Getting a job at a gun shop

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by texaswoodworker, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I plan on moving to the Fort Worth/Arlington area next year so I can finish up school at UT Arlington, and I think it would be great to find a job at a gun shop. What would be the best way to go about doing this? I already know a lot about guns, but I'm always ready to learn more. Would it help my chances if I knew how to be a gun smith? If so, what should I try to learn?

    Also, even know I'd LOVE to do this, I do need to make money to pay for college/bills. Do gun shops pay decent, or would I be working for peanuts?

    Thanks
     
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  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    they pay peanuts. the odds of getting a gun shop job is small so pay is kinda a moot point.
     
  3. JD1969

    JD1969 New Member

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    Most jobs like this are in high demand (for part time help). I run a ski/snowboard shop, there are PLENTY of younger and even older people that want to work for me. Most want a part time gig, after their regular job. The pay is low, but there are lots of perks, I suspect a gun shop is very similar.
     
  4. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    deliver pizzas ... way more money than working in some small town gun shop ;)


    or become a male stripper ... way more money than whatever lame azzed field of study you are throwing money at :p
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Yep, most work like any other retail job. Part time or full time with low pay and not a lot of benefits. It can also be like an alcoholic working in a bar....not always a greats net maker if you feed your habit at all.

    Real gunsmiths can make some decent money, but that is pretty much a degree worthy job itself. By the time you get real machining training and experience. The right tools and establish a reputation and clientele then you have a career. There aren't many gunsmiths around any more so demand can be good for a certified gunsmith.

    Being an armorer is a bit different, but even to be competitive there for a gunship job you'd need experience or a reputation for it to count in hiring.
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Unless you own the shop or are a gunsmith you won't make much. I don't even get payed for working the shop (currently) I do however keep what I make from smith work and the owner profits from the parts I order because I use the company credit card to place the orders. He actually makes more than I do from a trigger job. Lol
    I make good money when I have work and I benefit from getting dealer pricing from a few more distributors.
    95% of what I make goes back into the shop anyway. Basically I work for free.
     
  7. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I don't get a paycheck yet for owning my shop :(
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have turned down a few job offers because I would go broke working in a shop. I know several retired guys working in gun shops just to pay for their shooting supplies. They usually dont pay enough for someone young with a family to support.
     
  9. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    We will get there buddy. Lol
     
  10. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    You're in MA right? What store?
     
  11. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    He's at Old Mill it's in his signature.
     
  12. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Oh and to the OP DON'T GET A JOB AT A GUN SHOP! Not only does the pay suck but you spend your entire paycheck at the same shop that's paying you like crap :D
     
  13. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Yep again. Lol
    Unless you have a much needed skill.
    I know the new and up and coming firearms and I can reverse engineer any gun you put in my hands. My boss is a pro with older guns and knows the ins and outs of the business.
     
  14. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    In Leomentser?
    You get hit with the storm like we did in Worcester County?
     
  15. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Yep. Ripped our sign out of the ground so we packed all the guns in the vault and called it a day.
     
  16. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    Power here was out for a few hours, just got it back on recently.
     
  17. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Hey mountain, have you guys gotten in any XDSs? If so have they been selling quick?
     
  18. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    No we haven't. Probably not ma compliant. 90% of what is ma compliant is on backorder. It's a nightmare right now. We were lucky to get a few shields in.