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Ruger® LCP®/LC9® and Kel-Tec P-3AT Pistols


Course #1564

Ruger® LC9®/LCP® and Kel-Tec P-3AT Pistols  

Master Gunsmith, Bob Dunlap is a renowned expert on many firearms. In this course, Bob speculates on the design history of the Ruger® and Kel-Tec pistols. We get our first look at the various pistols and Bob shows us some of the similarities and differences in the designs.

For those of you looking for practical instruction in how to get your Ruger®/Kel-Tec pistol completely apart, clean, troubleshoot, make common repairs, and get your gun back together  and operating properly with none of those pesky and embarrassing leftover parts, you have come to the right place. Bob uses a cut away gun so that you can actually see how the internal parts function and their relationship to one another. This will help you to understand the design and function of these guns. 

If you want the long course, on the design, function and extensive repair of this gun and firearms in general, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith course.
Among the items covered in this DVD are:


  • Bob speculates on to how the designs evolved and we get to see some of the similarities and differences in the basic design of the pistols.
  • Designed and made in America, Bob gives us some of his opinions in regard to the three little pistols.

Design & Function

  • A cut-away gun is used to illustrate and demonstrate the gun™s design and function, including the mainspring and fire control system
  • The Double Action Only system is shown and explained
  • Fire control cycle shown and discussed
  • The loading, chambering, ignition, extraction, ejection, reloading cycle is shown and described 
  • How the trigger bar/disconnector, sear and the hammer operate and interact is shown and demonstrated
  • The cam lock system shown and explained
  • Understand how the built in safety systems operate in the pistol
  • The LC9®™s magazine disconnect safety and firing pin blocking safety are shown and explained
  • The LC9®™s takedown plate  and manual/thumb safety are shown and discussed
  • Examples of lock up and the adverse effects of loose breech are shown and discussed
  • Recoil system  and recoil springs shown and discussed
  • Trigger drawbar/disconnector interaction shown
  • Extractor removal and operation explained
  • Trigger spring and slide lock operation shown
  • Ejector is shown and advantages described
  • The loaded chamber indicator on the LC9® is shown and discussed


  • Ken Brooks demonstrates complete disassembly of the LC9® pistol, special attention given to parts that should not be disassembled under normal circumstances & why
  • Noted are parts under spring tension so they are not launched into Never Never Land
  • Use of a digital camera or cell phone camera during the disassembly is very useful during the reassembly process 
  • Magazine removal and disassembly
  • Discussion of AGI Disassembly/Reassembly method shown and its reason for use
  • Slide removal and disassembly, including the secret to getting the extractor out without frustration. The removal of the loaded chamber indicator is also included
  • Learn how to remove the rear sight and the firing pin blocking plunger, without launching it across the room
  • Fire control parts are removed from the frame and disassembled
  • Magazine catch removed

Cleaning & Lubrication

  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
  • After cleaning, dry with air gun, a hair dryer, or in the oven on Warm ~185-200 degrees (metal parts ONLY)
  • What oil AGI likes to lube the gun with during assembly


  • Ken Brooks shows us how to reassemble the LC9®
  • Making sure you have no parts left over
  • In many cases the order of assembly is important, Ken shows you the correct order
  • Assembly is in reverse order of disassembly
  • Assemble all of the subassemblies before inserting into the frame
  • Getting the right pieces in the right places, the easiest way possible
  • Using the proper tool to help you line up the parts to accept their pins

Differences in the LCP®

  • Ken shows us some of the differences in the disassembly and reassembly of the LCP® pistol (also valid for the Kel-Tec P-3AT)

Troubleshooting & Repair

  • Bob discusses magazine and magazine catch problems
  • Loose breech explained and how to correct it by TIG welding is explained
  • Fitting an oversized takedown pin to increase lock up
  • Extractor fit discussed
  • Bob discusses problems that might occur over time

Final Thoughts and Wrap- up

If you noticed how often the terms explanation, and demonstration are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is a must-have for any Ruger® LC9®/LCP® or Kel-Tec P-3AT pistol owner, or someone who intends to be.

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.

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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! 

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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.