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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by gmorales33, Aug 24, 2013.
What's the best way to find someone to shadow. Looking to be an apprentice. Tampa bay area.
Best to begin learning on your own. Read and absorb all you can. Fiddle with your guns. Buy kits and install/build them. Take Armorer courses.
Most gunsmiths want to see some kind of experience and drive. It is not an easy business to get into and you need to have a Love for it. You will not get rich.
Oh and Welcome to FTF.
Thank you. That's whatbibbeen doing for several konths now. Took ar15 platform armorer course and plannon taking more but would love to shadow someone to learn more. Thanks a lot for advice greatly appreciated
Happy to help. If you look around I think we even have a thread covering your different options for schools etc.
OP, this guy's a Smith ^
Great person to get advice from on the matter.
Is op on here can't find him. Hope u can help. Thanks
Lol, "OP" stands for "original poster", "original post", or "opening post", or similar. It's often used when people can't remember exactly who started a thread, but remember the nature of the opening post. Such as, "back to the subject of the OP..." (opening post), or, "hey, OP, have you ever considered.." (opening/original poster)
YOU'RE the OP in this thread!
Mountainman is a Smith, he's the guy I was referring to!
Wow I feel dumb now. Lol ok thanks
No need, if you're new to forums, you wouldn't have known.
We used to have a mod who gave every newcomer a welcoming message that included a list of definitions and acronyms to commonly used forum terms, but he's quit retirement and jumped on board with getting a new range up and running, and now working there full time, so we don't get to hear from him much.
I believe these terms and rules are stickied in the intro section (means they're "pinned" to the top).
If you haven't done so already, your oughta drop by the intro section and introduce yourself. People are more willing to open up and share around here once they get to know you a bit.
By the way, allow me to be the first to say, "welcome aboard" if you haven't already been welcomed!
Thank you very much. Ill introduce myself to you and then the rest. My name is gus I live in florida. Im a firefighter paramedic and I also teach paramedics. I loved guns all my life but recently started to take classes online and armorer classes. Looking to apprentice some where to keep dying trade alive and one day pass on to my son. thanks gus
Well it's good to meet ya. I actually go by Trip with my closest friends, and on here. Marine vet, single dad (but engaged), and I work in water treatment. Been around guns all my life too, and have the similar fascination as you in how their mechanics work. I personally think the M249 SAW is one of the most simplistic designs and I'm overly fascinated in its lethal beauty.
Gus, welcome to the forum. glad to have you aboard here.
i am known as Axxe and wish you a welcome fron here in Texas.
yes stop over in the Introductions Section and say hello.
again glad you joined us. and we do have some practicing gunsmiths here on the forum and many of them are more than happy to help someone ge into gunsmithing.
They have a job fair annually for smiths.
They may have a list of the regulars who are looking.
Welcome Gus! Apprenticeship is an awesome way to learn and earn a career! Ive never been a day without a job after my first 10 years in a dirty nasty TV Shop, (it seemed like a cakewalk after 4 years of the regular army). It paid like crap, the hours sucked bad, I got called things by my bosses my Drill Sgt wouldnt have (My nickname from Grumpy Old George was "You Clutzy Phuck") and there were no benefits to be garnered except the biggest one; my brain was a little fuller at the end of a hard day than when I started it! My starting wage in 1984 was $1.50 an hour and all the soda we could drink (Fridge was always full), 26 years later and I make more in one hour than I made in 20 in the TV SHop.
That said, apprenticeships are getting tougher and tougher to find, most professional jobs require a college degree as a prerequisite. Most younger folk expect way to much out of the blocks; they want great pay, good bennies and an education even if they dont have the trade under their belts the day they start working. Most small to mid sized businesses cant and wont provide all three and those, they wont take the risk and the time to apprentice you but if they do, they probably cant pay you much and teach you at the same time.
I averaged 60 hours a week and probably got paid for about 40 with lots of nights and weekends, it was worth every minute of it cause I left that shop with something worth more than a paycheck, a skill that has kept me employed well and compensated reasonably ever since.
There are other ways of getting that education, The US Military has Armor Specialists in every category you can think of. When you get out, others will be much more likely to give you a try. Good luck and glad to have you here, enjoy!
Welcome from Union County, NC.
Thank you guys. I asked a few shops around my way if they could help me out with shadowing them. I told them it would be free labor. I really appreciate everything guys thank you.