A top notch gunsmith is a machinist first and a gun expert second. I doubt that you will be able to learn the trade from a CD or a DVD. You may learn the answers to the test that is required to get a license but you will have zero hands on knowledge. Your best course of action is to learn at the knee of a master, sweep the floors in the shop if that is what is required to learn the trade. There are no shortcuts to being a journeyman machinest or a master gunsmith.Hello everyone. I am interested in guns, but I only know basics such as gun safety and cleaning. That is about it. I am going to college right now and am unemployed. Right now I am using school loans to supplement income. I am curious about being a gun smith. I have some questions. Can you make a supplemental income doing this? What are the most common jobs for a newbie? I have read that you need expensive hands on training and I have read that you can learn pro gun smith stuff from DVD and do not need a $20k shop for most everyday work, so which is true? I realize I would have to start at the bottom and clean guns and replace worn out parts with replacements parts. The truth is that I do not own gun smith tools and do not have machinist or welding knowledge. i would like advice from those in the trade or retired who can offer advice. For now i am looking at the AGI video program.orwewelding knowledge.