Category Archives: kink

What is a Gunsmith Kink?

After we posted our first gunsmith kink yesterday, someone asked, “What is a gunsmith kink?”

If you are not familiar with the term “kink” used in this manner, it refers to “a clever unusual way of doing something.” Thus, a Gunsmith Kink is a shop short cut, tip, or trick that that improves quality, makes a given process easier, etc.

They are mostly small things, or unique tools that that typically come from experience or have been handed down from one gunsmith to another.

We post one here from time to time. Watch for the category “kink.”


Footnotes / Sources:

Kink ⇒.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 15 July 2015.

Gunsmith Kink: Clean Acraglas From Hands

When using Brownells Acraglas it is easy to get it on your hands, etc. I use vinegar to remove it from my skin after a job. It will take off the unmixed components or the mixed epoxy.

After posting the above kink, someone correctly pointed out that vinegar, being mainly acetic acid and water, will cause rust and/or loss of bluing on gun metal. Thus, while vinegar still works for hands, aprons, clothing (used away from gun metal), if you are cleaning acraglas from gunmetal use TCE or lacquer thinner.