There are a few that I can recommend. The first is a useful teaching tool, but isn't specific to just rifles. It's called Do It Yourself Gun Repair. Another good one is Gunsmithing with Simple Hand Tools by Andrew Dubino. Then there's Gunsmithing Rifles by Patrick Sweeney. You might also look for books specific to your guns. They often have particular tips on repairs and upgrades to those guns that are valuable information.I searched the forum and couldn't find any reviews on books about gunsmithing. I'm looking for kind of an introductory book on how to repair and work on rifles mostly. Help would be appreciated and if this needs to move to the book section have at it.
Define tinker.If you are just looking to tinker and clean, then all the old firearms disassembly guides will help. Can find them at Amazon.
Any US Service weapons are on youtube.
I am a far cry from a gunsmith but I learned what I know from competitive shooting, teaching and working at a range.
Generally, doing something you shouldn't be and learning from it. Took me years to figure 1911's out and I still don't know shiite. Only took JMB 10 days.: Glocks are easy as are XD's, USP's and other tupperware. Just relace the part. 1911's need tweaking.Define tinker.
So, simply replacing a part, that doesn't need fitting, is tinkering? OK, because anyone who thinks fitting a part is tinkering.....well, just don't try to shoot the gun around anyone( and I'd think twice before shooting it myself[I wouldn't do it]).Generally, doing something you shouldn't be and learning from it. Took me years to figure 1911's out and I still don't know shiite. Only took JMB 10 days.: Glocks are easy as are XD's, USP's and other tupperware. Just relace the part. 1911's need tweaking.