Getting Started As A Gunsmith
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Gunsmithing & Do-It-Yourself Projects > Gunsmithing Forum > Getting Started As A Gunsmith

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-02-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2
Default Getting Started As A Gunsmith

Hi all, I have some questions about how to get started as a gunsmith. I hear a lot of people talking about the fact that it can take years to get started as an independent gunsmith in terms of building up client base enough to "make a living" and maybe open a shop some day.

Can anyone give me some input as to how you got started?
How did you get your first clients?
How did you grow your business?
Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?
What advise can you give to a beginner?

I'm not a gunsmith but I'm very interested in the trade however if I decide to go into the trade I would want it to be a full time gig with the goal of opening a full time shop some day.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Joe

__________________
joec is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 02-02-2012, 02:47 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
hiwall's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cleator,AZ
Posts: 3,345
Liked 743 Times on 473 Posts
Likes Given: 232

Default

there is about 4 current threads on this same topic. search gunsmith on this site.

__________________

Just walking on the edge of of my grave.

hiwall is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
7mmstw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 277
Liked 13 Times on 10 Posts

Default

I forget the name of the school but it's in Trinidad Colorado, speedy Gonzales is an instructor there. I went to the other gunsmithing school in Colorado and I should have gone to that one, only problem is Trinidad is number 1 in the world for sexual gender reassignment surgeries.

__________________
7mmstw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2012, 09:24 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Greg_E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 54
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Check your local community college. They have gun smithing courses for police armories. If you really like working on guns a police armory has a pretty wide variety of weapons to work on from issued weapons to back ups. Of course most snipers like to do their own work, but if you love guns it's a dream job!

__________________
Greg_E is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2012, 06:01 AM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: San Diego,Ca
Posts: 18
Default

Gunsmithing profitably isn't as tough a thing to do as you may think, but you have to have something that separates you from every hardcore gun nut.

I'm a 20 yr gunsmithing veteran but started as a young apprentice in my Grandfather's shop, and it took years until I actually got the idea down. It's not a lot of crazy fabrication any more (like when I first started), the client base can do anything they want to with modules and don't have the same budgets or desires they once did for customs. If I had to start a business today it wouldn't be a gunsmithing general shop, it would be a refinishing and ultra custom shop, and I would spend a year or two working on projects and marketing before I even started to court customers, and then I would work only with heavy hitters with no budget limitations. Ideally we would all do this...but it takes time to get to that point. Become an expert in a specific non economy tied segment of the market, and differentiate yourself from your competitors. Don't ever forget, if you are working on mainstream guns, there is nothing you can do that someone else cant be paid less for and do satisfactorily, so provide excellent service, and bring value to your customers.

If you want to check it out I have some tutorials and basics on gunsmithing on my blog at www.netgunsmith.com I would also be happy to talk with you via email or chat if you have specific questions.

__________________
www.netgunsmith.com
thegunsmith is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Just getting started. Dogfisher Gunsmithing Forum 3 01-01-2012 04:32 PM
I need to get started! hemiguy General Handgun Discussion 12 11-10-2009 06:06 AM
Help getting started Benning Boy Blackpowder & Musket 9 12-23-2008 03:44 PM