just not seeing an AR as a valid platform for a person to build for a gun type resume. reason is, it's such a simple platform that even a child can do with a minimal amount of experiance and tools.
That's very true, and I should have thought of that.
I was leaning more towards some sort of semi-automatic platform. Bolt guns are easy, and there's not much to a Ruger #1 either. They are a great way to display attention to detail and finishing abulity, but you should also have some sort of semi-auto that takes some work getting timing/ejection/feeding right. Like a FIN/FAL, Garand/m14, etc etc etc.
Even with the AR platform, there are a lot of folks assembling
rifles. Not many are building/making
components from scratch, incorporating they're own designs into the parts. There is still a lot there to show off ones abilities as a gunsmith.
Do you mind if I ask, Why do you want to work for someone else? If you are able to work on peoples guns, why not go into business for yourself?
I finally opened up shop, and its been pretty awesome so far. My area is ripe for the pickin. Of course, part of the reason for that is that the old guru gunsmith died about ten years ago. Its a common problem all across the USA. Gunsmiths are in such high demand, that if you find one that's any blessed good, you will wait for a year to get your gun back.
I am actually doing a pretty fair amount of work for folks in other states that would be glad to pay the shipping both ways on a firearm, + my service fee's just so that they can get their gun back in time for next deer season. If I have someones gun for a month, its because there was a problem getting/making parts.
The internet is a wonderful thing. It makes everybody just a UPS drive away.