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Certified 1911 Pistolsmith Course


After studying this course, you will be a 1911 expert.  As you know, at AGI we believe you can't fix or effectively customize a firearm unless you truly understand HOW the firearm is designed and intended to work, so that's where we start. First, Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks completely walks you step-by-step through the process of the complete and total disassembly and reassembly of the 1911 pistol down to the last part, including showing you several variations.  Next, Bob Dunlap explains in extreme detail the complete Design, Function and Repair of the 1911 using a cutaway pistol. By investing the time to learn about feed ramp design, lock-up, loose breech and extractor fit, you will be able to use these techniques to tune your .45 for maximum reliability and performance.

Then, Master Pistolsmith Gene Shuey shows you the step-by-step process of how to build the same type of high-end, custom 1911 pistols for which he charges over $5,000. 

He is backlogged for several years. Gene has over 45 years experience shooting and building 1911 style pistols of all types, from compact carry guns to the most exotic race guns with wild compensators used by Grand Master Shooters.  

He will take you through the entire process, revealing all the tricks he has learned from decades of experience along with some of the latest upgrades available for your pistol.  No matter whether you are building custom 1911s from the frame up or are modifying existing 1911 style pistols for yourself or your customers, being a 1911 Pistolsmith will enable you to add all the cool features that everyone wants and still turn out accurate, reliable pistols.

This course includes ALL of the following:

  • Tightening the slide
  • Lapping the frame to the slide
  • Ramping the barrel
  • Fitting the link
  • Fitting and filing the barrel
  • Showing the Jarvis camlock system
  • Fitting and tuning the extractor
  • Installing a new ejector
  • Replacing the plunger tube
  • Fitting an extended beaver tail safety
  • Installing a gunsmith-fit barrel and bushing
  • Installing an extended slide stop and thumb safety
  • Installing a tapered mag well
  • Fitting an adjustable trigger
  • Performing a complete trigger job
  • Adjusting and cutting the hooks on the hammer
  • Installing a skeleton hammer
  • Installing a titanium firing pin
  • Stoning the sear and hammer
  • Tuning the disconnector
  • Installing an extended guide rod
  • Installing an extended mag release
  • Installing and tightening stake-on front sights
  • Installing tritium sights
  • Contouring the frame and slide to fit your hand
  • Cutting the dovetail for an adjustable rear sight
  • Overview of a myriad of custom options and accessories
  • Close up views of hammer and sear never before seen on video
  • How to use many specialized jigs and fixtures (for drilling, milling, trigger jobs, tightening slide, tightening frame, fitting grip safety, installing stake on and dovetail sights, etc.)
  • Variety of hand, power tool and machining techniques
  • How to adjust trigger pull weight
  • Fitting the slide to the frame
  • Fitting a bull barrel
  • Reaming a chamber and headspacing a barrel                
  • Professional trigger job with custom hammer and sear
  • Installing a full length tungsten guide rod with reverse plug
  • Balancing the springs for reliability and performance
  • Fitting barrel lock-up
  • Tuning the extractor
  • Tuning the ejector
  • Installing and adjusting a trigger
  • You will Learn the Professional's Secrets to:
  • Getting an ultra light, crisp trigger pull
  • Getting match accuracy with combat reliability
  • Using tools and fixtures like a pro
  • Which options give you the most performance
  • Exotic and durable finishes
  • How to select the best components and parts
  • How to fit an oversized slide for maximum accuracy and performance
  • How to install adjustable and fiber optic sights
  • Machining a flat rib on top of a slide
  • How to do a 11/2 lb trigger job safely
  • How to tune up an extractor and ejector
  • What causes a pistol to jam on feeding and how to make it "jam proof"
  • How to correctly install an ambidextrous safety
  • Learn the importance of proper spring rate and how to select the right springs to do the job
  • How to contour the grip to fit your hand and minimize felt recoil
  • Where to purchase the latest "hi-tech" parts
  • Selecting the best finish for your pistol
  • How to tune and troubleshoot hi-capacity magazines
  • How to cut costs and time by selecting factory offered options
  • Learning the tips and techniques on tuning for absolute reliability

To be a 1911 Pistolsmith you must be able to troubleshoot these pistols and understand what creates those mysterious malfunctions that drive shooters nuts and how to permanently repair them.  Ever wonder why after you have added that latest trick gadget, your .45 isnt quiteas reliable as it used to be?  As originally designed, the 1911 is unbelievably reliable. However, when you or a manufacturer change features, add parts or vary from the original design in any way, this gun can provide you with some frustrating reliability problems.  To resolve these issues, Gene Shuey will take you through the entire troubleshooting process, using cutaways to simulate and show you what specific types of jams and various malfunctions look like, what causes them, and how to correct or avoid these problems.  We have assembled an entire "How-to" Troubleshooting

Encyclopedia for the 1911 auto pistol. This is laid out and presented in a logical problem/solution format that is easy to follow and allows you to rapidly find the information you are looking for, including: 

  • Feeding related jams
  • Feed ramp design and angles
  • Recoil spring balancing
  • Hammer drops or follows down
  • Slide stop not functioning after last round
  • Addressing accuracy issues
  • Failure to load from magazine
  • Case extraction problems
  • Extractor
  • Grip safety
  • Slide fit
  • Breach face
  • Ejection problems
  • Thumb safety failures
  • Trigger problems and adjustments
  • Slide not fully closing and locking-up
  • Extensive troubleshooting of magazine problems 

Applicable to all makes, models and calibers, this course is a mandatory video resource for anyone who owns a 1911 or who is a serious student of this pistol.  This certified course includes 27 hours of video instruction, a detailed workbook with professional notes on the 1911 pistol which you can use as a reference guide with close-ups and lists of sources, testing, a 1911 Pistolsmithing Certificate, and Certified 1911 Pistolsmith patch to wear on your shop apron or shooting jacket upon completion of  your online test. As an additional bonus you will also be able to sit-in and watch a class that Gene Shuey presented to a group of students on how to do a 1911 Trigger Job!

How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.