Apex Gunsmithing

Quarantine Reponse

Just a quick message to everyone to outline how we're handling things during the epidemic:

  • We are OPEN for all transfers, continuing our normal appointment only scheduling
  • One customer at a time, please don't bring groups as we don't have waiting areas or seating
  • Office space has been cleared out to practice social distancing when filling out paperwork and discussing business
  • Keep in mind we are a small home based business on a working farm!

Any orders customers make are cleared to ship to us at any time, though we do appreciate an email or call with advance notice.  Retailers, wholesalers or distributors - please leave a voicemail if you require contact from us to authorize shipment, otherwise we can't return your call when it gets lost in the shuffle.

Stay safe!

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Disassembly Guide: Mossberg MC1sc (90% Glock, 10% Roll Pins!)

Do you like the simplicity and reliability of Glocks, but hate Austria or rectangles?  Good news, there's another US-made Glock on the market, courtesy of Mossberg!

Hot on the heels of the successful Ruger SR series, and by that I mean almost a decade late, the MC1 pistol is a bit of a head scratcher trying to butt its way into an already crowded market.  To be completely honest, I've been so busy with other things in the past year that I hadn't even heard of this pistol until I ended up with one in my hands.  The general reaction from friends and customers has been "wait, Mossberg makes a pistol now?"

MC1 Profile

Have you heard of that new Mossberg pistol?


2020 News

It's been a long while since I've done more than basic maintenance on the site, so it's high time I put up some news.

Schedule: As I alluded to way back in March last year, I took on a new job opportunity and though it's been terrible for my schedule when it comes to gunsmithing it's been a very positive experience otherwise.  Hours will continue to be APPOINTMENT ONLY for the foreseeable future, but I should be able to fit most drop off, pickup and transfers into mornings (10-noon) before I leave or on weekends I'm not pulling overtime.

Content: A big drop off due to lack of time in 2019, but I'm in the process of rearranging my workspace and home office (both of which are a disaster area, as most of you know) to put aside an area for photo and video work.  The first couple months I'm planning to put out disassembly guides on several guns I've had on hand for a while now, including but not limited to the CZ-52, Sig P228, Beretta 92S, semi-auto RPD, Norinco SAS12, S&W 3000 shotgun and some others.  I'll have a Mossberg MC1 Subcompact on hand this week to rip apart and I have a customer's old Erma 22 Luger lookalike to overhaul, too.  Somewhere in the gun safe I have that Kareen Hi Power copy to fix back up and refinish... the list goes on.

Tavor TS12: On the waiting list for one, expect a detailed disassembly guide and gunsmith review when I get my hands on it.  My Tavor SAR remains my prized possession, so I look forward to getting a shotgun companion for it.

Stuff I'm Selling: Expect an update on the sales page sometime "soon" with half a dozen items I'm looking to clear out.  Nothing super exciting, but all very budget friendly.

FFL Renewal:  Yep, it's that time again.  Renewal has been submitted, so hopefully there won't be any hiccups in getting the renewed FFL back this time.

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New Schedule

A heads up to everyone that my availability is changing significantly starting this week.  Thanks to an exciting employment opportunity I couldn't pass on, I'll have to set up appointments on off days and work around my new schedule.  The main days will be Tuesday evenings, Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons or evenings.

With all of the hectic schedule changes over the past week, I apologize to anyone whose messages or emails I missed.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to me again if I haven't gotten back to you.

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Disassembly Guide: CZ-75 Pre-B

This guide has been a long time coming, but rather than lament all the delays let's get to it!

The venerable CZ-75 has been a staple of combat pistols on the international and US markets for decades.  A great many will call it one of, if not the finest semi-automatic pistol ever built and while we could spend all day arguing over that it's certainly earned a place alongside the greats.  The proud history of Czech small arms design is long and storied, full of innovation and thumbing noses at the Soviet leadership during the reign of the USSR.  It turns out the Czechs are strong, independent arms designers who don't need no Russians telling them how to make excellent guns.  Who needs a Tokarev when you have roller locked breech CZ-52s that handle the hottest submachinegun loads?  Maybe a hint toward the next guide...?

In the Cold War boom years designers across the globe raced to develop their own takes on modern combat pistols.  The success of the Browning Hi Power rippled far and wide, and at the dawn of the 70's the first inklings of what would become one of the most vaunted of combat pistols started to form.

Glorious Czechnology!

Glorious Czechnology!


Disassembly Guide: Winchester Model 50 12 Gauge

The last of an era, the Winchester Model 50

The last of an era, the Winchester Model 50

The year is 1950, and Winchester Repeating Arms company looks on with envy while Remington, Browning and even Savage pump out their versions of the most popular semi-automatic shotgun of all time: the Auto-5.  Winchester has done well enough in the pump shotgun market with their John Browning derived designs: the Model 1912 (shortened to simply Model 12) had become the household name in slide actions which Remington and the rest chased after and the cowboy classic 1897 was just now reaching the twilight of its production.  The autoloader itch remains unscratched, however, after the schism between the company and Browning himself over four decades earlier.  While the other American gunmakers enjoyed licensed and even military contract production Auto-5s, Winchester stumbled about producing the famously terrible long recoil operated Model 1911 shotgun, not to be confused with the pistol, which limped along for ten or so years before being quietly shuffled under the rug in the early 20s.


