Patrick Sweeney (gunsmith)

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Patrick Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney
Nationality United States
Occupationgunsmith, author, Firearms instructor
Known forwriting, gunsmithing

Patrick Sweeney is an American gunsmith (retired), originally from Detroit, Michigan. According to an interview with Shotgun World magazine, he is a well-known author in the field of gunsmithing.[1] Retired from gunsmithing, he writes full-time. He teaches law enforcement classes on the patrol rifle, and gunsmithing the AR-15.

In addition to writing books, he was the Handguns Editor of Guns & Ammo magazine from 2007 through 2017. He was co-host of Handguns in its inaugural season, and has been a contributor to Guns & Ammo TV since 2007.


  • Sweeney, Patrick (2009). Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers. Gun Digest Books. ISBN 978-1-4402-0389-3.
  • Gunsmithing: Rifles
  • Gunsmithing: Shotguns
  • Gun Digest book of Smith & Wesson
  • Gun Digest Book of Ruger
  • Gun Digest Book of Glock, 1st & 2nd Editions
  • Gun Digest book of the AR-15, Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Gunsmithing: AR-15
  • 1911: Vol 1&2
  • 1911: the first 100 years
  • The Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP
  • Gun Digest book of the AK & SKS
  • Encyclopedia of Rifles & Machineguns (co-authored w/Will Fowler)
  • Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Rifle
  • Reloading for Handgunners