name Idaho Sisters in Crime is stylized, includes jeweled dagger
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Gunsmith Tour

On 18 May from 10:30 to noon we’ll be touring a local gunsmith’s shop.

Topics covered will include:

  • Firearm terminology
  • Firearm types and actions
  • Firearm feeding devices – magazine vs. clip
  • Ammunition types and components
  • Holster types – retention vs. non-retention

Dean Barton, an Idaho and local native, obtained a Federal Firearm License 30 years ago. This enabled him to begin his custom gunsmithing business where he has repaired and built many custom competition handguns over the years. He’s a self-taught gunsmith having learned the trade through experience and training materials.

Registration is required to receive address and map.

About Dean

Dean is a life member of the NRA, United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), and the Nampa Rod & Gun Club (NRGC).

Dean machining a handgun slide

Over the past 20 years, Dean has held a number of offices on NRGC board. Those offices include Treasurer, Range Safety Officer, Vice President, and currently President of the NRGC. Dean was an NRA certified Range Officer (RO) and certified NRA instructor. Currently Dean is an USPSA Certified Range Officer and Chief Range Officer.

Dean started hunting ducks and pheasants when he was 12-years-old. Due to the cost of ammunition, he started loading shotgun shells to be able to keep up with his shooting. Two years later, he began to deer hunt and again needed more ammunition. He used a relative’s ammunition loading press to reload 100 rounds that would last him for 2 years.

Dean’s hunting experience grew to include upland game and waterfowl. In addition, he did some trap shooting. Needing more ammunition, Dean purchased a progressive loading press and reloaded over 1,500 shotgun shells per year.

Besides hunting, Dean began shooting both rifle and pistol matches. While shooting high power matches at 200, 300 and 600 yards, he was shooting 600 rounds of either 30 06 or 223/556 per month. Competing in pistol shooting requires an enormous amount of ammunition. This resulted in reloading 15,000 rounds a year with two progressive loading machines to keep up with the high demand of ammunition for his competition fever. For over 60 years, Dean has reloaded countless rounds of various types of ammunition.

Banner photo by Tsvetoslav Hristov on Unsplash


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