Every good mechanic knows that the first step of any project is having the right tools. When it comes to guns, that’s more true than ever. An improperly made gun could be inaccurate or jam at the worst possible time. In extreme cases, it can even harm the shooter. So if you’re thinking about gunsmithing, you need to get yourself a good set of gun taps and learn how to use them correctly.
What Do Taps Do?
Taps are used in conjunction with drills to thread holes for screws. Whether you’re repairing your Ruger or building a treehouse for your kids, you’re going to need a good set of drill bits and screw taps. For the most part, regular drill bits on a bench-top drill should be sufficient for fixing most damage to your firearm. Firearms, with one notable exception, do not typically require very deep holes to be tapped. Sizes for these holes may be in different units than are used for measuring standard drill bits and taps though. If that happens, you have two options. If you are an amateur who has no plans to do this regularly, you might just want to rent specialized gun taps from a gunsmithing company. If you want to take up gun smithing regularly, learning to convert drill bits and screw taps to gun screw dimensions is going to save you a lot of time and money.
The most important component of a gun that will need to be threaded is the barrel. Although not every gun will offer a threaded barrel, many of the best firearms will. Threaded barrels allow for easy modification and easy gun cleaning. Special gun smithing taps allow for gunsmiths to thread barrels of all shapes and sizes. This is the biggest exception to the idea of using standard drill taps to tap the holes of your weapon.
Gun smithing is done by both professionals and hobbyists. Although the highest quality firearms are unlikely to be made by a hobbyist, the satisfaction of creating a gun with your own hands cannot be matched. Guns are a responsibility though. Understanding proper maintenance and care can be the difference between a weapon that functions after 25 to 30 years, and a weapon that is inaccurate and no longer fires after a few months. Make sure to use the right equipment to repair and construct your guns, and when you really need to make sure its done right, be sure to talk to the experts!