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Old 06-16-2014, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Question for any gunsmiths here...

What route did you take to becoming a gunsmith? Did you go to college for it, apprentice, or take online classes?
Just a general question to start me out. Will think of more to ask about specific questions about methods as I go along.

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Old 06-16-2014, 09:22 AM   #2
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Mine started as a need to repair a couple of guns and there was not gunsmith willing to take on the repairs.

I was overseas (I've got 14 years stationed in Germany), shot IPSC at different ranges, and wore out a 1911 in a couple of years. People saw what I was doing with mine and asked me to do the same to theirs.

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I am a gunsmith. I have always been into guns sence I was old enough to hold one up. I recently about four months ago acquired my FFL but I took a online course at Penn foster to learn some basics that I didn't know about certain guns and things .but once I got done I searched for gunsmiths around the house and I had a guy name Bill Van Fossan who had been in the trade for over 30 years and he took me under his wing and taught me alot. He helped me get were I am.

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I am mostly self-taught. I was an armorer in the military. After that, I got a part-time job working in the gunsmith shop at a gun shop. My job was cleaning and testing any used guns the shop bought and getting them ready to re-sell. I learned so much about so many different models. It really prepared me to take on repairs of most types of guns. After a year at the shop, I went to a trade school to become a certified machinist. I went that route for two reasons: First, there was no trade school that taught gunsmithing in my area. Second, I figured thorough machining training would allow me a back up or supplemental job if gunsmithing didn't work out. As I was building my business, I was working a job programming CNC machines for a local shop.

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to learn. Read everything you can get your hands on. There is so much info on the web; use it. To this day, I still go to the internet if I get an odd project or a problem I can't figure out.

Also, BE HUMBLE! No one can know everything about anything and you never know when someone is going to teach you something.

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I was also self-taught. That was the norm years ago.

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Would the two of you say being self-taught is a good route, with guidance from online instructions?

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Would the two of you say being self-taught is a good route, with guidance from online instructions?
Years ago it was mostly the only route. I guess I would have to say it depends on the individual whether it is best or not.
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Would the two of you say being self-taught is a good route, with guidance from online instructions?
It all depends on what kind of learner you are. I happen to be able to read and then do. Some people really need demonstration and practical training. The key is to practice on your own guns first.
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And the number one thing you have to do is in order to work on other people's firearms and do it legally is you have to get your FFL and in some places its pretty easy to get but others not so much but definitely check your local zoning laws to see if your able to operate

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Back to topic- study firearms, firing mechanisms, barrels,

and IMHO, three of the finest gunsmiths who ever lived:

John Browning

Sam Colt

Col. Nambu

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