Gunsmithing Modern Firearms

A Gun Guy’s Guide to Making Good Guns Even Better


About The Book

One of America's foremost experts on gunsmithing, Bryce Towsley offers projects for anyone interested in building, customizing, or maintaining firearms.

Gunsmith Towsley offers detailed explanations and includes color illustrations for just about every aspect of gun modification and repair. Featured tutorials include: stock modifications, accuracy enhancement, weather preparation, a total rifle makeover, and much more.

Beginning with shop design and maintenance, Towsley builds on the knowledge he provides until ending with directions on rifle building from scratch. For anyone interested in fixing or building guns, Towsley’s new book is the best guide to getting the most out of a rifle through personal modifications. Chapters include:

Turning a Mosin-Nagant “Tactical”
Building Your Own .308 Winchester Tactical Rifle without a Lathe
Silk Purse Glock
Building an AR-15: Forlling Your Own from Parts
Building a 1911 Handfun from Parts
And much more!

“Gunsmithing is a great hobby. It brings satisfaction that few others can achieve. There is the pride in fixing something that is broken and in feeling the artistic achievement when you modify a firearm to make it better.”—Bryce M. Towsley

About The Author

Bryce M. Towsley is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work covers a wide variety of subjects, but he mostly specializes in the fields of hunting and firearms. He has published six books on guns, gunsmithing, and hunting. Towsley is a field editor for the NRA’s American Rifleman, American Hunter, and Shooting Illustrated magazines. He is also a columnist for Gun Digest. Towsley appears regularly on American Rifleman Television.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (May 28, 2019)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510718807

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Raves and Reviews

Bryce Towsley is an icon in the industry and one of the most knowledgeable gun people of modern times. You will really enjoy reading his new book, Gunsmithing Modern Firearms, not only for the valuable information and his great stories but for the sense of personal connection he makes with gunsmithing.” —Pete Brownell
“This book is a treasure trove of information and has something for every gun enthusiast, from the raw novice to the grizzled shooter who picks lottery ticket numbers based on his favorite ballistic coefficients.” —Roy Hill, public relations, Brownells.

"Bryce has a number of unusual qualifications for a book like this: He loathes dull how-to writing. He is distinctly modern in his methods and what interests him. . . . The whole book is a hoot. Read it, and you can kiss whatever discretionary income you have good-bye." —David E. Petzal, Field & Stream
“When we’re looking for an expert to write an article on gun modifications for the 675,000 NRA members who get Shooting Illustrated each month, there’s one scribe we turn to: Bryce M. Towsley. This book is further evidence that Towsley is the go-to man for clear, concise, and entertaining instructions for anyone looking to work on their firearms at home.” —Ed Friedman, editor-in-chief, Shooting Illustrated
“Bryce Towsley’s knowledge of the historical development of small arms for American shooters and hunters is exhaustive. When I have a question about what makes a cartridge or a rifle tick, I know I can rely on him to provide an authoritative answer. When I need a thorough feature story on cartridge development, reloading, gunsmithing or shooting, I know he can deliver the goods.” —J. Scott Olmsted, editor-in-chief, American Hunter

Bryce Towsley has forgotten more about guns and gunsmithing than most people could hope to learn in a lifetime. Through his writing he is keeping the art of gunsmithing alive, sharing knowledge not often shared willingly and leaving a guide for the generations to come.” —Jim Majoros, owner, Viktor’s Legacy Custom Gunsmithing
“The new go-to DIY reference for the novice or a seasoned gun nut! Informative, precise—let’s cut some threads. Well done!” —Mark Bansner, Bansner & Co. LLC Riflemakers

"Bryce is mechanically sound—and another thing Bryce can do is write. . . . He brings gun crankery into the modern era. . . . a good read even if you never intend to rebarrel a rifle, refinish a pistol, or actually go through the trauma of cleaning all the crap out of a shotgun barrel." —Rich Grassi, Outdoor Wire

"A great gift for a hunter or shooter in your family." —Jeff Davis, Whitetails Unlimited

"A book that would be useful on any workbench. . . . I highly recommend it." —Jeff Quinn,

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