Originally Posted by Axxe55
to give you some comparison, working on wood gun stocks is more like building or restoring fine furniture. still not beyond your abilities by any means.
do lots of reading on all types of guns to get a working knowledge of them.
IMO, gunsmithing is more of passion and a love for working on guns. most gunsmiths do it simply because they enjoy the work andnot for the money. theskillsthat most gunsmithshave could very well earn them big bucks in other fields rather than repairing and working on guns. in some ways, it's a dying art simply because most just don't have the commitment to the time and effort it takes to become a good gunsmith and that there are much better paying jobs. it takes years to build up the skills, the reputation and the client base to make it as a gunsmith.
most of the gunsmiths i know, do it part time, on the weekends and nights and have a regular job to support themselves and to pay the bills.
Your post is very consistent from others and has given me even more insight, thanks. I love working on my guns and cleaning them etc. I think with what I know and have done as far as my current job and my gun knowledge, I could definitely get a solid foothold into the job. And I plan on getting a full time smith job, but that will be years down the road after I have, as you said, built up reputation and honed my skills even more. I know a few smiths, not too personally, that work 24/7 for gun stores. I really like the job and I think I have the willpower to get on the right path, I just am looking for the place to start (A school VS. an apprentice.
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