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Old 05-01-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Opening up a sucessful Gunsmith and Firearms business?

I am brand new to this forum and this might be in the wrong section, I apologize ahead of time. Feel free to move this thread. Anyways, So here is my current situation; I am 17 years old and i am currently working on my GED. have been around firearms my whole life and I am a active hunter. My two most liked careers are being a State Trooper or Opening up a gunsmith and outdoors shop. I am very creative and love to design new firearms therefore; I would like to maybe get police, PMC, or even government contracts. My goal is to somehow fit law enforcement and my own business into one lifetime. Impossible? Maybe, but that is why I have came to the older and wiser generations for advice. Does anyone have ideas or advice?
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:20 PM   #2
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Yeah, in addition to getting your GED, (why GED, you're still HS age?), find an old school (not CNC) machinist or skilled gunsmith to hang around. Maybe one to work for.
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gunsmithing as a beginner is not going to pay the bills.

get into law enforcement if that is a desire. work on gunsmithing in your spare time.

gunsmithing is not what it was 50 years ago. firearms today are plug and play and there is not anywhere close to the need for a smith to fabricate parts from scratch.

anyway during a career in le you will meet many contacts in the firearm industry if you pursue shooting sports.
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There is another thought.
Look at the military and become an armorer.

Security and firearms combined together.

Keep your nose clean and get your GED.

(Also, most military bases have after hours continuing education)
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There is another thought.
Look at the military and become an armorer.

Security and firearms combined together.

Keep your nose clean and get your GED.

(Also, most military bases have after hours continuing education)
Dan has some good advice. If I were starting out with a clean slate and 18, I would join the military, train as Military Police and train in my spare time as an armorer. I'd try and pick up as much experience as I could in welding and treating metals as well as CNC machining in the military as well, as that would make gunsmithing much easier. Id get as much practical military experience as possible while serving my country and then, after discharge, join a Police or Sheriff's department. I'd Keep the gunsmithing as a hobby business on the side and keep learning. Should I get injured or retire, then the gunsmithing could fill my time and cash flow. With military and/or police pensions, I would have fun with gunsmithing and not be stressed at paying the bills on only a gunsmith's income.

Good luck with whatever you decide! Make a plan and be patient - good things take time.
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I would absolutely love to become a armorer, but because of taking anti-depressants it is not possible (To my knowledge). But if it was possible I would join the military as soon as my GED was complete. So i guess my next question is how hard is it to become a State
Trooper? What are the steps I have to take?

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Becoming a State Trooper may be harder than joining the military.

You should have some some college level education in law enforcement to join most LE organizations.

The military does not have that requirement. And the years spent in the military with the security police can be cited as experience when applying for a state trooper job.
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Good Luck.
I was able to join the ARMY as a high school drop out
got two GED high school diplomas and bunch of college credits.
Don't know if you can join without a diploma today.
What ever you decide, Good Luck.
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There is another thought.
Look at the military and become an armorer.

Security and firearms combined together.

Keep your nose clean and get your GED.

(Also, most military bases have after hours continuing education)
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You have some time- you need to be 21 to get a gunsmith license or to become a law enforcement officer. And no the military may/may not take you with a GED (Yeah- back in the day, I got a GED at Ft. Polk. That was then) unless you have a special trade they need badly.

STAY IN SCHOOL. Not just high school- you will need some college if you plan to run ANY business. You can be a great smith, lousy businessman, and go broke.

Nope- not easy. Easy is over on the other side, not here. Easy is hanging with your buds, sneaking beer and weed with your other underage friends. If you want to do something that requires skill, you have to work for it. No magic pill involved- but a lot of sweat.
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I am all for joining the military. Learn the basics. See what it looks like when someone screws up, etc. Then get out and start building your own rifles and customizing your own pistols. If and when your ready, your going to get offers for what your building. However, look around - See what these fellows have been doing for years. I build my own rifles and maybe hit one out of three that is good enough to get offers. Also, you will know when you build that special one. Have to have that attitude that everything is for sale. Good luck. Just my opinion - Hope I didn't stick my nose where it doesn't belong.
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