Thanks for dropping by! I’m Ian, and I’ll be your host here at GunLab. If you’re reading this, I will presume that you’re interested in things like:
- Firearms design
- Fabrication and manufacturing
- Real-world engineering problems
- Interviews with folks in the gunmaking business
That’s what we are going to be talking about here. We have a shop equipped with most of the tools necessary to produce firearms literally from raw materials, from grinding wheels to CNC machining centers. I hope you’ll join me as we explore firearms technology from concept through proof testing.
Who am I, anyway?
I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, but never used it professionally. I bounced from one job to another, ending up as a sales manager in a moderately large manufacturing company. My real passion is firearms, though, and I have left professional employment to learn how to build guns. I am currently taking classes to learn manual machining skills, and those will be followed by CNC programming and operations classes. Through the GunLab blog, you can follow along as I start from pretty much ground zero in fabrication skills and progress towards my ultimate goal of building some really neat guns (if you want to see the sort of things I’m particularly interested in, you can check out my other blog, Forgotten Weapons). This will be a journey of at least a couple years, and I know it’ll be a great time!
Format and content
We will be using video primarily, and I anticipate posts twice per week. Why video? Because that is the best medium for explaining and demonstrating machine tool use. There will be times when we use written posts as well, of course, when the subject matter requires it.
Who is our target audience?
We hope this blog will appeal to both amateur and profession gunsmiths and manufacturers. If you’re a home shop person looking to learn more about gunmaking, this is definitely for you. If you own or work in a firearms manufacturing business, large or small, this should be right up your alley. We will be visiting and interviewing folks like you whenever we have the chance. If you’re a student of design and engineering, there will be a lot here for you. If you are a big fan of TV shows like Sons of Guns or American Guns, you might be interested – but we’re going to be doing the real work, with no stupid drama.
We’re up and running
I started classes a couple weeks ago, and I’ve finished the book prerequisites, so I’m out in the shop making chips. Are you ready to join me on this path? Pull up a seat and hang on!