help me ,I'm lost

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by alard17, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. alard17

    alard17 New Member

    Hi guys.
    in fact I'm 25 years mechnical engineer. and I intend to complete the rest of my life as a gunsmith .
    and I want to know how much does it gonna cost me to be agunsmith in canada and USA :confused:
    and how much time does it gonna take me to be agunsmith {a couple of years or more}:confused:
    where is the best place to go to:confused:
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

    do a search on this site for "gunsmith school" for a huge amount of info. These questions have been asked and answered many many times.

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    First thing that comes to mind- you have two different nations, different laws in each. Moving a firearm from one to another is called importing, and if you get into THAT it is going to consume a measurable amount of the "rest of your life" you mentioned. Trust me- it is NOT just dropping a gun in the mail.

    As far as cost, besides licenses- what is it that you want to DO in gunsmithing? Replace broken parts? Or rebarrel a gun into a custom caliber after you reamed the chamber? Mount and zero scopes, or reblue guns? Each will have a different equipment cost- a good lathe and a good mill are not cheap. Bluing tanks (and ventilation for them) can start to get pricey.

    Back in the day, you learned a craft by apprenticing self to a Master in that craft. You may want to consider a PARTIAL version of that- if you can find a senior smith that would like some free help in turn for explaining some of the procedures, kinks and shortcuts.

    Now, I am NOT a smith- I am a hobbyist and a collector that does some smithing for myself- but have known some good smiths out there that I learned from.