Walther PPK/S and FEG PA63 Pistols
If you own or work on any of these guns, then you need the information contained on these videos! Only AGI's Technical Manuals and Armorer's Courses instruct you in every aspect of maintenance and repair of your firearms. Master gunsmith and senior instructor, Robert "Bob" Dunlap, teaches you complete disassembly and assembly (not just field stripping), parts identification, proper cleaning and lubrication. Bob also covers step-by-step instruction in design, function, and repair, including: locking systems, feeding systems, sears, triggers, and safeties. AGI Armorer's Courses also include easy repairs for common problems and a free printable schematic.
The American Gunsmithing Institute's instructors are all Certified Master Gunsmiths. At AGI, we adhere to the belief that you must fully understand how a firearm is designed to work before you can attempt to clean or repair it. AGIs instructional videos provide you with this knowledge. Bob uses a custom cut-a way gun to enable you, in the usual AGI fashion, to see how the parts you cannot normally see operate inside the gun.
If you want the quick course on how to get the Walther PPK/S and FEG PA63 pistols apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)
Among the items covered are:
- Bob gives us the Post-WWII history of Walther. From the German companies humble beginning, with some tooling and a few firearms diagrams, to the success of their product line of today, Walther continues to manufacture superb quality firearms
- Many guns were manufactured in France, even though their markings stated that they were made in Germany
- We are shown a rare model 1001 pistol, chambered for the .32 ACP cartridge, which has East German proof marks on it. The jump from the ramp to the barrel is designed correctly, unlike the version made in France. The ramp was not manufactured correctly again until Interarms began to manufacture the pistol under license from Walther in the United States many years later
- Many countries have copied all or part of the well thought out Walther design
- Special guest instructor, John Bush, fills us in on Walthers early history and shows us a variety of Pre-WWI/WWII models and designs
- We are shown an Olympic model pistol, built in 1932, which actually won 5 medals at the 1936 Olympics. The gun has a screwdriver built into the magazine (used for adjusting the front sight)
- After WWII, Walther licensed their pistol designs to Switzerland and France as a way to make money in West Germany, as they could not manufacture firearms themselves at that time
- John shows us many different Post-WWII models of Walther pistols and shares some interesting historical facts
- We are shown some special accessories for the Walther pistols (4mm center primed conversion cartridges and special barrel for shooting indoors, etc.)
Design & Function
- Through the use of a FEG PA63 cutaway pistol, we are shown the design and function of this unique pistol
- The differences and similarities between the FEG and the Walther are shown and explained throughout this section of the course
- The pistol is a straight blowback operated gun (no locking system or delay). This type of operation is thoroughly explained and demonstrated
- The extractors actual function and the ejection process in this type of firearm is explained
- The loaded chamber indicator is shown and demonstrated
- The function of the slide stop and magazine follower is demonstrated (last shot hold open explained)
- The firing sequence is explained and demonstrated through extreme close ups of the guns parts (both single and double action is explained)
- The various safeties functions are shown and demonstrated (firing pin/hammer block safety and manual safety)
- The decocking system is shown and demonstrated
- The functions of the hammer, hammer strut and main spring are shown and demonstrated (power adding and power robbing strokes are explained)
- The trigger bar and disconnector are shown and demonstrated
- The magazine and magazine catch are shown and explained
- Magazine disassembly is shown and demonstrated
- Slide disassembly is demonstrated (firing pin, extractor, plungers and spring, loaded chamber indicator). The unique movement of the trigger guard is shown
- Lower frame disassembly is shown and demonstrated (recoil spring, slide stop, hammer and main spring and plug, hammer strut, sear trip lever, hammer blocking safety, trigger pin, trigger guard, trigger, magazine catch, barrel)
- The feed ramp is shown and its function is explained. A diagram is shown to illustrate the proper dimensions of the ramps relation to the barrel is explained
- Barrel/feed ramp disassembly tips are given
- Sear removal and tips are discussed. Special disassembly plate is shown and its use is demonstrated. Sear engagement is explained
- The reassembly of the sear is shown and demonstrated for continuity
Cleaning & Lubrication
- AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
- After cleaning, dry with compressed air gun, hair dryer, or in the oven on Warm~185-200 degrees (metal parts ONLY)
- Lubing the Bob way, and what kind he likes
- Magazine reassembly and tips are given and demonstrated
- The correct order of parts for reassembly is given so that you do not have any parts left over
- Slide reassembly is shown and demonstrated.
- Lower frame reassembly is shown and demonstrated. Tips for easier reassembly are given and demonstrated
- Checking the safety timing is explained and cautions are given
- P38 safeties are shown and discussed
- PA63 safety and its function is shown and explained
- P4 safety features are shown and explained
If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Walther PPK/S and FEG PA63 owner, or someone who intends to be.
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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.