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Welcome to "The Gun Surgeon's" Blog (what a name . . . "Blog"!)  :/

Here you can experience the general ramblings of a Gunsmith to include cussin and discussin what is going on in the shop which certainly could contain some "cussin", current shop projects, lessons learned and tips for firearm owners, what is in the news and the state of the U.S.A. as I see it.  

May contain information regarding saving you some money as it relates to firearms,outdoor activities or perhaps safety and survival items such as product reviews and such.

If there is something you would lke me to discuss drop me a line and let me know and I will see what I can do.

Since I do not know who will be reading this (if anyone) I will do my best to keep it G rated but be advised that from time to time depending upon the topic I may toss out some PG or even some occassional R ratings here folks but I will do my best to keep that to a bare minimum. 

Lastly you will probably notice many typo's thoughout.  Rest assured it really has nothing to do with my spelling abilities as much as it does that my secretary is always out of the office!  :)

I hope you enjoy and find this worthwhile.



aka "The Gun Surgeon"

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Posted on January 11, 2017 at 7:45 PM
With the holiday's and Deer Season over it is time to get back at it. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and this New Year brings you good health and happiness. The Saturday I will be down at the Mad River Armory and Range for a "Meet & Greet" to anyone that would like to stop in, chat and get to know me a bit. I always enjoy these Meet & Greet's because I meet all kinds of great people with great questions and always good conversation. Typically, the range is having a CCW course concluding and I get a chance to talk to and observe the folks in the class shooting. I have to say that most everyone is nervous about the shooting potion but there is really no need to be. They have some of the best instructors in the area to help you if you struggle so no worries my friends. But, if I can offer one bit of advice. I see a large number of older women coming in to get their CCW and usually there is one issue they are having (not all of them, but more than less). Either their well intending spouse or son is purchasing or lending them a handgun for the class or for carry once they pass and the poor ladies doing their absolute best with what they have tend to have WAY TOO MUCH GUN! Guys, put yourself in their shoes. A 357 Magnum Revolver is not exactly the best choice for an 87 year old woman shooting for the first time! Yes . . . it happened. She asked me advice on shooting because she was getting ready for her turn and felt bad because she could not hit the target during practice before coming to the class. Well, two things here, #1, she could not pull the trigger, it was way to hard for her to pull and second it was way too much gun! We all want our Mom, Wife, Sister, Girlfriend or whatever to be protected and a handgun certainly helps but it is worthless and actually more dangerous to her if she can't handle it. So next time you guys are feeling like getting her a handgun, take her to the range to physically try out and shoot various different handguns and let her choose. Mad River Armory and Range has a large number of handguns that you can rent and try before you buy. There really is no better way than that. This way she is not afraid of the gun and will actually want to practice with it and get good ad comfortable with it. then and only then will she more "protected" than without it. Mad River Armory and Range also has First Time Shooter Classes, Tactical Shooting Classes, A Girl and a Gun League (Great Group and opportunity that I highly recommend) and more. I hope this helps. Until next time, Stay safe! Regards, Mark a.k.a. "The Gun Surgeon"

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 2:55 AM

Hello everyone.

Sylvia and I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Before you dig into that wonderful meal that someone has put thier heart and soul into we hope that you take a minute to reflect on the past year and to be thankful for all the blessing in your life.  I know that sometimes things can be pretty tough in life but no matter how hard they get there is always something to be thankful for and there is always someone that loves and cares about you that is thankful that you are in their life.

So have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.  We wish you the very best.  And we are forever greatful for your support.


Mark & Sylvia Mills

Busy Busy Busy

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 10:50 AM
Hello folks, It has been awhile since I have posted anything but things have been very busy around here lately, which is good, I am not complaining at all. My son and I did have an opportunity last weekend to get out and do some Pheasant hunting. We really enjoyed our time outdoors and ran across a man and his son who had just bagged a very nice buck with his bow in Deer Creek Hunting Preserve. Unfortunately my son and I did not have the luck bagging our game as the man and his son did but that is okay as it was more abut spending time with my son than bagging some birds. Well I hope everyone is enjoying your weekend thus far. The holiday season has snuck up on us and Sylvia and I would like to wish you, your family and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. Our wish to you is that you, your loved ones and friends have a healthy and safe holiday season and have an opportunity to spend time with the people that are important to you in your life. Until next time. Mark aka "The Gun Surgeon"

The big one!

