Video: Customize a Gun With a New Barrel


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It doesn’t have to be difficult to customize a gun. Simply swapping in a new barrel can change the function of a firearm.

In this video, Dave Morelli aims to customize a gun with Brownell’s short-chambered barrels, reamers and hand tools. By the end of a few hours, he’s revived an otherwise low-performing rifle.

Other Quick Ways to Customize a Gun

* Change out the stock. Morelli’s rifle in the video started out with a walnut stock. Now it uses an HS Precision stock. This increased performance in rugged terrain.

* Replace the scope or sights. After many years of use and abuse, it may be time to swap in some new ones.

* Install a bipod. This opens up a number of new applications for the firearm.

Customize a Glock for $200

If handguns are more your style, check out what Gun Digest did with $200 and a Gen 2 Glock 19 in this article. Here’s an excerpt:

The first upgrade — refinishing the slide in DiamondKote — would be purely cosmetic. At the recommendation of a local gunsmith, I sent the Glock’s slide and barrel to Mike Boglarsky at M&R Arms Specialties ( in Mt. Clemens, Mich. M&R offers a multitude of color options, from matte black to gold to purple. Being somewhat traditional but wanting to jazz up the Glock a bit, I was leaning toward the silver until Mike told me that he could also do a titanium color. Relying solely on Mike’s advice, I gave him the go-ahead.

Mike says he can apply color treatments to the Glock’s polymer frame as well, which I respectfully declined. In a couple days, Mike called to let me know the slide and barrel were ready for pickup. It looks great and the subtle but classy titanium color is a great match for the Glock’s dark polymer frame. Cost: $57 + shipping from M&R Arms

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Learn More About How to Customize a Gun

Learn how to customize a gunLearn how to customize a gun from one of the foremost gunsmiths in the world, Patrick Sweeney. This Gunsmithing with Patrick Sweeney CD contains all three of his volumes in one spot. You’ll learn about customization and repair for rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Click here to learn how to customize a gun in the Gunsmithing with Patrick Sweeney CD.