up a Meat Smoker

    THE GUNSMITH MACHINIST BOOK TWO
    By Steve Acker

    Rifle Projects
    Making an AR-15 Front Sight
    An M-14 Front Sight for the Mauser
    Using a Receiver Contouring Fixture
    Making a Ruger Scope Ring Base
    Repairing a Scope Base Mounting Hole
    Rebarreling an M-1 Garand
    Installing a Muzzle Brake
    Adjusting Firing Pin Protrusion
    A Side Safety for the Mauser Rifle
    Lengthening a Winchester 97 Chamber
    Jewelling a Rifle Bolt
    Centering an AR-15 Front Sight
    Surface Grinding a Remington Recoil Lug
    A Varmint Hunting Scope Mount for the AR-15

    Pistol Projects
    Line Boring a Ruger to .45 Colt
    Using a Grip Safety Fixture
    Machining a Frame for a Ramped Barrel
    Repairing a Feed Ramp
    Improving a Pistol Grip
    Installing a Low Mount BO-MAR Sight
    A Lanyard Loop for the 1911 Pistol
    Welding up a Barrel Hood
    Repairing a Tokarev Safety
    Relining a Ruger Pistol
    Tightening a Ruger Mark I Frame
    Widening a Rear Sight Notch
    Installing Colored Sight Inserts

    Techniques
    Making a Chamber Casting
    More Uses for Cerrosafe
    Headspace and Headspace Gages
    Tapping a Shallow Hole
    Making a Cleaning Rod Muzzle Guide
    Repairing a Stripped Grip Screw Hole
    A Protective Center for a Rifle Barrel

    Machine Shop Aids
    Reworking the New Multi-Vise
    A Gunsmith’s Grinder Bit Handles
    Cutting a Gun Screw to Length
    Lathe Cutting Threads on Blank Screws
    A Cartridge-Specific Powder Funnel Adapter
    Making a Small Screwdriver Bit
    The Micrometer Adjustable Reamer Stop
    Repairing a Dunmore No. 5 Motor
    Shop Knives from Files
    Machining a Cast Iron Faceplate
    George

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    Thank you for the TOC. Building a target rifle sounds interesting


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    I have Steve's books and many article in the home shop machinist magazine.

    I never have been able to find the one I read ~10 or 15 years ago where he cuts the bottom of a Weaver scope base to an new radius, height, or offset, by using a boring head and boring bar. He holds the base between two V blocks in the mill vise.

    I use his trick constantly.
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    The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.-- Edward John Phelps

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    Steve taught practical machining techniques.
    Will he be publishing articles in future issues?
    He is missed.
    Point Five
    Last edited by PointFive; 05-15-2018 at 06:08 PM.

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    Steve Acker’s book is great. Buying one from this site is a pain. Amazon is easier and faster if you have ever ordered anything else from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PointFive View Post
    Steve taught practical machining techniques.
    Will he be publishing articles in future issues?
    He is missed.
    Point Five
    Unfortunately, it looks like Steve is done. We may get an occasional article from him now and then, but I don't expect too many. After 28 years of writing for us, subjects were getting tougher to come up with and the grind of having to meet deadlines was getting old.
    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerhalco View Post
    Steve Acker’s book is great. Buying one from this site is a pain. Amazon is easier and faster if you have ever ordered anything else from them.
    Yes, we have the world's worst website – I won't argue that. However, if you would like to support this bulletin board, I would hope you would consider ordering from us. Here is the page that features Steve's books:
    Gunsmith Books

    Another, easier way to order the books is to just call us at 800-447-7367.
    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Bulliss View Post
    Yes, we have the world's worst website – I won't argue that.
    Actually, no, Lowes has the world's worst website. If I wasn't a retired employee with stock, I'd never shop there.
    Kevin

    More tools than sense.

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