Hot Firearms How-Tos

How To: Make your compressed air tennis ball cannon better

Systm is the Do-It-Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. They will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. In this DIY episode, see how to build a compressed air tennis ball cannon.

How To: Clean a Ruger LCP pistol

Watch this weapons video from Talon Training Group, LLC to learn how to clean a Ruger LCP pistol. This Ruger LCP handgun is a semi-automatic .380. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to get some gun cleaning tips for the Ruger LCP -- see how to clear, disassemble, clean and reassemble the firearm.

How To: Disassemble your Ruger 10/22 Rimfire Rifle

If you own a Ruger firearm, maybe it's about time you learned everything there is to know about it. If you have a Ruger rifle, you might want to know how to take it apart, or how to clean it, or how to put it back together. Ruger is an "arms maker for responsible citizens," so don't let those other firearms manufacturers fool you. Learn from the professionals, learn from Ruger in this weapons video tutorial.

How To: Make an Apple Cannon and a Pumpkin Bazooka

For those of you who have already made a potato gun, apple cannons and pumpkin bazookas are the next advanced step, taking fun to the next level because the fun is proportional to the size of the vegetable projectile. An apple cannon is slightly bigger than a spud gun, while the "pumpzooka" is big enough that it's easier to fire as if it were a mortar. Watch this tutorial video on how to do it all, with Bre Pettis of Make Magazine, then go out there and destroy some vegetables.

How To: Make a spud gun ignitor

This video shows an easy way to create an ignition source that can be used for spud guns, fireworks, and other things. You begin with a disposable camera, which must be taken apart. First, remove the cosmetic back and front from the internal components and remove the battery. The camera must then be dissembled further by detaching the yellow center from the rest of the device. The black and white piece of the camera that creates the flash should now be exposed, and you can make a spark by tou...

How To: Make an easy homemade rifle silencer

In this video, learn how to make an easy & cheap home made gun silencer. Materials you will need include: aluminum steel, screen material, a sponge/steel wool, and string or thread. Spray paint is an optional item, in case you'd like to customize it. Good luck with your project!

How To: Recognize different sizes of the 1911 pistol

While there are a few 1911s that break the rules, most 1911's fall under the generic sizes laid out by Colt. While there are four different upper sizes ("upper" meaning barrel and slide combinations)--the Government, Commander, Officer, and Defender--there are only two frame sizes--the Government and the Officer. While mixing and matching ban be done, generally, the rules laid down by Colt are followed.

How To: Field Strip, Disassemble, Reassemble, Clean & Maintain a Military-Issued M4 Carbine Rifle

At home, owning a rifle is either for sport or fanaticism.  Having an M4 Carbine, however, is illegal.  Only government agencies can own and use the Colt M4 Carbine, most notably— the U.S. Military.  And for a soldier, that rifle means life or death, so it’s the number one concern for soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan today.  For a soldier, cleaning and maintaining their issued weapon is always priority, because an unclean rifle can resort in jams, misfires, and other malfunctions.

How To: Disassemble & clean a Bushmaster AR-15

In this two-part video tutorial, learn how to disassemble & clean a Bushmaster AR-15. An AR-15 is a popular semi-automatic rifle with upper & lower receiver assemblies, which are attached with 2 through pins. In this video learn everything you need to know about taking apart and cleaning the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.

How To: Fit your shotgun by adjusting pitch and point of aim

In this how-to video, you will learn how to fit your shotgun. Pitch will keep you from getting beat up and point of target. Pitch refers to the angle at which the butt is shaped. A neutral stock will leave the stock parallel. If the barrel leans away, you have down pitch. If the opposite is true, you have up pitch. To change the pitch, use quarters. They do not collapse under pressure and are readily available. Place the coins under a loosened heel or toe of the butt. Check to see where the p...

How To: Clean your Ruger 10/22 Rimfire Rifle

If you own a Ruger firearm, maybe it's about time you learned everything there is to know about it. If you have a Ruger rifle, you might want to know how to take it apart, or how to clean it, or how to put it back together. Ruger is an "arms maker for responsible citizens," so don't let those other firearms manufacturers fool you. Learn from the professionals, learn from Ruger in this weapons video tutorial.

How To: Modify a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic rifle

Ruger 10/22 rifles are ideally suited for informal target shooting, plinking, small game hunting, and action-shooting events. Many models exist, including the standard 10/22 Carbine, the Ruger Deluxe Sporter, the Ruger All-Weather 10/22, Rifle models, a Compact model, and a Target model.

How To: Clean an AK-47

Hello again, faithful audience. In this article I will be showing you how to take care of an AK-47 rifle. These are, in my opinion, the finest rifles ever made, mostly because of their extremely high reliability factor. Even people who have never touched an AK are aware of its reputation as the toughest gun of all time. If you are fortunate enough to own one of these, you will need to learn how to clean it and take care of it.

How To: Make tracer ammo

This video shows the secret of making a tracer ammo useful for hunting during night time. You will need: a rifle, . 22/5. 5 ammo, glow in the dark fishing glue and a UV torch. First fill the rear of the pellet with flow in the dark fishing glue. The glue will shrink as it starts to dry, so use a lot of it as it shrinks. When glue gets dried in the pellet it will look as shown in the video. Fix the UV torch to the rifle using a rubber band with the bulb pointing the loading breach. Now load th...

