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TO: NRA School Participants
FROM: Lassen Community College NRA Gunsmithing School

Welcome to the NRA seminar on tuning Single Action Revolvers for Cowboy Shooting!

You will be provided with a bench to work at; however, you must bring your own basic hand tools (see recommended tool list enclosed). We also provide a locker for your firearms bring a padlock.

This class will deal with single action revolvers commonly seen in use in Cowboy Action Shooting. The Colt, Colt copies and Ruger. You will be spending 50 hours working on these pistols so I would suggest that you bring a quality pistol to invest this time in. We will have TIG welding capabilities for repair of parts but if you have spare parts for your revolvers please bring them. I would suggest that you not bring basket cases since you may not have time to complete them and may become frustrated.

The shop has all of the specialized tools you'll need as well as a Foredom tool. If you have a Foredom or Dremel tool, bring it along, as having one at your bench will be a real time saver. Bring your own bits.

Brownell's is the definitive source for gunsmithing tools when you have trouble finding what you need in the local hardware store. They are on the web or may be reached by phone at (800) 741-0015.

Safety glasses with side-shields are mandatory!

Live ammo is not permitted in the classroom or the lab.

Bring dummy rounds if you wish to simulate cycling ammo through an action. Bring live ammo for function firing, but keep it in your car till needed.

Looking forward to seeing you.


Notebook and pen
Tool box that you can lock
Pin punch set
2oz or 4oz ballpeen hammer
Needle nose pliers
6 High quality screwdrivers assorted sizes. (do not bring any two-piece Brownell’s or Chapman sets) also bring any old or damaged screwdrivers you may have, to form into other tools. Please bring one short handled screwdriver.
8” Flat bastard file
8” Mill smooth file
Three corner file 6” or 8”
1/8 Chain saw file
Half round file- fine
Needle files- assorted shapes
Honing stones- assorted shapes and sizes
Weighted rubber or rawhide mallet
6” Steel rule
Dial caliper
Gun cleaning kit for your specific firearms with solvent
Degreaser (denatured alcohol or mineral spirits)
Breakfree lubricant
44/40 Cold blue
Q- tips
Pipe cleaners
Bench mat
Clamp on bench light and extra light bulbs
Sand paper- 150, 220, 320, and 400 grit
Bench block
Safety glasses and welding goggles or dark sunglasses
1” Quality paint brush
Padlock for gun locker
Machine shop tools for part fabrication if you have machine shop skills (lathe and mill)

Recommended firearms to bring

A good quality single action revolver Colt, or other Colt clone or Ruger