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Download: Advanced Gunsmithing Book (PDF)

AdvancedGunsmithing70Here’s a book about gunsmithing that you can download as a 40MB PDF file.  It’s Advanced Gunsmithing by W. F. Vicery and it was published in 1940.

It’s an old book but I think you may still find it useful and interesting, even if you don’t own a gun, because it describes how to use many of the same machine shop tools and techniques that we’re still using today.  I’ve looked at even older books and have been amazed at how little things have changed in the last 100 years, aside from obvious things like the development of carbide cutting tools, EDM and automated (CNC) machines.

By the way, this PDF file may take a while to download. If you “right click” on the link and then do a “Save Link As…” you’ll be able to see the download progress (at least you will on a Windows machine).

17 comments to Download: Advanced Gunsmithing Book (PDF)

  • Jonh
    February 26, 2010 at 8:10 AM | Reply

    great post, very helpfull *****

  • Don
    March 24, 2010 at 6:41 PM | Reply

    Been a machinist for years and just getting more involved in gun smithing.

  • Turning Grumpy
    June 13, 2010 at 8:24 AM | Reply

    If this was a book on fishing Otters and Herons would read it!!! ‘Nuff Said

  • rinpui
    June 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM | Reply

    Been an enthusiast and in line in smithy works

  • Kent
    September 19, 2010 at 8:33 AM | Reply

    Thank you,good book,I looked for such a book a long time!

  • David Willoughby
    October 7, 2010 at 1:16 AM | Reply

    Great site and one of great interest for beginners

  • John Moore
    December 5, 2010 at 8:24 PM | Reply

    i have a springfield micro compact that shoots 4″ low at 15 yards. to file the front sight enough to bring up, would leave almost no front sight. i have years of craft experience, (construction) and have no problem grinding off(using my fordum)the front sight but am not sure of the best way to piene in the new one.


  • luky luke
    March 27, 2011 at 4:40 AM | Reply

    it’s a good book for the machinist

  • luky luke
    March 27, 2011 at 4:41 AM | Reply

    excuse me,.. thanks for the superb book

  • bdbdbuck
    May 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM | Reply

    I have the print version of this book and from an American gunsmith’s perspective, it should be a national treasure! I was so surprised to run across this. Thank you so much for your contribution to the digital world this timeless wisdom from Vickery… although I don’t know how you did the copyright thing…
    Just keep the treasures coming!

  • Rob
    May 30, 2011 at 5:47 PM | Reply

    As far as I know this book is in the public domain now. Google scanned it and you can download it from them if you can find it. – Rob

  • Cobus
    June 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM | Reply

    Brilliant!Very happy to find this book.

  • Rob
    January 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM | Reply

    I just changed the download link to a new host because I want to close down the web site I was using. You can still use the old link for awhile if you have trouble with the new one. Please let me know if you do.

    The old host is a “sandbox” web site I sometimes use for testing. I put the PDF there because downloading it directly from here could slow down MachinistBlog a lot because it’s a large file that’s downloaded pretty frequently. I’m using Amazon’s “Cloud” now because it’s a lot cheaper and faster.

  • Marc
    March 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Reply

    This book is a must have. I am a gunsmith and a machinist. This book written in 1940 gave me many old school tips you can’t find anywhere else.Thanks for the PDF.

  • Anonymous
    January 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM | Reply

    I was on the web for hours trying to find a book about gun smithing.. I’m 14 and very interested in this field. Hope that this will be my job one day

  • rick camaro
    July 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM | Reply

    this is a treasure, Great Post.

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