Bob Dunlap leads you through the design, function, and repair of these now high quality Brazilian Smith & Wesson look-a-likes. See how they are similar, and more importantly, see where they differ. If you want the quick course on how to get these popular revolvers apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you.
Among the items covered are:
- Taurus early association with S & W and the quality of the guns with Smith as a partner
- What happened to the quality after Smith left the partnership
- Union of Taurus and Rossi, and the unlikely result
- Various newer frame sizes and unusual chamberings
- Why the .218 Bee is a better high performance .22 caliber revolver chambering than S & Ws earlier .22 Jet
- Hammer blocking lock and included tool kit
- Improvements over the S & W
- Solid front ejector rod, no rod end cylinder lock
- Why rod run-out does not matter with this system
- Spring loaded detent front yoke lock on small and mid-size frames
- Why the short rear cylinder pin lock does not unlock under recoil
- Positive thumb operated front lock for "Raging Bull"
- No cylinder movement blocking frame stud, how they get around its lack
- Super smooth chambers and bores
Design & Function
- Trigger stop and hammer spring adjustments of the target model shown and demonstrated
- How the Iver Mossberg designed transfer bar replaces the S & W style rebound slide and hammer block
- Explanation and demonstration of the double action and single action firing cycles with the side plate off of the cut-a way
- Bob shows the answer to the question; Why the Taurus hand design makes for smoother rotation of the cylinder than the S & W design
- Explanation and demonstration of the operation of the primary and secondary sears and the hammer cycle
- How the hand operates
- How the hand is timed and correction if it is mis-timed
- Cylinder latch function and correct operation
- How the yoke barrel locates and the absence of the S & W Dutchman
- What is Range? How do you check it, and how do you adjust it? A $50 course in itself
- How the hand and the cylinder latch interact to prevent firing with the cylinder unlocked
- Do not lose the hand spring & plunger
- Extensive disassembly, parts not removed have removal described, including rear sight blade, barrel, and front sight
- Taurus unique method of cylinder to yoke retention explained and shown
- Hammer safety lock operation described and shown
Cleaning & Lubrication
- AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
- Making sure you have no parts left over
- End shake defined, and the cure explained
- What is "Sing"? Do I have it? Do I need it? How do I get it
- Taurus makes most aftermarket accessories unnecessary because they offer so many goodies as standard or make them available as options
- What is available
If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "visual demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Taurus revolver owner.
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.