Is it hard to become an apprentice?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Pockethole, May 3, 2013.

  1. Pockethole

    Pockethole New Member

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    ...if you start from almost nothing? I'm looking for a gunsmith in Russia or Great Britain that would take me for apprentice. Myself I live in Finland at the moment. I don't know much of guns or gunsmithing but I want to learn how to make them, and make them for living.
    I know russian but I don't know how to write it correctly. My english is okay. I have a little experience of working with metal and wood.

    Does anyone happen to know any gunsmith from those places that would take a random whelp in for apprentice? I would be ready to go at august when my 18th birthday comes.
    Or is this beyond me? What should I do?

    e: Thank you!
     
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  2. GSmith1883

    GSmith1883 New Member

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    First ask yourself if you want to be a gunsmith because you will like the work, or for the money. Because from my experience and from people I've talked to (including ones on this forum), very few people have earned a fortune gunsmithing, but you can make a good living.
    I live in the U.S.A., so I can only speak from experience here, but i figure this lesson is a lesson learned everywhere.
    Most employers in a trade like gunsmithing and manufacturing won't spend time on a person with little or no experience. Your best bet would be to find a good gunsmithing school ,if available, to teach the basics. Aside from what they teach you, they can usually help you get your foot in the door somewhere. Otherwise buy some gunsmithing books, disassembly books, a a brownells catalog, and some basic tools, and get your feet wet with firearms you own, or family or friends.
    Wish you the best, and this is a great forum if you have any questions!
     

  3. triggerman770

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    apprentice

    you might try looking for a gunsmith in Germany to apprentice under.
    It used to be the first three years was learning to file. But that may have changed over the years I'm surprised you aren't looking for one in Finland
     
  4. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Germany's apprenticeship and on programs are very formal and traditional.

    I'd look up "Indentured Servant" in your home country.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Finland makes some of the best rifles in the world, Sako, Have you tried there?


    And welcome to the forum :)
     
  6. triggerman770

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  7. Pockethole

    Pockethole New Member

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    It might be of interest to hear my reasons.
    Finland has very peaceful pace of life, but what I need is exciting and slightly wild environment, it is too peaceful here for my nature... I do know nearest gunsmith and I have visited him, it seems I could have chances to start as his apprentice. My road might return me back here if I find my journey fruitless.
    I have been thinking of Russia because it is my home country where I was born, but it seems they have such high restrictions, even compared to Finland that it is most unlikely for me to find one willing gunsmith in there. I've heard it is mostly factory gunsmithing there from my mother. We intend to visit Russia in purpose of meeting relatives and this reason.
    Then I have been considering Great Britain and Germany. GB because it happens so that I am visiting it next fall and I know the language fine.
    Germany, it seems long tradition and is commonly known that they make good guns. The language sounds fascinating but I don't know it. I have also read germans are keen of their habits, like opening windows at certain time and knowing the time. That would suit me because I also open windows when I'm inside house as motionless air is uncomfortable.

    I have attempted entering the gunsmith school here in Finland, if I were to be accepted, I should receive a letter at beginning of june. If it was to fail I would have this backup plan of mine. Military training is also somewhere among it.

    I am most grateful for your answers, stay alive friends
     
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  8. AlphaKoncepts

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    Check out the American Gunsmithing institute and their videos. I'm sure they will send them to FInland and will bea great head start for you. Do some work on your own time and expense, some of your own guns, pimp them out! If someone came to me saying they wanted to work for me with no experience at all they would start by sweeping the floors and driving around before I ever let them touch a customer's firearm.

    I get people asking once a month to be an apprentice, since I work out of my house I can't take one on. Having said that, nobody is going to get super rich being a gunsmith but you can make a very fine living if you have business sense in addition to your gunsmith skills.
     
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  9. AlphaKoncepts

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    Well we will certainly TRY, I am guessing something got lost in the translation of that one :)

    You stay thirsty my friend!
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2013
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