Originally Posted by Rodneh
I do not think there is any single soldering iron/gun that will do all you may need or want. I use at least three different ones, sometimes more as the type of job dictates the one to use. Sdjessing's gun will work well on many jobs but will fall short when working with printed circuit boards or small component leads yet works very well for many of the larger jobs.
Yeah, one old trick with a soldering gun, is to wrap a piece of 314 solid copper wire around the tip as a soldering iron tip "Extension". Not near as good as a quality temperature regulated 40 watt soldering iron, but with a bit of practice, will work out well.