Here are the Best Firearms for Beginners

It’s good to know which are the best handguns for beginner shooters. Starting with the basics and most comfortable and simple shooting handguns are the way to go if you’re first starting out.

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Springfield Armory XD Service 4” 45 ACP

This comfortable grip firearm gives you the confidence and ability to shoot this handgun. It’s a two 13-round magazine handgun, which are easy to add and remove. It has a plain muzzle that produces a simple body. It’s much easier to use two hands when shooting, but you can use either hand to feel comfortable.

Smith and Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ 2.0

This gun is a great entry-level choice for easy use. It’s a standard in the handgun world that does not produce much recoil like other handguns on the market. This has a great grip considering the small cuts in the rear of the gun. This gun also has three white dot sights for simple aiming.

Walther Arms Inc CCP

This is a 9mm Luger that has a grooved handle that has curves to fit with your fingers. It comes with the Walther Softcoil system, which is designed to keep gas from coming out too quickly when shot. It provides an open barrel, which will help in the case of cleaning the firearm. It has a two-dot rear sight, and it is easy to add and remove the cartridge.

Clark Craft Gunsmithing

Here at Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we have the experience and expertise in repairing and cleaning guns. We can give your gun a thorough cleaning, so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of doing so. Although, it is very important as a gun owner to know how to clean and maintain your gun in the case of an emergency.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today to find out about our services!

Practicing Shooting is Important

If you’re a new gun owner, it is very important that you get to know what you are handling. From cleaning, to loading, to shooting, you should ultimately have the knowledge of every working part of the firearm. Practicing your shot is also vital to owning a firearm.

Here are some tips:

Where to Shoot

If you live in an urban environment, or a suburban area, it is important to go and find a gun range where you can shoot and practice on targets. There are plenty of ranges in Springfield, Missouri including Cherokee Firearms. They are a full-service gun shop and indoor shooting range.

If you live out in the rural country of America, you can always practice on your land. You can go to your local hunting store to purchase clay targets to use on your own property. You can set these up in a target thrower. These are good practicing tools to make you a safe and accurate shooter. You may also use shooting targets and place them in trees.

Why is Knowing Your Gun and Practicing Important?

It’s important to you and everyone’s safety. Safety is the most important when it comes to owning a firearm. We want you to know your weapon in and out, so accidents may be prevented. With practicing and getting to know how the firearm works, you’ll be able to:

  • Learn to shoot accurately and safely
  • Learn to store safely
  • Learn safe handling
  • Reloading
  • Cleaning and repair
  • Fixing malfunctions

When owning a firearm, these should be your priorities. You never want to skip any of these when you have a firearm because you won’t know what to do in certain circumstances.

Clark Craft Gunsmithing

At Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we practice firearm safety and encourage all who own firearms to do the same. It’s vital to everyone’s safety that you practice these rules. We have the experience and expertise in repairing, cleaning, and transferring firearms.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today if you’re looking to learn more about firearm safety, purchasing firearms online, repairs, and cleanings. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you with all of your firearm needs.

 

Gun Safety Tips Every Gun Owner Should Live By

It is extremely important to follow safety tips while owning a gun. Whether you’re out shooting on a range, land, or have it stored away, there are different safety tips you should be following.

Here they are:

firearm safety tips

Point the Gun in a Safe Direction

When you are out shooting, you should always have the firearm pointed in a safe direction while you aren’t shooting. This could be simply pointing the weapon down to the ground and away from the body. When you are out shooting, the gun is loaded, so you never want it accidentally fire in the air.

Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger

Until you’re ready to shoot, keep your finger off the trigger. This helps to ensure that you won’t accidentally pull the trigger and fire the weapon. If you keep it pointed in a safe direction with your finger off the trigger, you’ll be following vital safety rules.

Keep the Gun Unloaded

When you’re not out shooting, it’s important to keep your gun unloaded and in a safe place in your home. This is important for your safety and your children’s safety. You never want anyone else to be using your firearm without your permission, so if you have it unloaded and in a safe place, this will ensure that.

Clark Craft Gunsmithing

At Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we practice firearm safety and encourage all who own firearms to do the same. It’s vital to everyone’s safety that you practice these rules. We have the experience and expertise in repairing, cleaning, and transferring firearms.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today if you’re looking to learn more about firearm safety, purchasing firearms online, repairs, and cleanings. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you with all of your firearm needs.

 

 

What is an FFL Transfer?

An FFL Transfer is a firearm transfer between ownership. Depending on the state law, some states require all exchanges of firearms to go through an FFL.  It is extremely important to have knowledge of the rules if you’re considering of buying, loaning, selling, or gifting a firearm out of state and instate.

FFL Transfer for firearms

What to Know

The licensee has to know where the firearm is coming from in order to log it into the records, which means an FFL will have a book with all the records in it. If you’re an individual looking to transfer a firearm to an FFL, you’ll need to provide a driver’s license. Just like sending a letter, you’ll need to provide information on where it is going to. A background check must be completed by the individual receiving the firearm as well.

Firearm purchasing can be done online now from an online dealer, which means it will have to go through an FFL for background checks and paperwork. Whether the firearm is new or used, this is the process for an exchange of firearms.

