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Old 01-02-2010, 11:50 PM   #1
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What do you do to learn gunsmithing? is it something that's self taught, or is it something that you have to be taught how to do?
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:16 AM   #2
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There are a couple of routes. The first (and to me, the WORST) is independent study. There are any number of folks that will sell you their training courses, DVDs, etc.

The second- find a smith to apprentice under. This CAN be good, IF you have picked a smith that is not only a good smith, but a good teacher. THAT can be hit or miss.

The third is to enroll in a trade school or community college that teaches gunsmithing. There are a few of these that have a program rated highly by folks that have been thru them- and you also learn some of the other things you need to know about running a business.

My personal advice would be to learn as much as you can about the art of being a machinist (tool and die maker type) and then grab a good school, or a good smith to apprentice to. Companies like Gander Mtn are hungry for smiths, and once you have had some training, would be a good place to gain some experience.
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I'd wholeheartedly recommend a good gunsmithing trade school, and go from there.
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Where do you live Bigg? I am a graduate of the top school in the country and I have apprenticed as well. I might be able to steer you in the right direction.
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One of the best schools for Gunsmithing is Gunsmithing Program at Lassen College

The biggest drawback is you have to live in CA. But your in a nice area and there is LOTS of area to hunt. Also not to far from Reno Nv. Nice place to go for a weekend to drink gamble and relax.
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If your in the area i would look at Colorado School of Trades gunsmithing program, I completed it and learned everything i needed to know to become an entry level smith, after a few years working, hands on with experienced smiths, Im very happy with my job and enjoy everyday i go to work. I think im doing pretty well for my self and i have CST to thank for that....

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