Video: Introduction to Metal Preparation – Disassembly

by | Apr 23, 2020 | Firearm Restoration, Gun Restoration, Gunsmithing | 0 comments

Introduction to Metal Preparation (4 of 7) outlines the steps needed to do a quality metal preparation job on your own gun. Not just the actual steps in polishing, but the first steps you need to know in order to do a quality job. The video also shows the various finishes used by the manufacturers on their original parts, giving you a complete set of guidelines to follow so you can do a professional job yourself and save money. Most importantly, it will give you the satisfaction of doing a quality job, yourself.

For convenience we’ve divided the original videotape into the following sections, which you can navigate to using the following links:

Episode Notes:

You will need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Screwdriver set
  • Pin punches
  • Ball peen and plastic headed hammers
  • Correct disassembly manual for your firearm and any special tools it may require

All firearms dissemble differently. Be sure to have the correct manual and any special tools your firearm may require.

Be sure to study the manual and familiarize yourself with the steps and parts before you begin.


  1. Always wear eye protection when disassembling and assembling your firearm.
  2. Clean all screw slots.
  3. Take lifts of all engraved areas.
  4. Protect stamped or engraved areas with tape before beginning.
  5. Have safe storage for parts.


  • Be aware of captive springs. Many are under extreme tension.
  • Some dovetail joints rotate apart.
  • Driven dovetails go out left to right (from shooting position).
  • Have barrel removed by gunsmith.
  • Clean and de-grease all parts. Be sure to wear protective gloves when working with any solvents and de-greasers.

Thanks for watching! Feel free to use the comments below for thoughts and questions.

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