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 6:55 AM

Last week was spent with my aunt and uncle in Nashville, TN.  My uncle and I had some time to do a bit of fishing and I caught the biggest Large Mouth Bass I have ever caught.  It was around 5 1/2 to 6 lbs. and put up a great fight!  Since they are not really that great to eat and some big Bass tournaments are held on that lake I let it go.  But I did get some pictures of it and we also caught a nice mess of Stripes and one nice Blue Catfish for the frying pan!  As always I had a great imte visiting with them and I look forward to getting back to see them again as soon as I can.

Have a great day my friends!



aka, "The Gun Surgeon"

Mad River Armory and Range

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM


Have you stopped in and checked out Mad River Armory and Range yet? Springfield Ohio's only indoor shooting range!  They also have a great supply of commonly needed items supporting the shooter and great deals on a large selection of firearms!  Stop in and say "Hi" and Skip and his crew will take great care of you in an honest and relaxing atmosphere.

The Gun Surgeon typically stops in on saturday evenings from 5 to 6 PM but due to previous commitments we will not be able to this weekend but look forward to joining you there next weekend.  Come on out and bring the kids.  Sport shooting is a great family activity that I am sure you will enjoy.  You don't have to have any equipment as you can rent everything you need at the range and they even have first time shooter classes as well as shooting leagues and Concealed Carry Classes to name but a few.

We look forward to meeting you there and make sure you stop over and Say "Hi" to us so you can receive your discount coupon on your next Firearm Cleaning and Inspection.

See you all there!



aka "The Gun Surgeon" 

Meet & Greet Tonight - Oct 1, 2016

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Tonight we hope you can come and meet us at the Mad River Armory and Range in Springfield, OH from 5 - 6PM EST.

Mad River Armory and Range

309 E. Leffel Lane

Springfield, OH 45505


Red Loctite . . . is it really needed or will Blue suffice?

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Hi folks,

I know it has been a few days since I have written.  I have actually been out of state on other business, Fort Worth, Texas to be exact.  It was a good and uneventful trip which in my book is always good!

I have been working on one of my customers guns this morning to remove a broken screw from a forearm piece on a Ruger 10/22 Takedown.  Now this is a tiny little screw threaded into plastic.  There is very little this tiny little screw has to hold on yet Red (permanent) Loctite was used on the screw.  Now to really properly clean this gun that screw will have to come out every time so why "Red" Loctite?  Blue (if Loctite is to be used at all) is more than sufficient here folks.  Afterall, the point of Loctite is simply to keep the screw, bolt, nut etc., from backing off or loosening up right?  So the Blue Loctite for an application such as this is more than sufficient. Keep in mind that when using the Red Loctite it must be heated to over 300 degrees for it to softened enough to let go of the fastener it is applied to and in this case it was applied to a very small screw threaded into plastic.  The plastic would have melted before the screw would have been able to be removed.

So just a bit of a lesson learned so you can keep your firearm in working order and available when and where you need it instead of in my shop.  But don't get me wrong, I love having the firearms to work on as it is what I truely enjoy but there is no need for you to create a problem for youreself down the road which will cost a fair amount of your money to correct.  All I am saying is just give it a quick second of thought before using that "Red" stuff.

Just trying to help you all out my friends by keeping some of your hard earned money in your pocket.

Have a great day!



aka "The Gun Surgeon"


Frustration with our country

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Good afternoon everyone. Discussing politics on here is probably not the smartest thing to do but after the past few days watching the news I am just sick as to what is happening to our country! We are tearing ourselves apart AGAIN over race issues. I believe everyone needs to put themselves in each other’s shoes and look at the issues through the eyes of those you disagree with or of those that you cannot understand why they feel the way they do and THEN do what you think is right.

