Anyone who works on firearms even occasionally, where you find someone has used a tapered screwdriver or a phillips, where the bit itself is not a perfect fit. The solution to a slipping screwdriver is too dip the screwdriver bit into a course can of abrasive paste and proceed to take out the screw. It works almost every time.


To make a bit magnetized, wrap a few turns of completely insulated heavy gauge wire around the screwdriver bit. Take both ends of the wire and touch both pos+ and Neg- terminals of a DC car battery. (Do not use AC) A car battery is fine, then hold the wire on the terminals for a few seconds. Make sure there is no bare metal touching the screwdriver or bit.


Whenever you use screwdrivers on a firearm always use gunsmithing screwdrivers the blade is straight and not tapered this insures that the screwdriver won’t walk up the slot and ruin a perfectly good screw. Also make sure the blade fits completely in the slot and fills the slot as well. This will prevent damaging screw heads. I often see collector guns get spoiled just because someone used an ordinary screwdriver on gun screws. The heads are usually torn up.

These can be fixed to look like new with careful re-cutting and filing the screw head and then re-bluing the screw but it is easier to use the proper tool for the job!!

CW Gunsmithing and Firearms

Welcome to CW Gunsmithing and Firearms blog site. Here you will find interesting articles relating to firearms including history, gunsmithing, and political related articles specific to our constitution and the 2nd amendment.

I have been a certified Gunsmith for almost 31 years and love every minute I get to spend in my shop. It doesn’t matter how simple or complex a particular gun job is, I find it interesting and quite rewarding. The nice thing about being a Gunsmith is that you get to try to master different disciplines. These range from working with wood, and metal using various machines and hand tools for both metal and wood. If you want to work with wood you can make the gun stock or you can do checkering, accurizing a firearm by bedding a rifle etc… If you like metal working you can use a lathe and a mill to make gun parts including barrel making. You can re-chamber a rifle, mount scopes, apply bluing or engraving etc.. The jobs are really endless and therefore a day in the shop is never boring.

I started this site for a few reasons the first is to inform the reader about firearms and the history behind them. Another reason is to keep the public informed on your second amendment rights. Our freedoms are really not free. Many brave men and women have fought and died for our country to preserve our rights. If the public will not stand up for their freedoms and fight those that want to deny our rights, then our freedom will be lost. We can stand proudly together to protect our right to bear arms. If you are not a member of the NRA or other pro active gun rights organization then please join today to help make this stand.

Periodically I will post various tips concerning gunsmithing! I am not advising you to do any work on firearms I suggest that you have a professional gunsmith do any work that needs to be done. I am only offering suggestions about how one could go about working on firearms.

Thank you for visiting my site and I encourage you to leave questions and comments. Please be respectful in your comments and kindly refrain from any profanity. Civil debate is good and encouraged.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

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