Originally Posted by John_Deer
I get a lot of the same thing. The difference between me and a gunsmith is people expect me to do it for free. I don't mind helping those who help me. But the ones that complain about the professional gunsmith wanting more than a doctor to fix a gun ($60 an hr) I just try to beat them out of their gun as cheaply as possible. They want full wages for their labor. Everyone else is supposed to work for free or minimum wage.
unless you have an FFL, you can't charge for gun repairs. here is a link to the BATF website which i am citing as the source for my answer.
i am a hobbiest gunsmith simply because i enjoy working on guns. i would much rather do my own repairs and modifications myself than being at he mercy of someone else's time. i have no desire to do gunsmithing full time and much prefer doing at my own pace and as my time allows it. more than likely if i were to do it full time, it would leave me very little time to work on my own!