Silly Things and the Gimmick Rifle

During my great content drought through the holidays and into the first quarter of 2018, I've spent a lot of time sick or caring for sick family and used that time to brainstorm a bunch of stuff.  On the one hand I have a laundry list of guides to finish, builds to complete, work to get done and maybe even some reviews and opinion rants to write up... but on the other hand I have some just outright goofy ideas to add a little humor to the mix.  Every now and then, expect something to really come out of left field and make as little sense as possible.

The Gimmick Rifle Project

Typically when I help someone put together a build sheet for an AR, AK or other platform build we go over everything in detail to balance out the practicality and price points of each component until we hit the sweet spot the potential owner is looking for.  What if we completely threw that paradigm out and tried to build the most ridiculous, gimmicky yet still perfectly usable AR-15 possible?  I've always had a fascination with the craziest and least practical accessories in the gun world, from stocks that contain spare magazines or a pistol holster to those grip pod things everyone loves to make fun of or the infamous Mossberg chainsaw shotgun grip.  Gimmicks live and die in rapid succession, often in obscurity because the niche someone thought they would fill didn't exist at all.  Solutions looking for problems, as some people put it.

Historically speaking, lots of gimmick accessories and whole gimmick firearms came and went over the past century or more.  From the arguably practical built in bipods of some FAL variants, Steyr Scout and Keltec SU-16 to weird air ignited caseless ammunition Daisy .22s and beyond, the thin line between innovation and gimmick has always been a hot topic for the gun world to debate over.  Are pistol stocks a gimmick or a way to enhance usability in niche situations?  Does the Glock frame plug really do anything useful?  All of these are topics for another day.

As a fun project for 2018, along with my planned expansion to our refinishing equipment and beyond, I'm going to start on a little journey into the darkest, dankest corners of the AR-15 parts world to find the goofiest components I possibly can.  Then I'm going to review them and assemble them into what could be considered the most gimmicky rifle of all time.  There will be a few rules, however:

  1. No redundant redundancies.  Parts can have inherent redundancy, but we won't be using multiple sets of backup sights, multiple optics, grips mounted on three cardinal directions, or any of that.
  2. Minimum acceptable practicality.  This is subjective, but it must be a rifle you could at least enjoy taking to the range.  Even if people laugh at you... a lot.
  3. Boutique be gone.  We're not talking about muzzle brakes made of designer inconel individually wire EDM cut in a painstaking 36 hour process that cost $400 each.  Silly shaped receivers and rails are about where the line gets drawn.

The end result will hopefully be something monstrous and tacky, but at least functional without being meme tier.  We've all seen the pictures of scopes on four sides of a quad rail, or flashlight-laser-magnifier-nightvision Cronenberg horrors bolted together atop a picatinny rail.  I'm after a conversation piece, not a cringey Facebook post.

Onward into 2018, hoping for the other three quarters to be filled with much more content than the first was!

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Disassembly Guide: Polish P-64

Prior to the influx of inexpensive P-64 pistols onto the market, seeing one in the wild would usually end up with it being mistaken for a Makarov.  Even today, local auction listings misidentify the diminutive Polish handgun with its more famous contemporaries to the ire of P-64 fans everywhere.  Originally designed to replace the Tokarev as a service handgun and tested in two variants - the Military and Police versions, which differed in size and capacity - the P-64 would usurp the TT-33 in Poland and serve for decades as a standard sidearm.  In recent years, the little P-64 has gained more of a reputation thanks to its dirt cheap price point, ungodly double action trigger pull and harsh recoil for a 9x18 Makarov chambered pistol.  Despite its shortcomings the P-64 enjoys a bit of a cult following, clearly by people who have never had to disassemble one.

Thankfully swapping out a hammer spring to lighten the trigger isn't a huge job, but if you want to dig deeper or do a full strip for refinishing you better settle in for a long, frustrating evening.

The P-64 is an all-steel handful of pistol.

The P-64 is an all-steel handful of pistol.


Disassembly Guide: Glocks

I was going to make this a joke guide for April Fools originally, since let's be honest... who doesn't know how to take apart a Glock?  Whether you think they're "Perfection™", a durable utilitarian tool that gets the job done, or an ugly brick of a plastic wonder-nine that will never live up to the hype, the Glock pistol is everywhere.  What the Glock lacks in aesthetic appeal it makes up in simplicity, low part count, and ease of tuning.  After all, there aren't many pistols out there that you can do a $10 trigger job on quite like the Glock.  Instead of just making the shortest disassembly guide in history, let's discuss the history of the Glock and some tuning tips to spice things up!

This early 90s blue label police sale Glock 21 is a throwback to the AWB years.

This early 2000s blue label police sale Glock 21 is a throwback to the AWB years.


New For Sale Page

Hey, I have inventory again!  Check out the For Sale page, where each item is detailed with at least one good photo.  A couple of them still need updated with new photos since I just overhauled my work table lighting, but I'll have those done soon.

As always, local buyers are welcome to stop by and check them out in person or test fire used guns.  Since several of them are older blue labels with dim or dead night sights, I'll also be offering replacement sights at cost with discounted installs at only $15 for the Glocks and M&P40!

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