Getting Started

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by PowerViolence, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. PowerViolence

    PowerViolence New Member

    Hi, I have been a shooter my whole life, I'm in love with firearms. I have done minor work to my guns in the past, mostly external upgrades, and field stripping, ya know.

    I really want to get into smithing. I do not have any friends in the field, and only have one friend who is interested in guns, but thats it, just shooting them nothing else.

    Wheres a good place to get started? Any advice would help. I know this is vague but i will answer any questions upon request.
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

    I suggest you take a look at AGI (American Gunsmithing Institute).

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    You would be surprised to find out how many people hate the job of cleaning their firearms.

    Offer the service with mechanical inspections. Charge by the firearm.

    Just remember, if you need to keep a firearm over 24 hours, get an FFL
  4. Ram Rod

    Ram Rod New Member

    Best advice I can give short of years of experience or formal schooling is build a few of your own. I mean from the unfinished stock up. Build a rifle out of surplus parts, or buy a rehab from a pawn shop and get it working. It's not an overnight deal.
    Yes...many courses can be found online. There is also a niche for cleaning since most folks are lazy in that respect. As for being a full service gunsmith, reloading, tools, experience, etc...comes with experience more than anything...then trust from your clients. I always wanted to be a crane operator. 20 years in the construction industry and it always impressed me. Ended up keeping my feet on the ground and dealing with electricity instead. There's never any quick way to gain experience.
    Full service gunsmithing demands a lot. Need to have a machine shop. Specialties are another story. If you're looking into gunsmithing as a money making opportunity, then there will be disappointment soon ahead. Kind of like they say..."don't quit your day job". Short and long term goals are fine and good to have a plan. Only your clientele will speak for your business. Your success stories you should promote. Financially? Make of it what you will. Best of luck.
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

    There are a great many books on gunsmithing. Plus books on dis-assembly and exploded view books. That is where I think you should start. I must have 50 or more. For nothing you can search you-tube videos to watch. Then if you are still interested go to pawn shops,gun shops, gun shows and buy a couple of beat-up guns to refinish. Not to make money on, just to work on.
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    if he is going to engage in the business of working on firearms and charging money, he will definitely need an FFL.