Reminder: check with your state laws about FFL transfers

Clark Craft Gunsmithing

At Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we are a registered with a number of on-line sites and vendors. We are a Federal Firearms Licensee capable of delivering the exchange with all the information of the process. It’s a simple process, but many people don’t realize that it is required when purchasing a firearm from online. Here at Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we have the experience and expertise in repairing, cleaning, and transferring firearms.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today if you’re looking to purchase firearms online. We can help you make the process as simple and easy as possible, so that you don’t have to worry about any hiccups.

 

It’s Time to Talk to a Gunsmith

Your firearms are very delicate. If you used them frequently, you’ll want to be taking care of them on a regular basis, whether that is cleaning or repairing. A gunsmith is your best bet for ensuring that your gun is properly maintained for it to be in good working condition.

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Gun Repairing

Just like any other material item, things tend to wear out overtime or break in some circumstances. Guns in this case also break or malfunction. It’s an awful situation when you hear a click or a break with your gun. The best thing to do is to take it to a certified gunsmith because your safety is most important when it comes to firearms. A gunsmith like Clark Craft Gunsmithing can repair, clean, and completely disassemble it and put it back together.

Gun Cleaning

It is extremely important to clean your firearm on a regular basis. Whether you are a hunter or a gun enthusiast, you should be taking it to a gunsmith to get it cleaned. If you aren’t accustomed to cleaning it, this is vital. You never want to handle the cleaning portion if you don’t have much experience. It’s much safer to take it to Clark Craft Gunsmithing who will be able to take care of all the cleaning, disassembling, lubricating, and reassembling needs.

Gunsmith Advantages

A gunsmith has many advantages over other people who have experience with guns. Why is this?

Here is why:

  • Certified and licensed
  • Working knowledge of many different firearms
  • Experience cleaning, building, and rebuilding
  • Knowing current/potential problems
Clark Craft Gunsmithing

Here at Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we have the experience and expertise in repairing and cleaning guns. We can give your gun a thorough cleaning, so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of doing so. Although, it is very important as a gun owner to know how to clean and maintain your gun in the case of an emergency.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today to find out about our services!

 

 

 

Firearm Appraisals and Their Importance

You may have a collection of antique guns, or you may have some guns you still used but aren’t quite sure how much they are worth. A firearm appraisal will give you the knowledge of what you are shooting or storing in your home.

firearm appraisals

Why is it important?

An appraisal may not be something you care about because you don’t plan on selling your weapons, but if you have some antique guns, it is still pretty interesting to know the origin and how much they might be worth.

If you are looking to sell some of your antiques or guns you own, an appraisal can be beneficial to you, so you don’t get an offer that is way under the actual worth of the firearm. If you have the knowledge of the price and worth of the guns, you will be able to set a reasonable price for the collector or buyer.

Tackling this project on your own could take you quite some time tracking down details, book values, and recent sales.

There is good news though! At Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we can handle this project.

Clark Craft Gunsmithing

As a certified firearms appraiser, we can provide you with an accurate, current value of your firearms. You don’t have to be in the business of selling your firearms. You may just want to know what your materials are worth for your own sake. This is where we can come in to help you figure this out.

If you’re trying to sell some of your firearms, getting an appraisal from Clark Craft Gunsmithing will allow you to use this appraisal knowledge to not only ask for the right price and not under value it for insurance or an estate.

Here at Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we have the experience and expertise in repairing and cleaning your firearms. As a certified firearms appraiser, we will be able to determine the worth of your firearms, so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of long research.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today to find out about our services!

 

Why it’s Important to Keep Your Gun Clean

 As a gun owner, you’ll know that after years of wear and tear, your gun gets a little worn out. It’s always a good idea to clean your gun on a regular basis, so that it stays in good condition for years to come. Here are some reasons why you should keep it clean:

cleaning gun is important

Safety – after shooting your weapon, it’s very important to make sure it’s cleaned. When it’s working properly, then you have nothing to worry about, but if it isn’t working properly, then this can be dangerous. If you clean it regularly, you’ll be able to make sure it’s working in good condition.

Longevity – if you don’t clean yourself, your health will suffer. This is the same for a gun’s life as well. Simple cleaning and maintenance will give your gun a much longer life passing it on to generations to come. Cleaning, oiling, and storing the gun in a secure place will preserve it for a very long time.

How the Gun Works – having your gun cleaned regularly makes you aware of all the workings of the gun. This helps you as a gun owner because you’ll know exactly how the gun works when you’re cleaning and firing the weapon. This helps with safety as well.

It’s important to clean and maintain your firearm on a regular basis. You don’t necessarily have to clean it after every time you shoot, but it also won’t hurt if you do.

Clark Craft Gunsmithing

Here at Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we have the experience and expertise in repairing and cleaning guns. We can give your gun a thorough cleaning, so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of doing so. Although, it is very important as a gun owner to know how to clean and maintain your gun in the case of an emergency.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today to find out about our services!