How To: Clean your Ruger double-action revolver

If you own a Ruger firearm, maybe it's about time you learned everything there is to know about it. If you have a Ruger handgun, you might want to know how to take it apart, or how to clean it, or how to put it back together. Ruger is an "arms maker for responsible citizens," so don't let those other firearms manufacturers fool you. Learn from the professionals, learn from Ruger in this weapons video tutorial.

How To: Shorten the stock on a shotgun

For many shooters the length of a factory shotgun stock is too long and needs to be shortened for a better fit. Larry Potterfield, CEO and Founder of MidwayUSA, details the proper way to shorten the buttstock or shoulder stock on a shotgun using a Winchester Model 12. Included in this video are tips that will help prevent chip outs, an explanation of pitch and how to change it, and how to measure a gun's length of pull. This video provides all the information you need to perform this simple g...

How To: Hold a rifle properly

Many people may not realize it, but there are certain ways that guns should be held in order to avoid injury and to maximize your shooting ability. In this two part tutorial, you'll be finding out about how to hold a rifle properly when hunting or using it to save your life. Now, when practicing these techniques, please be in an open area, with no ammo in the gun, and only use when necessary. Be careful and enjoy!

How To: Disassemble the KWA Glock 18C airsoft pistol

The KWA Glock 18C is a gas powered automatic airsoft pistol. If you own a KWA G18C gun, one day it might be handy to know how to disassemble and reassemble the airsoft weapon. Learn the names to all of the Glock 18C parts, like the blowback chamber. If you need to take apart and put back together a KWA Glock 18C, this is the video tutorial for you.

How To: Modify a BB gun into a blowdart gun

With millions of things you could be doing right now, like homework, chores, playing with friends, you'd rather be modding things, like your airsoft rifle. Okay then, grab that airsoft BB gun, and watch this video to see how you can mod it from a lousy BB gun to a havocking blowdart gun. With just a few mods, you can be shooting blowdarts instead of BB's. Just be careful, blowdarts are a wee bit more dangerous than BB's.

How To: Repair and crown the muzzle of a rifle barrel

This video provides the information necessary for anyone to recrown the muzzle of their rifle using simple hand tools. Larry Potterfield, CEO and Founder of MidwayUSA, repairs and crowns the muzzle of a Winchester model 60 to demonstrate the process. Start by removing all of the damaged material from the muzzle with a smooth, chalked file. Tool marks are eliminated by polishing with varying grits of sandpaper, using the file as a backer. Once the surface is square and smooth, the crown is cut...

How To: Make a pvc pipe NERF grenade launcher or rocket launcher

Sometimes, it's just fun to mess around with things that may not work as effective as the real thing. In this case: a grenade launcher. This tutorial will show you how to make a grenade launcher for your NERF gun. Now this might not have the same blast radius as a grenade, obviously, but it's a fun addition to add to your yellow looking NERF gun. When you play war, you'll have the coolest looking weapon! Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Make a BB gun from a balloon and a toilet paper tube

See how to make an extremely powerful homemade BB gun with just a few household items. Balloons, scissors, and toilet paper roll. That's it! This so-called BB gun can shoot what ever you want. After all, it is just a balloon and cardboard toilet paper tube, but a cool balloon and cardboard toilet paper tube that shoots things.

How To: Make a sight elevator using scrap metal & a hand tool

A missing rear sight elevator is a common problem with older rimfire rifles. In this GunTec presentation Larry Potterfield, CEO and Founder of MidwayUSA, demonstrates the process for making a replacement rear sight elevator from scrap metal. He starts by applying some layout dye to the scrap metal and using a template made from another elevator he scribes the outline of the part. The major pieces of excess metal are cut off using a hacksaw with the metal held in a vise. Then the part is shape...

How To: Disassemble and reassemble a Desert Eagle airsoft gun

This video tutorial will teach you how to disassemble and reassemble the Desert Eagle .50AE Ultra High Grade airsoft pistol made by KWC. The first step to field stripping the spring version of the Desert Eagle airsoft gun is to take the magazine out. The rest practically comes naturally, just don't lose any of the airsoft handgun parts or you might not have functionality anymore. The Desert Eagle airsoft weapon might be easier to disassemble if you take all of the BBs out first.

How To: Reassemble your Ruger single-action revolver

If you own a Ruger firearm, maybe it's about time you learned everything there is to know about it. If you have a Ruger handgun, you might want to know how to take it apart, or how to clean it, or how to put it back together. Ruger is an "arms maker for responsible citizens," so don't let those other firearms manufacturers fool you. Learn from the professionals, learn from Ruger in this weapons video tutorial.

How To: Bump fire a semiautomatic AR-15 from the hip

In most states getting a legal fully automatic rifle is impossible, but semiautomatic AR-15's and other rifles are much more readily available. If you're rocking a semi auto AR-15 your best bet for really fast firing is to bump fire it. Bump firing uses the recoil of the gun to pull the trigger, allowing you to shoot at full auto speeds with a legal gun. This video will show you how to do it from the shoulder.

How To: Weld a bolt handle on to a rifle

Welding a new bolt handle on to a rifle can be a tricky job if you don't have the right tools. Larry Potterfield, CEO and Founder of MidwayUSA, demonstrates to the proper tools and set-up for welding on a new bolt handle in this video. He starts by securing the new bolt handle and bolt body in a bolt welding fixture made by Wheeler Engineering. This fixture holds the two parts in perfect alignment. Once the fixture is properly set up, a heat sink and heat control paste is added to the bolt. T...

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