Also, the political practices I am hearing about on the news as well is also sickening and should be illegal! Rushing through the paperwork of immigrants to grant them "legal Citizenship" in time for them to be able to vote in this election and letting in illegal immigrants to this country in massive numbers just to build up the democratic base for the future is flat wrong! It is really buying votes! I would be just as upset if Republicans did this. But I am neither Democrat nor Republican. Oh I used to consider myself a Republican but after all the BS the Republican Party pulled this year I quite them and never to return! I used to really respect the Bush Family and Mitt Romney but after the tantrum they have shown during this election cycle I can’t even look them in the eye anymore as it would sicken me to do so. Pitiful! and there is a long list of "Republicans who put themselves in the same boat as the Bush's.

Being a Gunsmith I am sure it is obvious whom I support, the candidate that will protect our Second Amendment Rights and that happens to be Donald Trump as I believe Hillary will do everything she can to destroy our rights to Keep and Bear Arms. But that is just my opinion for what it is worth.

Onto business, I posted a bunch of pictures to the website today. Mostly of the Certifications I have earned over the past few years and a couple pictures of our shop. Nothing fancy but we can handle just about anything you can throw at us with what it has within.

Enjoy your day my friends.


Aka “The Gun Surgeon”


A long day!

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 12:05 AM

Well our Grand Opening went pretty well and as expected.  It was also our first time down at the Mad River Armory & Range in Springfield, OH for our "Meet & Greet" as well and it went better than expected.  There were lots of folks there and Sylvia was spoiling them all with her homemade Oatmeal Rasin cookies leaving not a single one for me on the drive home!  LOL

We will be back there this Saturday evening again from 5pm to 6pm so I hope you can stop in an see us . . . and Sylvia will probably have more of her cookies to pass around as well and you surely do not want to miss those little pieces of heaven!

In the shop this evening I spent a bit of time working on a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .44 Mag that has a problem with the cylinder binding when fired a few times.  It does not always do it which makes it a challenge to figure out but hte "usual" suspects appeared not to be the problem?  Turns out that the loading gate when fired a few times was jumping forward causing everything to bind up. There is a small tab on an internal spring that holds that gate back and in the open position when opened and little spring tab required a little re-education to get things all squared and working again.

Aside from that it was more straightening up the shop, paperwork and online marketing which has me finishing up here now.

Good night all and I look forwrd to meeting you in the future.



aka "The Gun Surgeon"

Grand Opening!!!

Posted on September 17, 2016 at 12:15 AM


Today is the day! The Long awaited "Grand Opening"!

I must say that there are a lot of people that have helped me reach this point that have supported me with their love and understanding and physically assisted me with remodeling my shop from the disaster it was into the professional Gunsmithing Shop that it is today!

#1 has been my wife (Sylvia). Not once did she complain about all the hours I have spent studying or working in the shop or the money spent for tools, educational materials, supplies and the long long list of things I have purchased to get us to today. She has been my greatest support and without her love and support, today would just be another regular old day just like so many before. Thanks Babe, I love you!!

My kids and their boyfriends/girlfriends (now both Fiancé’s/Fiancée’s) have all been great supporting me on this journey as well. Be it showing interest in what I am doing, or the very hard work they put into the shop to get things arranged to a point in which I could actually deal with it. I really should have taken a before and after picture! I love you all and I am so very proud of each and every one of you. Thank you!!

My parents, although they are all the way out on the West Coast, their love, support and how they raised me to try new things and that no matter what, I can do it if I set my mind to it mentality and confidence has paid off in my life and without that solid foundation that they developed and encouraged in me all through the years, I do not think that I would have ever attempted to crawl outside of my shell and give Gunsmithing or anything else a shot. Mom & Dad, thank you for always being there for me and all of your love and support throughout my entire life. I love you both very much!

Who knows how things will go from here although I do have a picture and plan in mind that I have been focusing on every day for about 3 years now, but in all honesty, to me just getting to this point, I have already succeeded and everything from here on is a bonus in my life!

Thanks to God for his love and his grace, my family for their love and support and The American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) and all of their awesome staff for giving me the tools in this business that I need to succeed in it.

Onward and upward my friends!



Aka “The Gun Surgeon”

PS: Tonight from5 - 6PM I will be at Mad River Armory & Range for a meet and greet with their customer.  Stop by to say "Hi" or bring in and drop-off you firearm for repair or a littel TLC.  Hope to see you all there!