Patrick Sweeney (gunsmith)

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.

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

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