 

The Benefits of a DuraCoat Firearm Finish

If you have an old gun that has some rust or scratches, you may want to think about applying DuraCoat to the finish. DuraCoat is a modern solution to finishing your gun’s metal surface, but it also works on wood, plastics, and polymers.

cleaning your hand gun and putting DuraCoat finish on it

The Benefits:

Your old gun may have some wear and tear on it whether it’s from hunting with your rifle or shotgun, or a handgun that still works, but just has had some years on it. This is where DuraCoat comes in. DuraCoat comes in many finishes, textures, and colors.

The metal surfaces are degreased and sand blasted before the DuraCoat finish is sprayed on. It gives the gun a smooth finish and after it’s cured, it provides a protective coating that is long lasting.

You never want to see your gun in rough shape, especially if it’s in good working condition. You’ll never want to take it out. Getting a finish done on your gun will look much better, and you’ll be proud to show it off to friends and family.

With your hunting rifle or shotgun, every year comes wear and tear from being out in the weather. Getting a clean looking finish on your hunting weapon will give you the satisfaction of going out for the season again.

Clark Craft Gunsmithing

Here at Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we have the experience and expertise in repairing and cleaning guns. We can give your gun a good-looking finish using the DuraCoat finish. Doing it yourself can be very tricky if you haven’t had much practice. Plus, you’ll need equipment such as an air compressor, sand blaster, professional quality small aperture HVLP spray-gun, room air filtration, curing oven, etc. We are all set up and equipped with everything you need to see your gun’s finish improved.

Contact Clark Craft Gunsmithing at 417-234-7093 today to find out about our services!

Here’s What to Know About the Ruger 10/22

I remember my first Ruger 10/22 well—it was one of the originals: a 1965 make, just a year after the original Ruger 10/22 hit the market.

ruger bullets on cloth

Over the years, the Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic autoloading rifle has become a hallmark in craft gunsmithing, known for its ten-round magazine and smooth, easy-to-use design.

Now, it is often deemed the “Volkswagen Beetle” of guns, due to its enduring ability to be customized as owners see fit.

You can start with the magazine itself. The ten-round rotary mag is detachable, and allows owners to seamlessly swap in different cartridges. At Clark Craft Gunsmithing, we have added a magazine catch that barely has a bump on the bottom which makes it easier to handle. However, we’re happy to work with customers to find a magazine release that fits their needs.

Another easy fix is the bolt release. As it stands, the Ruger 10/22 comes equipped with a lever by the trigger that opens, but it’s too close to another lever in the back. So we’ve replaced it—so now all you have to do is touch the bolt, release it, and it’ll close on its own. The same goes for the extractor; every Ruger 10/22 ships with a metal extractor, which can sometimes block consistent extraction. Clark is now able to use a hardened steel sharp edge laser cut in order to make the extraction more stable.

And finally, the trigger. The Ruger 10/22 is an older manufacture, and thus the trigger itself is stiff. To replace it can cost hundreds of dollars, too. Luckily, we’ve got you covered—our new custom trigger sells for only $69, and is a far smoother trigger than other models. You won’t believe it’s the same firearm!

At Clark Craft Gunsmithing, customizing and improving guns is our mission. And with a classic like the Ruger 10/22, we hope to create a model that not only works better for you, but also, still honors the gun’s prestige, and distinction. If you have any questions or concerns about our customizations, don’t hesitate to ask—we’re here to help.

 

Importance of Regular Gun Cleaning

Importance of Regular Gun CleaningWhile guns can be a great tool for hunting and protection, it is essential for the owner to treat their firearm with respect.

If you own a firearm, you should be keeping up with gun safety, keeping it out of reach of those who are not certified, and keeping it clean.

The importance of regular gun cleaning cannot be stressed enough. So why is gun cleaning important and how can you clean your gun correctly? Let’s dive in.

Like any possession that you want to keep around for the long haul, a gun should also be cleaned often to maintain its longevity. If treated and cleaned properly, your gun can easily last several decades and work well any time you decide to use it. You can hand your gun down from generation to generation with simple and routine cleaning, oiling, and storage.

You may not realize it, but there are many different substances that can make it inside of your gun which can make it easily malfunction. Salt from your hands can easily make it into the interworking parts of the gun and corrode the metal components. You also have the chance to see a buildup of gunpowder residue that could impact the accuracy of the weapon.

More than just keeping it clean, proper gun management will ensure that your firearm works properly when you need it the most. If you are hunting, you don’t want a dirty gun to spoil the perfect target. If you are using it for self-defense, the last thing you need is a malfunction that puts you or your family in danger.

Not only will cleaning your gun keep it in good shape but taking it apart will also help a novice understand more about how the firearm works. The more you know about the gun, the more you will appreciate its power. Proper cleaning will help you to see how the parts interact with each other. This is especially beneficial if you have multiple guns of different styles.

The importance of a clean gun cannot be overstated. Let Clark Snyder at Clark Craft Gunsmithing LLC, a licensed gunsmith, clean your firearm for you. I will completely disassemble the firearm, removing every pin, part and spring. I inspect them for wear or damage and reassemble it to test it for proper function. I have tools, cleaners, and solvents, to get even the dirtiest of guns gleaming like new with a thorough cleaning and lubrication.